Known as the Golden Residence Permit Programme, Portugal’s residence by investment programme has been operating since October 2012. It is the ideal solution for non-European citizens seeking the freedom to live and work in Portugal and to travel across the Schengen Area.
Portugal’s mild climate, rich culture, exceptional cuisine and stunning scenery have encouraged many high net worth individuals to make this wonderful Iberian nation their second home. It boasts several potentially lucrative avenues for investment, with opportunities rife in manufacturing, tourism, and green energy.
The programme is open to investors and certain family members, who may obtain residency of Portugal. This may be obtained even while maintaining an alternative residence elsewhere. The residence authorisation can be renewed for an initial period of two years, and then for consecutive five-year periods, provided the residency requirements have been fulfilled.
Those that have permanent residency permits in Portugal can benefit from a number of key advantages, including:
- Visa-free travel across the Schengen Area
- The right to live, work, study, and undertake business in Portugal
- Exceptional levels of safety and security, excellent education opportunities, and high quality healthcare
- Minimal residency requirements
- Eligibility for citizenship after 6 years of residence
Option 01 Real Estate
Applicants can purchase residential, commercial, or agricultural real estate. Processing fees apply.
- Real estate EUR 500,000
- Real estate for refurbishment EUR 350,000
Option 02 Capital Transfers
Applicants can choose between a series of capital transfers. Processing fees apply.
- Standard capital transfer EUR 1,000,000
- Capital transfer in scientific research institutions EUR 350,000
- Capital transfer in investment funds or venture capital funds EUR 350,000
- Capital transfer in a commercial society EUR 350,000
- Capital transfer artistic output or national heritage EUR 250,000
Option 03 Job Creation
Applicants pursuing this option must create at least ten jobs in Portugal. Processing fees apply.