on October 1, 2020

Amendments to the Nationality Law will be voted on next day 2

on October 1, 2020

Alterações da Lei de Nacionalidade serão votadas no próximo dia 2

Next day October 2, the Portuguese Parliament will discuss the presidential veto of the Nationality Law. On that occasion, deputies will be able to accept the veto or make new proposals for changes.  The session is scheduled for 10am (morning) in Portugal - 6am (morning) in Brazil.

THE Portuguese nationality through Sephardic Jews and the nationality for Portuguese grandchildren they are not targets for review by the plenary of the Assembly of the Republic. These remain according to the initial proposal. This means that the process for Sephardic descendants remains exactly as it is and for grandchildren, after promulgation and regulation, the required bond will be knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Nationality for spouse of Portuguese national

According to the law approved by the Portuguese Parliament, in July this year, the deadline for nationality of a spouse is 6 years, if they do not have a child in common. Married and with children do not need to wait any time. It is precisely on this point that the veto of Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa falls.

For the head of state, it is “politically unfair (…) to favor couples without children, as well as, above all, couples with children, endowed with Portuguese nationality, but who are not children in common”, he says.

In his justification, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa states that the refusal of the promulgation concerns the fact that the law refers to couples with children in common, children who have Portuguese nationality, leaving out the rest. Namely those who have children not in common, or who do not have children.