Portugal is one of the most wanted destinations in the world both for tourism as well as Golden Visa Programs. Within the discussion of the state’s budget, the Portuguese Parliament has approved an authorization to amend the Golden Visa Program legislation. This amendment constitutes in fact an opportunity both for Portugal and for international investors. The Secretary of State to the Prime Minister has stated that in order not to affect any ongoing situations, these amendments could only enter into force in the beginning of 2021.
Portugal is situated at the western tip of Europe. It is a country that is widely considered to be the best to live in. A friendly and tolerant society, a low crime rate, high quality of life and a vibrant economy have made it the dream destination for many foreigners. There are a variety of reasons why Portugal is the best country to live in around the world. The reason could be the rich & healthy cuisine and the deep history. Or maybe the much-cherished social cohesion that keeps the streets safe. But what else has this small country got that makes it so special? It is the safety, social cohesion and its economy. This country offers citizenship by investment which makes it unique.
Will Portugal allow me to keep my original citizenship?
Yes, Portugal will allow you to keep my original citizenship.
Will the Portugal citizenship automatically grant me European citizenship? Will my citizenship expire?
Yes, the Portugal citizenship will automatically grant you European citizenship. It will not expire.
Investment in properties with more than 30 years old located in areas with less than 100 inhabitants per km2.
|Malta Residence andVisa Program (MRVP)||Portugal Golden Residency Program|
|Residence||Freedom to live or work in Malta||Freedom to live or work in Portugal|
|Return on Investment||Bonds, Property||Property|
|Schengen Access||Right to travel within the Schengen Area||Right to travel within the Schengen Area|
|Investment options||Contribution + Investment||Investment|
|Contribution||€30,000 + €5,000 per parents/grandparents||–|
|Real Estate||Rent at €12,000 or purchase at €320000 (min)||Property Purchase at Min. €280,000|
|Other Investments||–||Job Creation OR Capital transfer|
|Dependants||Spouse, Children with no age limit, parents(If financially dependent)||Spouse, Children up to 24/25 years+ Parents |
(if financially dependent)
|Language Test||NOT Needed||Not Needed|
|Physical Residence||No Physical Stay Requirement||7 days 1st year, 14 days remaining 2 years|
|Timing to finalize||3-4 months||5 months|
1. Does the Golden Visa Program of Portugal have an expiry date?
No, the Golden Visa Program of Portugal does not have an expiry date.
2. Am I required to live in Portugal?
No, because the only requirement is to spend an average of seven days a year in Portugal to maintain your Golden Visa status.
3. Am I required to own real estate in Portugal?
Yes, you are required to own real estate in Portugal.
4. Who is eligible to apply for Portugal Golden Visa Program?
Any non-EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who makes a qualifying investment in Portugal is allowed to apply for a Golden Visa and residency in Portugal.
The Portuguese Golden Visa program has proven to be one of the most popular citizenship by investment programs in Europe. Getting the Golden Visa in Portugal is easy, fast and cheaper than other EU citizenship programs.
5. Is the main applicant required to be in Portugal in order to submit the full citizenship application? In which language should documents be submitted?
The main applicant is required to be in Portugal in order to submit the full citizenship application. Yes, all documents must be legalized and translated into Portuguese according to the requirements.
6. Will I be able to travel to the United States as a Portugal passport holder?
Yes, you will be able to travel to the United States. As a Portugal passport holder gets a visa-free travel to more than 160 countries including the US. However, you wont be able to travel to US via Portugal Golcen Visa residence card.
7. Do I need to invest in a Portugal business/create employment opportunities to be eligible for the program?
There are various options to be eligible for the program-
1. Capital Transfer
2. Create 10 full-time jobs
3. Invest minimum of €500,000 in Real Estate or investment of minimum of €280,000 in properties with more than 30 years old located in areas with less than 100 inhabitants per km2.
4. Invest in Real Estate Rehabilitation
5. Investment into national heritage
6. Investment in Research
7. Investment into an existing business
8. Investment into private equity funds