Children of immigrants who have lived in Portugal for a year may be Portuguese

in News · 12-05-2020 12:26:00 · 11 Comments

The children of immigrants who have lived in Portugal for a year may become Portuguese, if an amendment to the nationality law is approved by parliament.

The deputy of the PS and coordinator of the working group Constança Urbano de Sousa told Lusa that there is “a consensus” in this regard obtained in the last few weeks, but that the vote on the specialty will only be made at a meeting of the committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees, still without a set date, so it is not possible to have a forecast of when the legislative process will be concluded.

The working groups, which can be created in parliament, make a prior debate on laws, advance with indicative (or indicative) votes, but the vote in the specialty is made in parliamentary committees and the final global vote in the plenary of deputies.

The parties, according to deputies of the commission, referred a definitive position to the debate and vote in the commission. The CDS and the deputy from Chega did not participate in the work.

Debates in the Assembly of the Republic are currently underway to amend the nationality law, after the PCP and PAN diplomas were generally approved on 12 December, 2019. The Left Bloc asked the commission to withdraw, without vote on your project, given the PS's announced vote against.

In the commission, a working group was created that, in recent weeks, despite the restrictions on the functioning of parliament due to the outbreak of covid-19, has held meetings, including by videoconference, to advance this dossier.

Constança Urbano de Sousa explained to Lusa that the PS proposal, which reached consensus, allows “the children of legal immigrants - who have a residence permit or who have taken up residence for at least one year - who were born in Portugal can be Portuguese”.

The Bloco de Esquerda proposes that nationality be attributed to children born in Portugal, even if the parents are foreigners and do not reside in the country.

The PCP, in its original project, proposes that "those born in Portugal may be Portuguese citizens, provided that one of its parents, being a foreigner, is resident in the country", regardless of title or length of residence.

Between these two, the PS, which did not have its own project, presented proposals to change the PCP diploma and admits Portuguese nationality to the children of foreigners since “at the time of birth, one of the parents legally resides in Portuguese territory, regardless of title, for at least a year”.

Under the current law, originally from 1981 and amended in 2018, that period is now two years, which the Socialists intend to reduce to one.

The reduction of this period is explained by the ex-minister and current deputy of the PS: “It is the temporal criterion used by the United Nations and the European Union to distinguish immigration from other movements of people or tourists, from people visiting for business or on stays of short term".

Consensus also had, in the description of the coordinator of the working group, the proposal of the People-Animals-Nature party (PAN) to expand access to naturalization to people born in Portugal after 25 April, 1974 and before the entry into force of the nationality law in 1981.

It is "a historic problem" to solve the situation of people who, on 25 April, 1974, were deprived of Portuguese nationality, by decree 308/75, for not living in Portugal for five years.

Some of these people have regularized their situation, through various channels, such as marriage, but there are still an undetermined number of citizens in this situation.


Is just a piece of paper to help them get around, like everyone else who is a foreigner in Europe, especially Black people, it doesn't make the Portuguese in the real, as long as you are black don't count yourself as European everyone knows it, and that's the truth.

By Evaristo Francisco from UK on 14-05-2020 12:55

Hello everyone,
Very valid point raised by Mr Ishwar Singh. I would like to bring one more point to the notice of the Government - people who have come to Portugal on a valid visa along with their families to make this place their future home should be given more preference. Also those families who have arrived in Portugal just before the declaration of emergency and were not able to submit their file for temporary residence due to the lock down, the time they have spent in Portugal before the submission of their file should also be counted towards the issuance of their residency card. Portuguese government should make the immigration system more efficient and organised so that the new naive wannabe residents should not get played and duped by the bogus and fake agents who are ready to rip off newcomers of their hard earned money which they bring from their home countries.

By Khurram Anis from Lisbon on 13-05-2020 11:02

I had that the Portuguese want to give document to every immigrants that did not have papers starting from June 1 so i wnt to ask about that.

By Omar from Lisbon on 13-05-2020 10:14

Just saw one of your articles- you are obviously pro mass migration. Fine, give millions of immigarants Portuguese citizenship- but most of them get EU citizenship only to enter the UK or Germany. The UK is an Island with 70 million people- it is now Full. So tell any immigarants you give citizenship to, not to come to the UK- we have a housing crises, NHS crises etc. However, indigenous Portuguese are always welcome to to stay in the UK, because we have a shated European history and culture.

By Anwar G from UK on 13-05-2020 08:04

I just want say you all Portugal is the best ????????????❤️????????

By Ahmad Adnan from Other on 13-05-2020 03:56

Vous allez tout droit à la catastrophe comme la France et la Belgique avec leurs immigrés....

By Miguel Scuermans from Algarve on 13-05-2020 08:26

Thanks to Portugal government.

By GURJEET SINGH from Lisbon on 13-05-2020 12:36

Please include in mailing list.

By Sreekumar from Lisbon on 12-05-2020 09:10

Immigrants faces problem of houses. Please try to solve this matter. As immigrants faces housing problem.

By Ishwar singh from Lisbon on 12-05-2020 05:12

Hi everyone.
People getting residence card after staying and working in portugal for years. But for nationality this time prior to residency card is not considered for citizenship.
Period before residency card should be considered for citizenship

By Ishwar from Lisbon on 12-05-2020 05:04

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By Manpreet Kaur from Lisbon on 12-05-2020 04:09
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