Portugal is a very popular destination to settle down. Many non-EU citizens and residents from developed countries looking for a place to call their second home find Portugal fits the bill.
The Portuguese passport is highly ranked among passports of many other countries of the world. Having a Portuguese passport and Portuguese citizenship comes with numerous benefits. Here are a few things you need to know about the Portuguese passport and the many benefits associated with Portuguese citizenship.
What is a Portuguese passport?
A Portuguese passport is issued to a citizen of Portugal, for the purpose of international travel.
What is the power of the Portuguese passport?
As of September 2022, the Portuguese passport is currently ranked 6th globally on the Henley Passport Index.
In recent years, many people have been opting to try for a Portuguese passport as Portugal is known to be one of the best countries to live in Europe with good overall life quality.
Benefits of having a Portuguese citizenship.
A person possessing Portuguese citizenship is afforded all the rights that come along with being a citizen of Portugal. These include the right to enter and exit Portugal, the right to live in the country, the right to vote, access to the country’s healthcare system, and quality schooling in the country. The quality of life in Portugal is good. Portugal also has a wonderful climate and safe environment. Its Mediterranean cuisine is excellent.
Portugal is a relatively affordable country. The cost of living in Portugal is much lower when compared to its European neighbours. One has many employment opportunities in Portugal – full time or part time – without the requirement of an additional work permit.
Portuguese citizens can avail of visa-free entry or visa on arrival access to 187 countries and territories around the world. With Portugal being a member country of the European Union since 1 January 1986, a Portuguese citizen is also a citizen of the European Union.
Along with the Citizen Card, the Portuguese passport holder is allowed free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union (EU), The European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. So one is not restricted only to Portugal. They can study, work, live, or retire in any EU country other than Portugal.
Portuguese citizens can also have their voices heard by voting in both national and European referendums and elections.
Portuguese Passport holders can freely enter countries on either of these entry conditions.
Visa-free entry– Portugal has visa waiver agreements with all European countries and 142 countries.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) – This type of visa is issued by 10 countries and can be applied for and received online. The application process takes just a few minutes. Depending on the country, it is approved and received within 2 to 3 days.
Visa on Arrival – 35 countries allow visa on arrival to Portuguese passport holders. This visa is issued immediately after crossing the host country’s border – at the airport or checkpoint.
How can you obtain a Portuguese passport or citizenship?
Having a Portuguese parent or grandparent is one of the easiest routes to acquiring a Portuguese citizenship. This means one is eligible to become a Portuguese national by descent.
The Golden Visa – Portugal offers a residency permit to those who invest money in a property in the country. One would also have to spend an average of seven days per year each year for five years in Portugal. There are certain valuations and restrictions on the different types of property that allow one to qualify for the Golden Visa.
Other options to obtain a Golden Visa are through investment in the arts, culture or national heritage, venture capital funds, scientific research, purchase of shares in a Portuguese company, or transfer to a Portuguese bank account.
A Portuguese passport through marriage is another way to obtain Portuguese citizenship. One has to be married to a Portuguese citizen or cohabit with the Portuguese partner for at least three years. Though they would not have to have resided in Portugal previously, they will have to provide documents proving the union and connection to the Portuguese community.
Can one have dual citizenship with a Portuguese passport?
One of the things that appeals to people opting for a Portuguese passport, is that they can have dual citizenship. The Portuguese Government recognises dual citizenship.
This factor makes possessing a Portuguese passport the perfect choice for ex-pat families and second passport seekers, especially from countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia and India.
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