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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Portuguese citizenship, one must typically meet one of several criteria.

Here are the primary pathways:

Descent (Jus Sanguinis):

Children of Portuguese Citizens:
If you are the child of a Portuguese parent, you are eligible for citizenship.

Grandchildren of Portuguese Citizens: If you are the grandchild of a Portuguese citizen, you may also be eligible, but you must demonstrate ties to the Portuguese community and meet other specific requirements.


Individuals who have legally resided in Portugal for at least five years can apply for citizenship. This period is reduced to three years if you are married to a Portuguese citizen.

Language: You must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Integration: Proof of integration into the Portuguese community, such as knowledge of Portuguese culture and participation in Portuguese social life, may be required.


Spouse of a Portuguese Citizen:
If you have been married to a Portuguese citizen for at least three years, you may apply for citizenship.

Sephardic Jewish Descent:

Sephardic Jews:
Descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Portugal in the 15th century can apply for citizenship if they can demonstrate a connection to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin.


Adopted by Portuguese Citizens:

Portuguese Citizens: Children adopted by Portuguese citizens are eligible for citizenship.


Born in Portugal:
Children born in Portugal to foreign parents may be eligible for citizenship if one of the parents has legally resided in Portugal for at least one year at the time of birth.

Significant Contribution:

Exceptional Contribution: The Portuguese government may confer citizenship on people who have made significant contributions to Portuguese culture, history, or society.
Individuals who have made significant contributions to Portuguese culture, history, or society may be granted citizenship by the Portuguese government.

How long it takes to get Portugal citizenship after application

The time it takes to be granted Portuguese citizenship after lodging the application can vary significantly based on several factors, including the specific pathway through which you are applying (e.g., naturalization, marriage, descent), the completeness and accuracy of your application, and the current workload of the relevant authorities.

Here are some general estimates:

Naturalization (Residency-based):

Typically, the process can take between 1 and 2 years from the date you lodge your application.

Marriage to a Portuguese Citizen:

The process can take around 1 to 2 years, similar to naturalization, but it may sometimes be quicker if all documentation is in order.

Descent (Children or Grandchildren of Portuguese Citizens):

Applications based on descent usually take around 1 to 2 years. However, this can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the volume of applications.

Sephardic Jewish Descent:

Applications based on Sephardic Jewish descent can take 1 to 2 years or more, depending on the complexity of proving the descent and ties to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin.

Exceptional Contribution:

The timeline for citizenship granted based on exceptional contributions to Portuguese culture, science, or the economy can vary widely but generally falls within the 1 to 2-year range.

Steps in the Process:

Application Submission:

Ensure all required documents are accurately completed and submitted. This can take a few weeks to a few months, depending on the individual's preparation.

Initial Review:The authorities will conduct an initial review to ensure all documentation is complete. If any documents are missing or need clarification, this can add time.

Background Checks and Verification:The authorities will perform background checks and verify the information provided. This step can be time-consuming.

Approval and Notification:

Once the application is approved, you will be notified. This step can take several months depending on the workload of the authorities.

Issuance of Citizenship Certificate:After approval, the citizenship certificate will be issued, which may take additional weeks or months.

Tips to Minimize Delays:

Ensure Complete Documentation: Submit all required documents correctly and completely.Follow Up: Regularly follow up with the relevant authorities to check the status of your application.

Professional Assistance: Consider hiring a legal expert or immigration consultant to help navigate the process efficiently.

Given the potential for variability, it is advisable to consult with the Portuguese immigration authorities or a legal expert for the most current and personalized information regarding your specific case.

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Frequently asked questions
What are the main ways to obtain Portuguese citizenship?

Portuguese citizenship can be obtained through descent, naturalization, marriage, adoption, birth in Portugal, Sephardic Jewish descent, or a significant contribution to Portugal.

How long do I need to live in Portugal to apply for citizenship through naturalization?

You need to live in Portugal legally for at least five years to apply for citizenship through naturalization.

Do I need to speak Portuguese to become a citizen?

Yes, you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language, typically at an A2 level.

Can I apply for Portuguese citizenship if my grandparents were Portuguese?

Yes, grandchildren of Portuguese citizens can apply, but they must demonstrate ties to the Portuguese community and meet other specific requirements.

How long does the Portuguese citizenship application process take?

The process can take several months to a couple of years, depending on the complexity of the case and the specific circumstances.

Can my spouse obtain Portuguese citizenship if I am a Portuguese citizen?

Yes, your spouse can apply for citizenship after being married to you for at least three years.

What documents are required to apply for Portuguese citizenship?

Required documents typically include proof of identity, proof of residence, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), language proficiency certificate, and other documents proving ties to Portugal or Portuguese descent.

Can I have dual citizenship with Portugal?

Yes, Portugal allows dual citizenship, so you can retain your original citizenship while becoming a Portuguese citizen.

What are the benefits of becoming a Portuguese citizen?

Benefits include the right to live, work, and study in Portugal and other EU countries, access to Portuguese healthcare and social services, and the ability to vote in Portuguese elections.

Is there a fast-track option for obtaining Portuguese citizenship?

There is no official fast-track option, but certain categories, such as significant contribution to Portugal or Sephardic Jewish descent, might have expedited processes compared to standard naturalization.

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NIF + Bank Account

Your Portugal NIF will be requested by a fiscal representative through a power of attorney by the tax authorities.

After that, you must open a Portuguese bank account and transfer money to demonstrate that you have the financial resources to maintain your residence (€665 per month for the primary applicant and €333 per month for each accompanying family member).

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In person at the Portuguese Embassy or the appropriate authority in the country of origin or legal residence.

Depending on the consulate or embassy, visa requirements may differ. We will organize everything for you prior to your appointment.

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The initial residential permit is granted for a period of two years, followed by a three-year extension.

A resident who has lived in Portugal for five years is eligible to apply for a permanent residency permit valid for five years and can then pursue Portuguese citizenship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Moving is difficult, so we're sure you have a lot of questions!

What is a Portugal D7 Visa?

The Portugal D7 Visa, also known as the Passive Income Visa, is intended for individuals who wish to move to Portugal and can sustain themselves financially without needing employment there. This could be through pensions, rental income, financial investments, or other forms of passive income. It's popular among retirees, freelancers, and digital nomads.

Who is eligible for a D7 Visa?

You're eligible for a D7 Visa if you can demonstrate steady passive income that can comfortably cover your living expenses in Portugal. There's no specified minimum amount, but as a guide, it should meet the Portuguese minimum wage, currently of approximately €700 per month.

How long is the D7 Visa valid for?

The D7 Visa is initially valid for one year and can be renewed for successive periods of two years. After five years of legal residency, you can apply for permanent residency or even Portuguese Citizenship if you meet certain criteria.

Does the D7 Visa allow me to work in Portugal?

While the D7 Visa is geared towards individuals with passive income, it doesn't prohibit you from working. However, you'll need to meet certain requirements, and any income you generate from working can't be used to meet the income requirement for the visa.

Can my family come with me on a D7 Visa?

Yes, dependents can be included in your D7 Visa application. This can include your spouse, minor children, and dependent parents.

How do I apply for a D7 Visa?

Movingto will guide you through the whole application process. Which starts in your home country at a Portuguese embassy or consulate. You'll need to provide several documents, including proof of your passive income, and you may need to attend an interview. Once your application is approved, you move to Portugal and apply for a residence permit.

What documents do I need for the application?

You'll need to provide documents like a valid passport, proof of health insurance, criminal record certificate, and importantly, proof of your regular passive income. Check the embassy's requirements as they can vary.

How long does the application process take?

The processing time can vary but typically takes between 1-4 months. It's recommended to apply well in advance of your planned move date to account for any delays.

How much does the D7 Visa cost?

Movingto has the best prices in the market at $2,800 per first applicant. There could be additional costs for document translations or notary services. Be sure to check with your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information.

What steps do I need to take after arriving in Portugal with my D7 Visa?

Once you're in Portugal, you'll need to apply for a residence permit, register with the local authorities, and set up your tax status. You may also want to open a Portuguese bank account.

Can I buy property in Portugal with a D7 Visa?

Yes, there are no restrictions on property ownership for D7 Visa holders. In fact, Movingto can assist you in securing the best mortgage rates in Portugal.

How does health insurance work in Portugal?

Health insurance is a requirement for the D7 Visa. Portugal has a public health system, but you may choose to opt for private health insurance. You can compare health insurance options on Movingto

What about taxes?

That is the best part! As a resident of Portugal, you are eligible to apply for an NHR tax regime and save lots of money by paying to reduce taxes in Portugal. Portugal has numerous double tax agreements in place to avoid you being taxed twice.

Can I extend or renew my D7 Visa in Portugal?

Yes, the D7 Visa can be renewed in Portugal. After the first year, you can apply for a two-year extension. For further assistance or queries, feel free to reach out to us at Movingto

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