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Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption

Portuguese citizens who are adopted by a Portuguese parent may be eligible to acquire Portuguese Citizenship. Depending on the parent’s marital status and the age of the child, a number of different requirements must be met to acquire Portuguese Citizenship by adoption.

At Immigration Advice Service, we have experienced Portuguese immigration lawyers who can help you understand the process and requirements for applying for Portuguese Citizenship by adoption. Get in touch with us today. Call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375, or contact us online

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    Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption

    Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption is a great opportunity for non-Portuguese citizens to gain Portuguese Citizenship after meeting certain program requirements.

    The Portuguese Government, while staying true to their Portuguese culture and values, still recognises the importance of allowing Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption, as it encourages integration into Portuguese society for those wishing to adopt it.

    Portuguese Citizenship can be acquired through adoption not only legally but socially, enabling adoptees to appreciate Portuguese life and culture, create family connections and participate in Portuguese laws and regulations.

    With Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption, holders can experience the rights and privileges that regular Portuguese citizens enjoy, such as transport and healthcare subsidies and the added bonus of the freedom to work or study abroad in any of the EU countries without needing additional visa documentation.

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    A child of age 0 to 18 years can be adopted by a Portuguese citizen and the adoptive parents may be granted Portuguese citizenship.

    To adopt a child, the prospective parents must prove their identity, residence, marital status and stable financial standing.

    The adoption process may take up to 18 months to complete and will involve attending a number of interviews and assessments.

    Once the adoption is finalised, the child will automatically become a Portuguese citizen.

    Who Is Eligible for Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption?

    In order to be eligible for Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption, the applicant must meet a set of criteria.

    • Applicants should have a legal residence permit in Portugal for at least 5 years or have a legal parent that was born and has Citizenship in Portugal.
    • Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of the Portuguese language and culture.
    • Applicants must have proof of written consent from their parents or legal guardians if they are under 18 years old.
    • Applicants must demonstrate a genuine interest in living and participate in Portuguese life and culture.
    • Applicants must have a valid passport and provide proof of identity.
    • Applicants must provide proof of a completed adoption procedure and a valid court order awarding them Portuguese Citizenship.
    • The Portuguese Government requires applicants to undergo a medical examination and provide proof of vaccination records.

    If the applicant meets all of these requirements, they may be eligible to receive Portuguese Citizenship.

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    How to Apply for Portuguese Citizenship Through Adoption

    If you meet all of the requirements specified above, you may apply for Portuguese Citizenship through Adoption. Here is a step-by-step guide to the application process:

    Step 1: Contact your local Portuguese Embassy or Consulate

    Contact your closest Portuguese embassy or consulate to discuss your application and get assistance in completing all of the necessary documents.

    Step 2: Fill out an Adoption Application

    Once you have contacted the embassy or consulate, you will need to fill out and submit an application form. This form will include questionnaires about your background and personal information.

    The form is filled out by the adoptive parents and requires documentation such as a valid passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), and proof of residence.

    Step 3: Submit the Necessary Documentation

    Along with the application form, you will need to submit additional supporting documents.

    These documents will include proof of financial stability, proof of Portuguese Citizenship for parents or guardians, proof of completed adoption procedure and a valid court order awarding you Portuguese Citizenship, as well as any other documents that are necessary for the application process.

    Step 4: Attend an Interview

    Once you have submitted all of the required documents, you will need to attend an interview with the Consulate or Embassy. At this point, you will be asked about your background and any other relevant information that is needed for the application.

    Step 5: Wait for the Results

    After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter either approving or denying your request.

    If your application is approved, you will be given information regarding the next steps that need to be taken in order to receive your Portuguese Citizenship.

    What Documents are Required?

    The following documents are required when applying for Portuguese Citizenship by Adoption:

    • A completed adoption application form: This form will include questionnaires about your background and personal information. It should be filled out by the adoptive parents and submitted with supporting documents.
    • A valid passport: All applicants must provide a valid passport when applying for Portuguese Citizenship. Both the adoptive parents and the adoptee must provide valid passports.
    • Proof of financial stability: This includes proof of income, bank statements, and other financial documents that demonstrate that the applicant is able to support themselves and their family.
    • Proof of adoption procedure: This includes a valid court order awarding Portuguese Citizenship to the adoptee.
    • Proof of identity: Both the adoptive parents and adoptee must provide proof of identities such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other relevant documents.
    • Proof of vaccination records: All applicants must provide proof that they have received all necessary vaccinations.
    • Proof of fee payment: All applicants must pay a fee for the application process.
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    Citizenship Test in Portugal

    There is no citizenship test required for those applying for Portuguese Citizenship through adoption.

    However, applicants may be asked to provide proof of their language proficiency in either Portuguese or English.

    The Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira (CIPLE) test is often accepted as proof of language proficiency, with an A2 level being required.

    The exam is administered by the Portuguese Ministry of Education and tests grammar, vocabulary and oral comprehension. Applicants are expected to have a minimum score of 55% to qualify.

    Fee and Processing Time

    Applying for Portuguese nationality costs 250 euros, and the payment can be made in two ways:

    • with an ATM card or debit card issued by a Portuguese bank;
    • or with a cheque or bank transfer.

    The processing time for applications can vary depending on the applicant’s individual circumstances, but most applicants should receive a response within 6 to 8 months.

    Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued a certificate of naturalisation and a Portuguese ID card. They will then be eligible to apply for a Portuguese passport.

    Applying for Portuguese Citizenship through adoption is not an easy process, but it is possible. It is important to ensure that all documents are completed correctly and that the necessary fees are paid in order for the application to be accepted.

    Which is why getting help from a legal expert may be required. Speak to our legal team today by calling: +44 (0)333 305 9375

    Our expert immigration lawyers can assist with your Portuguese Citizenship application.

    How Can You Lose It if You Have It Granted to You?

    Once you have been granted Portuguese Citizenship, it is important to remember that this can be revoked if certain conditions are not met.

    These include the failure to attend court hearings, providing false information or documents to the authorities, taking part in criminal activities, and not being present in Portugal for at least 180 days out of the year.

    It is also important to remember that once you have been granted Portuguese Citizenship, you are obligated to follow all laws and regulations in Portugal. Not doing so can result in the loss of your Citizenship or even criminal punishment.

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    Other Ways to Get Citizenship in Portugal

    Overview

    Citizenship in Portugal is based on the principle of jus sanguinis, or ‘right of blood.’ This means that to acquire Portuguese Citizenship, you must be able to trace your ancestry back to a Portuguese ancestor.

    Citizenship can also be acquired by birth on Portuguese territory. If neither of these conditions applies, there are other ways for non-Portuguese citizens to acquire Citizenship, such as through marriage or long-term residency.

    Portuguese Citizenship by Naturalisation

    If you are a non-Portuguese citizen who has been living in the country for at least 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for Portuguese naturalisation.

    This entails taking the Portuguese Civil Code Oath and other requirements such as a good knowledge of the Portuguese language and culture, a clean criminal record, and proof of financial self-sufficiency.

    Citizenship by naturalisation is granted at the discretion of the Portuguese Government.

    Portuguese Citizenship by Descent

    It is possible to acquire Portuguese Citizenship by descent if you can trace your family roots back to a Portuguese national.

    This can be done through the process of ‘ascending nationality’, which is granted to children born to Portuguese parents in foreign countries.

    It can also be acquired through the process of ‘descending nationality’, which is granted to children born outside Portugal to a parent of Portuguese origin.

    In both cases, the parent’s marital status and the child’s age are important factors that need to be taken into consideration.

    Portuguese Citizenship by Birth

    Portuguese Citizenship can be acquired by birth on Portuguese territory. Whether or not a child is eligible for Portuguese Citizenship depends largely on their parent’s citizenship status.

    If the parents are Portuguese citizens, including dual nationals, then the child will automatically acquire Portuguese Citizenship.

    However, a child born to a foreign parent can still acquire Portuguese Citizenship if they have been living in the country for at least 5 years.

    In some cases, the child may be granted Portuguese Citizenship if the parents have been living in Portugal for over 10 years.

    Portuguese Citizenship by Marriage

    In certain cases, a foreign spouse of a Portuguese citizen may be eligible to apply for Portuguese Citizenship.

    This is subject to the couple being married for a minimum of 3 years and living in Portugal for at least 5 years.

    The foreign spouse must also have a good knowledge of the Portuguese language, culture and history. Additionally, they must pass a Portuguese Citizenship Test and have a clean criminal record.

    If the couple is divorced or separated, then the foreign spouse may still be eligible for Portuguese Citizenship, provided the marriage lasted at least 6 years.

    Portuguese Citizenship by Investment

    The Portuguese Government has an investment programme that allows foreign citizens to acquire Portuguese Citizenship in exchange for a significant financial investment.

    This includes investing €500,000 in Portuguese government bonds and €1 million in real estate investments.

    The applicant must also have a clean criminal record, a good knowledge of the Portuguese language, and must have resided in Portugal for a minimum of 5 years.

    Investors who meet these criteria may be eligible to receive Portuguese Citizenship within 6 months.

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    The Benefits of Having Portuguese Citizenship

    Having Portuguese Citizenship grants the holder many rights and privileges. These include the right to live, work, study and retire in Portugal without any restrictions or special permits.

    Portuguese citizens are also able to travel freely in the EU and Schengen Area countries, as well as being granted access to certain benefits such as free healthcare and tax breaks.

    In addition, Portuguese citizens are eligible to become members of the European Union and access its many benefits.

    Specifically, Portuguese citizens are able to work and live in any other EU country without the need for a visa.

    Finally, Portuguese citizens can pass on their Citizenship to their children and grandchildren, allowing them to enjoy the same rights and privileges.

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    How Can IAS Help?

    At Immigration Advice Service, we understand that applying for Portuguese Citizenship can be a complex process.

    Our team of expert immigration lawyers and advisors are highly experienced in providing legal advice and assistance for those applying for Portuguese Citizenship, whether through naturalisation or adoption.

    Our team can help you to understand the process and guide you through every stage of the application, from helping you to gather relevant documents to preparing your case for submission.

    We can also provide advice and assistance with your travel arrangements, helping you to make the most of your stay in Portugal.

    For more information about our services or for an assessment of your eligibility, please get in touch with our team today on +44 (0)333 305 9375, or contact us online.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The easiest way to get Citizenship in Portugal is through naturalisation. This involves fulfilling certain requirements such as living in the country for 5 years, having a clean criminal record, and having a sufficient level of Portuguese language ability.

    Any person born in Portugal is automatically granted Portuguese Citizenship, provided at least one of the parents is a Portuguese citizen.

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