The Golden Visa Program launched by the Portuguese Government is a fast track for foreign investors from non-EU countries to obtain a fully valid residence permit in Portugal ("Golden Visa"). Under this program, non-EU citizens simply need to make one of the qualifying investments to obtain a residence permit in Portugal.
This residence permit will allow the investor and his family members to enter and/or live in Portugal and to travel freely within the vast majority of European countries (Schengen Space).
For more information about the program, download our e-book "The Portuguese Golden Visa 2018".
- Simple qualifying criteria - Acquisition of property in Portugal;
- All property types qualify (e.g. residential, commercial);
- Standard minimum investment - 500.000€;
- Just one investment qualifies investor and family;
- Freedom to travel visa free in Europe (Schengen Space);
- Extremely low minimum stay requirements;
The purchase of a real estate property with a value equal to or above 500.000€;
Capital transfer with a value equal or above 1 million euros;
The creation of, ate least, 10 job positions in Portugal;
I. Completion of Investment & Obtaining Documentation for the initial residence permit.
This process starts with an initial visit to Portugal for selection of the property investment and completing the necessary formalities. Once the investment is completed, the investor and family members should return to Portugal to start the residency application.
II. Submission to Approval
Once the Golden Visa application is submitted, the average time for the processing of applications by the Portuguese Immigration Services is around 6 months.
III. Approval and Issuing of Residency Cards
Once approval of the application is received, the resident cards are issued within 3 to 4 weeks after the payment of the approval fees to the Immigration Services
Preparation for the renewal application should begin around 4 months prior the expiration date of the residence cards.
Investors and their families are eligible for citizenship after 6 years of residency.
"Being a worldwide investor can feel as if the world is at your fingertips. When can you choose virtually any country to make an investment in or share in the business profits and potential there, where would you go?
Foreign investors around the World are looking to Portugal as a country that can help them transform their smart and strategic investments into high-earning potential. As of right now, the Portuguese Golden Visa Program is one of the most attractive residency programs for worldwide investors competing in the global marketplace. "