Portuguese nationality by marriage or co-habitation

A foreigner who is married for more than three years with a Portuguese national can acquire Portuguese nationality by means of a statement made during marriage.

A foreigner who co-habits with a Portuguese national for more than three years can acquire Portuguese nationality after recognition of this situation in the civil court.

The applicant shall also demonstrate:

  • Evidences of effective connection to the national community;
  • Has not been convicted of a final decision and res judicata of an offense punishable by a prison sentence equal to or greater than 3 years under Portuguese law;
  • Has not have carried out public administrative duties of a non-technical nature in the service of a Foreign State;
  • Has not to have served voluntary military service in a Foreign State;
  • There is no danger or threat to national security or defense by their involvement in activities related to the practice of terrorism;

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