Citizenship after 5 years
Right to live and work in Portugal
The whole family is eligible for the program
Visa-free travel to 188 countries
7th most valuable passport in the world
Portuguese citizenship grants the holder the right to live indefinitely in a country with a rich history, whose culture is spread throughout the world. Portuguese citizens enjoy the right to vote, freedom of movement and work within EU countries and access to one of the most renowned education systems in the world.
Portugal allows dual citizenship with most countries, so you may not have to renounce your original nationality.
- EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE AND SECURITY: Internationally distinguished education system, highly regarded and accessible healthcare system, and a safe and peaceful country on a social and political level.
- VOTING RIGHTS: Obtain the right to vote.
- FREE MOVEMENT: Free movement of persons and goods within the EU and the possibility of establishing residence in any of these countries.
- FAMILY REUNIFICATION: Family members are given the possibility to reside with the Portuguese citizen in any EU country.
How to obtain Portuguese citizenship
There are four options for applying for Portuguese nationality.
Nationality by origin
Nationality by Sephardic origin
Nationality by investment
Nationality by marriage
Nationality by origin:
The children of Portuguese parents, born in Portugal or abroad, are entitled to Portuguese nationality by origin. Likewise, Portuguese grandchildren who have an effective link with the Portuguese community are entitled to Portuguese nationality by origin.
Nationality by Sephardic origin:
Descendants of Sephardic Jews may obtain Portuguese nationality, without the need to reside in Portugal or even master the Portuguese language.
Nationality by investment:
Citizens from countries outside the European Union who obtain a residence permit in Portugal by means of investment may apply for Portuguese nationality after 5 years of effective residence in the country, that is, at least 7 days per year in the 5 years prior to the application.
Nationality by marriage:
Foreigners who are married to or have been in a de facto union with a Portuguese citizen for at least three years may obtain Portuguese nationality, provided that there is no opposition, and that they are not divorced or separated.