Portuguese residents of the European Union (EU) who wish to apply for Portuguese citizenship for their children born in the EU or UK can now apply for birth registration online.
According to a joint statement by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice, the two government areas involved in the initiative, the aim is to make this possibility accessible to the entire Portuguese community abroad.
As of December 2020, Portuguese residents in the UK and France can do so online.
Online access to birth registration is done through Portal da Justiça and allows parents to apply for birth registration of their children, free of charge, without having to go to the consular post of the jurisdiction where they reside. .
The application only applies to children under one year of age, Portuguese children who can authenticate using a mobile digital key or citizen card, in this case using a card reader and PIN codes for address and authentication.
In addition to issuing the citizen card by post to nationals residing abroad, this measure is also provided for in the new consular management model, which aims to “facilitate the relationship of citizens with the consular network by simplifying administrative acts ”. , reads the statement.