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Spanish / Portuguese Citizenship

Marranos – who were the Spanish Converted Jews?

Who were the marranos? In Sephardi-Jewish history, marranos were Jews who converted to Christianity to avoid persecution, but continued to observe traditional Jewish life in hiding. The term was originally derogatory, mocking the marranos and their descendants. These days, descendants of Spanish Jews have the option to obtain Spanish and Portuguese citizenship. Cohen, Decker, Pex…

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Portuguese Nationality Lawyer

This article addresses Portuguese nationality and obtaining status based on the Sephardic Portuguese Law of Return with the help of a Portuguese nationality lawyer.  Thousands of other Sephardic descendants have successfully obtained Portuguese nationality due to this law, and this article helps explain the main steps involved, linking to other articles of interest as well.…

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Portuguese Law of Return

The Portuguese law of return is allowing numerous Jews and non-Jews with Sephardic ancestry to apply for naturalization.  This article will discuss a little about the process involved and link to numerous other articles that may be of interest to you. Applying for the Portuguese Law of Return Numerous Israelis have successfully applied for the…

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Sephardic Family Names and Portuguese Citizenship

This article addresses Sephardic family names, which are important in helping determine one’s Sephardic ancestry for Portuguese citizenship.  Thousands of people have successfully obtained Portuguese and Spanish citizenship due to the Sephardic Law.   Why Sephardic Family Names Are Important If you are interested in applying for Portuguese citizenship through the Sephardic Law, Sephardic family names…

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Why You Should Apply for Portuguese Citizenship Now

Many descendants of Sephardic Jews have decided to apply for Portuguese citizenship over the past few years, and they’ve done so with much success.  This article addresses why you should apply for Portuguese citizenship now!  There are many reasons why people are taking advantage of this unique opportunity, and we discuss a few reasons below.…

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How to Prove Sephardic Ancestry

This article discusses how to prove Sephardic ancestry in order to apply for Portuguese citizenship under the Sephardic Law.  Many people from Israel and other countries have successfully applied for citizenship through the Sephardic law, and this is how they do it.   Prove Sephardic Ancestry  Both Jewish and non-Jewish people who have Sephardic ancestry can…

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Documents for Jewish Portuguese Citizenship

This article addresses documents needed for Jewish Portuguese citizenship. There are many Jews of Portuguese descent seeking to obtain citizenship that Portugal is offering to the descendants of those expelled hundreds of years ago.  As of late 2018, both Portugal and Spain have issued 10,000 passports to new Sephardic citizens.   Documents Needed for Jewish…

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How Long It Takes to Get Jewish Portuguese Citizenship

This article addresses how long it takes to get Jewish Portuguese citizenship (or citizenship for descendants of Sephardic Jews) according to various application categories.  Many descendants of Sephardic Jews have successfully applied for Portuguese citizenship, and we help numerous clients throughout this process. How Long It Takes to Get Jewish Portuguese Citizenship Sephardic Jews or…

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Jewish Portuguese Citizenship for Spouse and Children

This article addresses Jewish Portuguese citizenship for spouse and children of applicants. Some of our clients come to us and note that they or their spouse and children are not Jewish.  It is important to note that one can still apply for Portuguese citizenship as a descendant of Sephardic Jews (as many others have) even…

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