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Citizenship in Portugal

Portuguese citizenship grants the right to settle, work, and study in all EU countries and allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 186 destinations worldwide. Portuguese citizenship can mainly be acquired by those who are descended from Portuguese parents or grandparents, by marriage or civil union, or by birth in a Portuguese territory.

In relation to those who are resident in Portugal, including those who follow the residence-by-investment program, it is possible to apply for citizenship after five years of legal residence in Portugal, if:

  • The applicant is at least 18 years of age
  • The applicant has been a resident in Portugal for at least five years
  • The applicant has basic (A2 international level) knowledge of the Portuguese language
  • The applicant has not been convicted for a crime that corresponds to a penalty equal to or more than three years according to Portuguese law


In order to create more favorable conditions for citizenship approval, the applicant may demonstrate tangible connections with the Portuguese community.

Portugal allows dual citizenship.

Henley and Partners assists private clients in applying for citizenship on the basis of the requirements listed above having been satisfied.