Through Marriage

  • A foreigner married to a Portuguese national for more than three years may acquire Portuguese nationality by means of a declaration made during the duration of the marriage.
  • A declaration invalidating or annulling the marriage does not impair the nationality acquired by the spouse who married in good faith.
  • A foreigner who, at the time of the declaration, lives in a de facto union with a Portuguese national for more than three years may acquire Portuguese nationality, after judicial recognition of the status by a civil court.

Necessary documents

  • Birth Certificate of the applicant
  • Birth Certificate of the Portuguese spouse, with the marriage annotated on it. (This document may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese Consulate)
  • Marriage Certificate. (This document may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese Consulate).
  • Document proving the foreign citizenship of the applicant, with the respective translation if not issued in Portuguese.
  • Criminal Clearance issued by the country where the applicant was born, from where he holds his citizenship and of all countries he has ever lived after turning 16 years old, with the respective translation if not issued in Portuguese. (The applicant is exempt of presenting the Portuguese Criminal Clearance, since it may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese government, yet we advise it previous presentation by the applicant in order to gain time).
  • Document proving the nature of the public function or that he has served the army due to legal obligation. The presentation of such documents is only necessary if the applicant fits in these situations.
  • Form Mod 3

Note: No formal residence period in Portugal is laid down; however, in practice, knowledge of the Portuguese language and integration into Portuguese society may be required.

  • Links to the Portuguese community.
  • Visits to Portugal (photos)
  • Receipts from hotels, restaurants, medical bills, airlines
  • Portuguese clubs or Associations in US
  • Document proving that the applicant has plenty knowledge of the Portuguese idiom. The evidence of knowledge of Portuguese can be given by presenting the following documents:

Diploma issued by a Portuguese public or private school, under the terms of the Portuguese law.
Certificate of approval in exam carried out by any the institutions mentioned at item a.
Certificate of approval in exam issued by the Portuguese Consulate when the applicant was still living abroad.
Certificate of proficiency in Portuguese as foreign language issued by one of the accredited Portuguese evaluation centres.

In case of someone who has studied in a public or private school in any of the Portuguese-speaking countries, the evidence of knowledge of the Portuguese idiom may be given through Diploma issued by these teaching institutions

All customers who need consular attention are required to timely contact the Consulate, requesting appointment for a date and hour available. All information about procedures and documentation to be submitted will be provided, as well as expected costs.

email: mail@washington.dgaccp.pt
tel: 202-332-3007

 

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