5 de September, 2022
In today’s world, the concept of home, identity, and citizenship are becoming increasingly complex. A new type of global citizen is emerging: the “multi-local,” one who has two or more passports and personal ties to several countries. The trend began after World War II, when more than 60 million people were displaced to new countries. Since then it has become much more common for some people to be born in one country and die in another. The importance and necessity of having more than one citizenship or residence has become much clearer. The desire for security is what drives most dual and multiple citizenship to this day.
The wave of multi-local citizens has grown along with greater tolerance by governments around the world. In 1960, only one-third of countries allowed dual citizenship.. By 2019 it was 75%as shown in a study from Maastricht University. And with more people living in multiple places throughout their lives, more cross-cultural marriages have also contributed to the trend. A new generation of global citizens with multi-local identities is being born.
The advantages of multiple citizenship are numerous: safety, business, mobility, freedom, culture, lifestyle, identity, and much more.
For many years, American citizenship and an American passport were the object of desire in the world. The pandemic and the recent election have changed that. The result has been an increase in demand for Americans seeking a second passport and wanting to obtain citizenship – especially in Europe.
The desire to retire in places like Europe and more flexibility in banking were the main drivers of second passports even before the pandemic began. The political instability and possible tax increases that followed after the pandemic left many wealthy Americans considering the idea of acquiring a new citizenship. And thanks to their diverse ethnic background, resulting from historical periods of massive immigration, many Americans are eligible for European nationalities by ancestry.
America was built by immigrants from all over the world. The vast majority came from Europe. As such, many Americans have European ancestry. It is a matter of mapping the origins of your ancestors and figuring out how to take advantage of this. It is important to have the documentation: birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, divorce certificates, US naturalization documents (in the case of Americans). The task can be arduous, especially when it comes to ancestors who lived a century ago in a place you are not sure about. In such cases it is important to have the right professional help. There are document search services that specialize in this.
Portugal has become very popular among Americans who want to move to Europe. The country offers citizenship by ancestry until the third generation. Grandchildren of Portuguese nationals may apply for citizenship. Nationality is also possible for descendants of Sephardic Jews and spouses of Portuguese nationals. In all cases, it will be necessary to prove a certain connection to the community in the form of language skills or residence in Portugal.
Even for those who cannot prove European ancestry, there are still alternatives. Portugal offers many ways to obtain nationality, one of which is naturalization, which can be requested after 5 years of local residence. Another option is the Golden Visaa residency program for those who make qualified investments in the country.
Moving to Portugal is not only possible, but can be quite simple through various types of visas for entry into the country. Talk with Atlantic Bridge consultants and guarantee your dual citizenship.