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PORTUGAL

GOLDEN VISA

MIN INVESTMENT

€200,000

PROCESSING TIME

6 MONTHS

PERMIT TYPE

TEMPORARY

FAMILY

SPOUSE, CHILDREN, PARENTS

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SUMMARY

The Portugal Golden Visa is a residence by investment program that provides approved applicants with a fragmented 5-year temporary resident permit. After those 5 years, you can become eligible for permanent residence. You can also apply directly for Portuguese citizenship after 5 years. If you don’t take permanent residence before applying for citizenship, you will need to renew your application for the golden visa. Portuguese citizenship is an EU citizenship and allows its nationals to live wherever they want in the European Union. The Portugal Passport also provides visa-free travel to important destinations like the UK and the USA.
The Portugal Golden Visa offers a few different investment options, the most popular being Real Estate. The real state estate option starts at 280,000 Euros. The investment has to be held for at least 5 years. Financing is allowed for any amount above the minimum threshold.
The main benefits of the Portugal Golden Residency program are that you are only required to spend a minimum of a week a year under the condition of the permit. You can also qualify for permanent residence and citizenship by spending only a week a year in the country. Taxation is also advantageous as the non-domiciled taxation shields foreigners from taxation on their foreign income.

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POPULATION

10m

CAPITAL

Lisbon

CURRENCY

Euro

LANGUAGE

Portuguese

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INVESTMENT

Portugal’s Golden Visa offers investors numerous investment options. In each case, the investment must be held for at least 5 years. It’s often suggested to keep the investment until the naturalization process is finished. Sparsely populated areas consist of less than 100 hab. per sqkm, or with GDP per capita is below the national average by 75%. You can make an investment either as a private individual or under a company. 

  • Artistic – starts at 200,000 EUR
  • Research – starts at 280,000 EUR
  • Real estate – starts at 280,000 EUR
  • Capital – starts at 500,000 EUR
  • Job creation – create at least 8 jobs
  • Fees Main Applicant:  533.90 EUR (Application) + 5336,40 EUR (Permit)
  • Fees Spouse: 5336,40 EUR (Permit)
    Fees Child and Parent: 5336,40 EUR  (Permit) or 2668,20 EUR (Permit – U18)

PORTUGAL GOLDEN VISA INVESTMENT OPTIONS

REAL ESTATE

You can make an investment of at least 500,000 Euros in a real estate property. This can be reduced by 20% (400,000 Euros) if made in sparsely populated areas.  

Applicant can also purchase real estate designated for refurbishment/buildings upgrade at a price of at least 350,000 Euros. This can be reduced by 20% (280,000 Euros) if made in sparsely populated areas. 

The investor is allowed to:

  • Purchasing the real estate in co-ownership, if the applicant puts down the minimum amount required
  • Take a mortgage on the property if the applicant puts down the minimum amount required
  • Lease the real estate to a third party and make revenue

CAPITAL

(In 2022, the minimum investment will be raised to 1.5m Euros)

You can make an investment of at least 1m EUR in Portuguese public debt instruments, securities, or share capital of a Portuguese company.

You can also choose a capital transfer of at least 500,000 Euros for purchasing shares in investment funds or in venture capital.

ARTISTIC

You can make an investment of at least 250,000 Euros in supporting the arts. This can be reduced by 20% (200,000 Euros) if made in sparsely populated areas.

ENTERPRISE

(In 2022, the minimum investment will be raised to 500,000 Euros)

You can make an investment of at least 350,000 Euros in a new commercial enterprise headquartered in Portugal. You will need to create 5 jobs. You can also invest in the share capital of an existing company headquarter in Portugal and create or maintain at least 5 jobs for a minimum period of 3three years.

RESEARCH

(In 2022, the minimum investment will be raised to 500,000 Euros)

You can make an investment of at least 350,000 Euros in research activities conducted by a scientific research institution. This can be reduced by 20% (280,000 Euros) if made in sparsely populated areas.  

JOB CREATION

You can make an investment creating at least 10 jobs in Portugal. This can be reduced to 8 jobs in sparsely populated areas.

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PROCESS

Application Processing Time: 6 months

Stage 1 - Month 1

Before applying you will need to select your investment option. Once this is done, you will need to open a bank account in Portugal and transfer the funds. Once you have all your documents you can send your applications with part of the fees to the Serviço de Fronteiras e Estrangeiros (SEF).

Stage 2 - Month 3

After the request is approved by the SEF, you will have to appear in person for an interview in any district of your choice. You will be asked to give your biometrics, finalize your investment and produce documents proving the transaction.

Stage 3 - Month 6

After you the SEF gives you your final approval, you will receive your residency card valid for two years after 10 to 20 days.

CONDITIONS

FAMILY

INITIAL PERMIT

The initial resident permit is valid for 1 year and can be renewed indefinitely every 2 years as long as the investment is maintained. This is on condition that the applicant has stayed in Portugal for a period of 7 or more days in the first year and 14 or more days in the subsequent 2 years. After 5 years, you can apply for permanent residence or citizenship.

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