Read This Before Moving to Portugal: Fine Print in Portuguese Citizenship

Explore the distinctions between permanent residency and citizenship in Portugal, including key legal exclusions and options.

Museum art at sunset
MAAT museum at sunset, Belém, Portugal

Key Exclusions and Residency Options

I have been meeting many people who have decided to immigrate to Portugal. Some have become close friends, and I need them to know about this law that I learned about. This is not even in my book, and I may include it in a future edition. They have dreams of becoming citizens of not just Portugal but Europe in the designated time that Portugal offers—at the moment, five years. The challenge is many people I have met are paying for their new lives in this gorgeous country with military pensions, disability payments, or politician's pensions. A lawyer friend brought this provision to my attention over coffee one day, which I think is a must-share.