Residency Program

In October 2012, the Portuguese government launched the Golden Visa or Residence Permit Program enabling foreigners to become resident’s of Portugal through Investment.

In 2015, the Government introduced changes to the program and updated the requirements towards obtaining a residence permit through purchase of real estate in Portugal.

Investors can choose one of the seven investment options. The most popular one is real estate. Having bought a property in Portugal, investors receive residence permits for their entire families. The property must stay in the investors’ possession for a minimum of five years.

Why choose
Fast processing time: 2 – 6 months
Fast processing time: 2 – 6 months
Visa-free entry to the Schengen area
Visa-free entry to the Schengen area
Return on investment: Through monthly rental investment and may exit after five years
Return on investment: Through monthly rental investment and may exit after five years
Inclusion of family members (Main applicant, spouse, dependent children)
Inclusion of family members (Main applicant, spouse, dependent children)
Free choice in investment options
Free choice in investment options
No residence requirement (just 7 days per year)
No residence requirement (just 7 days per year)
Live and work in Portugal
Live and work in Portugal
Tax relief for the first 10 years
Tax relief for the first 10 years
Permanent Residency & Eligibility to apply for Citizenship of Portugal in 5 years
Permanent Residency & Eligibility to apply for Citizenship of Portugal in 5 years
Why choose
Portuguese Golden Visa with option "Property Investment"
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Portuguese Golden Visa with option "Property Investment"
Portuguese Golden Visa with option "Capital Investment"
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Portuguese Golden Visa with option "Capital Investment"
Requirements of the program
  • Age:
    • Main applicant and Spouse: 18+
    • Dependent Children: no age limit
  • Clean criminal record.
  • Making a foreign investment (i.e., from outside Portugal)
  • The main applicant’s property is not frozen within the boundaries of the EU.
  • Complete investment as required
  • Have a valid Schengen visa in order to perform biometrics in Portugal before the start of the Due Diligence process
  • Meet or exceed the minimum stay requirements. (Seven days for the first year, 14 days for subsequent two-year periods.)
Document processing process
  • Step 1: Preliminary Due Diligence
  • Step 2: Selecting an investment option
  • Step 3: Investment into the property market, real estate funds or any other option. With regards to Real Estate, Portico & Bridge will help in order to find you the best investment opportunities through our broad database of options.
  • Step 4: Preparing and compiling the application
  • Step 5: Submitting the papers to the Portuguese Immigration Department. At this stage, the client will need to visit Portugal for Biometrics.
  • Step 6: Due Diligence by the Portuguese Government & Immigration Department
  • Step 7: Approval and obtaining residence permits
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