Portugal is the westernmost European country. Its colonies extended across Africa, Brazil, Persia, Indochina and the Malay Peninsula, creating one of the world’s most globalised and peaceful nations. Portugal is considered very safe and has a low crime rate. Although Portuguese is the official language, English is widely spoken in tourist regions.
Portugal is a member of the Schengen area and began using the Euro as its currency in 2002. While Portugal is shifting towards offering business-oriented services,
The Portugal Golden Visa is a residency by investment program aimed at non-EU/EEA citizens seeking permanent residency.
The Portuguese government launched the Golden Visa program in October 2012 to boost the country’s economy by driving foreign investment. Today, the program is one of the most popular of its kind in the world and has raised over €6 billion.
With a range of investment options from real estate property to capital transfers, the program grants you a residency permit to live, work and study in Portugal. The country offers a high quality of life and affordable living costs. Those who qualify also benefit from greater freedom of movement, with visa-free access to 188 countries, including European Union countries in the Schengen Area.
The program also offers long-term benefits. Applicants can apply for Portuguese citizenship, permanent residence and an EU passport after holding residency status for five years. Portugal citizenship by investment is becoming increasingly popular due to the high standards of living that Portuguese residents enjoy.
Live, work and study in Portugal
Visa-free travel in the Schengen Area
Path to EU citizenship
Low minimum stay requirements
Multiple investment options from €250,000
Highly favourable tax system (non-habitual residency)
A capital transfer of at least €500,000 in research activities can be made, or €250,000 in preserving national heritage in Portugal.
Capital transfer of at least €500,000 for the acquisition of units of investment funds or venture capital funds for the capitalisation of companies whose maturity at the time of the investment is at least 5 years, and at least 60% of the value of investments will be realised in commercial companies based in Portugal.
€500,000 constitution of a commercial society with head office in Portugal and creation of 5 permanent working jobs.
Capital transfer of €500,000 or higher to invest in an investment fund or venture capital fund incorporated under Portuguese law which is dedicated to the capitalisation of companies, whose maturity at the moment of the investment is at least five years and with 60% of the investment portfolio realised in commercial companies with their head office in national territory.
The Portugal Golden visa is a popular route to obtaining EU citizenship. It is possible to apply for Portuguese citizenship after the 5th year of holding the Portuguese Golden Visa.
As Portugal is an EU country, obtaining Portuguese citizenship gives the investor and their family access additional EU benefits. These include the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the EU. Portugal passport holders are also granted visa-free travel to 188 countries.
The minimum investment amount for the Portuguese Golden Visa is €500,000.
There is also a donation option available of €250,000. This donation must be made into artistic production or in the recovery or maintenance of national cultural heritage, arts or culture.
Be aware that other costs such as government application fees and legal processing fees also apply. One of our specialists will discuss this with you in more detail, so you are aware of all costs upfront.
No. You do not have to live permanently in Portugal to renew your Portugal Golden Visa or receive permanent residence or citizenship.
The minimum stay requirements for the Portugal Golden Visa are that you must stay in the country for at least seven days in the first year. You must remain in the country for 14 days for the following two-year period. Over the course of five years, this works out to five weeks in Portugal to get your permanent residence permit.
The initial Portuguese Golden Visa grants temporary residence for two years after the initial application. You can renew your temporary residence visa for two successive periods of two years at a time, as long as you continue to meet the requirements.
Obtaining a Golden Visa and citizenship in Portugal takes approximately five years.
The requirements for the Golden Visa are quite simple:
You and your immediate family have a clean criminal record
You aren’t currently a citizen of an EU country (this applies if you are from the United Kingdom following Brexit, meaning UK citizens can apply for Portugal citizenship by investment program.)
You have the required investment amount – the amount will change depending on the type of investment you choose.
As long as you meet the criteria above, we can start your application.
Yes, at Holborn we’re able to fast track and complete the application process within 2-4 weeks, comfortably before the program closes.
In the event the program closes sooner than expected however, or you suffer any unforeseen delays, we ensure all real estate deposits and legal fees remain fully refundable.
Holborn Assets are an award-winning wealth management and financial services business established in 1998. With offices globally, Holborn are well-positioned to help you with your citizenship and residency application.
At Holborn we have:
|Citizenship or Residency Programme?||Citizenship or Residency Programme?Residency|
|Minimum Investment Amount||Minimum Investment Amount€500,000|
|Minimum Stay Requirement||Minimum Stay Requirement5 weeks per 5 years|
|Initial Permit Duration||Initial Permit Duration5 years|
|Time to Residence||Time to Residence12 months|
|Time to Citizenship||Time to Citizenship5 years|
|Family Inclusion?||Family Inclusion?Spouse, children under 21 and parents|
|Right to Work?||Right to Work?Yes|
|Type of Document Received||Type of Document Received?Residency permit, leading to passport|
|No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?||No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?188|