One of my main goals of 2020 was to become a Portuguese citizen. Now that I am, I want to take you step by step through the process of obtaining your citizenship.
This article is directed towards children of Portuguese parent(s). If you have a different situation, go to the Portuguese consulate’s website that’s nearest to you to find out what you need.
I’m here to say that if you have Portuguese parents (both or just one) obtaining your dual citizenship should not be difficult. It took me two weeks to get everything and if you’re better prepared than I was you’ll be able to do it within a week’s time.
Now, before I go any further I should warn you that the laws may be different state to state so documentation requirements may change depending on where you live. Also, if you currently live in a state that you weren’t born in it’s possible you may run into unforeseen obstacles, but don’t let that stop you!
A quick phone call to the Portuguese consulate will sort everything out.
Since I was born in Rhode Island I went to the Portuguese consulate in Providence.
Documents you need to present at the Portuguese consulate:
- A long-form copy of your birth certificate– This document can be issued at the Vital Records office in the state you were born or at the City Clerk’s office. It’s called a long-form birth certificate because it’s the “official version” which doesn’t omit certain information for convenience sake. Time and place of birth, parent’s names, address, signatures of those present at birth etc.
- An Apostille– This document can be issued at the secretary of state’s office. It’s a lot less intimidating than it sounds. Basically it certifies documents being used in multiple countries. In this case, the Apostille will be attached to the front of your long-form birth certificate.
- Your Passport and a valid ID document such as your Driver’s license.
- Copy of both of your parent’s passports
- Copy of both of your parent’s birth certificates ( I didn’t need to bring my dad’s because he’s Portuguese and already on file. Check with your consulate in case.)
- Copy of your parent’s marriage certificate– The consulate will have to legitimise your parent’s marriage in Portugal. There will be a fee of around $150.
Along with these documents you’ll also need to bring $250. This fee is for the citizen card itself.
After you present the documents and fees to the Portuguese consulate theres a 2-3 month waiting period. During this time the Portuguese government processes your information and implements you into the system. Afterwards you’re officially a Portuguese citizen!
Total cost: $432
Long form birth certificate- $22
Marriage certificate fee- $150
Citizenship fee- $250
I hope this article helped you along in the process of becoming a dual-citizen. I wish you luck!
If you have any questions or concerns please drop them in the comments so I can get back to you, thanks.