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Portugal Golden Visa Program Overview

Portugal Golden Visa was launched by Portuguese authorities in October 2012, through which non-EU citizens can through investment activities in Portugal can qualify for a residency permit and eventually passport for Portugal. This permit allows the investor to enter and/or live in Portugal, and to travel freely within the vast majority of European countries (Schengen Area).

The Portugal Golden Visa is a straightforward, flexible program, aimed at attracting foreign investment into Portugal.  It is considered one of the most attractive residency programs in the world, since investors do not need to live in Portugal and can include both dependent children and dependent parents.

  • Visa free to enter Portugal or travel through Europe (Schengen Area).
  • Live and work in Portugal, even with residency in a different country.
  • Portuguese residency can be extended to family members.
  • Minimum stay period requirements.
  • Attain permanent residency after five years.
  • Attain citizenship after six years.


STAGE I: Year 1

  • Submit application and secure investment.
  • Spend at least seven days in Portugal as a resident.
  • Renew the residence permit at least one month before the current card’s expiration date.

Stage II: Year 2 - 3

  • Implement the renew process for second year residence card that is valid for two years.
  • For this period, minimum residence requirement is 14 days per year and these days do not have to be consecutive.

STAGE III: Year 4 - 5

  • Renew process for third residence card, valid for two years.
  • The applicant must reside in the country for at least 14 days per year, consecutive or non-consecutive.
  • At the end of the fifth year, the applicant can apply for permanent residency followed by citizenship.

Portugal Overview

  • Lying along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, Portugal is the oldest nation state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe. Once continental Europe’s greatest power, Portugal shares commonalities —geographic and cultural—with the countries of both northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Portugal has left a profound cultural, architectural and linguistic influence across the globe, with a legacy of around 250 million Portuguese speakers, and many Portuguese-based creoles.
  • It is a developed country with an advanced economy and high living standards. Additionally, it is highly placed in rankings of moral freedom, peacefulness, democracy, press freedom , stability, social progress, and prosperity. A member of the United Nations and the European Union, Portugal was also one of the founding members of NATO, the Eurozone, the OECD, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
  • Capital city: Lisbon
  • Languages: Portuguese
  • Visa free countries: 26 (Schengen Area)
  • Currency: Euro €
  • Total area: 92,090 km²
  • Population: 10.28 million (2019)
  • Neighbor countries: Spain
  • Time zone: UTC +1