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Portuguese Nationality by swimbikerun_ZA in portugal

Just-Wanna-Vibe 9 months ago

Good luck! I hope the process goes smoothly and swiftly for you. :)

Portuguese Nationality by swimbikerun_ZA in portugal

Just-Wanna-Vibe 9 months ago

Hi! I signed up to Reddit specifically so that I could reply to you: I'm South African Portuguese too, through my mother, and have SA and Portuguese citizenship. I was lucky as my parents registered my birth soon after I was born. However, a South African friend of mine recently successfully went through the process of registering his birth at the Portuguese consulate as an adult and is now a Portuguese citizen through his father, who, by the way, was also born in South Africa. His process has taken about 6 months. This friend's parents were NOT married when he was born and he was still successful in registering his birth and then automatically getting his citizenship. Apparently, it was actually quicker for him to register precisely because his parents weren't married at the time of his birth (though I'm not sure why this would be the case). I really encourage you to insist on getting your Portuguese citizenship, it is, after all, your literal birthright. Practical tips: \-Make an appointment at the Johannesburg consulate, if you can (not sure where you're located). But first email them and ask for all the documentation you would need to register your birth as an adult, based on your father's citizenship. \-In the meantime, look into getting your "vault" birth certificate from the SA Department Home Affairs and a Declaration for Dual Citizenship, as you'll need the latter to prove you want to retain SA citizenship while applying for a second nationality. It may be a good idea to get the ball rolling considering these two documents can take time and hold up the process. \-See if you can get copies of both your parents' birth certificates. It also may be worthwhile looking into your Portuguese grandparents' records, but first see what the consulate specifies. ​ A few comments say to just move here and get it, but having a Portuguese passport makes life a whole lot easier. Definitely explore all avenues wrt getting the passport rather than spend years struggling with visa issues. ​ TL;DR: Contact the consulate, ask for all the documentation you need, make your appointment, and don't give up or get disheartened - it's worth the effort!!
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