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Citizenship for Sephardi Jews

 

How:

 

Presencial ConsuladoAppointment (In-person at the Consulate)

 

Required documents:

  • Filled-out form to be signed at the Consulate (in Portuguese, no English version available);
  • Certified copy of long form Birth Certificate of the applicant
    • (If from outside Portugal or the USA, it must be authenticated by the local Portuguese Consulate of that third country; if not in English or Portuguese, it must also be translated and the translation authenticated as well);
  • Copy of every page of the applicant’s current passport
    • (The copies do not need to be notarized as the Consulate will have to certify them);
  • Original criminal records from every country the applicant has lived in
    • (If from outside Portugal or the USA, it must be authenticated by the local Portuguese Consulate of that third country; if not in English or Portuguese, it must also be translated and the translation authenticated as well);
    • Issued in the previous six months before sending the application to the Central Registry;
  • Original United States criminal record (issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
    • MUST be FBI report - cannot be replaced by report from any other police force;
    • Issued in the previous six months before sending the application to the Central Registry;
  • Certificate from the Portuguese Jewish Community that certifies the applicant is a descendant of a Sephardi Jew (contacts below);
  • Payment (see below).

The United States is party to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, therefore in order to be valid in Portugal, public USA documents must be certified with the Apostille of the Secretary of State of the State where the document is issued. 

NOTES:

  • The applicant may also sign the form at a Honorary Consulate and send the application including all the documents by post mail.
  • Important contacts:
    • Jewish Community of Oporto: Tel: +351 911 768 596;   O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. www.comunidade-israelita-porto.org.
    • Jewish Community of Lisbon: Tel: +351 213 931 130;  O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. ; www.cilisboa.org.

 

  • IMPORTANT: Being granted citizenship through this process (naturalization) allows children of the applicant born only after the date of approval to become citizens. This means adult children born before the date of approval do not have a right to be citizens and minors must request it through a different, specific process (please contact the Consulate for more details:  O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. ).

 

  • VERY IMPORTANT: It is up to the applicant to send the application with all the documents and payment in Euros/receipt of payment by post mail directly to the following address in Portugal for processing:

Conservatória dos Registos Centrais

Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 200

1099-003, Lisboa, Portugal

    • As this process is carried out by the "Conservatória de Registos Centrais" (Central Registry), it is not possible to estimate when it will be finalized, although it can take several months. For information regarding how the process is faring, contact the Central Registry directly at the following email O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. .

 

Fee:

  • For the application with the "Conservatória dos Registos Centrais":
    • 250 EUROS - Methods accepted:
      • Cashier's check, in EUROS, of bank in Portugal, payable to IRN, IP;
      • Money order, in EUROS, payable to IRN, IP, and including the "Conservatória"'s address;
      • Payment by credit/debit card (NOTE: instructions in Portuguese, not available in English);
  • At the Consulate:
    • Dollar amount determined by documents delivered.