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Citizenship / Naturalisation

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Indian Citizenship :
Citizenship of India by naturalization can be acquired by a foreigner who has resided in India for twelve years. The applicant must have lived a total of 12 years in India in a period of 14 years and must have lived in India for 12 months uninterrupted prior to applying for citizenship.

Goans and Portuguese :
WSG provides a warm & hospitable Goan welcome to all people from the beautiful state of Goa and permanent residents from the Union Territories of Daman, Diu & Dadra and Nagar Haveli near Gujarat in desiring and acquiring Portuguese Nationality or Portuguese Citizenship, both being the same.

Around the year 1952
In 1952, in response to UN resolutions for the self-independence of the still existing colonies of the world, Portugal decided to rename all Portuguese colonies to overseas provinces and made them all integrant part of territorial Portugal.

Around the year 1975
Full Portuguese citizenship rights have been allowed to the people from Portuguese India since around 1757, by a Royal Decree signed by King José I and his Prime Minister, the Marquês de Pombal.

All people from Estado da India Portuguesa (EIP) comprising Goa, Damão, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, were granted Portuguese Citizenship, and equal status under the law, with the Metropolitan Portuguese. This was then commonly known as Jus Solis - citizenship by right of birthplace.

Way back in 1975, when Portugal issued an option in the Portuguese Nationality Law, the people from India, that is Estado da Índia Portuguesa(EIP) were assumed by Portugal to have acquired Indian citizenship on a non-voluntary basis, i.e., it was assumed they were forced by the Indian Union to acquire Indian citizenship when the Indian Army invaded the Arabian Shores of Goan soil.

Portuguese Citizenship Assumed by default
The EIP Estado da Índia Portuguesa that is was, therefore was not a colony in 1961 but a Portuguese province and an integral  part of territorial Portugal and recognized as such officially and internationally

The people from EIP obviously enjoyed full Portuguese citizenship rights by Jus Solis (right of birthplace). In the same way Portuguese birth records were recorded in birth registry offices in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Faro, etc., births were also recorded in Panjim, Margao, Mapusa, etc. The EIP was indeed internationally recognized as an integrant part of territorial Portugal so, records were kept there and there was no reason to send them to Lisbon.

The Indian regions of Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, were incorporated by the Republic of India in December 1961 but were yet lawfully Portuguese territories until 3rd June 1975.
According to these Portuguese laws, the citizens born in those territories are Portuguese citizens.

Portuguese Nationality for Goans :
WSG along with his team of lawyers specializing in Nationalization and Naturalization laws having studied and done empirical research regarding the matter of attaining documented citizenship status of Portugal by Goans in India. WSG provides legal assistance and authoritative guidance to those citizens and descendants, aiming to regularise their records in the Portuguese Civil Register Office*.

*Please note anyone who acquires Portuguese Nationality will lose its Indian Citizenship if he is a Indian Citizen. For more advice please log in your enquiry to


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