Portugal Citizenship For Bangladeshi Citizens

For Bangladeshi citizens or residents, there are multiple routes to obtain Portuguese citizenship.

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    Portugal Citizenship for Citizens and Residents of Bangladesh

    Obtaining Portuguese citizenship has many advantages for Bangladeshi citizens and residents, which has made it extremely popular.

    Once granted citizenship, you will have access to all public services, such as healthcare and education. You will also be able to vote in all Portuguese elections and obtain a Portuguese passport and citizen card.

    As of September 2023, a Portuguese passport will allow you to travel to 188 countries without the need for a visa, including the United Kingdom and the Schengen Area.

    Portugal is a member of the USA Visa Waiver Program scheme, allowing holders of an approved ESTA to visit the United States of America for less than 90 days without a visa.

    Portugal is also a member of the EU and EEA. This means that, by becoming a citizen of Portugal, you will gain the right to live, work, study, and retire in other EU and EEA member states.

    There are several ways citizens and residents of Bangladesh can obtain Portuguese citizenship.

    These include:

    • Citizenship by birth or descent
    • Citizenship by Sephardic Jewish descent
    • Citizenship by marriage
    • Citizenship by adoption
    • Citizenship by investment
    • Citizenship through residency in an overseas Portuguese territory
    • Naturalisation of foreign residents

    This page will focus on citizenship by naturalisation, as it is the most popular route for Bangladeshi nationals and residents to apply for Portuguese citizenship.

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      Citizenship By Naturalisation Eligibility Criteria for Citizens of Bangladesh

      If you are a Bangladeshi citizen or resident, you will be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship through residency if you meet the following criteria:

      • You are over 18 years old or are emancipated under Portuguese law
      • You have lived in Portugal for at least 5 years. These should be the 5 most recent years, although you may apply if you have lived in Portugal for at least 5 of the past 15 years
      • You are integrated into the Portuguese community, including being proficient in the Portuguese language
      • You have no prior criminal record with no crimes that are punishable by 3 years or more imprisonment under Portuguese law or have been involved in terrorism-related activities
      • You have no outstanding taxes due in Portugal.

      If granted, your children under the age of 18 years old will also be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship. Any child over the age of 18 will not be eligible unless they meet the criteria in their own right.

      A long-term, stable partner or spouse who is a foreign national may also be eligible for Portuguese citizenship through marriage.

      How to Apply for Citizenship by Naturalisation in Portugal

      Step 1: Obtain a Visa and Residency Permit

      Before applying for Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation, you will need to have legally lived in Portugal for at least 5 years. This may require a visa, such as:

      • The D2 visa (Entrepreneur) visa for those who wish to start a business in Portugal
      • The D7 visa (Passive Income) visa for those who have enough regular income to support themselves while in Portugal
      • The Golden visa for those who will make at least 1 qualifying investment in Portugal
      • The Student visa for those who wish to study for up to 5 years in Portugal
      • The High-Quality Activity (HQA) visa for those making a minimum investment of at least €175,000 in their own scientific research project with a Portuguese university and business.

      If granted a visa, you must then apply for a residence permit at the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) within 4 months of entering Portugal.

      Depending on your permit duration, this will need to be renewed every 1 to 2 years until you have lived in Portugal for 5 years.

      Step 2: Live in Portugal for 5 Years

      Once you have lived in Portugal for 5 years, you will be able to apply for citizenship and permanent residency.

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      Step 3: Gather Your Documents

      During your 5 years of residency in Portugal, you should gather documentation that may help support your application for citizenship by naturalisation.

      You should also consider how you can provide evidence of your Portuguese language proficiency and undertake the necessary courses or exams.

      All documents should be in Portuguese or be translated and certified by an accredited translator.

      If you need assistance in preparing your documents, you can call Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online for help.

      Step 4: Apply for Your Portuguese Citizenship

      Applications are handled by the Institute of Registration and Notary Affairs, also known as IRN.

      There are three ways in which Bangladeshi nationals and residents can apply for citizenship.

      These are:

      • Online through NacionalidadeOnline. This can only be done through a lawyer who has a digital certificate and an active digital signature.
      • In-person in one of the following places:
        • The National Support Centre for the Integration of Migrants (CNAIM) in Lisbon or Porto
        • The National Desk of the civil registry offices of Amadora, Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Guarda, Guimarães, Lisbon, Oliveira de Azeméis, Pombal, Santarém, Torres Vedras, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Gaia and Viseu
        • The Nationality Desk of the Porto Central Archive
        • The Central Registry Office in Lisbon
        • Civil registry offices
        • The Portuguese Consulate in your home country. In Bangladesh, the Honorary Consulate of Portugal is in Dhaka
      • By mail by sending the application form and required documents to one of the Nationality Desks or the Conservatória dos Registos Centrais, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 202, 1099-033 Lisbon.

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        Required Documents for Portuguese Citizenship by Naturalisation

        Documents that you will need to provide to apply for citizenship by naturalisation include:

        • Your completed Model 6.1 application form
        • A letter addressed to the Portuguese Ministry of Justice requesting citizenship by naturalisation.
          • This letter should be in Portuguese and include:
            • Your full name, date of birth, and gender
            • Your address
            • Your marital status
            • Your nationality and the country or countries you have lived in since the age of 16
            • The names of your parents
            • Your profession
            • The full name and address of your legal representatives, if applicable
            • The number, date, and entity that issued your visa and/or residence permit
          • It must be signed in the presence of one of the Registry employees when you submit your application, or before someone with powers to recognize the signature if you submit your application by mail or at a National Counter.
        • Your Portuguese residence permit showing you have lived in Portugal for at least 5 years.
        • Your current valid passport or travel ID
        • A criminal record certificate issued by your country of birth, nationality, and where you have lived since the age of 16
        • Your birth certificate:
          • You should provide the original and a photocopy, if possible
          • You should have your birth certificate certified.
        • Evidence to show you understand the Portuguese language at a minimum level of A2 on the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) scale
          • If you were born in a Portuguese-speaking country in which you have nationality, this is not required
          • If you are not able to read or write, the Portuguese language test must be adapted to demonstrate your ability
          • Examples of proof of Portuguese language proficiency include:
            • A certificate of qualification from a Portuguese public, private, or cooperative educational establishment
            • A certificate of passing a Portuguese language test such as the Proof of Knowledge of the Portuguese Language from the Acquisition of Nationality, known as PaN
            • A certificate of Portuguese as a foreign language from a Portuguese assessment centre recognised by the Ministry of Education, such as the Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira (CIPLE). You will need to achieve a minimum overall score of 55%
        • Your tax identification number (NIF) registration

        Depending on your circumstances, you may be notified of additional documents you must provide to support your citizenship application.

        Further information about these documents for Portuguese citizenship can be found on the ePortugal website.

        All documents must be translated into Portuguese by an accredited translator and certified at the Notario.

        You should provide both the translated document and the certified original document with your application.

        The Cost of Portugal Citizenship for Citizens and Residents of Bangladesh

        As of September 2023, the cost of applying for citizenship by naturalisation is €250, which includes application processing fees, your citizenship certificate, and a residence card.

        This payment is made when you submit your application and can be made by:

        • A bank card at the place you submit your application; or
        • A cheque if you submit your application by post

        Additional fees you may have to pay include the cost of obtaining a Portuguese language certificate, translating documents into Portuguese by an accredited translator, or recorded delivery of your required documents.

        Portugal Citizenship by Naturalisation Processing Time

        The processing time for Portugal citizenship by naturalisation can vary depending on several factors, including your country of origin, the volume of applications, and whether further documentation is required.

        Generally, Portuguese citizenship applications can take between 1 to 2 years to be granted following receipt of your application.

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          What Happens After I Apply for Portuguese Citizenship?

          If your application is successful

          If the IRN decides you should be granted Portuguese citizenship, you will receive a letter confirming their decision.

          You will be registered as a new Portuguese citizen in the Civil Registry of Portugal, and a citizenship card will be issued.

          Once you have been granted Portuguese citizenship, your children under the age of 18 and your long-term partner or spouse may be eligible for Portuguese citizenship too.

          You will also be able to apply for a Portuguese passport at:

          • Insituo dos registos e do Notariado (IRN) offices
          • Portuguese Citizens’ Shops
          • Passport shops at the airports in Lisbon and Porto
          • A Portuguese Embassy or Portuguese Consulate in your area of residence in another country
          • Autonomous regional governments of the islands of Madeira and the Azores

          You will be asked to present your citizenship card before having your photograph, fingerprints, and digital signature taken.

          If your application is unsuccessful

          If your application for citizenship is declined, you will be informed of the reason in writing. You will usually hear from the IRN within 20 days of your application if it is an outright rejection.

          Some of the most common reasons for applications being rejected include:

          • Criminal record
          • Insufficient evidence was provided
          • Lack of integration in the Portuguese community

          Depending on the reason for rejection, you may reapply for Portuguese citizenship after you have corrected the reason your first application was refused.

          While there is no formal appeals process for declined applications, you will be given 20 days to provide further information to support your application for citizenship. After this period, the decision is final, and you will need to start the application process again.

          Alternative Types of Portuguese Citizenship

          In addition to citizenship by naturalisation, there are several other routes Bangladeshi nationals or residents can take in order to obtain Portuguese citizenship.

          Each route has its own eligibility criteria and conditions that must be met.

          Citizenship by Birth or Descent

          You will automatically be eligible to apply for citizenship by birth or descent if you meet at least one of the following conditions:

          • At least one of your parents was a Portuguese national at the time of your birth, regardless of where you were born
          • You have a grandparent who is a Portuguese citizen, and:
            • You have been living in Portugal for a minimum of 3 years
            • You understand the Portuguese language
            • You are connected to the Portuguese community
          • You were born in Portugal to foreign national parents, and, at the time of your birth, at least one of them had been living in Portugal for at least:
            • 5 years since 1981
            • 2 years since 2018
            • 1 year since 2020
          • You were born in Portugal to foreign national parents, and:
            • You are at least 18 years old
            • You have lived in Portugal for at least 5 years
          • You are under the age of 18 years old or have a serious disability, and:
            • At least one of your parents became a Portuguese citizen after your birth
            • You have been living in Portugal for at least 5 years.

          Citizenship by Sephardic Jewish Descent

          You may be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship by Sephardic Jewish descent if:

          • You are able to demonstrate Sephardic Jewish descent
          • You have no prior criminal record

          Citizenship by Marriage

          If you are a Bangladeshi national or resident, you may apply for Portuguese citizenship by marriage if you are:

          • Married to or in a de facto union with a Portuguese national for at least 3 years
          • You have a connection to the Portuguese community, such as knowledge of the language

          Citizenship by Adoption

          Adopted foreign national children may apply for Portuguese citizenship through the adoption route if:

          • They are under 18 years of age
          • They have been legally adopted by a Portuguese citizen
          • They have a connection to the Portuguese community, such as knowledge of the language, or are enrolled in a Portuguese school.

          Citizenship by Investment

          Known as the Golden visa, this is a temporary residency permit that allows investors to reside in Portugal for 1 year. You will then be able to renew your Golden visa for 2-year periods.

          However, by holding a Golden visa for 5 years, holders are able to apply for permanent residence and Portuguese citizenship by investment after 6 years.

          If granted a Golden visa, your visa may be extended to eligible family members under family reunification.

          To be eligible for a Golden visa, you must meet the following criteria:

          • You are a non-EU, EEA, or Swiss national
          • You are at least 18 years old
          • You have a clean criminal record in your home country and in Portugal
          • The funds for the investment should come from outside of Portugal
          • You will maintain the investment funds for a minimum of 5 years
          • At least 1 qualifying investment is made. This includes:
            • The purchase of property in Portugal with a value of at least €500,000 or €400,000 in a low-density area
            • The purchase of property in a Portuguese urban regeneration area which has the value of at least €350,000 or €280,000 if in a low-density area
            • Investment of a minimum amount of €500,000 in a qualifying investment fund
            • A capital transfer of a minimum amount of €1 million
            • A capital transfer of a minimum amount of €350,000 for scientific or technological research by a public or private scientific research institution in Portugal
            • A minimum €250,000 capital transfer that supports the arts or reconstruction of Portuguese heritage
            • The purchase of company shares worth a minimum of €1 million
            • The investment of at least €1 million in a Portuguese company
            • The creation of at least 10 jobs in Portugal
            • A €350,000 investment to create a commercial company or reinforce the share capital of a commercial company, from which a minimum of 5 full-time jobs are created

          As of September 2023, the Institute of Registries and Notaries has announced major future changes to the Golden Visa including that real estate purchases and real estate-related funds will soon no longer be counted as qualifying investment options. It is expected that the entire Golden visa scheme will be discontinued by the end of 2023.

          If you wish to apply for a Golden visa with a real estate-related qualifying investment, you should call Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online to receive advice without delay.

          Citizenship through residency in an overseas Portuguese territory

          You may also be eligible to register for citizenship in Portugal if you live in one of the former Portuguese colonies listed below:

          • Angola
          • Cabo Verde
          • Portuguese India
          • Guinea-Bissau
          • East Timor
          • Maco
          • Mozambique
          • São Tomé and Príncipe

          If you apply through this route, you must be a member of a Portuguese community that practices Portuguese traditions and values.

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            How Can Total Law Help?

            Applying for citizenship by naturalisation in Portugal can be a complicated and time-consuming process.

            If you’re a Bangladeshi national or resident and wish to register for Portuguese citizenship, Total Law can help.

            Whether you’re looking for guidance on what documents to provide or advice about an application rejection, our expert team of legal advisors and immigration lawyers is ready to support you at whatever stage your application is at.

            In addition to providing advice about your Portuguese citizenship application, we can help you translate documents into Portuguese and submit them on your behalf.

            For advice and assistance with your application for Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation, call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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                      Frequently Asked Questions

                      You may be required to show evidence that you have links to the Portuguese community to support your citizenship application.

                      Although the documents required will depend on your personal circumstances, evidence may include proof of the following:

                      • Membership in clubs or groups that also have Portuguese members
                      • Employment in a job in which you work with colleagues who are Portuguese
                      • Ownership of property in Portugal, especially if applying for citizenship by investment
                      • Evidence of your children attending a Portuguese school or being involved in community groups
                      • Character statements from Portuguese friends and photographs showing your relationship.

                      You are able to see the status of your application online on the Nacionalidade website by entering your access password.

                      You can request this password from registry offices that have a national desk.

                      When requesting your password, you must provide the following:

                      • An identification document if the application is for yourself; or
                      • A power of attorney with the signature recognition of the applicant if you are acting on their behalf.

                      Yes, both Bangladesh and Portugal allow citizens to hold dual citizenship.

                      Bangladeshi citizens are able to obtain a Dual Nationality Certificate, allowing them to have both Bangladeshi and Portuguese citizenship.

                      If you’re a citizen of another country, you should check if dual citizenship is allowed. If not, you may have to give up your existing citizenship to be granted Portuguese citizenship.