Portugal Golden Visa

Portugal Golden Visa

What is a golden visa and what benefits does it give you?

Residence Permit for Investment Purposes, also known as the Golden Visa, was introduced in Portugal in 2012. It enables non-EU nationals who intend to invest in Portugal to obtain a temporary residence permit.

Beneficiaries of Golden Visa are entitled to live and work in Portugal, further benefiting from a visa exemption for travelling within the Schengen Area.

They are able to apply for a permanent residence, request a family reunification and, eventually, apply for a Portuguese citizenship, by naturalization, provided all other requirements set out by the Nationality Act are fulfilled.

Official eligibility criteria can be found here.


How to apply for a golden visa

To qualify for a residence permit for investment purposes, four routes are available:

  • Purchase of real estate with a minimum value of 500.000€; the threshold is lowered to 350.000€ for properties requiring renovation

  • Capital investments – other financial assets

  • Financial assets – venture capital and investment funds

  • Investment in a company and job creation

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have no previous criminal record, spend at least seven days in Portugal in the first year, and show proof of their investment. After five years of residency, it is possible to apply for Portuguese citizenship.

To apply, we would advise speaking to a specialist advisor who can guide you through the process.

If your chosen route to obtain a Golden Visa is through investment in property, we would be delighted to assist you in your search for a qualifying property, and guide you through every step of the purchase. For details of how to buy in Portugal, please see our Buying Guide.

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Disclaimer The above serves as purely informative purposes and should by no way substitute experts’ opinion on the requirements and process of obtaining a golden visa in Portugal. Savills Portugal real estate agency and consultancy services are exclusive of legal support and for thorough advice on issues of golden visas interested parties should seek the assistance of qualified experts.