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Portugal Citizenship

Obtaining Portugal citizenship offers benefits beyond those of permanent residence, including EU rights, visa-free entry to 187 countries, a citizen card and freedom to live, work and study in any EU country.

Starting the Portuguese citizenship process might seem overwhelming, especially when the steps to take vary depending on each individual situation. With the help of our dedicated team of Portugal immigration lawyers, you will receive the guidance and support needed to successfully obtain this nationality.

Who can apply for Portuguese citizenship? 

There are different routes that indicate who can apply for Portuguese citizenship. Our team will help you navigate the following nationality processes that will allow you to get a Portuguese passport: 

  • Portuguese citizenship through marriage 
  • Portuguese citizenship through birth
  • Attribution of Portuguese Nationality or “ius sanguinis” (passed down from your ancestors) 
  • Portugal citizenship through residence 

The Portuguese nationality offers incredible benefits, like EU rights, visa-free entry to 187 countries, a citizen card and freedom to live, work and study in any EU country. Portugal even allows for dual citizenship, so you won’t be obligated to renounce your previous citizenship. 

With our help, you’ll be able to take this important step in your life confident that every detail has been taken care of by an expert. 

Let us open the door to an exciting new future. 

    How to get Portuguese citizenship? 

    With over a decade of experience and a commitment to ongoing training and research, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with up-to-the-minute advice, so you can understand how to get your Portuguese citizenship:  

    • Our Portuguese immigration lawyers will provide you with a full breakdown of all the requirements, including a checklist of documents and the necessary formats and translations.  
    • Once you have gathered all the necessary documentation and had it legally certified, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship by mail or in person, with the assistance of a lawyer, at the Civil Registry. The process may take between 1 and 2 years, depending on the grounds for your application and the requirements for Portuguese nationality.  
    • After a favourable decision is made, the Portuguese Civil Registry will register your birth as a Portuguese citizen, and after that, you will be allowed to apply for your official citizen card and Portuguese passport. 

    Our immigration lawyers in Lisbon will streamline the process of obtaining Portuguese nationality  

    Maybe you’ve known about your heritage for a while but getting the process started seemed overwhelming. Or maybe you’ve spent hours online studying the legal requirements, comparing outdated information on faceless websites, and getting lost in bureaucratic jargon. 

    No matter your situation, at Carbray we understand that the process of obtaining Portuguese nationality is not just about the paperwork. It’s about opening up a world of possibilities, including access to special benefits and the freedom that comes with having a second nationality.  

    Our dedicated team of lawyers will take care of everything on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about the overwhelming and time-consuming aspects of the process. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way, and provide you with all the local knowledge and advice you need. 

    Our next success story is yours. 

    Contact us today!

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    Sara NiegoSara Niego
    17:18 31 Jul 22
    We have received an exceptional help and advise on purchasing a property in southern Spain from Sandra and Julia. The entire process can be quite complicated however the Carbray personnel made it easy and smooth. We would recommend their services to our friends and family.
    S. ParkS. Park
    12:56 25 May 22
    I have over 20+ years of experience working with various kinds of lawyers in New York, Boston, Zurich, Barcelona and Tokyo. Evelyn Romero was hands down the best immigration attorney! Evelyn is extremely knowledgeable and proactive with impeccable attention to detail, responsive and personable communication, and a kind and professional approach. I’m very happy I found her and I highly recommend Evelyn Romero to anyone looking for a highly skilled, no hassle immigration attorney.
    Nick AmadoNick Amado
    09:41 17 May 22
    I have been working with Carbray for several years, since they assisted with the initial visa application for my life in Spain. All of the attorneys that have worked with me for the last four years have been professional, forthright and prompt in their replies. If you are looking for knowledgeable and professional people to help guide you through the daunting process of dealing with a new government to process your immigration, I can recommend Carbray International with the highest degree of confidence!
    Kim BingleyKim Bingley
    09:57 13 May 22
    We cannot thank Carbray enough for all their help and support throughout our NLV process. Magdalena and her team have been so amazing and so helpful and we couldn't have done this without them. They reply to every phone call and email instantly and are always there to help through what can be quite a stressful process at times. I would recommend Carbray to anyone thinking about starting to apply for their Spanish visa!!
    Anne-Laure GoryAnne-Laure Gory
    11:57 02 May 22
    Laia Fernandez has done an outstanding job with my divorce case and I can not thank you enough for that. She was able to explain to me all the steps very clearly and was very proactive. She really made it simple & transparent. The fact that she is bilingual (English/Spanish) also helped a lot !Thank you once again Laia for everything !
    helen mayallhelen mayall
    11:41 02 May 22
    We used Carbray International Law Firm to obtain NLV Visas for Spain. I’m so glad we did! We were allocated our own Lawyer Magdalena Barrueto, and she was always at hand to guide us through the process and answer any of our questions or concerns.I would recommend this Law firm without hesitation.Excellent service, no messing and timely. I would definitely use again.
    08:41 14 Feb 22
    We applied for a 1 year non-lucrative visa, the visa team led by Magdalena Barrueto provided a first-class exceptional service to us. The process of applying for the visa is long and complex, however with the professionalism, expertise, guidance and support of the team we successfully received our visas. The team led us through the process in a clear and concise way, providing important support with the translation of documents. We cannot recommend Carbray highly enough.
    Gregory RodriguezGregory Rodriguez
    19:05 23 Jan 22
    Dealing with the bureaucracy in Spain can be intimidating for newcomers. It’s also confusing! This is particularly true when applying for residency. Carbray International did an excellent job shepherding my wife and me through the process. We’re very pleased with their work and recommend their services in the highest possible terms.
    Dan SDan S
    12:53 05 Jan 22
    They held our hands through out the whole process of becoming a citizen of Spain. Amazing service. Thank you so much for all your help
    Sachin ShahSachin Shah
    13:39 05 Nov 21
    Carbray International Law Firm was an absolute god send. I am so delighted with the outcome of my case. My lawyer, Magdalena was very efficient, was able to communicate and be very knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand. Furthermore, Michelle who assisted me on the day was very charismatic and friend to calm my nerves. Both of them made my application process extremely easy. I would not hesitate to recommend Carbray.

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