With the aim of responding to contemporary challenges, Portugal approved important changes to the “Nationality Law” on 5 January 2024. One of the most important changes is the new way of counting the five years required to obtain nationality, which will now take into account the date of the application for residence.

Contrary to expectations, the naturalisation regime for descendants of Sephardic Jews has been maintained, but with significant adjustments to the eligibility criteria.

These changes, which will come into force in February, reflect an adaptation to current realities in Portugal, aiming for a more modern and inclusive approach to granting citizenship.

VCA has prepared a document that explores the main transformations of this new legislation and the changes to come.

Find out everything you need to know about the new Nationality Law in Portugal.