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Update on Portuguese Nationality Law

Did you know there’s been a recent update to Portuguese Nationality Law? And what has changed for Brazilian immigrants?

The new legislation, which came into effect on April 1, 2024, brings significant changes that could directly impact the naturalization process. Watch our video to stay informed about the latest updates.

Simplified Residency Timeframe Counting

Now, upon submitting the Residence Permit and Expression of Interest, the five-year period required for naturalization begins. This accelerates and simplifies the process for many immigrants.

Language Proficiency

Portuguese-speaking country natives are exempt from formal language proficiency requirements, facilitating the naturalization journey.

Minor Filiation Recognition

Minors with recognized filiation from a Portuguese citizen automatically gain nationality.

Sephardic Jewish descandants

New residency criteria and certificates from recognized Jewish communities are required.

Criminal Background Restrictions

Stricter rules apply to candidates with criminal records regarding nationality acquisition.

Reis & Pellicano recommends: navigating through these changes can be complex. Our team has extensive expertise in immigration and Portuguese naturalization processes, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.


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