Changes to the Portuguese citizenship law were passed in 2020, but the effects are only now happening due to the delay in regulation
Changes to Portuguese citizenship law made it easier for descendants to obtain citizenship and caused Brazilian naturalization applications to skyrocket. consulted by the report of News of New Pan, Brazilian Beatriz Gonçalves, who is the Portuguese’s granddaughter and has been collecting documents to apply for Portuguese citizenship for some time, said she had difficulties with certificates and wrongly registered surnames, but now she is confident that she will succeed. “It’s a wish of mine, I went to Portugal a few years ago, I’ve always had a very strong connection with my maternal grandfather. It is a love for my ancestors, a respect for their history, for what they built in Brazil, especially for my grandfather, for the values they left for us and that we preserve as a family to this day,” he said.
The Brazilian benefited from the new rules adopted in Portugal to grant citizenship to dependents. The lawyer specializing in Portuguese immigration, Adriana Chiaradia, explains that, in the case of the third generation of immigrants, it was first necessary to prove a connection with the country, such as to have a rental and purchased property. “In proving the current law, he must prove sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language, since we are Brazilians, we do not need to prove why we were colonized by Portugal and not commit any crime punishable by an equal or greater penalty than three years”, he explains.
With the changes, citizenship can also be granted to: foreigners married to a Portuguese woman for more than three years; babies born in Portugal; regulated residents for five years; foreigners who have provided relevant services and great-grandchildren of Portuguese – as long as the grandparents or parents have citizenship. Changes to the Portuguese citizenship law were passed in 2020, however the effects are only now happening due to the delay in regulation. The wait for the issuance of the document is something that those interested will have to go through, since with the reliefs the requests from Brazilians have increased and the processing time takes an average of two to three years in the case of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. spouses.
According to Chiaradia, the wait is better for children, around eight months, as there are more competent bodies to judge these cases. All others are centralized at the Central Registration Office. “With this change in the law in 2020, the number of requests increased because we have many grandchildren of the Portuguese in Brazil. However, the number of human resources in Portugal did not increase. So, the number of people who have already worked at the Conservatory to meet these requirements remains the same,” he added. The new decree also opens up the possibility of digitizing the submission of documents, which should simplify processes on the platform that is still under development by the government.
*With information from reporter Carolina Abelin