Portuguese Government approves Amendments to the Attribution of Portuguese Nationality
The Government approved on April 20, 2017, the Decree-Law that regulates the Nationality Law, introducing improvements in the process of Portuguese nationality and making it more just and faster for the applicant.
The approved diploma determines what are the “bonds of effective connection to the national community” that the Law of Nationality of 2015 provides for the attribution of Portuguese nationality to grandchildren of Portuguese residents abroad.
The Decree – Law also simplifies the process of assigning nationality, especially in what concerns the knowledge of the language: it is presumed that citizens of countries where Portuguese has been an official language for more than ten years, provided that they reside in Portugal five years ago, they know the Portuguese language, exempting them from the proof of knowledge of the Portuguese language, namely, certificate of school qualifications or certificate of proof of Portuguese language.
In fact, applicants from Portuguese – speaking countries, such as Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea – Bissau, among others, had to prove their knowledge of the Portuguese language so far. is bureaucratic and useless.
The requirement for a certificate of criminal record of the country of origin of the children of immigrants is also simplified when these children have not resided in their country of origin since the age of 16, and only the criminal records of the countries where they are effectively resided.
In fact, the decree – law aims to respond to many applicants (children of immigrants) who have not lived outside Portugal since the age of 16 and, therefore, can not be criminally responsible for acts practiced in Portuguese territory.