How to get Portuguese citizenship: choose the right option

Benefits of Portuguese citizenship

 The Portuguese Republic is a sunny country with a mild Central Asian climate. It is very attractive for many people from different parts of the world who prefer to spend the entire summer on the seaside, enjoying the beauty of nature and taking care of their health. In the south and west the land of the republic is washed by the waters of the Atlantic. The country’s warm climate favors and is especially recommended for people exposed to respiratory diseases.

In order to have the possibility of circular migration, if you want to move his residence from one country to another, it is best for a Russian citizen to obtain dual citizenship. It is expedient from an economic point of view as well. After all, the European passport of Portugal gives great freedom of movement in the territory of the European Union and the world.

The desire to test yourself in work abroad, see the world and earn good money is another factor that encourages migration and citizenship of Portugal. The more diverse training programs that exist in advanced Europe, the possibility of obtaining good qualifications abroad attract young people from CIS countries.

The honorary additional right — to be a citizen of the European Union

Portugal since 1986 is one of the 27th countries of the European Union. And, as you know, the criteria for accession to the EU for countries are:


  •  existence of democratic principles in society, priority in respect of citizens’ rights,
  •  strong legislative a system of state capable of protecting against any arbitrariness of the authorities,
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  •  highly developed competitive market economy of the country.

Many dream to live in this prosperous country. Citizens of the richest countries of the European Union, such as Finland, Sweden, especially our former compatriots, prefer to live some time a year in Portugal. After all, prices for products here are much lower, and the number of sunny days makes up for the scarcity of rays of their harsh climate.

One of the options for obtaining the right to be part of the European Union is to acquire Portuguese citizenship. Russians with high material wealth in order to realize their life and career plans also seek to the Eurozone, acquire dual citizenship — get the second in Portugal.

Member States of the European Union, use a uniform design of passports, with a cover of color burgund. The crust of the passport of any EU country bears the inscription European Union. With a Portuguese passport you can live and work in any of the 27 EU countries, visit Schengen countries, as well as others — visa-free entry is allowed to most countries of the world (180 countries).

How Portuguese citizenship is received


the Portuguese Republic — parliamentary and presidential, as is Russia. Only in the Russian Federation the federal structure of the republic, and Portugal is divided into 18 districts (distritu), before they were called provinces and retain their historical names.

The Russian-speaking population is concentrated mainly in large districts of the same name with the names of cities — such as Lisbon, Porto, Aveiro — where there are more opportunities for formation and development.

The state Portuguese language in the country greatly complicates immigration. The services of various international companies allow to obtain Portuguese citizenship on favorable terms and eliminate any adverse risks associated with ignorance of the national language.

First you need to obtain a visa for entry: tourist, business, private or working. There are many different kinds of them. Specialized companies, which are easy to find on the Internet, can arrange services for obtaining an entry visa, payment of duties and others, also information in the field of investment citizenship.

Estimated, the number of Russian-speaking diaspora in Portugal is more than 150 thousand people. The assimilation of the Russian-speaking population is facilitated by the demographic policy of this state. Since autumn 2017, for the first time in the history of the country, several public schools in Portugal began teaching Russian as a second foreign one. The government opened free schools also to study Portuguese.

Those who are determined for a long-term stay in Portugal need to be sure to learn Portuguese in order to be tested for language proficiency in order to obtain PMS and citizenship. In both cases, an A2 level certificate is required to confirm basic Portuguese.

Conditions for obtaining Portuguese citizenship

Each euro zone state stipulates its conditions for obtaining citizenship, where the first stage is the issuance of a permissive document for residency. In some of them, the conditions for the acquisition of a residence permit differ in loyalty, in others less. In Portugal, according to many expert estimates, one of the most loyal options is operating.


granting of a residence permit in any country means that the immigrant lives on the territory of that country for the main time — becomes a resident, but travel abroad is not prohibited if they last no more than 90 days a year. The residence permit has a certain period of validity and is renewed several times within 5 years.

According to the usual scheme, if a participant confirms his residency (permanence) in Portugal, after 5 years, he is issued a MW. This transition takes place almost automatically and requires a minimum set of confirmation documents. After 1 year, residents (people with residence permit) can apply for citizenship.

According to classical schemes, the methods of obtaining residence in Portugal are studies or employment contracts, marriage and family reunification. But the most advanced scheme is getting a residence permit for investments under the program “Gold Star”.

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