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Why Obtain the Portuguese Nationality?


Sara Sousa Rebolo


June 30, 2022


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The main advantage of obtaining the Portuguese nationality is the possibility of living in any country of the European Union, with no need for a visa, being also able to travel to third countries (outside the European Union) without a visa.

The pleasant climate and the many hours of sunlight, the gastronomy with its own identity, the multiculturalism of the urban cities, the amazing coastline, the fact that Portugal has been recognized as one of the safest countries in the world and has a reputable public health system allows several people to affirm that Portugal is a paradise in Europe!

To live in this sunny country and to obtain the Portuguese nationality, it is required to have a Residence Authorization for at least 5 years. This way, a foreign citizen can legally live in Portugal.

There are two types of Residence Authorization: the Temporary and the Permanent one.

The Temporary Residence Permit is granted for two years, and it is renewed for equal periods of time, as long as the requirements of the first permit remain fulfilled.

On the other hand, the Permanent Residence Permit is granted after 5 years of legal residence in Portugal. For this purpose, it is necessary to speak basic Portuguese.

It is important to mention that after 5 years of residence in Portugal, it is also possible to apply for the Portuguese nationality instead of going for the permanent residence permit.

The main advantages of the Portuguese nationality are the possibility of living in any country of the European Union, with no need for a visa, being also able to travel to third countries (outside the European Union) without a visa and having access to the incredible educational opportunities. It is then possible for close family members to obtain the Portuguese nationality as well. Economically, it is also viable to have the opportunity to carry out transactions with a strong, stable, and universal currency: the Euro.

Although both permanent residence and Portuguese nationality can be applied for after 5 years of legal residence in Portugal, it is important to know that there are differences between them. The main one is that the Permanent Residence Permit guarantees the right to live indefinitely only in Portugal.

On the other hand, the Portuguese nationality allows you to have a lot more benefits as it gives you the same rights as any other European citizen, for example: the right to visit, study, work, and live in any of the countries of the European Union.

In sum, Portuguese nationality is a shortcut to the world of possibilities that is the European Union, while benefiting of our beautiful country.

Do you think that Portugal is the country for you?

If you became interesting in immigrating to Portugal, we prepared some articles that will help you achieve this goal. Read on to learn how to acquire the EU Blue Card as one possible pathway for living and working in Portugal. And for another possibility, you may want to enter the country as a Digital Nomad and go from there! Check out this article about being a Digital Nomad in Portugal to learn about possible visas available to you and how to obtain them.

Caiado Guerreiro is a multi-jurisdictional full service law firm headquartered in the heart of Lisbon. The immigration team provides legal advice to international clients, including large corporations, governments and private individuals. The practitioners often deal with complex legal questions and restructuring projects, and maintain excellent relationships with the Foreigners and Borders Service and other public bodies.

Contact Sara to further discuss immigration pathways to Portugal.


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