Portuguese citizenship for minors

A common question our clients have is can minors obtain Portuguese citizenship? There are two situations: Minors born after the parent received the Portuguese citizenship – Here the situation is clear. These minors are Portuguese citizens. The more complex question is the status of minors born to a parent before the parent obtained Portuguese citizenship.

  1. Minors are not allowed to apply for citizenship according to the law for Sephardi Jews, which allows to receive Portuguese citizenship in a relatively simple procedure. Such applications can be made by adults only! In other words, an application for citizenship as a Sephardi Jew can only be submitted if the applicant is 18 years or older.
  2. Applying for Portuguese citizenship for minors can only be made after the parent has received Portuguese citizenship – the process of filing a Portuguese citizenship application for a minor can be made only after the parent has received the citizenship. If the parent did not receive Portuguese citizenship, it is not possible for the minor to apply.
  3. Minors under Fourteen years old, will be granted Portuguese citizenship if their parent is Portuguese.
  4. Minors over Fourteen years old, will need to show proof of the Minor’s connection to Portugal. The most effective way to show such a connection is to speak Portuguese.
  5. A minor that has two Portuguese parents, will not need to show a connection to Portugal, even if he is over Fourteen.

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