Below is some summary information about the granting of Portuguese citizenship to Sepharadim by the government of Portugal.
According to a Portuguese law already in force, the government of Portugal started granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews, including the descendants of Spanish Jews who lived in Portugal after 1492. In October 2015, the Portuguese Ministry of Justice approved the first orders.
The average time it takes, from the moment an application for Portuguese nationality is submitted to the Portuguese government, is approximately eighteen months. It is not necessary for the candidate to go to Portugal personally to obtain Portuguese citizenship.
Portuguese nationality can be granted in the following cases:
Requests from Brazilian citizens who claim to be descendants of people condemned by the Inquisition for heresies will not be automatically accepted . Usually, they are not Jews, nor do they have a Sephardic Jewish grandfather.
The applicant must first obtain a certificate from the Portuguese Jewish Community that attests to its links with the Sephardic Jewish community.
For this, you must provide your personal data, the data of your ancestors and the following documents:
The candidate for Portuguese nationality must have at least one Jewish grandfather or grandmother, without whom it is not possible to affirm an emotional and traditional connection with the Portuguese Sephardic community of the past.
Once the applicant has received a certificate from the Portuguese Jewish Community that attests to his ties with a Jewish community of Portuguese origin, it is prudent to seek legal advice in the preparation and presentation of the documents necessary for its application to the Portuguese government.
The request for Portuguese nationality addressed to the Portuguese government by lawyers must be accompanied by the following documents:
Once the Portuguese nationality has been granted to the applicant, the secretary of the Portuguese Central Registry will issue the applicant's Portuguese birth certificate. The birth certificate will be sent to the applicant, who must take it to the nearest Portuguese consulate in order to obtain a Portuguese passport.