A huge number of Sephardic Jews were evacuated from Portugal in the 15th and
16th centuries who preserved their language, the rites of the Portuguese old Jewish
cult, their family names, and numerous things and records to exemplify their origin
and historical connection. Now, the descendants of Sephardic Jews can gain
Portuguese citizenship without needing to live in Portugal or even speak the
Portuguese is one of the world’s greatest and most accommodating countries for
worldwide expansion and remote work. It is considered to be the world’s third safest
country, which even holds the world’s fourth strongest passport.
Law of Return
The Sephardi Jews who were forced to leave Portugal, settled throughout the world,
particularly in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the American continent. However, on
July 3, 2013, the Portuguese Citizenship Act was revised and allowed the acquisition
of Portuguese citizenship by the descendants of Portugal’s Sephardic Jews, known as
the Law of Return.
The prerequisites for citizenship
- Requires no knowledge about the Portuguese language;
- Not necessary to live in Portugal;
- Not having been found guilty of a crime punishable by three years or more in jail under Portuguese law;
- Necessary documents and records including applicant’s surname, family
- Language, or certificate of origin.
The eligibility for Portuguese citizenship
- Above 18 years of age can apply;
- being a Sephardic Jew’s descendent;
- who belongs to a Portuguese-speaking Sephardic community.
Privileges of Sephardic Jewish Citizenship in Portugal
- You are granted the right to dwell in any European country which can evolve in free movement inside the EU Union;
- Can take advantage of Portugal’s strong ties with other official Portuguese-
- Speaking nations;visa-free travel in certain countries;
- Obtain dual citizenship in Portugal;
- Can reconcile with your family and reside with them.