As a Portuguese national you are considered a European Union (EU) citizen.'
Portugal is another western European country that is offering an express citizenship pathway to those aspiring to it. In particular, Portugal has an express citizenship pathway for those who can demonstrate that they are descended from Sephardic Jews.
Applying for Portuguese citizenship comes with less stringent documentary burdens – applications are open indefinitely, and only documented proof of past Sephardic familial origin is required.
Many Sephardic Jews were killed, forced to convert to Christianity, or forced to leave Portugal at the end of the 15th Century.
The Portuguese “Law of Return”, passed by Portuguese MPs in 2013 (later becoming law in 2015), allows certain descendants to obtain Portuguese citizenship, including:
The Portuguese Decree Law No. 30-A / 2015 of February 27th considers as 'Sephardic' all Jews descended from the ancient and traditional Jewish communities of the Iberian Peninsula.
Typical requirements for eligibility
You can apply for Portuguese nationality if:
The decision rests on the Portuguese Minister of Justice.
General documentary requirements
The main requirements fall into four main categories that establish your identity, your criminal status, your descent, and a formal letter addressed to the Portuguese Minister of Justice.
You will need:
Unlike the Spanish citizenship application process, there is no language requirement for citizenship applicants under the Portuguese Law of Return. You can appoint a legal representative to act on your behalf negating the need to travel to Portugal to submit and process your citizenship application.
The benefits that Portuguese citizenship confers
As a Portuguese national you are considered a European Union (EU) citizen.
As an ‘EU citizen’ you can stay in another EU country for up to 3 months without registering there.
As an ‘EU citizen’, you can live and complete your study in your chosen EU country if you:
For more information, consult a local migration agent based in Portugal or visit your local Portuguese consulate for more information.