Choices (Retire in Portugal or become citizen)

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    Haim
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    I live in the Uk and my son got himself a Portugees passport, I am retired and I am trying to establish what way is more efficient- as I can just retire in Portugal or alternatively become a citizen. any ideas?

    #18540 Reply
    James Cave
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    Hi Haim,

    I assume your son obtained a Portuguese passport after living in Portugal for 5+ years?

    Being honest, there really isn’t much to it: unless you have Portuguese ancestors or some other claim to a Portuguese passport, you will most likely need to live in Portugal for 5+ years in order to get a passport (called naturalisation).

    So, whether you just live here as a resident or whether you decide to become a PT citizen after 5-6 years, you’re still going to need to live here as a resident. It would probably make sense to apply for the PT passport when that becomes an option, though, as it’ll give you a lot of freedom to live within the EU.

    As of the start of this year (Brexit, basically), Brits will likely need a visa to live in Portugal. The most common visa for retirees is the D7 visa.

    https://www.portugalist.com/discussions/topic/d7-and-remote-work-employee/

    #18557 Reply
    Haim
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    Thank you Games

    Thank you for your very informative web site. you seem to tell it as is and I like that a lot so thanks again

    My son got his passport base on the right to return offered to the Sephardi jews, he is collecting his passport in March. He lives in London. few other members of our family applied and got it.

    I am in contact with the firm that has arranged for it, and I am sure that this path is open to me too.

    I am not clear about tax, If I earn money in the UK from consultancy, will I have to pay additional tax in Portugal when I bring the money in?

    In view of the fact that both avenues are open to me (citizen/resident) what path you recommend?

    Thanks

    Haim

    #18659 Reply
    James Cave
    Keymaster

    Hi Haim,

    If your son obtained his Portuguese passport through the Sephardic Jewish Ancestry route, this would probably be open to you as well. It should also be a straightforward application since your son has already been successful.

    Applying this route would mean you would probably have a Portuguese passport in 1-2 years. This is much faster than moving to Portugal for 5 years and then being eligible to apply.

    As to which is the better route, it depends on your goal.

    For citizenship, the Sephardic route is the better option (I think). It’s faster, there’s no language requirement, and it doesn’t require you to move to Portugal.

    So, in this case I wouldn’t move to Portugal just for the Portuguese passport since you already have this other option. However, if you want to live in Portugal regardless of the passport, then you should come.

    As to taxes, living here normally means this is where you pay your taxes. There are some schemes (such as the NHR scheme) which get around this a little bit, and may be more tax efficient, but it’s not the same as being tax resident in the UK.

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