Can I Apply for Portuguese Citizenship After I’ve Left Portugal?

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Many people who have lived in Portugal consider the possibility of applying for citizenship through naturalisation, particularly those that don’t have an “EU passport.” A common question that comes up is: “Can I apply for Portuguese citizenship through naturalisation even after I’ve left Portugal?” The answer to this is quite encouraging. According to Sandra Gomes … Read more

What are some of the ways you can show ties to the Portuguese community?

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If you’re applying for Portuguese citizenship, one of the requirements may be to show ties or connections to the Portuguese community. While most people are aware of the need to learn Portuguese, this requirement can stump them—especially if they get to year five of living in Portugal and weren’t expecting it. This isn’t a requirement … Read more

What Downsides (such as tax obligations) come with Portuguese Citizenship?

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“Are there any downsides, such as tax obligations, that come with obtaining Portuguese citizenship?” The good news it that, according to Sandra Gomes Pinto of Sandra Gomes Pinto & Associados in Lisbon, “There are no tax obligations that come with obtaining Portuguese citizenship.” This also means that you won’t have to submit an annual tax … Read more

What is the Current timeframe for Obtaining Portuguese Citizenship?

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If you’re thinking about applying for Portuguese citizenship, you may be wondering how long the whole process will take. Just how long will it be before you can hold a Portuguese passport in your hands? Sandra Gomes Pinto of Sandra Gomes Pinto & Associados in Lisbon suggests that the process takes around 1-2 years, but … Read more

Is DNA Evidence Enough to Apply for Portuguese Citizenship?

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I have taken a DNA test and it shows I am a certain percentage Portuguese. Can I apply for Portuguese citizenship? Thanks to companies like Ancestry.com and 23.com, DNA tests have become incredibly popular. These allow you to trace your ancestry through your DNA and to see from which parts of the world your genetic … Read more

Is it Possible to get Portuguese Citizenship by Investment?

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It is not possible to get Portuguese citizenship by investment. However, it is possible to get residency in Portugal through investment, for example through the golden visa or HQA visa. And after five years of residency in Portugal, it’s then possible to apply for Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation. So while citizenship and residency are two … Read more

Does Portugal Allow Dual Citizenship?

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Yes! If you become a Portuguese citizen – something you can do after living in Portugal for just 5 years – you will not be asked to give up your other passport. Well, the Portuguese government won’t ask you to anyway. The possibility of dual citizenship, combined with the speed at which you’re eligible, has … Read more

How to get Portuguese Citizenship By Living Here (Naturalisation)

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Some people have a claim to a Portuguese passport: if you have a Portuguese parent or grandparent, for example.  Others, however, can obtain Portuguese citizenship by living here for five years (previously it was six years). This process is known as naturalisation.  The Portuguese passport is ranked as one of the top passports in the … Read more