Portugal Immigrant Investor Visa Programme

One of the most popular investment programmes in Europe.

What is the Portugal Investment Immigration Program (IIP)?

Since 2012 thousands of families have applied for a Golden Visa for Portugal, also known as the residence permit for investment activity (AIR). We have the right team of qualified lawyers to help you with your application today.

Why apply for Portugal Immigrant Investor Visa Programme

Popular Investment Scheme

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Portugal’s Golden Visa Program is one of the most popular residency-by-investment schemes in the world, and with good reason. The investment options are affordable, yet the returns can be significant – and not just in terms of financial gain.

Affordable Healthcare

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Portugal's Healthcare System - 12th Best in the World (World Health Organisation).

Eligible for a passport in 5 years

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In as little as five years, you and your family members will be eligible for a Portuguese passport. This would open the door to visa-free travel across the rest of Europe, and the chance to live, travel, work and study in any EU member state.

Language

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English is widely spoken.

You don't have to live in Portugal

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You can decide if you want to live in Portugal to participate in the scheme. In fact, you only have to spend an average of seven days in the country each year. So long as you hold the investment for a minimum of five years, you’ll be entitled to Portuguese citizenship – and all the benefits that come with a second passport.

Weather

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Portugal has a Mediterranean climate with some variation between regions. In general this means warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters.

the eligibility Criteria

Have a clean criminal record

Fulfil the stay requirement

Meaning you must spend seven days in Portugal during the first year, and 14 days in Portugal each subsequent two-year period

Maintain your Investment for 5 years

Invest a certain amount of money in real estate or another approved investment option

Exactly how much money are we talking about?

That all depends on the type of investment you make. The rules are also subject to change. Generally, you’ll need around €500,000 to invest in real estate. This figure is significantly reduced if you purchase a renovation project or you buy in a low-density area. If both factors apply, you may need as little as €280,000.  

Investment options include: 

  • Purchasing property at a minimum cost of between €280,000 and €500,000, depending on the location and condition of the property 
  • Creating at least 10 jobs 
  • Investing €350,000 in research activities 
  • Investing €250,000 in support of the arts or national cultural heritage 
  • Capital transfer of at least €1 million 
  • Investing €350,000 into private equity funds 
  • Investing €350,000 into an existing Portuguese business

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Portugal Golden Visa is a residence visa issued to non-EU nationals who have made a significant investment in Portugal, such as purchasing real estate, making a capital investment, or creating employment opportunities.

It is a fast-track process for obtaining permanent residence and citizenship in an EU country – via the Golden Visa, you can become eligible for Portuguese citizenship in as little as five years.

To qualify for the program, you must fulfill the following Golden Visa requirements for Portugal:

  • Be either non-EU, non-Swiss, or non-EEA.
  • Minimum investment of €250,000. Range of investment routes to pick.
  • Have a clean criminal record

Spend a minimum of seven days in Portugal for the first year, then no less than 14 days each subsequent two-year period (this is called the stay requirement)

In short yes, but not from a Portuguese financial Institution.

You cannot take out a loan from a Portuguese financial institution but you can take the amount as a loan from a non-Portuguese financial institution and then bring it into Portugal.

Moreover, if your investment exceeds the minimum amount they require and you want a loan for the remaining amount. Then you can take a loan for the remaining amount.

The Minimum amount of investment depends upon the density and location of the property in Portugal.  For most properties the minimum requirement is an investment of euro 500,000.

  • low-density area in Portugal, the minimum amount drops 20 percent to €400,000
  • Real estate that is older than 30 years old, in an urban rehabilitation area, and renovate it for a minimum of €350,000 in Portugal
  • If in a low-density area in Portugal, the minimum amount drops 20 percent to €280,000

The minimum amount contains both the property investment price plus the cost of renovation works.

It requires the creation of a minimum of ten new full-time jobs in a Portuguese business that is owned by the main applicant.

However, if the business is formed in a low-density area the requirement is a minimum of 8 new full-time jobs.

Yes, as long as the minimum amount is invested, the transaction may include the purchase of multiple properties.