Monday, 20 December 2010

Grandchildren With At Least One Portuguese Grandparent

Source: cafeprees.co.uk

Still discussing case by case who is entitled to the Portuguese citizenship, today we will talk about the grandchildren of the Portuguese citizens.

The Article 6,4 of the Nationality Act establishes that the grandchildren, with at least one Portuguese grandparent, can apply for the Portuguese citizenship through naturalisation, without the need of living in Portugal, as long as his/her Portuguese grandparent has not lost the citizenship.

But opposite to the children of Portuguese citizens, whose the fact of having Portuguese parents is enough to justify their application, the grandchildren must meet further requirements, besides having a Portuguese grandparent, under the terms of Article 22,1 of the Nationality Statute, which are:

  • Being over 18: this means that underage grandchildren cannot apply for the naturalisation, not even represented by their parents;
  • Having enough knowledge of the Portuguese idiom;
  • Not having been found guilty of a crime whose penalty, in Portugal, is of imprisonment of three or more years;
  • Have never served the Army or worked for the government of any foreign country.


This procedure is only advised in the situation in which the parent of the grandchild, who is the child of the Portuguese citizen, has passed away before obtaining the Portuguese citizenship for himself/herself.

Summing up:

Case: grandchildren with at least one Portuguese grandparent, born abroad;
Type of citizenship: Derivative Citizenship.
Procedure: Acquisition of citizenship through naturalisation.
Documents to instruct the application: Birth Certificate of the grandchild; ID of the grandchild; Birth Certificate of the Portuguese grandparent; Birth Certificate of parent who is child of the Portuguese citizen; Document proving the knowledge of Portuguese of the applicant; Criminal clearance of the applicant.

Larissa Bona

30 comments:

  1. Dear Larissa,
    This is in regards to your blog I came across. I have a similar situation, but with my Dad. He has found his grandfather's birth certificate in goa, but unfortunately couldnt find his own mother's birth certificate. What do you think can be another alternate to this situation? Also that my dad's mother was also born during that time (1938) in goa, probably her birth was not registered. Although we have manged to find the local village (panchayat) where she resided and have requested for a residence certificate. My question to you is : Is there another alternate regarding my situation? And can I as a great grand child apply directly for citizenship rather than my father?

    Will be reallly obliged if you could help me out with this. Thanks

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  2. hi larissa,
    my grand father lost his portuguese citizenship in the philippines thru naturalization. but my dad was a minor back then and my dad was not informed of the option to apply as a citizen of portugal... my dad was born in hongkong then they moved here to the philippines.

    pls reply gibsonsantiago@yahoo.com


    many thanks

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    1. Dear Mr. Mendonca,

      Please, send me an email to larissa.bona@lawrei.com, so we can discuss your case in private.

      I look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Yours sincerely,

      Larissa Bona

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  6. Dear Larissa

    My grandparents obtained Portuguese citizenship through naturalization. Neither myself nor my parents are citizens. Would it be possible for myself or my father to go through the process mentioned in the article?

    Thanks and regards

    R

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    1. Are you sure they have obtained the citizenship through naturalization procedure? Please, send me an e-mail to larissa.bona@lawrei.com

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  7. Hello Larissa,

    How do you provide proof of knowledge of the Portuguese language? What type of document should I bring? I completed a Portuguese language course at the University of Ottawa here in Canada. Will a statement of completed studies suffice?

    Thank you
    Melissa
    (melissa.e.medeiros@gmail.com)

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    1. Dear Melissa, you must take a Proficieny exam at Instituto Camões.

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  8. Hello Larissa,

    My grandfather was a portuguese national born in Daman (that was under the portuguese rule back then). He has passed away but I still have his portuguese passport to prove his nationality. My immediate parents are not portuguese nationals. Can I apply for portuguese nationality under my grandfather's nationality? I do not have his birth certificate but I do have his portuguese passport. Please advise.

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    1. Please, send me an e-mail to larissa.bona@lawrei.com with the scans of the documents of your grandfather that you already have and I will analyze your case.

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  9. Hello Larissa
    Evidently there was an amendment to the Nationality Law in August 2015 extending Nationality to Grandchildren of Portuguese. My Grandfather was Portuguese. My father was born in South Africa and never registered for Portuguese Nationality before he died. Is it possible for me to apply for Portuguese Nationality?
    Thank you
    Colette

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  10. I have the same question as above..... i am South African, Grandmother (alive) is portuguese, and lives in SA where my dad was born, but my father never registered for Portuguese nationality. Can i as a south african register through my grandmother?

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  11. Good day,
    Please may I have your email address.
    My grand father was born in Portugal and passed away in South Africa in a car accident. His documentation was destroyed in error. How do I obtain his birth certificate. I only have a few of his details.

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    1. Dear Sir/Madam

      My e-mail is larissa.bona@lawrei.com

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  12. my great- grand father was born in the Azores (my fathers grandfather) could i get citizenship if my father gets his?

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  13. Hello Larissa,

    My father was born in Goa before the 1961, but he does not intend to apply for Portuguese citizenship.

    Can I apply for the Portuguese citizenship in such case? If yes what is required to be done?

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  14. My grandfather and grandmother were born before 1961 in Goa. The fact that my mother was born in Bombay and does not want citizenship as she is a government servant makes my way through his process a bit foggy. Is there a process around this?

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  15. Hi Larissa,
    My grandparents were both born in Goa before 1961 but we never got registered. My father was born in Karachi but my parents have separated since 2005 and we are not in contact with him. Is it possible to get my grandparents registered without him?

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  16. Hello Larissa,

    Both my maternal grandparents were born in Portugal and then immigrated to Canada and are now since deceased. I understand from your post above that the easiest route for me to acquire Portuguese citizenship would be through my mom declaring first. Would this be possible for her even though her parents have passed away?

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    1. Yes, your mother is still entitled to the Portuguese citizenship despite of the fact her parents are deceased.

      If you have any further queries, please, do not hesitate to contact me at larissa.bona@lawrei.com

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  17. Hi Larissa,

    What course is required from Camoes, A1 ,A2, B1 ,B2?

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    1. Dear Mr. Pereira,

      A1 will do fine.

      If you have any further queries, please, do not hesitate to contact me at larissa.bona@lawrei.com

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  18. Hi my grandma was portuguese (madeira) but lived in England from the age of about 16 from the 1940s so presumably became naturalised at some point. Does that mean she lost her portuguese citizenship? I've never thought about it before but with this exit from EU I'm looking at options! I only speak a few phrases of portuguese but would be willing to learn!

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    1. Dear Unknown, we must check if the records of your grandmother in Portugal shows whether she has lost the citizenship or not. Please, send me an e-mail with her data, so I can give you guidance to check this. My e-mail is larissa.bona@lawrei.com

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  19. Dear Larissa
    I am a portuguese citizen living in south africa. I have 2 daughters 22 and 24. I never registered my marriage but divorced 20 years ago. My issue is can i register my daughters without registering my marriage? I don't know where my ex husband is so can't seem to find paperwork.
    Kind regards
    Bella

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    1. Dear Bella,

      Taking into account the Birth Certificates issued in South Africa and the Portuguese Registration Code, it is compulsory for you to register your marriage in Portugal in order to allow your daughters to become eligible to apply for the Portuguese citizenship. Please, send me an e-mail at larissa.bona@lawrei.com, so I can give you guidance on how to overcome this problem.

      Regards,

      Larissa

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  20. Dear Larissa,

    My grand mother is Portuguese , her father was serving Portuguese army in Mozambique dated to 1910 . She was born in 1929 and migrated to India (Mumbai) in 1949 , she had married to an Indian but as the years past by all her supporting documents (birth certificate , passport ) got lost, she is now 89 years old and still speaks Portuguese . In her case how can she reclaim her nationality knowing that her father served Portuguese Army ? And how can her grand children apply for Portuguese citizenship since they are from Portuguese descents ?

    Looking forward for your response.

    Email: sakharfadni@gmail.com

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