You don't need to be a Portuguese citizen to benefit from the many perks of living in Portugal but, in some cases, it may be very useful...
Recently, one of the world's largest surveys about living and working abroad highlighted Portugal as "the ideal destination for settling down quickly and feeling at home abroad". The Expat Insider 2019 considered Portugal to be:
According to this survey "expats (in Portugal) are more than merely content with their new life: one in three thinks moving abroad has even made them a lot happier".
The number of expats in Portugal continues to grow steadily — and Portugal is more than happy to welcome them with open arms. Year after year, foreigners from all over the world have chosen Portugal as a home for reasons such as:
The Portuguese Government has repeatedly created programmes to attract more foreign residents. However, while both Portuguese citizenship and Portuguese permanent residence allow you to remain in Portugal full-time, there are some differences between the two. The choice of which option is best for you depends on your lifestyle.
More than 41,000 foreign nationals residing in Portugal applied for Portuguese citizenship in 2018, the highest figure in the last five years. Among these are third-country nationals (non-EU citizens) as well as British nationals who are looking to secure their rights after Brexit.
Portuguese citizenship grants the right to:
The rules for acquiring Portuguese citizenship depend on different factors, such as your place of birth, duration of residence in Portugal, the nationality of family members, and criminal record, among others.
The most common situations in which you may request Portuguese citizenship include:
Contrary to other EU countries such as Spain, Portuguese law allows citizens to have more than one nationality. For example, should the UK leave the EU on October 31, 2019, as is expected, it will be possible for British nationals to be Portuguese citizens and still keep their British passports. However, because each country has its laws, you'll have to check beforehand if the same applies to your home country.
Our team of property specialists in the Silver Coast Portugal have vast experience with international clients and their needs. We work closely with our partner company Portugal Accounting to aid each client in obtaining professional services tailored to their needs. From accounting to residence and citizenship consultancy, we aim to make buying property in Portugal and life in Portugal a simple and hassle-free experience. After all, life is happier in Portugal... but don't take our word for it!
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