Citizenship Application in Portugal

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Highly professional, efficient service. Response to our urgent email almost immediately. Our lawyer, very approachable and helpful with the handling of this case and intercepting everything into Engli... [read more]

Highly professional, efficient service. Response to our urgent email almost immediately. Our lawyer, very approachable and helpful with the handling of this case and intercepting everything into English for us. The service provided was excellent value for money.

Rhona Goodwin (Nov, 16 2022)

"I found the service very helpful and easy to use. It took the fear out of employing a legal service in that it was upfront and transparent and reasonably priced."

Derry Conran (Nov, 02 2022)

"Very responsive and reached out to me via phone call to set up a consultation. Answered all my questions and was willing to help."

Natalie Stephens (Oct, 24 2022)

"Proactive, always helpful and ready to answer questions, took control of my issue and clearly explained what I needed to do. Good value."

Jerry Lockspeiser (Oct, 16 2022)

"Very professional and knowledgeable. Came well-prepared to the meeting. I am extremely satisfied."

Piotr Nagalski (Oct, 11 2022)

"Responsible, understanding, good personal contact. Always finding time for us, very kind and helpful."

Paul Tapper (Aug, 09 2022)

"My lawyer was amazing. Every question quickly answered."

Marc (May, 19 2022)

"Amazing service. Would recommend to everyone."

Noreen Murphy (Mar, 18 2022)

Excellent service, very quick to explain all procedures and possible outcomes. Once our lawyer began, the service was extremely professional and thorough, with clear communication at every stage. The... [read more]

Excellent service, very quick to explain all procedures and possible outcomes. Once our lawyer began, the service was extremely professional and thorough, with clear communication at every stage. The problem was dealt with in a very short time, I could not ask for better or more professional service.

Malcolm Shaw (Mar, 07 2022)

I found my lawyer to be prompt with all responses. My requirement was identified and understood, and I was advised of any potential complications. I found the service provided to be both professional... [read more]

I found my lawyer to be prompt with all responses. My requirement was identified and understood, and I was advised of any potential complications. I found the service provided to be both professional and approachable. Overall, I was very pleased with the service!

Elizabeth (Feb, 02 2022)

"Very, very happy with the service provided. I would definitely recommend my lawyer and would be very happy to use the service again. I felt in good hands immediately."

Joanne Mulvany (Feb, 01 2022)

"My lawyer was responsive and engaged and always willing to help. Everything went smoothly, and I received explanations regarding all the caveats. I highly recommend this service."

Tomasz Weglinski (Jan, 18 2022)

"Our lawyer was very helpful, professional and kind - nothing was too much trouble. If I left a message, we got a reply within 24 hours. Would recommend this service to anyone."

Michael Bailey (Dec, 13 2021)

"I was extremely pleased with the whole service."

Rex Millward (Jul, 02 2021)

"Extremely helpful, trustworthy, and went beyond expectations to help and serve me as a client."

Eric (Jan, 20 2021)
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Service Details

Citizenship Application

This service is available across Portugal

Who Is This Service For?

Anyone who does not have the right to reside in Portugal, such as non-EU Citizens, and even those who may reside here legally - such as EU citizens - may consider it preferable to make an application for citizenship.

Citizenship confers the right on the holder to reside and work – not just in Portugal - but in any EU country. Also, citizens have the right to vote as well as the plethora of rights typically conferred on citizens of a country.

You may apply if you find yourself in any of the following groups: where your parents/grandparents are Portuguese, if you have lived legally in the country for a period of 6 years or more (3 years or more if you marry a Portuguese citizen). Portugal permits dual citizenship, so you may retain your existing citisenship

Please note that there do exist some special rules and limitations so you should discuss the matter with an immigration lawyer to make sure you are eligible.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

  • Advice and assistance to ensure the applicant has the required documentation and information (according to the basis upon which the application is made - see options above)
  • Advice and assistance completing any application forms
  • Accompany the applicant before the relevant government offices to process the application
  • Arrange for payment of administrative fee
  • Liaise with the appropriate government departments until such time as the application is approved and you may pick-up your new Portuguese passport and identity card.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Why choose Advocate Abroad?

Our Lawyers

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I am a Lawyer, working independently for 7 years now. I have experience in family law, property, public deeds, criminal law and general matters. I'm... [read more]

I am a Lawyer, working independently for 7 years now. I have experience in family law, property, public deeds, criminal law and general matters. I'm my work I sometimes do translations and certifications of foreign documents. I although have experience in teaching.


Customer Reviews

Odete Lauritzson Sep, 20 2022

Claudia was very helpful in dealing with my queries of dealing with receiving inheritance and drafting POA's for my brother. She invested a lot of additional time trying to understand the needs of the banks in drafting the POA that is needed to show the different banks.

I would definitely use Claudia again for other Portuguese law related matters.

Leonard Baker Aug, 17 2021

We found Claudia a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. The reason being is that she was competent and helpful at all times. She was efficient without being pushy.

She also worked very logically and systematically making sure everything was achieved in a stress free manner. And she was friendly!

Connor Gray, Castelo Branco Aug, 16 2021

Claudia went to every effort to help with our cases. We first asked her to help us with our property purchase and she was exactly what we needed as we didn't really have a clue what we were doing.
The sale went through absolutely pain-free and we were so happy we asked her to continue on to advise on our residency.

Unfortunately we hit complications but only due to the current global issues, Covid19 & Brexit, So we had to return the the UK. But even during all of that she kept us up to date, well informed and we really felt we had her on our side.

I will be staying in touch with Claudia when we return, I would use her services again and I would (and have) happily recommend her to friends.

Claude Waddington, Lisbon Jan, 25 2021

Claudia went above and beyond to help us, my partner and I have been extremely happy with her responsiveness, effectiveness in sorting everything for us in a very short time. We have compared the service value, and Claudia's services have been the best value for money, and she was very professional.

Thank you ever so much, we will be return customers.

Continue being awesome!

Abigail Stancliffe-Vaughan Dec, 17 2022

Claudia is friendly and funny and also very professional. She gave us honest straight answers at all times and advised where needed. Our estate agent behaved very badly and she was calm and measured about this whilst keeping us fully informed.

Anthony Wroe Jan, 31 2023

Claudia has been very professional and has gone above and beyond in assisting in a house purchase. She has been very patient and has always made herself available at the earliest opportunity when questions have arisen.

I couldn't fault her at any point during our business, and will use her again when we look to move to Portugal in the near future.

Leonard Baker Mar, 11 2023

Very competant and a lovely person too. Very efficient. Very knowledgable.

Janet Malone Jul, 31 2023

She made what could have been complicated and stressful into a simple process

Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A tr... [read more]

Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A transactions, having gained a broad understanding in cross-border corporate matters. She works alongside UK, Portugal, France, Germany and many countries in Africa in cross-border contracts for fiscal optimisation.

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Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In a... [read more]

Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In addition to her primary law degree, Elsa later obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Austin, in the United States, with a postgraduate doctorate in international trade as well as mediation, arbitration and negotiation.


Customer Reviews

Erika Samis Mar, 08 2023

Very kind, understanding, helpful, and responsive. I really appreciated Elsa's efforts on my case.

Peter Lewis May, 12 2023

Elsa provided excellent, friendly, and professional service in preparing documents for my fiancee and me. I would recommend her services! Thank you Elsa. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Pascale, Lisbon Jul, 31 2023

I had the pleasure to meet Elsa through Advocate Abroad. She helped me with the purchase of my condo in Lisbon.

Elsa was very efficient, kind and experimented. She reviewed all the property documents and attended the closing with me so she could explain the content of the deed that was, of course written in Portuguese. I would hire Elsa again for my next real estate transaction. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

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Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of ... [read more]

Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of in-depth knowledge and expertise in a restricted number of legal fields. She specialises in matters of property law, family law as well as criminal law and immigration matters.


Customer Reviews

Joseph Costa, U.S. Aug, 16 2021

Laura was great. Of course I was hesitant sending money overseas to someone I didn't know but after speaking to Laura I was at ease.

Laura always responded to my emails and when I informed her that I never received my paperwork in the mail, there were no questions and she sent out more paper special delivery which I received within a week.

If need be I would contact Laura to have work done and will advise any friends to do the same.

Clifton Fernandes, Lisbon Jan, 25 2021

One of the most responsive and helpful professionals. Very well versed with the laws. Absolutely most recommended.

Chris Greve, Lisbon Jan, 14 2021

Fast and helpful service.

Pedro Castro, London Oct, 01 2020

Great service and professionalism.

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Teresa read law at the University of Coimbra. She is specialised in civil law, contracts, property and inheritance case, with more than 10 years repre... [read more]

Teresa read law at the University of Coimbra. She is specialised in civil law, contracts, property and inheritance case, with more than 10 years representing international clients. She holds a postgraduate degree in Banking, Stock Exchange and Insurance Law and also holds the specialization course leading to the degree of Master of Corporate Law. A well-known speaker, Teresa's research focuses on issues of economic and financial law, as well as fundamental rights. She speaks English fluently.


Customer Reviews

Edwin Roberts Oct, 04 2022

Teresa and her team were immediately very responsive to our inquiry and remained as such throughout their service.

Teresa's team clearly understood our needs and objectives and through their network of established local contacts, they were able to accomplish our goals timely and with professionalism and competence.

Teresa always offered to make herself or her team available to respond to any questions or concerns that we might have had, and has stayed in touch with us to offer support throughout the visa process. Teresa clearly exceeded our expectations based on your evaluation criteria listed above.

We will no doubt have additional legal matters in the future and will have no hesitation Teresa to assist us with a range of Portuguese legalities.

Overall, a fantastic job. A huge thanks to the team and advocate abroad.

Lydia Payten Sep, 20 2022

Was happy with the service.

One improvement I would suggest: I received an email aimed at Americans which uses different terminology than the UK. So this could be addressed for future correspondence.

Dawn Ryan May, 11 2022

I was very happy to use the services of Teresa as I wanted someone I could communicate with in English, as I don't speak Portuguese. Teresa's English was perfect.

I was happy with the costs of the service and she helped ensure that my tight deadline was met.

I intend to use Teresa's services again in the future and would happily recommend to others.

Rebecca McKay, Aveiro Dec, 20 2021

We used Teresa at Advocate Abroad and she was great! The house we brought had paperwork missing which took a number of weeks for the sellers solicitor to sort out.

Teresa kept chasing the sellers solicitor and kept us up to date, she explained the entire process and also acted as our interpreter.

She went through all the plans of the house and explained what each document was, she was knowledgeable and gave us information on property/planning laws in Portugal.

I would recommend Teresa and if we ever buy another property we will use Teresa again. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Lenita Martins Bandeira, Caldas da Rainha Nov, 16 2021

She was very accessible, friendly and fast to reply. I would recommend her.

Erich von Schiller, Porto Nov, 04 2021

Teresa is absolutely wonderful. She’s dedicated and shows great passion and caring.

I’m only halfway through the process and still will need assistance to have my spouse join me in Portugal, but I have no doubt all will turn out beautifully with the continued assistance of Teresa.

Thank you for putting me in her exceptionally trustworthy hands!

Vernon Petch, Faro Sep, 16 2021

Teresa and her associates were extremely helpful and professional in their work to achieve our needs, many thanks.

Chris Sorrentino, Faro Sep, 10 2021

Teresa was very helpful and always got back to me promptly when I had questions. She made herself available by phone during my appointment with SEF, ensuring I left as a Portuguese resident. Obrigado!

Cleta Germany, Porto Aug, 30 2021

Anxiety and worries over the SEF Meeting....ALL GONE :):):) Teresa was fantastic. She got the job done.
If not for COVID-19 I would have given her a big hug. I want to tell all of my expat friends...."please take a fiscal rep with you to your SEF appointment and I know just the person." :))

Michael Roch Aug, 25 2021

Teresa is super professional and can only recommend her . Best service ever

Sean Miller Jul, 07 2021

Teresa went above and beyond to ensure she attended to everything everything I needed, and explained every step of the process to me clearly and patiently.

Simon O'Callaghan, Faro Jun, 17 2021

During Covid times communication was easy and replied to queries I had.

Great service and would recommend to others with poor Portuguese as they translated everything sent to me and replied to my messages in English which was a great help to me.

Fernando Alvarado Jacobs, Aveiro Jun, 12 2021

A very nice lawyer who helped me quickly solve my presented problems. In addition, she presented and helped me to solve the various things that one must have as a resident in Portugal.

As can be seen from the answers above, I am very pleased with the help I have received.

Meaghan Johnson, Porto Jun, 09 2021

Very informative, very responsive, and my NIF was provided very promptly

Desiree Wattrus, Castelo Branco Jun, 05 2021

The service we received was professional and they did explain and provide feedback. The Tax number was obtained and the Bank account opened in a timely manner.

Whenever we had queries we could get hold of the person concerned and if not they would phone you back which we did appreciate.

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Tiago has 10+ years of practice experience, having qualified in both Portuguese and Brazilian jurisdictions. He believes in the overarching importance... [read more]

Tiago has 10+ years of practice experience, having qualified in both Portuguese and Brazilian jurisdictions. He believes in the overarching importance of providing effective and creative solutions to business and individual clients alike.


Customer Reviews

Allan Le Roux Oct, 17 2022

We have acquired the services of Tiago to assist us with two matters, one Portuguese residency and the transfer of ownership of a property we purchase. In both matters we are delighted to give Tiago a top rating of 5 Stars, he was very helpful, very professional and very competent, completing both tasks with no issues.

We will definitely make use of him again. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Anthony Aarons Oct, 17 2022

My wife and I are in the process of moving to Portugal, and thank goodness we found Tiago. He has been simply amazing, going above and beyond what anyone could expect from a lawyer.

Not only is he diligent, a great communicator and a consummate professional who really knows the law, but he is also kind, considerate and just an all round lovely person.

Thanks so much, we couldn't have done it without you. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Roy Tharakan Sep, 05 2022

Our Lawyer, Tiago has been outstanding in guiding and leading us throughout the entire Visa process and legal support in buying the property.

He is responsive, committed, friendly and goes above and beyond to get things done. We are fortunate to have him as our lawyer and a good friend in Portugal. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Anthony Aarons Sep, 01 2022

My wife and I are in the process of moving to Portugal, and thank goodness we found Tiago. He has been simply amazing, going above and beyond what anyone could expect from a lawyer.

Not only is he diligent, a great communicator and a consummate professional who really knows the law, but he is also kind, considerate and just an all round lovely person.

Thanks so much, we couldn't have done it without you.

Franco Palm Coast Aug, 04 2022

Upon entering Portugal as a new resident, Tiago immediately responded to the transition pains outsiders must confront.

We have engaged him as our PA and document interpreter to get through language barriers. He sat in on our house closing to ensure we understood signing.

He makes you feel at ease. Next we do our living will with him. You can trust him to be your Advocate. Franco and MJ - Ovar [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Destiny Lee Jun, 27 2022

Tiago helped me with my property purchase in Porto. Impressed is understatement for his above and beyond service.

First of all, his English is perfect. He never took more than 20 minutes to reply me back on any messages (this is New York type of efficiency and thought I won’t see it anywhere else).

He was always 17 steps ahead, leaving me no room for questions. No pages unturned on any documents, working around the clock (I was often getting messages from him at 9 pm), translates/explains everything for you, and sooooooo personable. He takes care of you as if he’s helping his best friend moving in town. He truly cares! I didn’t even use buyer’s agent for this purchase (don’t worry. I KNEW it was a good deal so I had to snatch it away) but he made everything so seamless.

Later this year I will be applying for D7 visa and I know I will be in good hands with him helping me out. The price is unbeatable for the services he provides for you. He covers both property purchase and immigration services. Bureaucracy is not easy to navigate in Portugal, you’ll be glad to have his service just as I did. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Patricija Paula Gravele Apr, 01 2022

He is excellent at what he does, I really appreciated the opportunity of remote services. He gave answers to all my questions and helped to solve my problem.

Mike Lambuth Mar, 03 2022

My partner and I were interested in relocating to Portugal and we were lucky to find Advocate Abroad. We worked with Tiago and our experience was incredible.

He was attentive to our needs, knowledgeable and compassionate. He helped us the entire way through the process. I can't imagine going through the visa process without his assistance.

We would recommend Advocate Abroad to anyone applying for a visa in another country. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Gregory Elliott, Portugal Jan, 31 2022

My lawyer Tiago is a Godsend. Trustworthy, diligent, knowledgeable, punctual (when answering emails), persistent, and sincere are adjectives I would use to describe him.

I wholeheartedly recommend getting in touch with him if you need a legal representative in Portugal. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Zahid M, Portugal Jan, 31 2022

We live in UK , we were looking for an immigration lawyer in Portugal in order to apply for Portuguese Nationality for my Husband (Z Mahmood).
We found Advocate Abroad on google, sent message and requested Portuguese Nationality information.
Tiago replied to our message and gave us all necessary information.

We sent all legalised documents to Tiago by post. He handled the Portuguese nationality case professionally and submitted application on time. Tiago is very responsive and responsible lawyer.
He never ignored my email and what’s app message. Sometimes he replies in minutes. He is very nice, informative and advises the best.

I highly recommend advocate abroad and Tiago Gomes services for any legal issues.

Regards
Z MAHMOOD [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Lidija K Jan, 18 2022

I have worked with lawyer Tiago and I have nothing but absolute best to say about him. Very professional and friendly service and unseen dedication. Recommendation from the bottom of my heart! [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Sally Giblenn Jan, 18 2022

What can I say? Tiago has been absolutely fantastic!

Not only has he provided us with a lot of advice but he has helped us get our D7 visas, he personally completed our house purchase and now he has just assisted setting up our contracts for internet, TV, water & electricity.

Tiago is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Z Tancinco Dec, 20 2021

Me and my wife had good experience with Tiago. He represented us in purchasing an apartment unit in Portugal.

He was very helpful and responsive. Our transaction went well and his representation helped us jump through the hurdles. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Chad McCully Dec, 11 2021

My experience has been stellar! I have worked with my lawyer for a few different items and have been absolutely happy with his performance and capabilities! Really glad to have engaged with you (and him!) [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Caleb Ben-Avram, Porto Oct, 19 2021

Tiago was very responsive to emails. I received replies very promptly. He was always clear in what he needed from us in order to complete documents. I never felt like I was bothering him with my requests.

He provided us with peace of mind as new residents in Porto. All the documentation can be confusing, but Tiago was able to get us through all of it without worry.

I would definitely recommend his services to other expats moving to the Porto area.

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