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Residency Questions for dual citizen / broken 5 year stay  

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Astrid
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Hi everyone,

When I first moved to Portugal in 2012, I entered on my EU passport (i have dual Australian and EU nationality), and applied for a registration certificate to stay (valid for 5 years). A couple of months after it expired, I moved back to Australia for nearly 2 years but then returned to Portugal and again entered on my EU passport.

When looking at the SEF website, I can only apply for permanent residency after 5 years of "continued" habitation here. So do I need to apply for a new registration certificate and wait another 5 years?

I am married to a Portuguese guy so perhaps the marriage route may be quicker, but even then I have to have lived here for 3 years.

Anyone got experience in this area and can point me in the right direction?

Thanks

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alan
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There are huge delays (over 12 months) in processing Portuguese citizenship applications.
Alan

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lapper
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The marriage route, you dont need to live 3 years, you need to have been married for 3 years.

Let me know if I can be of further help.

The timefram of the application takes 1 year and half.

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sherryman
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Hi, I have owned a house in Portugal for 15 years and wondered what the residency process is. Always had a fiscal card, bank account etc. 

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The best answer for this is to visit the governments own site (in English) at https://www.acm.gov.pt/-/como-adquirir-nacionalidade-portuguesa-por-naturalizacao-

The requirements are different depending on your status. e.g. If you claim by residency you will need to pass a simple language test. If you claim by marriage that is not necessary.

I am not sure where you are from, but if you are British I strongly advise you to get your residency papers up to date before the end of this year´s Brexit transition.

Alan

 

 

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X Camone
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Posted by: @sherryman

Hi, I have owned a house in Portugal for 15 years and wondered what the residency process is. Always had a fiscal card, bank account etc. 

Not clear from that whether you're actually resident and need to do anything - you could have those things and still be resident elsewhere.

 

How much time do you spend here? If you're permanent, it's as Victoria1st says above, assuming you're an EU citizen.

 

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X Camone
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Re: length of time it takes to process citizenship applications.

 

It might depend on whereabouts you are. I'm helping with one for acquisition of citizenship by descent, which has been submitted via a local registry office in the north of the country. They're liaising with a regional office in Guimarães and saying that barring any further problems, it ought to be done and dusted within about a month from now. The papers were submitted in early Jan (that's last month, not last year!) and we've had one minor bit of sorting out to do on it since.

 

Apparently, if it had had to go through Lisbon it would have been a very different story.

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