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Since 2015, portuguese legislation has now granted nationality to those who prove offspring of Sephardic Jews.

Martins Castro Consultoria Internacional specializes in nationality processes through Sephardic Jews and a partner of the Brazil-Portugal Municipality of Ceará (CBP-CE). For members of the association, the company offers 10 discount on the process of Portuguese citizenship through the sephardic.

Renato Martins,lawyer and partner at Martins Castro explains that these special conditions are an opportunity for members: “In addition to having an impact on personal life, the conquest of Portuguese citizenship is a bond that also closes relations between Ceará and Portugal. With the right to free transit in Europe, many are seeing opportunities for investment and internationalization of their business.”

The creation of Portuguese law was a form of historical reparation. “In Brazil, although this possibility is still almost unknown, there are countless families with sephardic origin and who, therefore, may apply for dual citizenship. The process, in Portugal, is carried out through documentary evidence and takes about 12 to 18 months. It is undoubtedly one of the fastest ways to achieve Portuguese nationality if the applicant has the correct guidelines”, highlights the partner.

Who are the Jews sephardics?

The Sephardic Jews are the Jews who lived on the Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) at the end of the 15th century and were persecuted by state and later by the Holy Inquisition, being forced to convert Catholicism, otherwise they are expelled from Iberian territory. This fact caused the escape and expulsion of thousands of Jews to various other countries, including for Brazil.

The entire process for acquiring nationality through the Sephardic Jews takes three stages:

The step-by-step

Step 1: It is the genealogical study based on the information of surnames and places of Births. From this, the genealogist can identify whether or not there is chances of descent. If so, it prepares the family tree and a study that proves sephardic Jewish origin;

Step 2: it’s it is necessary for the Israeli Community to prove the veracity of the previous study and issue an official certificate;

Step 3: with all the necessary documents gathered, the process is initiated before the portuguese authorities, with the nationality granted by the Minister of Justice.