The Golden Visa scheme is particularly attractive to non-EU citizens, providing opportunities for investors to fast track to a fully valid residency permit in Portugal and consequently obtain free access to the vast majority of European countries (Schengen area).
Aimed at attracting foreign investments to Portugal, the Golden Visa is a very straightforward and flexible program, with simple and clear legal requirements. With extremely reduced minimum stay requirements, the Golden Visa is clearly one of the most attractive residency programs for investors in the world.
The Golden Visa scheme has been an unqualified success and proof of that success is demonstrated by the increasing number of investors seeking to take advantage of this scheme by coming to Portugal.
Advantages and Benefits of the Portuguese Golden Visa
Straightforward and flexible investment requirements.
Extremely low minimum stay requirements - 7 days first year and 14 days following periods of 2 years.
Fully extensible to family members (No further investment requirements).
Freedom to travel to all European countries of the members of the Schengen area.
Possibility of Permanent Residency after 5 years and nationality after 6 years.
No limitations on ownership of the selected investment.
No limitation on subsequent investments or employment opportunities.
Very limited number of documents required.
Residency applications quickly processed.
Access to all Portuguese Public Services, including health and education.
General Requirements for All Investments
Investment maintained for a minimum period of 5 years
Funds for investment should come from abroad
Residency application only approved after investment
Entry in Portugal with a valid Schengen visa
Absence of flags in Portuguese Immigration and Schengen services
Absence of conviction of relevant crime
Minimum investment of € 500,000
One or multiple properties
All property types qualify
Possibility of co-ownership
Freedom to use, rent or lease
Minimum investment of one million Euros
Transfer of new funds to Portugal
Funds transferred to a bank in Portugal
Freedom to invest the funds
Investment in company share possible
Creation of a minimum of 10 jobs
No minimum investment value
No limitation on areas/activities
Compliance with Social Security obligations
Possibility of grants/incentives/benefits