During the 15th and 16th centuries a large number of Sephardic Jews were expelled from Portugal. However, many have maintained the language, the rites of the old Jewish cult in Portugal, the family nicknames, objects and documents that allow to demonstrate their Portuguese origin and a strong memorial relationship with Portugal.
In order to facilitate the acquisition of nationality by descendants of Sephardic Jews, the Portuguese Nationality Law was amended on July 3, 2013.
1. Requirements to be met for the acquisition of Portuguese nationality:
Being greater or emancipated under Portuguese law;
Not have been convicted for an offense punishable by a prison sentence of more than three years, under Portuguese law;
Indicate and demonstrate in the application the circumstances that determine the tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin.
2. Documents to be presented with the application:
Certificates of the criminal record issued by the competent Portuguese services, of the country of naturalness and nationality and of the countries where he has his residence;
Documents that prove direct descent or family relationship in the collateral line of a common parent from the Sephardic community of Portuguese origin and a tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin.
This document will normally consist of a certificate of Jewish community with the status of a religious legal person, established in Portugal under the law, attesting to the tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin, namely by name, family language, genealogy and family memory .