The minimum time frame for getting Portuguese citizenship is 5 years, and German citizenship is 6 years.

Can this time frame be reduced further?


A residence requirement of 5 to 10 years is typical in the EU. There are several situations in which lower requirements might apply in some countries:

  • If you are married to a citizen, it is sometimes possible to gain citizenship after less than 5 years, e.g. 3 years in Portugal, the Netherlands or Germany, 4 years in Italy or France.
  • If you are refugee or stateless
  • If you served in the country's military
  • If you invest a significant amount of money in the country (e.g. Malta)
  • If you are especially gifted or served the country in another area (e.g. athletes)
  • If you formerly held the country's citizenship (e.g. Netherlands and Germany)

The absolute lowest residence requirement is 0 (e.g. immigrants from francophone countries or refugees in France).

  • i am talking about naturalization. – user366312 Jun 23 '20 at 5:41
  • @user366312 Yes, that's what it is about. Technically, “reintegration” or gaining citizenship through are slightly different procedure that might be called something else but all other examples are about speedy naturalization. – Relaxed Jun 23 '20 at 7:26

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