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Special Edition: Amendment to Portuguese Nationality Law 
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On Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the Council of Ministers, the Portuguese Government approved changes to the procedure for awarding acquisition of Portuguese Nationality. The procedure eliminates unnecessary acts, thereby increasing the efficiency and fairness of the process. 

Some of the key changes include the following: 
  1. Portuguese Nationality (by origin) may be awarded to grandchildren of Portuguese born abroad who possess "an effective connection with the Portuguese community", among other requirements. The Government has spelled out the specific terms of these ties and their recognition. 
  2. The grandchildren of Portuguese born abroad must also fulfill additional requirements, including: 
    • Declaration of wanting to be Portuguese; 
    • Registration of their birth with the Portuguese Civil Registry (Registo Civil); 
    • Applicants have not been convicted, with a final judgement, of any offense punishable by a prison term of no greater than 3 years. 
  3. According to the Regulation of the Nationality Law, the CRC (Central Registry Office) shall presume a connection with the Portuguese community and does not need to refer the case to the appropriate member of the Justice Department at the time of the request when the applicant: 
    • Has been legally residing in the Portuguese territory for 3 (three) years immediately prior to the request, is enrolled in the tax administration and national or regional health services and proves attendance at a school in Portuguese territory or demonstrates knowledge of the Portuguese language.
    • Has been legally residing in the Portuguese territory for the 5 (five) years immediately prior to the request, is enrolled in the tax administration and national or regional health services. 
Providing for the above situations speeds up the process of granting citizenship meanwhile providing a level of predictability. This also allows the applicant knowledge of the requirements beforehand, thereby providing a speedier recognition of the connection. 

Along with their request for attribution of Portuguese Nationality, applicants must submit documentation thereby proving connection to the Portuguese national community, such as: 
  • Legal residence in the national Portuguese territory; 
  • Regular trips to Portugal; 
  • Property ownership for at least 3 (three) years or lease agreeements executed for 3 (three) years or more, related to real estate in Portugal; 
  • Residence or connection to a Portuguese (emigrant) community abroad; 
  • Regular participation, in the immediate previous 5 years, in the cultural life of said community - the applicant's country of residence - especially in the cultural and recreational activities of local Portuguese organizations or associations.
4. The fact that the interested party produces the appropriate documentation proving one or more facts listed does not, however, prove a legitimate and effective connection to the Portuguese community.  According to the newly-enacted regulation, following submission to the CRC, one of two situations will take place: 
  1. The applicant fulfills the requirements set forth in the Nationality Regulation, so that, from the outset, the CRC may conclude that there are effective ties in the national community; 
  2. The case is forwarded to the appropriate responsible member of the Justice Department, who thereby assesses a connection on a case-by-case basis.
Note: This text has been adapted from a text released by Portugal Reconnect, whose goal is to help connect Portuguese communities abroad with their cultural roots.  

For more information on the new regulations or to submit your Portuguese Nationality request, please visit Portugal Reconnect's website. PALCUS members receive a 25% discount on Portugal Reconnect services. Please connect with us and we'd be happy to forward your information to them.

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Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship Service with 25% Discount

Portugal ReConnect is offering PALCUS members* a 25% discount on their service to obtain your Portuguese citizenship. If you didn't have a chance to watch PALCUS' webinar, "Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship: Benefits and Advantages" live, you can still watch it by following  this link. In the webinar, Portugal ReConnect's attorneys guide you through the criteria to help you find out whether you're eligible for the citizenship program.

*PALCUS Member in good standing, who has paid his/her 2015 or 2016 dues

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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.

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