Become a Portuguese National

How can a lawyer help with your Portuguese nationality?

First of all, by providing you with full assistance in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Thus, we will proceed with the preliminary analysis to frame the type of process and viable alternatives. Additionally, we work on a study of eligibility if that is the case.

It must be stressed that each case requires specific documents, varied document legalisation and eventually they ought to be translated. Naturally, we will explain you know which ones are needed and review them all before submitting your process.

Moreover, we are able to communicate with Portuguese public services directly, whenever it is necessary. Thus, we may respond to any additional piece of information or documents requested at any time.

Later on, we assist you on the paper basis submission on your behalf and follow-up on the status of the application process until its conclusion.

Not to mention that our lawyers hold good practical knowledge when it comes to working on the scope of the Portuguese Administration demands.

¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨


What is the Portuguese citizenship?

Citizenship is the legal bond that unites a citizen to the state which confers both fundamental rights and individual legal status. This relationship provides individuals with certain rights that they are entitled to, from the state. On the other hand, it demands them to fulfil specific requirements and duties requested by the state.

Portuguese nationality can be obtained  at birth or during life and can also be lost under some circumstances.

The Portuguese law allows a Portuguese person to have other nationalities. Therefore, one does not have to give up on the other citizenship to acquire Portuguese nationality. However, the law of other countries may require one to give up on their original nationality when obtaining Portuguese nationality.

How to obtain Portuguese citizenship in Portugal?

Once you have obtained all the necessary documentation, and it’s due legalised, you can apply by mail or in-person, with legal assistance, at the Civil Registry. 

Your application may take between 1 and 2 years, depending on the grounds of the requirements of Portuguese citizenship. After receiving a favourable decision, the Portuguese civil registry will proceed with the registration of your birth as a Portuguese citizen. After that, it will generate a Portuguese birth certificate in your name. The registration of your birth as a Portuguese citizen might take about 4 months.

With a copy of your Portuguese birth certificate it will be possible to apply for your Portuguese citizen card and passport, in-person, at the civil registry in Portugal or at the Portuguese consulates abroad.

General Process of getting Portuguese Citizenship

1. Gathering the documentation

It takes between 1 to four 4 months to get the necessary paperwork, depending on the Country of issuance

2. Submission of the application

It takes just a day to send the process by mail. For in-person appointments, it must be scheduled.

3. Resolution of the application for citizenship

It can take around 1 or 2 years for your citizenship to be approved.

4. Registration of you birth as a Portuguese Citizen

It takes around 4 months to the Register to issue your Portuguese birth certificate.

Modalities of Portuguese Nationality

Portuguese citizenship by origen:

Children or grandchildren of Portuguese citizens and some foreing citizens that were born in Portugal have the right to apply for Portuguese nationality, when some requirements are met. In those cases, after getting citizenship, they are considered Portuguese by origin.

When the applicant is a child of a Portuguese citizen, the Portuguese parent may have obtained their Portuguese nationality by origin or by naturalisation. 

In the case of grandchildren however, the Portuguese grandparent must have obtained their Portuguese nationality by origin and it would be necessary to be approved in a Portuguese official test (Level A2).  

Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation:

Cases on the foreign citizen could declare that they want to acquire the Portuguese citizenship:

  • Time of residence (after 5 years of legal residence in the country)
  • Being marriage or have a Civil partnership to a Portuguese citizen for at least 3 years 
  • Being a descendent of the Sephardic Jews community of the Iberian Peninsula 
  • If you had been formerly a Portuguese citizen who lost it, in certain circumstances.
  • Among others.

There is also the possibility of preserving Portuguese nationality, in very specific cases, by being a citizen of a former Portuguese overseas territory such as the countries that were part of the former portuguese state of india (Goa, Damião, Diu, Dadrá and Nagar-Haveli) and in the African Continent (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe).


We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.


Vasco Dias

Legal Trainee

Jonato Xavier

Head of Immigration Department

Lidiane Carvalho

Legal Trainee

Thabata Mota


Vasco Dias

Vasco was born and raised in Lisbon and graduated from the University of Coimbra, with a Master’s degree in Sports Management. During that period he had the opportunity to live in London and Genova. Since 2018 he is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) and as a Lawyer, he has worked with Sports Law, Immigration and Real Estate. Vasco considers working with international clients to be the best part of his job, allowing him to merge his professional abilities with his interest in distinct cultures and the specific needs of each client. He just moved to Barcelona.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.

Legal Trainee

Jonato Xavier

Jonato Xavier is originaly from Timor-Leste and studied Law at the University of Porto, Portugal. He has been living in Portugal since 2017. Now he is working as a legal trainee in the Department of Immigration giving assistance and learning from the best. He is fond of classic literature. As he wants to pursue Public International Law, working with Lexidy is a great asset to his future academic path. Languages: Portuguese, English, Tetum, Spanish and Indonesian.

Head of Immigration Department

Lidiane Carvalho

Born in Rio de Janeiro, graduated in Law and Specialist in Environmental Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) she is a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and PhD candidate in Social Sciences from the University of Coimbra (UC). Researcher at Nova Law Green Lab at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Lawyer in Portugal with expertises in the areas of foreigners’ law, direct Portuguese nationality and real estate law. She is fond of traveling and a great colleague to be around. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Legal Trainee

Thabata Mota

Thabata is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. She is studying Law at University of Lisbon and she has been living in Lisbon since 2018. She works in the Immigration Department as a legal trainee. She was working mainly with Customer Journey which allowed her to realize the importance of the clients experience in parallel of the legal aspect. Moreover, she is passionate about immigration law, human rights and anthropology. Languages: Portuguese, English and French


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