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Acquisition of Nationality by Naturalization based on Residence

Portuguese nationality, a matter regulated by Law no. 37/81, of 3 October, can be acquired at birth or during an individual’s lifetime. The attribution of Portuguese nationality may depend on various factors including the applicant´s place of birth, how many years they have lived in Portugal, the nationality of their family members or spouse, as well their relationship with the Portuguese community. In this context, we will delve into the process of acquiring nationality through naturalization based on residence, in cases where a foreigner has been legally resident in Portugal for at least 5 years - article 6 of the abovementioned law.

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