Portuguese Passport for Goans – Marriage Registration in Portugal

on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Portuguese Consulate here in Goa advises you to apply for Bilhete de Identidade or BI to register the marriage. The BI takes approx. 3- 4 months to arrive after the application is made at the Portuguese Consulate in Goa. To make a BI application you need to make an appointment that is scheduled only after 6 – 8 weeks. I feel this is waste of time since you can directly register your marriage in Portugal soon after the transcription/registration of the Birth.

To register your marriage in Portugal for Portuguese Passport (Goans) you need to appoint an attorney or a lawyer in Portugal. Or if you have any relations or friends living in the close proximity of the Conservatoria than they can submit your documents for Marriage registration for Portuguese Passport.

The Lawyers charge Euro 100 to register the marriage and they guarantee the marriage registration for Portuguese Passport in 45 days or earlier. The registration fee to be paid to the Conservatoria is Euro 100.

Documents required to register Marriage in Portugal for Portuguese Passport for Goans are:
1. Copy of Assento do Nascimento ( of euro 16.00)
2. Birth Certificate of husband/wife whose birth is not registered in Portugal.
3. Marriage Certificate from Sub – Register.
4. Marriage Certificate from Church.

Excluding document # 1 (Assento do Nascimento) all others have to be notarized, attested by the Collector and than by the Under Sectary (Home Department). All documents should be in Portuguese if they are in other languages they have to be translated in Portuguese and both the copies have to be notarized, attested by the Collector and Under Sectary (Home Dept) before submission. To find a professional translator click HERE

To find a lawyer to register your marriage in Portugal click HERE or send e-mail to goanewz@gmail.com

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the information. I'm applying for my B.I. and the Portuguese Consulate in Goa has asked for my Marriage Certificate. I am submitting my Marriage Certificate in Portuguese (Teor), duly notarized and attested. It isn't in very good condition though. Do you feel they will accept this document?

goanews said...

To be on safe side I suggest you to supply the extract of the marriage certificate (English Format)it will cost you an additional 1000 buck but its safe. It is wise to register the marriage in Portugal as it saves time and money.

Anonymous said...

my father had apparently received his assento de casamento.then in order to apply for my mothers identity they were advised to register my mothers marriage also. In the process my fathers original assento de casamento was submitted at the Portuguese cousulate in Goa. Later we were informed that this registration is cancelled because it is already under process in Portugual and my fathers assento de casamento original copy cannot be returned. we do not have a xerox copy also and due to this misinformation our application process is held up, because for us (the children) to apply we require one of the parents assento de casamento. can you please advise us as to what we need to do to obtain another copy of the assento de casamento and what steps my mother needs to take to apply for her passport. thank you

goanews said...

Please be specific Assento de Nascimento(birth certificate) or Assento de Casamento(Marriage certificate). Both can be obtained by the correct name or process number. E-mail goanewz@gmail.com if you need copies of either.

Anonymous said...

I am working in the gulf, came to know that i am finally registered in portugal. I thought of going to portugal directly from here to apply for my BI. What documents are needed and how long will it take. Do you have any contact person whom i can approach.

goanews said...

I think you have made the right decision. I am going to put a post on the procedure to get BI directly from Portugal. Please visit the blog once again on 17th July 2009.

Anonymous said...

My mother process been pending for 7 years Mother have both processes Birth & marriage of Her But still they are not registering, Before that i have applied in 1996 cause of that my process been pending for 14 years is that right thing or is this justice to be a goan Please help.

goanews said...

Birth process takes 6 months. Please send e-mail to goanewz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i want to do portugal passport i am 35 yrs pld borin goa 1973 george fernandes i have my daddy dad has Assento de Nasciment but he expired in 1995 i have my mother who is with me can i do and how to do pls help me

goanews said...

E-mail me what you have. I will be in a better position to adivse you. goanewz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi , my father has got his BI after completing required process & now we have submitted all required documents for registering my parents marriage to Consulate in Panjim in June'09 , need to know

1. How long would it take to get Assento do Casamento ?

2. I am born in 1973 , what is the procedure after the above ( Point 1 ) for me to get my BI / Portuguese Passport

Appreciate if you could reply at the earliest

goanews said...

There are known cases where in the documents submited in Goa have taken more than 7 months to complete. Whereas if you submit the papers in Portugal it takes 10 working days.

You have 2 options to submit the papers in Goa or directly in Portugal. If you submit the papers in Goa it takes approx. 1yr for your process to complete whereas if you submit the Process directly in Portugal it takes 2 months.

If you submit the process in Portugal it will cost you an addition fees for your lawyer. Normaly they charge between Euro 350 to Euro 450. These days I am woking on a deal with a lawyer in Portugal who will just submit the documents for you without follow ups and charge you fraction of the actual cost. In this way applicants can get the documents processed much faster as there is a huge time/months delay in shipping the documents from Goa to Portugal.

sharon said...

i have got an appointment for my father in law for bi in goa. i need to know size of photos.i have got extract of marriage certificate copy in english would it be useful since i dont have casamento. pls give me advice on sharondias2425@yahoo.co.in thank you

Anonymous said...

I have been already registered in Portugal. I am presently in Doha. I just want to know what documents are required to apply for the BI. I am leaving for Goa after a week. Waiting for your quick response.....

goanews said...

Documents for BI
1. Brith Assento from Portugal
2. Residence Certificate
3. Police Clearance
5. Ration Card
6. Election Card

Anonymous said...

I am writing with regards to my fathers nationality process. He had applied in Goa in 2006. We have just got a letter from the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais asking him to get his marriage registered. He went to the consulate in Goa, but they said that for the marriage to be registered, his birth has to be registered first. Could you please tell us how we will come to know if the birth is registered? We have not received any letter so far, except the one asking to register his marriage. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.

goanews said...

I am following a similar case where in the birth was registered and the letter send/lost. I had written to the Conservatoria and found that the birth was already registered 6 months ago. Send e-mail to goanewz@gmail.com for more information.

Anonymous said...

Hi could you please tell me what are the various steps in the process. is it:
1. birth registration
2. then marriage registration
3. then making of B.I.
4. then passport

goanews said...

Yes!

Anonymous said...

Hi I have sent my fathers documents to register birth in Portugal with a lawyer in Portugal itself. He has sent me the receipt which says that the papers are submitted for processing.
Need to know:
1. Do I get another BI informing that birth is already registered?
2. If birth is registered, do I need to take appointment in Portugal consulate in goa OR can I just send marriage documents in Portugal?
3. After marriage is registered, as I work in Mumbai do I need to have ration card in goa (I have ration card in mumbai and passport from goa and birth from goa)
Please reply

goanews said...

Best to wait for the birth to register & than make inquires. The rules at the Portuguese Consulate in Goa change every minute and also the rules are made by the clerks at the. Consulate Ration card is not necessary.

Anonymous said...

Hi,My birth is registered in Portugal. Now what is the next step. I am married. So is marriage registration required before B.I.
I am doing it directly with my lawyer. Please advice me about the B.I. how long it takes and the marriage registration how long it takes.

Is the Goa consulate gives appointment for B.I. or can I go directly to Portugal.

goanews said...

It is advisable to register your marriage before you apply for your BI. You can apply for your BI at the Portuguese Consulate or you can apply for BI or Citizen Card directly in Portugal.
If you proces the marriage tru me I take 5 days. Please send e-mail to goanewz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My mother is trying to cancel my Portuguese nationality as i married a gal against her wish... My birth is already registered in Portugal and i have already applied for my BI... Can she cancel my registration??

goanews said...

If you are a minor yes and If you are a major of age than NO.

Anonymous said...

I have asked for an appointment for BI through an email. Ihave also attached copy the birth/marriage and passport copy through email. how many days does it take to get a confirmation of my appointment. do i have to request again if i dont get one within 7 days?

goanews said...

Usually the wait period to receive a reply to your e-mail request is 2 months

helen said...

my fathers birth is registered in portugal , now i want to register his marriage but the problem is mothers birth is not available all records are destroyed.

Goanewz said...

send me an e-mail. We do it using the baptism records. e-mail: goanewz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I had approached an agent with my father to apply for a Portuguese passport. The application was to be done through my father DOB 28/03/1940 since we had all valid documents in his name from the Portuguese Era. We have his TEOR (Nascimento) from the sub-registrar in Goa, Secondary School Certificate (Secund Grao) in Portuguese and also his mother’s original Portuguese passport. We had submitted COPIES of these documents to the agent.

An appointment with the Portuguese consulate in Goa was taken during this period and all necessary formalities were done.

However my father passed away in 2008 and haven’t had enough time to pursue this case however I’d like to do the same now.

I would appreciate if you could enlighten me on the prospects and probability of getting this application completed considering my father is no more and whether it’s worth pursuing it anyways.

Appreciate a quick response.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

i am working in kuwait and i am already registered in portugal by lawyer so now how can i get B.I and wht is procedure ? can i go to portugal to get my B.I and passport?

goanews said...

You can directly go to Portugal and collect the BI and passport.

Anonymous said...

hi, i tried writing earlier but i could not get through. My father is the applicant. We were under process for registering his birth. But we could dont have any old documents in his name. Now without any information about his birth registration, his documents of marriage have been returned, asking him to transcribe his marriage.

Is this right? can the process of marriage start without obtaining the ascento de nascimento?

hope you can help.

Anonymous said...

hello, as per your site, i wrote to the CRC and they told me that my birth has been registered. I wanted to know how to get my ascento de nascimento? Do i need to write to them? Or will the consulate in Goa help me? Hope you can help.

goanews said...

If you have your assento number than you can order the assento online on www.portaldocidadao.pt or you can go to the consulate and request for one.

Anonymous said...

my mother got her passport does she have to visit Portugal.can she stay in India and still retain the Portuguese citizenship

goanews said...

Does she have her Portuguese Birth Certificate or Portuguese Passport? Best consult the Home department in Panjim and they will advise you.

Anonymous said...

I am married to a portuguese national( original Goan),now I wanted to register our marriage in portugal, but the problem is that my passport is with my married surname and not the surname which is on my Indian birth certificate,I am in Uk at the moment, pls advice as to what I should do, in order to register our marriage

goanews said...

For marriage registraion you need the foll. documents.
1. Birth Certificate of the spouse who is not registered in Portugal
2. Marraige Certificate

In referece to the change of the last name you need to explain how and when the last name was changed. There are many who are under the wrong impression that any name change is a considered as the biggest hurdle towards acqquiring the Portuguse Nationality. I beleive all are humans and if you have a valid and logical explanation the authorities in Portugal understand and process the documents.

Anonymous said...

My fathers birth has been registered in Portugal. Is there a new rule that says that my mother has also to be registered in Portugal and their marriage registered before I can apply?

or is only one parents birth enough?

goanews said...

Anyone of them has to be Portuguese.

Anonymous said...

hi
My parent marriage has been registered and my father has a portuguse passport aswell.
15 days bay i got a recipt from prtugal that even me and my sister is being registered, but the ascent is not come yet. How many days do you think it takes For it to come. I am just waiting for it.
Can you please take some time and update me in this matter. Thanks and god bless.

goanews said...

Sometimes it never arrives. Best to order one online @ www.portaldocidadao.pt or the Portuguese Consulate here in Goa can give one on request.

Anonymous said...

Hi,,
Thanks for your help.. My dad is already registered in portugal and mothers marriage is also registered.I applied for my dads BI but its already one month no confirmation of appointment.Is there any way to get the BI fast secondly they hav stopped issuing visa for portugal pls help me

goanews said...

I cannot help you with the appointment, contact me after your father has submited the application.

Anonymous said...

hi,
i need help regarding my Assento do Nascimento . Actually on jan 2010 my cousin put my paper's in portugal..
& still there is no reply..
well i just want to kwn if anyways i can find out abt my process from goa..and how long does it takes to complete the process
as per my knowledge it take 5 months ???
awaiting for your valuable advice..
thks n godbless

goanews said...

I suggest you to send an e-mail with a copy of your passport attached. You will receive a reply in a weeks time.

Anonymous said...

I want to register my marriage I had a church marriage duly registered with the civil registrar do I need to submit the church marriage certificate along wwith the civil registration certificate or is the civil certificate enough for portuguese nationality?

goanews said...

Civil Marriage + Civil Birth certificates are sufficient to register the marriage.

Anonymous said...

I want to register my daughters as my wife has received the b.i. and we also got our marriage registered. Is it possible to register my daughters who have 2 yrs and 8 months and 1 yr and 3 months. What are the documents required and what's the procedure. Lesly

goanews said...

Lesly,
I suggest you to contact the Portuguese Consulate here in Goa and get the information. The last updated information received from the Consulate in Goa is
1. Birth Certificate only and there is no charge nor appointment.

Anonymous said...

HI,
My mothers birth and marriage is registered in portugal,she have also received her BI, i am her son(married). do i have to register my birth and marriage..also how long will it take if i do it directly in portugal.

Thank you .........Val

goanews said...

The time required is 45 days but it can go upto 6 months max.

ANTHONY said...

I have appointment for BI at consulate in goa what are the documents photos etc. required at the time of appointment.Since I work in the gulf how many days leave is reqd.My marriage reg.is not yet done will that matter?

goanews said...

Documents required for B.I
1. Assento do Nascimento
2. Police Clearance
3. Residence Certificate (Notary + collector + Home Dept)
3. Passport (1 copy notorized)
4. Ration Card + Election Card + Drivers Licencense
5. Pictures (5 nos with white backgroud 35X45 size. Best is to carry extra)

You have to be present at the Consulate before 9:30am

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