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 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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Acquisition of the Portuguese Nationality

Who can acquire the Portuguese nationality?

- Children underage or incapable whose father or mother acquires the Portuguese nationality;

- In case of marriage or living as married, judicially recognized, with a Portuguese national;

- Underage by full adoption;

- By naturalization.

Foreign legal resident for 5 years

- Underage born in Portugal, in case that he/she has concluded here the 1.º cycle of basic education or one of the parents resides here legally for 5 years;
- In case of loss of the Portuguese nationality and if it is proved that another nationality was not acquired;
- Born in a foreign country with an ascendant of 2.º degree that hasn’t lost the Portuguese nationality;

- Born in Portugal living illegally in the country during the 10 previous years to the request.

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