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Portuguese Citizenship

Are you entitled to be a Portuguese Citizen? 
Let's figure it out together.

FIO Legal is your reliable ally in the quest for Portuguese Citizenship. With our knowledgeable lawyers by your side, we'll navigate the process together and help you get to your goal.

Portuguese citizenship is a golden key to the European Union's vast opportunities. Beyond embracing Portugal's rich lifestyle, it unlocks unparalleled privileges within the EU, from free mobility to expansive economic prospects.

Freedom of Movement: With a Portuguese passport, individuals can live, work, and travel freely within all 27 member states of the European Union (EU) with no visas or work permits. The unified market allows for easier trade, business establishment, and access to broaden employment opportunities.

Access to Education: Passport holders can study in any EU country and often benefit from reduced tuition fees at European universities. They also have access to various educational programs and scholarships exclusive to EU citizens.


Healthcare Benefits: Portuguese passport holders can access public healthcare services in any EU country, often at reduced costs or sometimes even for free, under the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system.

Quality of Life: Portugal is renowned for its high standard of living, combining a pleasant Mediterranean climate, rich cultural heritage, world-class cuisine, and affordable living costs. With a Portuguese passport, one can fully embrace this enviable lifestyle, enjoying the country's serene landscapes, vibrant cities, and warm, welcoming communities.

Embrace Europe: Step Forward as a Portuguese Citizen

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Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals is here to assist you throughout the Portuguese citizenship application process.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain residency in Europe and secure your family's future.

Am I Eligible?

Find out the main routes to get your Portuguese Citizenship

  • Background
    Our law firm recently helped an American client obtain a Golden Visa in Portugal. The process was not without its challenges, but we were ultimately successful in obtaining a residence permit for our client. Our client, a successful entrepreneur, was interested in obtaining a Golden Visa in Portugal. To get a Golden Visa, our client invested €500,000 in Portuguese real estate. However, this seemingly straightforward process was not without its challenges, particularly given the prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions and the delays from SEF, the Portuguese Border's Authority .
  • Legal Due Diligence and Remote Property Purchase
    Before the property investment could be made, our team conducted an exhaustive legal due diligence. We verified the property's ownership, confirmed it was devoid of liens or encumbrances, and ascertained it met the minimum investment threshold. After thorough due diligence, the client was ready to proceed with the purchase. Nonetheless, the ongoing travel restrictions barred our American client from making a personal visit to Portugal. To address this, we facilitated the remote property purchase through power of attorney, allowing us to sign all necessary documents on the client's behalf, thereby eliminating the need for his physical presence.
  • Court Intervention
    Having made the necessary investment, we submitted the Golden Visa application to the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF). However, the process hit a snag when we realized SEF was experiencing significant delays in processing visa applications. Our client waited more than a year without receiving an appointment for his visa application. Believing the delay to be unreasonable, we took the matter to court. We aimed to obtain a ruling that would oblige SEF to expedite the process, arguing they were not meeting their obligations under Portuguese law.
  • Successful Outcome
    Our persistence and well-argued case led to a successful ruling from the court. SEF was ordered to schedule an appointment for our client's visa application and issue the residence permit. Eventually, our client acquired his Golden Visa, enabling him to start his new life in Portugal. The process of obtaining a Golden Visa in Portugal can be complex and fraught with challenges, such as application delays and COVID-19 travel restrictions. Nevertheless, our law firm successfully navigated this process, helping our client achieve his residence permit. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to assisting others in similar situations in the future.

Meet Lidiane, our partner responsible for taking care of your citizenship application.


At FIO, our clients are our top priority. We delve deep into understanding your individual citizenship journey, offering advice that's custom-fit for you.

Our services include:

  • Citizenship Eligibility Study: Unsure if you qualify for Portuguese citizenship? Our eligibility assessment will help you understand your options and opportunities.

  • Document Preparation: We will guide you in gathering and organizing the necessary documents to ensure a smooth application process.

  • Application Assistance: Our experts will walk you through each step of the application, ensuring accuracy and efficiency.

  • Language Support: If you require assistance with the Portuguese language, we can provide translation services to help you complete the application process successfully.

  • Appeals and Resubmission: If your initial application was not successful, we can help you appeal or resubmit your case for reconsideration.

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