- Published: October 20, 2017
The Portuguese government may grant Portuguese nationality through naturalization to the descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Portugal and Spain in the fifteenth century.
This measure was approved by the Organic Law No. 1/2013 of 29 July. The Regulation, approved by DL n. 30-A/2015, 27 February, has the following requirements:
- a) applicants are Sephardic Jews of Portuguese descent and are adult or emancipated under the Portuguese law;
- b) not have been convicted, pursuant final judgment of sentence, for committing a crime punishable with a maximum prison sentence equal to or exceeding three years, under Portuguese law.
In the application shall be stated and demonstrated requirements for granting Portuguese nationality to Sephardic Jews of Portuguese descent, namely:
- Family Surnames,
- Family Language,
- Direct offspring or family relations in the genealogical lines of the Portuguese Sephardic community.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents: