Nationality for Shephardic Jews

Are you Sephardic?
Now you can get Portuguese nationality.

DESCENDANTS OF SEPHARDIC JEWS

Portuguese citizenship for Sephardic Jews

By virtue of Decree Law no. 30-A/2015, of 27 February 2015, the Portuguese government approved the process for descendants of Sephardic Jews to obtain Portuguese nationality by naturalisation. Over 500 years have passed since the Jews were unfairly expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, but better late than never.

You can obtain your Portuguese nationality NOW!

  1. You don’t need to speak Portuguese
  2. You don’t need to go to Portugal
  3. You don’t need to prove that your family was from Portugal
  4. You don’t need to pass any test

If you would like to find out more, please read our FAQ section and contact us. We will inform you for free.

ABOUT US

Cohen & Cohen

Cohen & Cohen is a law firm based in Madrid, Spain. For many years, we have been helping thousands of Sephardic Jews from around the world to obtain their European nationality (Spanish and Portuguese).

We work intensively on these types of processes with our clients, providing all the advice they need to ensure that their nationality is confirmed.

HOW DO WE WORK?

We will assist you throughout the whole process,
from A to Z

APPLY NOW

APPLY NOW

Contact us. Tell us about your story and we will inform you about the documents you need.

WE REVIEW YOUR DOCUMENTATION

WE REVIEW YOUR DOCUMENTATION

We will review your documents for free.

GET STARTED!

GET STARTED!

We will start the process and manage it throughout the necessary steps until you are issued the decision awarding your Portuguese nationality.

FREQUENTLY ANSWER QUESTIONS

Portuguese nationality for Sephardic Jews?
Is this true?

As true as it can be. By virtue of Decree Law no. 30-A/2015, of 27 February 2015, the Portuguese government approved the process for descendants of Sephardic Jews to obtain Portuguese nationality.

As a result, thousands and thousands of Sephardic Jews from all over the world are willing to seize this opportunity and apply for Portuguese nationality, and, consequently, European nationality, with all that this implies.

Am I eligible?

Am I eligible?
  1. Who can apply?
  2. Can I apply if I am not a Sephardic Jew?
  3. Is there any chance that my application might be rejected?

Who can apply?

Sephardic Jews over 18 who can prove their Jewish and Sephardic origin and have no criminal records.

Can I apply if I am not a Sephardic Jew?

You cannot apply for this process if you are not a Sephardic Jew or do not have direct ascendants of Sephardic origin.

Is there any chance that my application might be rejected?

None of the applications we manage have been rejected so far.

The Portuguese Passport

The Portuguese Passport
  1. Which are the benefits of holding Portuguese nationality?
  2. Will I have to pay taxes if I become Portuguese?
  3. Do I have to go to Portugal or speak Portuguese?

Which are the benefits of holding Portuguese nationality?

Portugal is ranked 10 (of 199) in the Individual Passport Power Rank 2019.

The main benefit of holding a Portuguese passport is being an EU citizen, which allows you to move freely across the 28 countries of the European Union. You will be able to live, work, or simply walk around these countries without any limitation. You will also be able to travel to other countries without needing cumbersome visas or entry permits.

Will I have to pay taxes if I become Portuguese?

This is the most frequent question due to obvious reasons. The answer is clear: no, unless you are a tax resident in Portugal or you receive earnings from economic activities in this country. You will not have to inform Portuguese tax authorities about your equity, income or earnings received outside Portugal either.

Do I have to go to Portugal or speak Portuguese? Do I need to prove anything else?

You do not have to travel nor speak Portuguese. We carry out the full process electronically on behalf of our customers. The main circumstance you will need to prove is your Sephardic origin.

Documentation

Documentation
  1. Which initial documents do I need to apply?
  2. Do I need to prove anything else?
  3. What about minor children?

Which initial documents do I need to apply?

To start the process, you will only need to submit a copy of your passport, birth certificate, proof of residence (for instance, bills of services or official documents), and a certificate issued by the rabbi or president of the Jewish-Sephardic (orthodox) community corresponding to your place of residence indicating that you are of Jewish and Sephardic origin.

Do I need to prove anything else?

The main circumstance you will need to prove is your Sephardic origin.

What about minor children?

Minors will obtain Portuguese nationality once any of their parents obtain it, with the same effects.

None of the applications we manage have been rejected so far.

The Process

The Process
  1. How long does the process take?
  2. How long does it take to get the citizenship?
  3. How will I know if I have been granted citizenship?
  4. What are the next steps?

How long does the process take?

Around six months from the time you send us all the documents required. We then submit these documents directly before the Portuguese Register Office.

How long does it take to get the citizenship?

This is harder to predict, but the average is around one year and a half as of the date the documents are submitted to the Register Office. These are estimate and approximate time frames.

How will I know if I have been granted citizenship? What are the next steps?

The Portuguese Register Office will inform us once you are granted nationality. You will then be able to start the process to obtain your Portuguese passport at the Portuguese consulate corresponding to your place of residence, or by travelling directly to Portugal, as you wish.

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28046 – Madrid

+34 910 052 184

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Our office is based in Madrid, right in the heart of the legal and financial district of the city.

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