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History of the Portuguese State of India

From 1505 until 1961, Portugal ruled aseries of colonial outposts known collectively as the Portuguese State ofIndia. The Republic of India eventually reabsorbed all Portuguese India'snumerous disparate colonies. The last three territories under Portuguese rulewere Goa, Damão, and Diu. The Goa territory, which also contained two of threeof the former state's capital cities (Old Goa 1510-1843 and Nova Goa1843-1961), covered a considerable area along the western coast of India.

Further north, the Damão territory(present-day Daman) included the isolated enclaves of Dadrá and Nagar Haveli.The Diu territory, which included Pani Kota Island, was situated on thesouthern coast of the Kathiawar Peninsula. The Republic of India claimed theseterritories, incorporating both the people and lands into their republic.However, Portugal also recognizes the natural right to Portuguese citizenshipfor people born before the annexation of the colonial territories. And, shouldthey wish, their descendants can apply for citizenship.

Who Receives Citizenship? What Laws Apply?

Portugal ensured citizenship for allindividuals born before 1961 in the old Portuguese State of India, per thePortuguese Nationality Law 37/81 and additional legislation. The informationpresented here is a summary of the basic rules determining who is entitled tocitizenship by the Portuguese Nationality Law 37/81.

How Are Their Descendants Eligible?

As mentioned above, individuals bornin the former Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra, Nagar Haveliare defacto Portuguese citizens. These individuals can reclaim theircitizenship even after death if a living descendant applies. All this ensuresthat the descendants (up to the 3rd generation) of Portuguese colonialists canapply for Portuguese citizenship.

Passport Application Status

After applying for a Portuguese passport, you will want to stay up-to-date on its status. We ensure you to keep the tracking of all changes on your aplication using to most advanced online tools.