Golden Visa

What is it?

The "Golden Visa" program was created by the Portuguese authorities in October 2012 and is a fast way for foreign investors from countries outside the European Union to obtain a permanent residence permit valid in Portugal and also allows traveling freely in the majority European countries (Schengen Area).

Under the "Golden Visa" program, non EU citizens only need to make one of the investments provided for by law in order to obtain a residence permit in Portugal. With the aim of attracting foreign investment to Portugal, Golden Visa is a very simple and flexible program, with simple and clear legal requirements.

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

What are the requirements for obtaining it?

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

  1. Real estate acquisition
    • Minimum investment of € 500,000
    • Acquisition of one or more properties
    • All types of real estate
    • Possibility of co-ownership
    • Own habitation or lease
  2. Fund transfer
    • Minimum investment of € 1,000,000
    • Funds transferred from abroad to a bank in Portugal
    • Total independence to invest the funds
    • Possibility of using the funds to invest in shares of companies
  3. Job creation
    1. Creation of a minimum of 10 jobs
    2. There is no minimum investment amount
    3. Without limitation of areas / activities
    4. Possibility of subsidies / incentives / benefits

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

More information at: www.sef.pt

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