With the genealogical study ready and the one with the ascendant identified sephardic, it is time to move forward with the process for citizenship portuguese: send the documentation to CIL (Israeli Community of Lisbon) or to cip (Israeli Community of Porto). This process, when it is not well oriented,can be rejected by the institution. Knowing this, we list some of the most common at this stage.
1. Find that CIL or CIP are part of the Portuguese State
CIL and CIP are religious institutions and not organs of the Portuguese State. They were chosen to validate genealogical studies and issue the certificate of sephardic bond, necessary for the granting of Portuguese nationality. Therefore, they are autonomous institutions and manage processes in the way and time they find appropriate. For example, there is no rule that regulates the time for issuing the certificate. On average, they can take 3 to 6 months. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
2. To think that only the genealogical report meets the requirements of CIL and CIP.
It is common for candidates for Portuguese citizenship via sephardic to think that sending the genealogical report is sufficient. The family tree, for example, needs to be in a specific model established by the institutions. Other personal documents are also required, including the application. It is important to pay close attention to completing this requirement, because any error or any inconsistency can generate an rejection. Hence the importance of being well oriented.
3. Start the process at CIL or CIP is not to initiate the process of Portuguese nationality.
The completion of each stage of the citizenship process by the sephardic route should be celebrated. With CIL and CIP it’s no different. However, it must be made clear that the achievement of the Certificate is not the same as the Portuguese nationality itself. It is also necessary to enter the process at the Conservatory and wait for the analysis of all legal requirements, which can take up to 15 months. Israeli communities attest to ancestry, but it is the state that grants citizenship.
4. There is no “way with CIL and CIP.
The culture of the “Brazilian way” has no room in the process of Portuguese citizenship by the sephardic route. There is no “way” to decrease the waiting time, skip step or avoid rates. Proper guidance is the only way to streamline the process. In addition, it is necessary to respect the time required by the institutions.
It is difficult to deal with anxiety when we are in the search for Portuguese citizenship through the sephardics, but it is indispensable to know how each step works and be patient. Good guidance makes all the difference to the success of your process.