Portugal Citizenship By Investment

Portugal Residence By Investment & Golden Visa Program Overview:

Portugal is a full member of the European Union. Obtaining a golden visa residence permit allows the holder visa free access to the 26 countries in the Schengen area and requires the permit holder to spend a minimum of seven days in Portugal for the first year, and then no less than 14 days each subsequent two-year period.

  • Minimum Investment Required: EUR 250,000
  • Average Processing time : 3-8 Months
  • Program Key benefit: Grants right to live, work, invest in business, access healthcare and education in Portugal

Portugal Citizenship By Investment Program

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Portugal, a developed country in Europe with a high income and advanced economy, with a developed market, political stability, records low crime rate and is famous for high living style standards among citizens. It also offers the investors and corporates wide range of benefits in exchange for contribution in Portugal's economy

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Benefits Of Portugal Residence by Investment Program:

  • You get visa free travel to 26 countries in Schengen Area in Europe
  • Right to live, work, start or own a business and study in Portugal.
  • Short stay requirement, you don’t need to stay full time in Portugal – typically 7 days in the first year and then at least 14 days each subsequent two-year period.
  • Benefits from an attractive taxation system in Portugal.
  • Become eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship after 5 years, as a legal resident
  • Enjoy high quality of living standards which includes local cuisine and wines, rich and diversified culture, enjoyable mild climate, high level of personal security & Family reunification.
  • A good investment opportunity in a buoyant market of Portugal which can ultimately lead to real returns on your investments.
  • You earn an option to be classed as a non-habitual resident in Portugal and pay little to no tax for almost 10 years.
  • Attractive & affordable investment options in Portugal starting from € 280K

Why you should Invest In Portugal?

  • The residence permit In Portugal is extended for the spouse, children till the age of 26 years, parents and in-laws and any other dependants.
  • You get the right to live In Portugal, work & study.
  • You get visa free travel to various Schengen countries.
  • Chance to get permanent residence permit for Portugal after 5 years.
  • You can apply for citizenship after completing 6 years.
  • Chance for money recovery after 5 years.
  • A Minimum residence duration requirement.
  • You can carry out business in any EU member state.
  • Best tax benefits especially in the first 10 years.
  • No minimum education qualification requirements.

Qualifications For Golden Visa Portugal - Portugal Residency
& Citizenship by Investment

Portugal’s "Golden Resident Permit Program" or "Residency & Citizenship by Investment" is granted in accordance with the "Ministry of Foreign Affairs", and through the "Department of Consular Affairs" & "Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency" (AICEP).

The Program is aimed to attract the foreign direct investors to Portugal, also this program provides the residency permit to the investors in Portugal, who fulfill some of the Portugal's investment requirements below:

  • If you provide proof that the investment funds have originated from abroad.
  • If you hold no criminal record.
  • If your property isn't frozen within the boundary of the EU.
  • If you can pay applications & processing fees wherever applicable.
  • If you enter Portugal for the first time on a valid Schengen visa.
  • If you meet or exceed the minimum allocated stay requirements which is 7 days for the 1st year and 14 days for next subsequent two year's duration

Capital transfer requirements for Portugal Residency &
Citizenship by Investment:

  • Minimum capital transfer of EUR 1 million into the Portuguese bank account or any other specifically approved investment options In Portugal.
  • Invest a minimum of EUR 350,000 on the research activities of public/private entities which are part of the national scientific & technological system.
  • Invest minimum EUR 250,000 on support of the artistic production or on the recovery and maintenance of the national cultural heritage in Portugal.
  • investment of EUR 350,000 for acquisition of "units of investment funds" or on "venture capital funds" which is dedicated to the capitalization of the companies which are incorporated under the Portuguese law.
  • The options for qualifying investments under the Golden Visa Portugal route will undergo significant changes w.e.f. 1 January 2022. It is likely that some of the investment options mentioned here will either be no longer available or the minimum amounts will be revised.

Property & Business Acquisition Requirements for Golden Visa Portugal -
Portugal Residency & Citizenship by Investment:

  • If you get a real estate investment or purchase with a minimum amount of EUR 500,000*
  • If you get a real estate purchase within a minimum amount of EUR 350,000 for the redesigning of property more than 30+ years, either in an area of urban regeneration which include the cost of renovations etc.
  • If you manage to create a minimum of 10 new job opportunities.
  • Investment of EUR 350,000 for incorporation and increase of the share capital of any company which is registered and established in Portugal, create and maintain a minimum of 5 permanent jobs opportunities for a duration of 3 years.

Please note: From July 2021, you will be qualified for a Golden Visa in Portugal if you invest or purchase any property in a metropolitan or certain coastal cities like Lisbon or Agrave, because the Portuguese government is currently not hoping to increase the foreign investments in the low density or low population areas of Portugal.

How to Apply for Portugal Golden Visa?

You can apply for a Golden Visa Portugal or Portugal Residency & Citizenship by Investment at the Portuguese Immigration & Borders Service (SEF).

  • You can register with the ARI website, which is also the SEF’s website for handling the "Golden Visa Application" or Residence Permits for Investment Activities – ARI. You can also register yourself or via your legal representative.
  • You need to attach all the electronic copies of the required documents for Portugal golden visa (which supports PDF and upto 4MB file size).
  • Pay all the required fees for the applications.
  • Wait for final confirmation from SEF.
  • Schedule an appointment for Portugal golden visa application at a local branch of the SEF.

What are the required Documents for Portugal Golden Visa?

While submitting the "Portugal Golden Visa" or "Portugal Residency & Citizenship by Investment" application, consider the following required documents:

  • Download the "Portugal Visa Application Form" which is available on the official Portuguese visa website.
  • A valid passport.
  • Attach two passport size photographs
  • Upload the proof of any health insurance which is valid in Portugal.
  • Carry a proof of having no criminal records.
  • Certificate or valid document from any country in which you have stayed more than 1 year. A valid certificate that is issued by the relevant authority within three months and translated into Portuguese language.
  • A sworn and detailed statement that clarifies that you will maintain your investments for a minimum duration of 5 years.
  • The payment receipts from the ARI portal.
  • All documents related to investment

Requirements : Golden Visa For Portuguese Citizenship

After six years of successful legal residence in Portugal the non-EU nationals and the dependents are eligible to apply for the "Portuguese citizenship" by naturalisation and also get an EU passport. Below are listed requirements for "Portugues citizenship".

  • Permanent residence in Portugal for minimum #1 year, prior to application.
  • Submit the proof of legal residence in Portugal.
  • Spoken fluency in Portuguese language.
  • basic knowledge of life, various customs & traditions of Portugal.
  • Should have a clean criminal record and hold good character.
  • Must have no tax or any other debts.
  • Portugal does allow dual citizenship; those becoming the "Portuguese citizens" don't have to renounce their other foreign citizenship.

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What Is the Validity of Portugal Golden Visa?

The "Portugal Golden Visa" is initially valid for 1 year. You can further continue to renew the Portugal Golden Visa for next two year periods, given that you have successfully maintained your investment in Portugal. After5 years (1+2+2) you become eligible for the permanent residence or citizenship of Portugal.

Obtaining the "Portuguese passport" gives you access to the EU citizenship rights, which includes the freedom of movement & access to the free market.

How Long Do You Have to stay in Portugal to Maintain
the "Golden Visa"?

To maintain the "Portugal Golden Visa", you will have to stay in Portugal for minimum of #7 days in the first year & then #14 days in the next 2 years duration.Unlike for any other types of "investment visas", you don't have to stay in Portugal permanently to renew your "Golden Visa" or to gain permanent residence or citizenship.

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