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Years of Residency to qualify for citizenship 5 or 6?


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Ola a todos!!

After how many years of residency can one apply for Portuguese citizenship? I have seen a 5 years requirement after which one can apply for EITHER Permanent Residency OR Citizenship. I have also seen a 6 years requirement of which atleast one year should have been spent as a Permanent Resident. 

Also does time spent in Portugal on the D7 visa prior to obtaining the actual D7 residency permit count towards this qualifying time for citizenship?

What is the straight goods on this...anyone know?

Obrigado from frigid Calgary, Canada

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I can answer the first part. The qualifying period was reduced from 6 years to 5 in a 2018 change to the law.

Some normally authoritative websites (like the justiça government website for example) haven't yet caught up with that!

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@x-camone

now, there's a surprise 😱 

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Obrigado @x-Camone! Very helpful information. 

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Just to confirm then, it basically is something like:

5 years on your residence permit ---> Permanent Residence OR Citizenship?

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@hank_2021

Yes, either or both. Given the length of time it's currently taking to get citizenship applications approved, if I were doing it now I'd apply for the permanent residence at the 5 year point anyway as that would definitely keep me OK residence-wise in the interim.

I don't think a citizenship application in progress would pass muster in itself for immigration / residence purposes.

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@x-camone  Thanks for the answer!  I appreciate it!  Hoping to have my residence permit in 2022 and needed clarification on when the clock started.

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