The Portuguese government has started a program to provide Portuguese nationality for Sephardic descendants who were exiled from Spain and Portugal during the 15th century. These measures have been taken under the approval of the Organic Law No. 1/2013 sanctioned on 29 July. Certain requirements have been outlined to process applications under this scheme of Portuguese nationality for Sephardic descendants.
The first one is that applicants should be Sephardic Jews hailing from Portuguese descendants. The second is that they should either be of adult age or emancipated under the supreme Portuguese law. This means that they should not have committed a crime that is punishable by Portuguese law which could lead to a prison sentence for three years or more. They should also not have any pending convictions or waiting for a final verdict on a court sentence.
The applicant also needs to provide documentary evidence to complete the application process for Portuguese nationality for Sephardic descendants. They will need to provide information like surname, language spoken, and genealogical relationships to show their ties to Portuguese families of Sephardic descent. They will also need to provide birth certificates or family registration cards.
Any criminal record needs to be attached which might have occurred anywhere in the world. This could include traffic violation or disruption of public property. The applicants also need to provide their residential history and the list of places where they have been living.
They will also need to provide details of their current and any other nationalities that they might be titled to. They also need to provide religious certificate indicating that they belong to the Jewish community. This document needs to be in accordance with the requirements set out by the Portuguese government. All documents need to be signed and dated, and should be verifiable for personal details like name, birth date, family history, etc.
If certain documents are missing or not available, supplementary documents could be attached to the application for Portuguese nationality for Sephardic Descendants. Records of synagogues or Jewish cemetery, property needs, wills, residential permits and similar evidence can be provided to indicate Sephardic descent. But all of these documents need to be endorsed by the Jewish religious authorities. All documents will be counter verified, so they need to be authentic and exact records need to be provided. Any forgery can lead to serious implications from application cancellation to legal charges.
If any applicant needs advice in filling their applications, they need to contact the Consulate in due time. After you have made an appointment with the Consulate, a consular will be assigned who can help you with the application process.
There are certain costs involved in lodging an application for Portuguese nationality for Sephardic descendants. You need to bear this in mind, and discuss it with your consular if you have any concerns. You can also ask them questions about documentation and the format they should be provided in. For any further queries, you can write to the email below or give us a email: [email protected]