Portugal and India have deep historical relationships. Until 1961, the territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, were on Portuguese domain, which is why the citizens born in those territories until June 3, 1975, are considered Portuguese citizens.
The territory of the Portuguese State of India was integrated into the Indian Union on December 20, 1961. Until that time, all citizens born in Portuguese India (Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadrá and Nagar-Aveli) are considered Portuguese citizens. Those who were born there until June 3, 1975 (date of independence) are also considered Portuguese of the former State of India, but they will have to prove that they were not domiciled in any of the former colonies at the time of their independence, so that maintain their Portuguese nationality.
Trade and cultural relations between Portugal and India – the value of Startup’s
This recent past is an added value for the current trade and cultural relations between the two countries. On the one hand, India has remarkable economic, industrial, social and cultural growth. On the other hand, Portugal is an excellent gateway to the European Community market, especially in the near future after Brexit, and also to the Portuguese-speaking African Countries market. It should be noted that Mozambique and India also have ancestral links among their population, and these two countries are now also developing cooperation agreements.
Thus, Portugal represents an excellent investment opportunity for India, especially in renewable energies, construction, infrastructure (roads, ports, airports), defense (drones, robotics, cargo planes), food processing and logistics, tourism , hotels and real estate.
Portugal has affirmed itself in Europe and in the world as an excellent country for the development of startup companies, due to the investments made in the last decade in qualification of human resources, infrastructures and technology, which offer enormous opportunities for those who intend to launch or invest in new Business.
The Portuguese Government has recently launched a vast program of support for entrepreneurship and development of Startups, which include various measures of financial support, cooperation and sharing of resources, more favorable taxation of capital gains obtained by investing in Startups, as well as , residence permit visas for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to invest in Portugal. And of course, we can not forget the Web Summit conference that in recent years has been held in Portugal.
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The requirements to obtain a residence visa
One of the steps taken by Portugal to strengthen relations with India was the simplification of the visa regime for Indian students, scientists and entrepreneurs. In January 2017, the Portuguese Prime Minister, visiting India, announced an agreement between the two countries to simplify the granting of residence permit visas through simplified administrative procedures.
For those interested in starting or developing a Startup company in Portugal, the Portuguese Government created the Startup visa. This visa is granted:
- to the entrepreneur even if he has not yet started the business
- the entrepreneur who has already launched a startup in his country and wants to install it in Portugal.
For this residence permit visa is required that the entrepreneur has not had regular residence in the Schengen area in the recent past, can not have criminal records; has aged 18 years old, finally, has sufficient funds in a bank account in the amount of € 5146.08 per year / per person.
The requirements for Portuguese nationality
The acquisition of Portuguese nationality for citizens born up to 00 hours on 03 June 1975 in the territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadrá and Nagar-Aveli is established in Portuguese legislation. Portuguese nationality also extends to their spouses, children and grandchildren, even if the relative has already passed away.
To be able to acquire Portuguese nationality by citizens born in the territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, it is necessary to prove the quality of Portuguese citizens and shall proceed to the transcript of his birth records with the Portuguese Registry. They will therefore have to present at the Portuguese Central Records of several documents, including birth registration certificates, marriage, death certificates (if applicable), all properly apostilled and translated into Portuguese language.
In conclusion, it can be said that the attribution of citizenship to citizens born in the territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadrá and Nagar-Aveli and their spouses and descendants is a way of reestablishing historical ties with the Portuguese community in India; as well as a strong mechanism to promote cooperation between the two countries in the development of trade, scientific and technological relations.