Portuguese Nationality

Portuguese Citizenship

Portuguese Nationality

The information presented here is a summary of the basic rules determining who is entitled to be attributed the Portuguese Nationality / Portuguese Citizenship or who can acquire Portuguese Nationality, in accordance to Portuguese Nationality Law 37/81, of 3rd of October and the relevant revisions of that law and all additional legislation on the subject.

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Portuguese Nationality for Goans

- Process of portuguese nationality follow-up

- Delivery and representation of processes

Foreign Court Sentence

- Marriage transcription

- Birth transcription

- Death transcription

Document Search

- Document search within Portuguese government departments

- Acquisition of birth certificates and marriage certificates for Portuguese nationality

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Portuguese Nationality Information

Born in the old Portuguese Colonies in Africa


Regulated by Decree-Law of 24 June 308-A/75. Some Portuguese citizens born in the former African colonies who acceded to independence in 1975 lost Portuguese nationality at the time of independence.
However, each case must be examined, since not everyone lost Portuguese nationality.

Portuguese Nationality - East Timor and Macau


Citizens born in Portuguese Timor until independence can ask for Portuguese nationality / proteges citizenship and also from Macau during the Portuguese administration.

Special Cases


Are eligible:

- The Portuguese that in the validity of previous laws lost the Portuguese nationality by acquiring another nationality.
- The Portuguese women who married foreigners, having lost Portuguese nationality.
- Foreign women who married Portuguese citizens, before the entry into force of the current Nationality Law.

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Portuguese nationality related law


According to SEF at 01-03-2013

portuguese nationality Portaria 1403-A/2006, de 15 de Dezembro
Portuguese language knowledge.

portuguese nationality DL n.o 237-A/2006, de 14 de Dezembro
Portuguese nationality regulation.

portuguese nationality Lei Orgânica n.º 2/2006, de 17 de Abril
Fourth change to - Lei n.º 37/81, de 3 de Outubro.

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About us

Head of Office

Clara Silva da Costa, Lawyer, Portuguese Bar Association number 45229L.

Degree in law at Autónoma Law School.

Aggregation Portuguese Bar Association

Graduation in Registries and Notarial Practice - Autónoma Law School.

Graduation in Labour law - Católica Law School.

United Nations Law and Justice Research Institute, Legal adviser until 2011.



“He that won't be counseled can't be helped.”


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Contact Information

Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, N. 118 2º Andar
1050-019, Lisboa, Portugal
Mobile: (00351) 916 400 444
E-mail: info@cscadvogada.com

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