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.
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.
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:
Applicants are required to make a capital investment into a Portuguese bank account or specifically approved investment options.
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.
Immigration advisors will evaluate your personal circumstances and help you select the most suitable program and real estate option.
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..
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.
We will book an appointment for you and your family to submit biometrics in Portugal.
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.
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.