Golden Visa

The Golden Visa, associated with a competitive tax regime (embodied in the status of non-habitual resident) and a country with an excellent climate, security, gastronomy and quality of life, has put Portugal in the sights of investors from all over the world, who, suddenly, saw an excellent opportunity in terms of investment.

Since it was created in 2012, this program has achieved surprising results and, in about ten years, has managed to capture an investment of more than five billion euros. The Portuguese Government had decided at the end of the year to approve a package of measures that would change the Golden Visa regime and the Non-Habitual Resident Status.

But, after all, what really changes and what remains the same?

For now, with regard to the Golden Visa program, nothing changes because the Government has already informed that taking into account the effects of COVID-19, the program will not be changed.
In short, the benefits remain the same: through this program, it is possible to apply for Portuguese temporary residence and, consequently, move freely in the 26 countries of the Schengen Area. It is also possible to bring the whole family together, without having to repeat the investment.

What are its benefits and advantages?

  • It is not necessary to obtain a visa to enter Portugal
  • It is not necessary to obtain a visa to travel in Europe (Schengen Area)
  • Living and working in Portugal, even if resident in a different country
  • Extremely low minimum stay periods
  • Permanent residence
  • Residence extended to relatives
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What are the requirements for obtaining it?

Each type of qualifying investment with specific characteristics, as follows:

Time requirement

The applicant must observe a minimum mandatory period of stay in Portugal, having to remain in the country for at least 7 days in the first year and 14 days in the following two years.

Material requirement

The applicant will still have to make an investment, which, in short, can mean the acquisition of a property with a value of at least € 500,000.00 (if it is new) or € 350,000.00 (if it is more than 30 years old or located in an urban rehabilitation area), a capital transfer equal to or greater than € 1,000,000.00 or the creation of ten jobs.

Qualitative requirement

The applicant cannot have been convicted of a serious crime.

After five years, the applicant and his family will be able to apply for Portuguese nationality or permanent residence, having for the purpose to pass the Portuguese language test.

Where to apply for the Golden Visa?

  • Submit the application online at: SEF
  • Deliver the application to the Portuguese Diplomatic and Consular Posts abroad
  • Deliver the application to the Directorates and Regional Delegations of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service