Portuguese citizenship by Sephardic Jewish ancestry

What exactly is it and how to request it.


As a way through historical reparation, the Portuguese legislation by the Organic Law No. 1/2013, 29 July and Decree-Law 30-A / 2015, 27 February, started to grant Portuguese nationality by naturalization to Sephardic Jews' descendants, as seen in art. 6th, nº 7, in the Nationality Law, Law nº 37/81, 03 October.

The Sephardic Jews são os descendentes dos judeus da Península Ibérica (Portugal e Espanha). A partir de finais do século XV os sefarditas passaram a ser perseguidos por parte do Estado e da Inquisição portuguesa e espanhola, sendo forçados a se converterem ao catolicismo, sob pena de serem expulsos do seu território, fato que ocasionou a fuga de milhares de judeus para vários países: Brasil, México, Venezuela, Colômbia, Médio Oriente etc


Martins Castro has a team of lawyers with experience in Portuguese nationality cases by the Sephardic community ways. The office is composed of historians, researchers, and genealogists, who work on investigating and proving a genealogical beside Sephardic lawyers, making efforts to the development of genealogical research.

As being Sephardic Jewish descendants, how to apply for Portuguese nationality?

1st Stage: Genealogical Study

To find out if you have the legitimacy to apply for Portuguese nationality, you should first investigate whether you have Sephardic ancestry. There's no limitation of how distance or how many generations you need to be a relative to. If confirmed your ascendency, a genealogical study will be prepared including all direct and indirect proofs of your genealogical connection to the Sephardic community. This investigation is made by our historians and genealogists of Martins Castro, who have the historical records to get through these first steps.


2nd Stage: CIL or CIP certification

After the identification of the Sephardic Jewish descendants and the genealogical study development, the research is submitted to the Israeli Community of Lisbon (CIL) or in the Israeli Community of Porto (CIP), dedicated institutions which analyze and approve the genealogical research for Portuguese citizenship candidates, as designed in art. 24-A, paragraph 3, point c) of the Portuguese Nationality Regulation.

By the validation of genealogical study, an official certificate is issued proving the belonging tradition to a Sephardic community. This is an essential document for the beginning of the Portuguese nationality procedure in the competent Portuguese institutions.


3rd Stage: Conservatory

With the certification possession, which includes your Sephardic origin, begins the nationality process lastest step over the nationality request to the Minister of Justice that must be submitted to one of the conservatories of Instituto de Registros e Tabeliões - IRN, where it's granted the Portuguese citizenship.

The request must also be instructed with the documentation according to the arts. 18 and 24-A of DL nº 237-A / 2006.

As authorized by art. 42, no. 1, subparagraph a) of DL no. 237-A / 2006, the conservator can request additional documents to reinforce your connection to the Sephardic community in attendance to the deadline manifestation.

Related legislation:

Organic Law No. 1/2013;;
Nationality Law, Law No. 37/81, of October 3;;
Decree-Law 30-A / 2015.