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Citizenship by Marriage or Non-marital Partnership

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If you are married to, or in a non-marital partnership with, a Portugal citizen, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship and a passport portuguese citizenship by marriage - new law on the portuguese citizenship by marriage.

How long does it take to get the Citizenship by Marriage?

Currently the processing time ranges 4 months for the step 1 registering the marriage and for the step 2, submitting the citizenship request between 1,5 years to 2 years.

. To do so, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must have been married to, or in a non-marital partnership with, your Portuguese partner for at least 3 years, if you already have portuguese children or 6 years if no portuguese children.
  2. You must be able to prove that your marriage or non-marital partnership is still valid and subsisting.

STEP 1 - register the marriage to the portuguese person - at this stage the foreign marriage is registered and the portuguese authorities are informed. In the end of step 1 you will get a new portuguese marriage certificate. The number of your of your local marriage count for the needed 3/ or 6 years.

If you meet all of the above requirements, you may submit your application for Portuguese citizenship by marriage or non-marital partnership to the relevant authorities - step 2. Please note that you may be required to provide additional documentation supporting your application.

STEP 2 - register the marriage for spouse after step 1 is obtained. This applciation processing time will take between 1,5 years to 2,5 years.

Reasons for Denial  

Certain conditions under which your application for Portuguese citizenship by marriage or non-marital partnership may be denied. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. If your marriage or non-marital partnership has ended, either through a divorce or the death of your partner, before the expiry of the 3 years required for eligibility.
  2. If you have been convicted of a crime in Portugal, or any other country, which is punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more.
  3. If you are suspected of being a threat to national security, public order, or public health.
  4. If you have falsified any documents in support of your application.

Documents needed for Portuguese Citizenship by marriage or Non-marital Partnership

You can begin the application process by submitting the necessary documentation to the relevant authorities. These include:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of your valid passport.
  3. A copy of your birth certificate.
  4. A copy of your marriage certificate or non-marital partnership registration registered in Portugal, as applicable.
  5. A criminal record check from your home country and any other countries in which you have resided for 6 months or more in the past 5 years.
  6. Proof of payment of the applicable fees.

Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the relevant authorities.

There is no need for language test or proofs of connection to the Portugal - new law.

A Portuguese family law lawyer can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding Portuguese citizenship by marriage or non-marital partnership. Contact our experienced lawyers today for more information.