Attribution of Portuguese nationality

Attribution of Portuguese nationality

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.

 

Update of the registration of rustic buildings free for 30 months

Update of the registration of rustic buildings free for 30 months

There are new rules for non-registered agricultural and forestry land.
It was approved by the Council of Ministers the creation of a Simplified Cadastral Information System that during 30 months will have an exceptional regime of exemption from the payment of the fees and emoluments due to the updating of the land register of rustic properties.

Unregistered land owners have two years – until December 31, 2018 – to make this registration.

Beginning in 2019, land that has not been registered passes to the so-called Land Bank, which has been managed by the State for 15 years.

The Land Bank will integrate all the rustic, agricultural or forestry lands, with no known owner.

The Forest Management companies and their partners will have the obligation to benefit from tax and emolumentary incentives and exemptions, and also, it is foreseen the simplification of the process of constitution of Forest Intervention Zones. One of the main duties of these societies, which may be composed of any group of citizens, is to keep the land clean and prevent fires.

This legislative package is now awaiting discussion and voting in the Assembly of the Republic.

Government prepares new technical file for housing

Government prepares new technical file for housing

Government prepares new technical file for housing

The Government is preparing a new legislative proposal that provides for the replacement of the current Technical File of Housing by the Technical File of the property.

The new Technical File of the Property, of simpler content, should contain indicate the main characteristics of the property and must have attached the energy certificate.

This technical file will become mandatory not only for housing, but also for non-residential buildings, namely, shops or offices, garages, warehouses, among others.