About the Program

In October 2012, the Portuguese government launched the Golden Residence Permit Program enabling foreigners to obtain Portugal’s residence by investment. In 2015, the Government introduced changes to the program and updated the requirements towards obtaining a residence permit through purchase of real estate in Portugal.

Key concept of the program: investors can choose one of the seven investment options. The most popular one is real estate. Having bought a property in Portugal, investors receive residence permits for their entire families. The property must stay in the investors’ possession for a minimum of five years.

Advantages

  • Residence visa waiver for entering Portugal.
  • Live and work in Portugal.
  • Visa-free travel within the Schengen member states.
  • Permanent residency or citizenship of Portugal after five years as a temporary resident.
  • Inclusion of family members, such as spouse or partner, dependent children and dependent parents.

Program Benefits

One of the most successful immigration programs in Europe, the Golden Residence Permit Program in Portugal, grants the right to live, work and study in the country, with visa-free access within the Schengen zone. The program provides a wide range of investment options, such as purchase of real estate for a minimum value of €280,000 - €500,000, depending on when it was built and the location (if it is within low GDP or low populated density areas). In addition to real estate, alter-native investment options are available under the program, such as capital invest-ment of €1,000,000 or creation of at least 10 jobs.

LOW MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENTS

7 days during the 1st year & 14 days during each subsequent 2yrs of residence.

EU PERMANENT RESIDENCY & CITIZENSHIP

Apply for citizenship after completing the 5th year.

OPTION TO LET YOUR PROPERTY

Secure your EU residency with potential returns on your investments.

ENTIRE FAMILY ARE ELIGIBLE

Spouses, dependent children and parents.

EU RESIDENCY

Estimated government approval in 90 days.

VISA-FREE TRAVEL

Within Schengen Zone for 90 days within any six-month period.

ATTRACTIVE TAX REGIME

Beneficial tax regime for non-habitual residents (NHR).

HIGH STANDARD OF SCHOOLING

Access to many prestigious universities at lower EU tuition fees.
  • POPULATION 10,833,816
  • VISA FREE COUNTRIES 26 EU STATES
  • LOCATION Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain
  • CAPITAL Lisbon
  • TOTAL AREA 92,090 sq. km
  • LANGUAGE Portuguese ,Maltese
  • RELIGIONS Roman Catholic
  • GOVERNMENT TYPE Semi-presidential republic
  • CURRENCY EURO

Investment Options

Investments under the Portuguese Golden Residence Permit Program must be maintained for a minimum of 5 years from the date the residence permit is granted. Become a resident of Portugal by choosing one of the following three qualifying investments:

OPTION 1

Property Acquisition From €280,000
  • €500,000 - purchase residential or commercial real estate. (€400,000 - reduced rate of 20% applied when purchasing a real estate located in low GDP or low populated density areas).
  • €350,000 - purchase residential or commercial real estate over 30 years old requiring renovation. (€280,000 - reduced rate of 20% applied when purchasing a real estate located in low GDP or low populated density)

OPTION 2

Creation of 10 Jobs or Business Investment
  • Create a minimum of 10 new jobs оr
  • Invest a minimum of €350,000 in business and create a minimum of 5 permanent jobs.

OPTION 3

Capital Transfer From €1,000,000

Applicants are required to make a capital investment into a Portuguese bank account or specifically approved investment options.

Portuguese Residency Acquisition Process

Focus is to provide a hassle-free and seamless service, assisting you with a residency application. We will hand-hold you through the EU residency acquisition process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and followed up to application approval.

3 -4 DAYS
Preparation
Talk to Immigration advisors

Immigration advisors will evaluate your personal circumstances and help you select the most suitable program and real estate option.

Prepare Documents

A detailed checklist will be provided, and you will be guided through the documents collection stage. Experienced immigration advisors will prepare all the required documents along with the residency application and will conduct a final check of each document for compliance to ensure all requirements are met, including, proof of investment documentation..

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2-5 DAYS
Investment
Complete the investment

The purchase of real estate in Portugal, investment in a Portuguese business, or capital transfer to the Bank of Portugal. will provide you with the best investment options available that meet your requirements.

Book a biometrics appointment

We will book an appointment for you and your family to submit biometrics in Portugal.

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90 DAYS
Processing time
Submit Residency application

The complete application along with all supporting documents will be submitted to the SEF, the body that processes Golden Residence Permit applications along with documentary evidence of the real estate acquisition or of the investment.

Receive Residence Permit

Once the application is reviewed you will be granted the residence permit, valid for 1 year, extendable for 2 years each time, provided you meet the 7 days per year requirement, with the right to settle in Portugal and travel throughout the Schengen Area. After the fifth year, you can apply for permanent residency followed by citizenship.

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  • Step-by-step instruction
  • Requirements towards applicants
  • Necessary documents