Applicants are expected to provide different means of proof and it is understood that they will not be the same in each particular case and some people won’t be able to provide all of them.
The “burden of proof” rests on the applicant, who must provide as much evidence as possible, of all kinds, showing direct or collateral progeny and the tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin. In fact, since a very large number of Spanish Jews migrated to Portugal when they were expelled from Spain, proving Spanish ancestry from families known to have lived in Portugal is also acceptable. Mind that our internal Experts’ Committee checks the information provided but does not run genealogical studies itself.
All the above may be presented in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English.
The process will follow for due consideration of our responsible committee.
After sending the digitized documentation by email, our “Analysis Commission” will review your case and send you an answer such as “APPROVED” or “NOT APPROVED – Please send more documentation / prove”.
Once the applicant receives an answer of “APPROVED”, will have a maximum period of 2 weeks to send the respective documents in paper (originals) and prove of payment of the donations to:
“BJC Comissão de Análise e Certificação”
Rua Cidade Nova Lisboa, nº 11,
1800-107 Lisboa / PORTUGAL
TEL: (+351) 218 539 632
NOTE: This condition is essential for sending the final certificate. No documents, no certificate. Please send all documentation without binding, without staples or other plastic or metal materials.
The amount to be paid per certificate (i.e. per person) is € 350,00 (three hundred and fifty euros).
These donations will be used in the development and maintenance of our services and activities that guarantee the continuation of culture and traditions in our Jewish community, as well as in the Portuguese society in general, through several solidarity programs with whom the community contributes.
The power of the final decision whether it is an approval or a request for more documents that corroborates your Sephardic origins is solely taken by the Commission of Analysis.
IBAN: PT 50 0035 0153 00011677530 89
Owner: Comunidade Judaica de Belmonte (CJB)
Bank: Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Account Nr.: 0153011677530
Amount: € 350,00 (three hundred and fifty euros) per person.
NOTE: You can make payment for more than one person at once. Please write the name(s) of the person(s) on the payment slip.
Once we receive all the documents to our above-mentioned address we will start the issuance of the certificate.
The name of the applicant and the parents of the applicant as indicated in the application form that initiates the process must appear on the certificate, accurately and strictly.
Considering that the Conservatória dos Registos Centrais requires the inclusion of the name of the birth register and the current name that may vary in the passport, by means of marriage or other reasons, it is important to do so strictly according to the translations made by a competent body or person who, by necessity be included in the proceedings.
For that purposes, please include a copy of your Belmonte Jewish Community Certificate alongside your prove(s) (passport copy, birth certificate copy, etc).
The Portuguese Central Registry Office charges a non-refundable and pre-paid 250.00 € fee per applicant.