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Portuguese citizenship for children of Portuguese parents

This service requires an appointment. Please send an email to newbedford@mne.pt and include your name and phone number.

Example 1. I am a Portuguese citizen. My child was born in the USA and has American citizenship. My child is under 18 years of age. I want my child to become Portuguese. What do I need to do?

(Both parents need to visit the consulate)

Fee: free of charge

Required documents:

  • Original or certified copy of your child’s Long Form Birth Certificate.
  • Copy of your child’s US Passport or another valid picture ID document. (Not necessary for children under 14 years of age);
  • Long Form Birth Certificate of both parents
    • If one or both parents are Portuguese, birth certificates for both, OR valid Portuguese ID document. If you do not have any of these documents, you need to be able to provide the full name and date of birth of the Portuguese parent(s) to allow the Consulate to locate the respective Portuguese birth certificate.
    • If one parent is US born, it will be necessary the original or certified copy of the long form birth certificate of the respetive parent.
  • Original or certified copy of your parents marriage certificate, if applicable. If the marriage took place in Portugal, the Consulate can assist in obtaining the certificate.
  • If you wish to register, in the Portuguese system, your marriage done outside of Portugal, visit http://www.consulateportugalnewbedford.org/us/serv_cons-us/casamento-us.php 
  • Proof of address (e.g. Parents' drivers license)
     

Example 2. I am an American citizen. I am older than 18 and one of my parents (or both) has Portuguese citizenship. I wish to obtain Portuguese citizenship. What do I need to do?

Fee: If 18 or older, this service is paid.

Required documents:

  • Original or certified copy of your US Long Form Birth Certificate, (issued by Vital Statistics of Massachusetts or the State where you were born.—can be obtained online or at the City Clerk’s office. This Birth Certificate should show the signature of your mother/father at the time of your birth, therefore, this certificate should be a certified copy of the Book of Births);
  • Copy of your US Passport or another valid picture ID document;
  • Birth Certificate of both parents: 

          - If one or both parents are Portuguese, birth certificates for both, OR valid Portuguese ID document. If you do not have any of these                documents, you need to be able to provide the full name and date of birth of the Portuguese parent(s) to allow the Consulate to locate              the respective Portuguese birth certificate.

          - If one parent is US born, it will be necessary the original or certified copy of the long form birth certificate of the respetive parent.

  • Original or certified copy of your parents' marriage certificate, if applicable. If the marriage took place in Portugal, the Consulate can assist in obtaining the certificate.
  • If the marriage took place in the US, it is mandatory to register the marriage in the Portuguese civil registry system. http://www.consulateportugalnewbedford.org/us/serv_cons-us/casamento-us.php  
  • Proof of address (e.g. Drivers license)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • When you apply for Portuguese citizenship for your minor child, (under 18 years of age), your child does not need to be present at the Consulate.
  • When you apply for Portuguese citizenship for your minor child (under 14 years of age) it is not necessary to present the child’s ID document. A valid picture ID document is only necessary when your child is 14 or older.
  • If you apply for Portuguese citizenship and you are an adult (over 18 years of age) it is not necessary for your parents to be present at the Consulate.
  • ONLY visit the Consulate with an appointment and if you have gathered all documents. The Consulate does not accept incomplete dossiers.
  • Acquiring Portuguese citizenship is a lengthy process which can take up to several months. The Consulate will notify you when citizenship is granted.
  • For other situations, please contact the Consulate at newbedford@mne.pt, and state your case with as much detail as possible.
     

Payments are in cash only.

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