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+Can I get a Portuguese Citizenship & Portuguese passport if I am from Goa?
If you or one of your parents or grandparents was born in one the former Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese passport if you apply for it. We only process cases from Goa and people of Goan origin in India and worldwide.
+Can I get a Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese Passport if I don’t live in Goa now?
Yes, If you or one of your parents or grandparents was born in Goa or any of the former Portuguese territories - Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli - before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese citizenship if you apply for it. We only process cases from Goa and people of Goan origin in India and worldwide.
+Can I get a Portuguese Nationality and Portuguese Passport if my mom was born in Goa, but not me?
If at least one of your parents or grandparents was born in the former Portuguese territory – that is, Goa, before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese Nationality and Portuguese Passport if you apply for it.
+Can I get a Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese Passport if my grandfather was born in Goa, but not me?
If any of your grandparents was born in any of the former Portuguese territories - Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli - before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese Passport if you apply for it. We only process cases from Goa and people of Goan origin in India and worldwide.
+Can I get a Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese Passport if my grandfather was born in Goa, but he has passed away?
If any of your grandparents was born in any of the former Portuguese territories - Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli - before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese passport if you apply for it and provide right documents for your deceased grandparents. We only process cases from Goa and people of Goan origin in India and worldwide.
+If I want to get Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese Passport for goans, what do I have to do first?
Start collecting the documents you need. First make sure that the birth and/or marriage of yours or your parents/grandparents are registered at the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais / Conservatoria do Registo Civil in Lisbon, Portugal, which means you are eligible to apply for Portuguese Nationality and Portuguese Passport.

We can help you get your parents and grandparents births registered at the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais and also help you the acquire the documentation required for this process. Get in touch with us.

+How long does it take to get a Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese Passport?
Time required to complete the Portuguese Nationality / Birth Registration Process is a minimum of 2 years from the date of submission of documents to the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais, Lisbon, Portugal, subject to completion of verification of the required documents. What is very important is to make sure you submit the right documents and those documents are assessed properly by the right lawyers who understand Portuguese Citizenship law for Goans. If you need help In this process get in touch with us.
+What documents are required to get a Portuguese passport for Goans?
Please check our home page GoPortuguese.com for the list of documents you require. Complete the form and we will send you a complete list by email.
+How long does it take for Goans to get our birth registered in Portugal?
Time required to conclude the Portuguese Nationality / Birth Registration Process is approximately 2 – 3 years from the date of submission of documents to the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais, Lisbon, Portugal, subject to completion of verification of the required documents.
However, also keep in mind that you need to submit the right documentation and get everything correctly attested by the right authorities in India. To help you with this process we have a team that can guide you and verify all the documents before they are submitted to our lawyers in Portugal. Get in touch us this to know more.
+Do I need to have a Portuguese lawyer represent my case for Portuguese citizenship?
You will need representation once your case is active, but we can help you sort everything out. Contact us and get all the information in timely and efficient manner.
+Do I need to get my documents required for the Portuguese passport translated into Portuguese?
If the Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate is issued outside India, you will need to translate it by a court-certified official translator into Portuguese and both the original and the translated document will have to be attested by the Portuguese Embassy / Consulate / Mission / Apostille in the region where the document has been issued. These documents translation will be done by us once you have sent us all the required documents for the application of the Portuguese Birth registration.
+Once I get my birth registered in Portugal can I apply for my cartão or Portuguese identity card?
Yes you can. You need to approach the Portuguese Consulate/Embassy in your country to make an appointment to get this. They will explain the process to you.
+What are the documents required as identity proof?
When submitting your documents for Portuguese citizenship and Portuguese passport, it is required to have document of identification – Indian passport along with Aadhaar card or election card or driving license with correct details, matching the birth certificate. All these documents need to be verified and check properly before submission. Please send us these documents for proper assessment before the case in submitted.
+When Goans are applying for Portuguese citizenship, is it mandatory to have an Indian passport?
When applying for Portuguese Citizenship and Portuguese passport, it is required to submit document of identification – Indian passport along with Aadhaar card or election card or driving license with correct details, matching the birth certificate.
+Which countries allow visa-free travel for Portuguese nationals?
As of 2 July 2019 Portuguese citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 184 countries and territories, ranking the Portuguese passport 5th in terms of travel freedom (tied with the passports of Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland). See the full list of countries here.
+How do I know if I qualify to apply for Portuguese citizenship?
If you or one of your parents or grandparents was born in any one the former Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese passport if you apply for it.
We can help you get pre-qualified for the Portuguese passport. Contact us now and get all the necessary information.
+Can I get a Portuguese passport if my birth certificate is not from Goa?
You can apply for Portuguese citizenship even if you were not born in Goa, but if the Birth /Marriage/Death Certificate is issued outside Goa, it will have to be attested from the respective Regional Authentication Centre (RACs) for States / Union territories.
+Am I eligible for Portuguese Citizenship?
If you or one of your parents or grandparents was born in any one the former Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese passport if you apply for it.
+Can I get a Portuguese passport if I have Portuguese ancestry?
If you or one of your parents or grandparents was born in any one the former Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese passport if you apply for it.
+Why do people from Goa apply for a Portuguese passport?
A Portuguese passport allows Goans to move to any of the visa-free countries for the holder of the Portuguese passport and get opportunities to obtain better jobs and consequentially, improvement in the lifestyle and education opportunities. Portugal is part of the EU, therefore holders of the Portuguese passport are eligible to move, live and work across the European countries.
+How easy is it for a Goan to get a Portuguese citizenship?
When you enlist the help of the right agency, someone who knows all the ins and outs of the red tape and procedures required to obtain the Portuguese Citizenship and passport, it is much easier, as it takes all the running and chasing dead ends which you usually do if you try to do it yourself. Get in touch with us to find out more.
+Do I have to give up my Indian passport to get Portuguese passport?
India does not allow dual citizenship at the moment, but when you get your Portuguese passport, you can apply for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI).
+My father is from another city and state in India, and my mother is from Goa. Can I get Portuguese passport?
If either one of your parents or grandparents was born in any one the former Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli before 19th December 1961, then you should be able to get Portuguese passport if you apply for it.
+Can I get a Portuguese citizenship if my spouse has it?
Yes, you can apply and get your Portuguese passport through your husband/wife. To find out if you match the criteria please get in touch with us.
+Which documents do I need to get a Portuguese passport through my husband/wife?
List of documents:

  • Assento de Casamento (photocopy) of the couple. (Assento de Casamento is the marriage certificate issued by the Conservatoria do Registo Civil in Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Assento de Nascimento (photocopy) of Portuguese spouse. (Assento de Nascimento is the birth certificate issued by Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais in Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Birth Certificate of the Applicant (Non-Portuguese National).
  • Document of Identification – Indian Passport along with Aadhaar Card or Election Card or Driving License with correct details as per birth certificate.
  • Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Two witnesses preferably Portuguese Nationals who are of applicant’s age or above.
+How long does it take to do the marriage registration process in order to get my Portuguese citizenship?
Time required to conclude the Marriage Registration Process is approx. 2 – 6 months from the date of submission of your documents to the Conservatoria do Registo Civil, Lisbon, Portugal subject to completion of verification of the Birth / Marriage certificate of the spouse. You will need to provide all the mandatory documents in order to do so.
+How long does it take to do the birth registration process in Portugal after my parents / grand parents have been registered?
Time required to conclude the Birth Registration Process is approximately 10 to 12 months from the date of submission of your documents to the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais, Lisbon, Portugal and subject to completion of verification of the Birth Certificate of the applicant. This is based on current timelines and is subject to change.
+What are Assento de Nascimento and Assento de Casamento?
Assento de Nascimento is the birth certificate issued by Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais in Lisbon, Portugal & Assento de Casamento is the marriage certificate issued by the Conservatoria do Registo Civil in Lisbon, Portugal. Both these certificates can be obtained on completion of Registration of birth and marriage of one of the parents in Portugal
+What happens if the name on my birth certificate doesn’t match the name in the passport?
It depends on the difference. In some cases, like when the names are direct translations of names into Portuguese, you most probably won’t have to go through the process of changing it. However, this is not always the case, so it is best to check with our consultants before proceeding.
+How long does it take to get my Portuguese citizenship through my spouse?
Time required to conclude the Portuguese Nationality Registration process for Spouse is approximately 12 months or more from the date of submission of documents to the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais, Lisbon, Portugal which is subject to completion of verification of the Birth Certificate of the applicant by the competent authorities.
+Where do I submit the request for verification of birth or marriage certificate?
Civil Registrar and Sub Registrar of Goa are instructed not to entertain the request from the Portuguese Consulate for verification of Birth / Death and Marriage, under these guidelines all the Civil Registrar and Sub Registrar of Goa has stopped the Birth / Death and Marriage verification process received from the Portuguese Consulate in Goa.

As per the new directions the Portuguese Consulate will have to route all the Birth / Death and Marriage verification request through the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

The Ministry of External Affairs will forward the request to the Ministry of Home Affairs and then to the State Registrar and the State Registrar will have to forward this verification request to the respective Civil Registrar cum Sub Registrar.

The Civil Registrar cum Sub Registrar will then comply to the verification request and forward its reply back in the same route to the State Registrar, then to Ministry of Home affairs, then to Ministry of External Affairs and finally to the Portuguese Consulate.
+Can I apply for Portuguese citizenship directly if my parents were born in Goa before 1961?
The Portuguese Nationality process has to start with an individual whose birth is registered in Goa before 19th December 1961.

After the birth and marriage of this individual is registered at the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais / Conservatoria do Registo Civil in Lisbon, Portugal, his / her descendants are eligible to apply for Portuguese Nationality / Portuguese Passport.
+How long does it take to get a Portuguese passport?
It may take as long as four to five years to get a Portuguese passport, that too, only if you possess all the relevant documents/evidence to claim the citizenship.
This process can be made shorter with the right help and advice.
+Can I get my Portuguese citizenship directly from Goa without an agent?
It is possible to do it all by yourself, however it is highly advised to get the help of a professional agent or a lawyer, so that you can avoid unnecessary hassle, mistakes and roundabouts. There is also a chance you could end up not getting the citizenship because your documents were not checked, verified and processed by a professional. Avoid that risk and get it done professionally.
+Can I apply for a Portuguese passport if my parents were born in Goa before 1961, but did not get married there?
  • It will be necessary to register your parents first or at least one of the parents
  • The Nationality Application can only be submitted after the full registration (birth and marriage certificate) of your parents (or at least one of the parents) as Portuguese in the Registo Civil Português.
  • If the birth and the marriage certificates of the parents (or of at least one of the parents) are already registered in the Registo Civil Português, you just have to submit the respective references (numbers and year of the birth and marriage certificate).
+Do I need to verify the documents issued in Goa when applying for my Portuguese Nationality?
All documents issued in Goa need to be attested by the notary and verified with the apostille in Delhi or Portuguese Consulate in India. They also need to have the government attestation. Check if your document also needs to be translated in order to be accepted by the officials in Portugal.


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