Portugal Golden Visa – A Complete Guide

PORTUGUESE GOLDEN VISA PROGRAM IS EUROPE’S MOST SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IMMIGRATION PROGRAMME TARGETED AT NON-EU CITIZENS TO OBTAIN EU RESIDENCY OR CITIZENSHIP.  

Embarking on your journey towards Portugal’s Golden Visa is a significant decision, and we’re here to guide you through the process with clarity and ease. Below, we outline the requirements and step-by-step procedures for applying for the Portugal Golden Visa, so you know what to expect.

Portugal Golden Visa

The Portugal Golden Visa is still the best option in Europe for obtaining an EU passport. With minimal residency requirements, a straightforward path to citizenship, no additional prerequisites like rental agreements, and tax-exempt fund investments, there is no better deal for a European passport without full-time residency.
Recommended for those that wants a EU passport with the greatest flexibility of stay requirements in the country.

Part of EU
Part of Schengen
Residence Permit
500,000 investment in funds
14 days every 2 years
Dependent – Spouse, children and parents
Permanent residence: after 5 years of golden visa
Citizenship: after 5 years of golden visa
Public healthcare and education
Allow to work and start business

FAQ on Portugal Golden Visa

Get Your NIF (tax ID) and Open Bank Account Remotely

Qualified Investments for Portugal Golden Visa in 2024

Termination of Real Estate Route

Note that real estate and 1.5 million capital transfer are no longer investment options for Portugal Golden Visa starting from October 7, 2023.

Invest in Fund


Capital transfer of 500,000 euros or more, towards a venture capital fund, primarily focused on funding companies with a minimum maturity of five years. Furthermore, at least 60% of this investment must be directed towards commercial companies based in the national territory.

For more info on fund investment, please check out the 7 advantages of fund investment for Portugal Golden Visa and The Biggest Advantage of Investing in Fund for Your Golden Visa

Documents and general requirements from SEF for fund investment

Invest in Arts and Heritage

Capital transfer with a value equal to or above 250,000 euros for investing in artistic output or supporting the arts, for reconstruction or refurbishment of the national heritage, through the local and central authorities, public institutions, public corporate sector, public foundations, private foundations of public interest, networked local authorities, local corporate sector organisations, local associations and public cultural associations, pursuing activities of artistic output, and reconstruction or maintenance of the national heritage.
Documents and general requirements from SEF for investing in arts and heritages

Invest in Research Activities

Capital transfer with a value equal to or above 500,000 euros for investing in research activities conducted by public or private scientific research institutions involved in the national scientific or technologic system.
Documents and general requirements from SEF for investing in research activities

Job Creation

The creation of, at least, 10 job positions.
Documents and general requirements from SEF for job creation

Invest in Company

Capital transfer of the amount of 500,000 euros, or higher, for constitution of a commercial society with head office in the national territory, combined with the creation of five permanent working jobs, or for the reinforcement of the share capital of a commercial society with head office in national territory, with the creation or keeping of working jobs, with a minimum of five permanent jobs, and for a minimum period of three years.
We have a handful of selected companies for you to invest.
Documents and general requirements from SEF for investing in company.

Portugal Golden Visa Application Procedures

After you have decided that Portugal’s Golden Visa is your ideal choice, you might want to get more information on the investment options, and to start preparing for the application.  Below is an outline of the procedures for applying for the Golden Visa, step-by-step, to give you an idea of the process.  We understand there are major decisions to be made here, and dealing in Portuguese may make things more complicated, trust us that The Golden Portugal team is here to help you along the way.  

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Average Time For Online Application Submission (Step 1 – 6) :

3

Months

Steps to configure the How-to Schema:

Step 1 – Initial Consultation

Begin with an initial consultation to assess your unique case and explore the investment options that align with your goals.

Step 2 – NIF & Bank Account

We will assist in obtaining a taxpayer ID number (NIF) for you and your family, and introduce you to a bank manager to facilitate account opening.

Step 3 – Investment Options

Based on your needs, we’ll identify and recommend suitable investment opportunities.

Step 4 – Transfer money and make the Investment

Transfer the necessary funds to your Portuguese bank account and proceed with your chosen investment. Specific procedures may vary depending on your investment option.

Step 5 – Gather Personal Documents

Gather all required documents for the SEF submission. We’ll provide guidance and collaborate with relevant parties, such as the bank manager and fund manager, to acquire the necessary documents.

Step 6 – Online Application Submission

Your lawyer will submit your application and accompanying documents online. Be prepared to pay the visa processing fee during this step.

Step 7 – Biometrics

After receiving initial approval, we’ll receive a notification to schedule an appointment for you to provide biometric information, including fingerprints and a photo. You’ll need to submit the original application documents during this appointment.

Step 8 – Approval and Residence Cards

Once your application is approved, you’ll be required to pay the Golden Visa issuance fee to the government. We will collect your residence cards on your behalf and arrange for them to be sent to you. Your five-year Golden Visa residency period commences from the date indicated on your initial card.

Apply Remotely

Please note that all steps and processes, except for step 7 (Biometrics), can be conveniently completed remotely without the need for you to visit Portugal. Our dedicated team is here to ensure a smooth and hassle-free Golden Visa application experience. Feel free to contact us for an initial consultation to get started on your Golden Visa journey.

Documents Requirements for Portugal Golden Visa

Documents to be obtained in your country of origin

Valid Passport: A current passport is essential.
Criminal Record Certificate: For each applicant aged 16 or older, a criminal record certificate from the country where you’ve latest resided for at least one year is required.
Proof of Residence: can be your driver’s license or ID card with address, a recent utility bill, or a recent bank statement。
Family Members’ Eligibility Documents: If you are including family members in your application, you’ll need to provide specific documents:
For the spouse, a marriage certificate.
For children, birth certificates (plus single status certificates and proof of student enrolment if they are over 18).
For dependent parents, birth certificates of the main applicant or the spouse (plus certificates of no income for those under 65).List item

Documents to be obtained in Portugal (we will prepare for you)

Applicant’s permission for the authorities to access his/her Portuguese criminal record.
A Portuguese tax identification number (note that you must appoint a local tax representative in order to obtain it).
Certificate of no debts from the Portuguese tax and national insurance offices.
Signed statement by the applicant that he/she will fulfil the investment requirements.
Evidence that the minimum investment has been made (this consists of a certificate issued by the appropriate registry office and, where applicable, a letter from a local bank confirming the transfer of the required funds).
Receipt of payment of the application fee
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