When it comes to acquiring nationality by naturalization, the legislature has reduced the necessary period of legal residence from 6 to 5 years that will lead to the portuguese citizenship to be issued. It has also created a presumption of sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language for those born in or citizens of a country where Portuguese is the official language and this is mandatory for the portuguese citizenship to be obtained.
The acquisition of Portuguese citizenship is regulated by the Nationality Law.
Unlike residency, the application for citizenship is to be submitted to a Civil Registry office and not to SEF (Border Immigration Agency).
# Someone who applies for naturalization and cumulatively:
# The under 18-year old child or the incapable child of a parent who has acquired Portuguese citizenship and declares that he/she wants the child to also acquire Portuguese citizenship.
# No minimum stay requirements
The Portuguese Citizenship via naturalization is the natural procedure to apply for those who hold the Golden VISA for more than 5 years and kept the residence via updated.
If the conditions are met and the process is approved the aplicant will receive the portuguese citizenship.
Many of the rights given to Portuguese permanent residents are the same as Portuguese citizenship benefits. Both are able to:
However, there are additional Portuguese citizenship benefits, such as allowing you to: