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Citizenship for those with prior military experience in another country


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Hi all! Visa/Citizenship question - I received my Portuguese Citizenship through my family heritage/my grandmother - but my husband is not a citizen (we have not started his process) he is a US Navy veteran - we have done some research and it seems maybe Portugal may deny him citizenship because he has served in a foreign military. Does anyone here have Portuguese citizenship that served in a foreign military or know anyone who was successful in getting their citizenship in a scenario like this? Thank you!

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Posted by: @anahawkins

we have done some research and it seems maybe Portugal may deny him citizenship because he has served in a foreign military.

My understanding is that non-compulsory service in a foreign military does not preclude gaining citizenship, it is just one of the specified grounds that can be used for opposing the granting of citizenship.

I can't envisage anyone opposing granting citizenship to someone who served in an allied force, and it didn't stop my ex UK soldier friend getting his. 

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@old-bloke oh great to know! I have seen conflicting information so was not sure. Thank you!!

 

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