There are currently over 3 million Israeli Jews who are eligible to Portuguese/EU citizenship, as their ancestors hail from countries that received exiled Jews of the Alhambra Decree (the expulsion of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewry), of the 15th century. These countries include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Syria, Iran, etc. Portuguese Citizenship has…

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This article explains the importance of a genealogist (family roots researcher) for obtaining foreign citizenship. If you are seeking to obtain foreign citizenship based on descent, you should pay close attention to your genealogical report. Presenting such a report to the authorities can be, in many cases, a deciding factor in obtaining foreign citizenship. The…

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In recent times, there’s a great of deal of discussion Israelis who want to receive a Spanish or Portuguese passport. These passports give theirs holders many advantages; like the right to live and work in the states of the European Union, the ability to study in leading European academies for free or via scholarships, the…

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Sephardi Jews are descendants of members of the Jewish community who resided in Portugal and Spain from the later eras of the Roman Empire up until they were persecuted and expelled from these countries at the end of the 15th century. In 2015, Portugal’s government passed a “law of return” that allowed Sephardi Jews to…

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The Portuguese law of return, which was enacted in 2015, and grants descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewry the privilege to obtain a Portuguese European passport, has been in question in the past few months, due to a great fear it might change. However, eventually a hard pressure by Israeli officials and Jewish organizations…

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What is the significance of the list of Jewish names for Spanish citizenship? Since the Spanish government is trying to make amends for the tragic deportation of Jews circa 1492, Spain passed a law offering descendants of Spanish deportees their chance to obtain Spanish citizenship and passports. However, this law has expired as of October…

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Spanish Sephardic Names – can they get you Spanish citizenship? In 2015, the Spanish government made a historic decision to grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Spanish deportees. However, this law expired by the end of 2019. As of today, April 2020, Spain no longer grants citizenship for descendants of the expelled Sephardi Jewish community.…

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Frequently asked questions about Sephardic Jewish last names and Portuguese citizenship Jewish Sephardic last names run in my family, what does that mean? In 2015, Spanish and Portuguese governments passed laws sating that any descendant of the Sephardic Jews expelled from their territory in 1492 and 1496, would be eligible to obtain Spanish citizenship and…

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Sephardic family names and Portuguese citizenship There are more than 3 million Israeli Jews with some family connection to the Spanish expulsion. There are millions more of Jews and non-Jews around the world who can easily qualify for a Portuguese passport. Others who want to obtain a passport of Portugal will have to make an…

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