Information on the documentation that would be required from a person born out of wedlock to a Portuguese father outside Portugal to obtain Portuguese citizenship or residence, and whether a sworn affidavit or statutory declaration by the mother, or the introduction of the person by the father to the Portuguese consulate, would be adequate to establish the person's origin [PRT24580.E]

Information on the above-mentioned topics could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. However, the attached excerpt of the Council of Europe's March 1996 European Bulletin on Nationality provides up-to-date information on Portuguese nationality legislation, including the texts in force, main principles and provisions, and recent legislative developments. The attached excerpt from Juris-Classeur Nationalité on Portuguese nationality provides information on conferment of Portuguese nationality by affiliation, including to children born out of wedlock. A copy of the October 1981 Portuguese nationality act and an unofficial provisional translation of the Portuguese nationality regulations are available upon request from the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Council of Europe. March 1996. European Bulletin on Nationality. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, pp. 119-24.

Ravet-Gobbe, Anne-Françoise. Novembre 1983. "Portugal," Juris-Classeur Nationalité. Edited by Charles L. Closset and Michel J. Verwilgen. Paris: Editions Techniques, p. 12.

Additional Sources Consulted

Foreign diplomatic representatives in Canada.

Note on contacting foreign diplomatic representatives in Canada:

Embassies and high commissions are not usually called for security-related questions such as location of military bases or the functioning of secret services. Ability to obtain information from diplomatic representatives depends on availability of information and cooperation from individual countries.