Portugal Announces Positive Amendments to Birthright Citizenship Laws

November 12, 2020by Chinwe Azikiwe

Portugal Announces Positive Amendments to Birthright Citizenship Laws

Effective from the 11th of November 2020, children born to parents holding foreign passports will qualify for a Portuguese Citizenship upon birth- granted that one of the parents has resided in Portugal for at least year, legally or otherwise. This development was announced by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on 3rd November 2020 after several months of debate on the matter. Under the new amendments, the time period of prior residence in Portugal for a foreign passport holding parent is significantly reduced. Portugal has been offering citizenship upon birth to migrant children born in Portugal for a long time, however, the former version of the law required the residency of one parent for a period of at least 2 years to qualify. This is excellent news for those planning to enter into the Portugal Golden Visa Program. The amendment still does require one of the parents to have held the Portugal Golden Visa for at least a year, even if only the seven-day physical appearance provision has been met by the respective parent. The Portugal Golden Visa Program was a part of the Portuguese government’s efforts to welcome foreign investors in Portugal- and now more welcoming towards their families as well. The Golden Visa program has been a major success since its launch in 2012, with 9254 investors and 15,864 family members benefiting from the program.

Now is the best time to obtain a Portugal Golden Visa and afford your future children the rights to a Portuguese Citizenship.

For clients looking to obtain residency in an EU member country while also starting new families, Wincore Advisory Group provides assistance with the support of our team of consultants who are experts in International Residency and Citizenship. We also specialize in assisting clients obtain world-class alternative residences across Europe.

Brief Overview of Portugal & Portugal Residency by Investment:

Portugal is a country located in South Western Europe. Portugal is a member of the EU, Eurozone, and the Schengen Agreement, the United Nations, the OECD and NATO. Portugal’s passport is ranked as the 6th strongest passport in the world allowing visa-free access to over 171 countries. Portugal enjoys the world’s 20th highest quality of life. The Portugal Residency program requires a minimum investment of €150,000 in a Company, OR €350,000 reduced option in Real Estate or €350,000 in a Safe Investment Fund. Wincore Advisory’s team provides support and guidance in every step of the process of obtaining a Portugal Golden Visa, if you are interested in this service or any of our other services that we specialize in, please get in touch with our corporate team immediately. Wincore specializes in Tax, Estate, Corporate and Fiduciary matters. We provide pragmatic, flexible and efficient solutions to individual entrepreneurs, startup businesses, foreign and local SMEs, multinationals, wealthy international families, HNWIs and UHNWIs.  
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Chinwe Azikiwe

Senior Business Advisor | E: c.azikiwe@wincoreadvisory.com | M: +971 (0) 50 630 0821

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