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Possible New Amendment To The Portuguese Nationality Law On The Way

Despite the rumors of increased difficulty in the Portuguese nationality processes, the newly approved changes indicate the opposite.

The amendments to the Law, initially voted in August by the Portuguese President, were approved last Friday by the Portuguese Parliament.

If, previously, it was very difficult, or even impossible, for a Portuguese spouse to obtain Portuguese nationality if he or she had no Portuguese children, now this discrimination has ended.

Now, couples with or without children have the same rules and conditions of access to Portuguese nationality.

Because now, for a spouse to obtain Portuguese nationality, it is enough that he has been married for at least six years to a person of Portuguese nationality, or even earlier, if the couple already has children of Portuguese nationality.

This Friday's amendments approval eliminated precisely this issue of having a child or not.

With these changes, both the grandchildren and the spouses of Portuguese now have objective criteria for the attribution of nationality and no longer have the need to “prove their connection to the Portuguese community”, as predicted in the previous version of the law, which was very difficult to prove.

The law, already amended by parliament, will now be send to the Portuguese President for a decision, which is expected to be favorable this time.

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Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1984, Filipe Consciência did his entire education in Lisbon, entering with 17 years at the Law Faculty of Lisbon University.

After graduating, and before entering the legal labor market, Filipe Consciência accepted the position of employee of a car stand, having in just a few months become department manager and later responsible for two car stands.

In September 2008, Filipe Consciência started working in the office of Pragma founder, Cecília Caria Mendes, beginning  to work with Pragma right away.

Over the years Filipe Consciência has specialized in consumer, labour and commercial law, and also in real estate.

After actively participating with Cecília Caria Mendes in the discussion and drafting of the law that allows the attribution of Portuguese nationality to descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews, since 2015 that Filipe Consciência has been responsible for the office's nationality department, having already delivered several thousand requests for attribution of Portuguese nationality, with great success.
In 2017, Filipe Consciência was invited to become Associate of Caria Mendes Advogados.