The process of applying for a Golden Visa certificate in Portugal is one of the fastest and straightforward you can find.

The process of applying for a Golden Visa certificate in Portugal is one of the fastest and straightforward you can find.

The Golden Visa process only takes
5 steps:

The Golden Visa Timeline

YEAR 0

GOLDEN VISA
APPLICATION

Complete your investment process
Submit your application for the Golden Visa Program.

YEAR 2-3

RENEWING YOUR
GOLDEN VISA CARD

3 to 4 months before the expiration date of your Card, you may contact SEF (Portuguese Immigration Department) to set up an appointment to renew it.

YEAR 4-5

RENEWING YOUR
GOLDEN VISA CARD

Renew your Golden Visa Card again. Spend an average of 7 days per year in Portugal.

YEAR 5+

APPLY FOR PORTUGUESE
CITIZENSHIP / RESIDENCY

Ending the initial 5 years period you can finally apply for:

  • Permanent Residency status
  • Portuguese Citizenship

Not required to maintain the investment you made when applying for the Golden Visa Program.

Requirements to obtain
the Golden Visa in 2024

The minimum requirements to obtain the Golden Visa in 2024 are the following:

Capital Investments

EUR 500,000 for the acquisition of investment fund or venture capital fund units committed to the capitalization of companies incorporated under the Portuguese law, with a maturity of at least five years and with at least 60% of the investment portfolio in companies with a registered office in the national territory (real estate entities do not apply).

€500,000 / € 400,000 (Lower Density Areas) for research activities of public or private entities that are part of the national scientific and technological system.

€250,000 / €200,000 (Lower Density Areas) in support of artistic production or recovery/maintenance of national cultural heritage.

Business Investments

EUR 500,000 for the incorporation of a commercial company that is registered and headquartered in Portugal, creating a minimum of five permanent jobs for a period of three years (or for the increase of the share capital of a company already incorporated and headquartered in Portugal, creating at least five permanent jobs or maintaining at least ten jobs for three years)
Creation of 10 new Job opportunities, 8 for Lower Density Areas.

Requirements to obtain the Golden Visa in 2022

The minimum requirements to obtain the Golden Visa in 2022 are the following:

Capital
Investments

€1,500 Million (Million and a half) transferred to a Portuguese Bank or through Investments.

€500,000 injected into an Investment Fund or Venture Capital Funds.
€500,000 / € 400,000 (Lower Density Areas) for research activities promoted by Private or Public companies that are currently part of the National Scientific and Technological Program.
€250,000 / €200,000 (Lower Density Areas) invested in an artistic production or in recovery/maintenance of Nation Culture Heritage, such as buildings, statues or any religious heritage.

Real Estate Investment

(Lower Density Areas) purchase of Real Estate Properties. This Investment has some limitations, regarding the areas qualified to receive Real Estate Investments. – The Islands of Madeira and Azores are also eligible for receiving Golden Visa Investments.

(Lower Density Areas) invested in a Rehabilitation of Residential properties older than 30 years, or in an area part of an Urban Regeneration Program – The minimum amount includes the costs of refurbishment.

Business Investments

€500,000 to increase Share Capital of a Portuguese Company, creating or maintaining at least 5 permanent jobs for a minimum period of 3 years.
Creation of 10 new Job opportunities, 8 for Lower Density Areas.

Who can apply for a Golden Visa?

TO APPLY FOR THE GOLDEN VISA PROGRAM, THE APPLICANT MUST:

Not having EU, EEA or Swiss
citizenship

Be over 18 years old

You must make a significant investment that is beneficial to the Portuguese economy

Have no convictions of crimes punishable in Portugal or in your Home Country

Have no legal accessibility issues in the Schengen Territories

No outstanding tax payments in Portugal

RESIDENCY/CITIZENSHIP TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILY MEMBERS:

Spouse or Partner – having to be proven under Portuguese law.

Under 18 years old children / Dependent incapable children.

Under 25 years members – proven to be unmarried, full-time students.

Under 18 years old siblings of either spouse or partner if legally under their supervision.

Dependent Spouse/Parent – if under 65, have to obtain a certificate of no income from their country of residence.

Who can apply for a Golden Visa?

TO APPLY FOR THE GOLDEN VISA PROGRAM, THE APPLICANT MUST:

Not having EU, EEA or Swiss
citizenship

Be over 18 years old

You must make a significant investment that is beneficial to the Portuguese economy

Have no convictions of crimes punishable in Portugal or in your Home Country

Have no legal accessibility issues in the Schengen Territories

No outstanding tax payments in Portugal

RESIDENCY/CITIZENSHIP TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILY MEMBERS:

Spouse or Partner – having to be proven under Portuguese law.

Under 18 years old children / Dependent incapable children.

Under 25 years members – proven to be unmarried, full-time students.

Under 18 years old siblings of either spouse or partner if legally under their supervision.

Dependent Spouse/Parent – if under 65, have to obtain a certificate of no income from their country of residence.

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