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Portuguese Golden Visa

What is the Portugal Golden Visa?

Portugal’s Golden Visa is the preferred, most highly sought-after residency-by-investment program in the world. Launched in 2012, the Golden Visa program has been actively promoted internationally leading to thousands of families worldwide relocating to Portugal and starting a new life successfully. This is a residence visa available to non-EU nationals who have made a significant investment in Portugal. These investments must be in the form of purchasing real estate, making a capital investment, or creating employment opportunities.

Benefits of Portugal Golden Visa

One of the most remarkable things about the Golden Visa is that the investor has to spend only about seven days a year in Portugal to maintain its validity. In addition, one reaps all the benefits of being an EU resident—including visa-free travel in the entire Schengen area.

Here are the other benefits you can enjoy via the Portugal Golden Visa:

The most efficient process to attain EU citizenship.

Hassle-free entry to 26 nations in the EU

Visa-free travel to more than 180 countries.

Flexible options for investment starting from €280K

Qualify for a European passport in 5 years

Sound investment in buoyant markets can lead to strong returns

Opportunity to become a non-habitual resident and pay little or no Portuguese tax for ten years

Required time spent in Portugal averages only seven days per year

Dual nationality permitted

Portugal has an affordable quality of life along with abundant healthcare facilities and education options

Visa benefits accrue to investor, spouse, dependent children up to 26 years of age, parents of the investor, and parents of spouse

Free education in most EU Countries after attaining Portuguese Passport

Tax benefit: No taxes are charged on income for the first ten years. For non-resident individuals, 28% tax rate applies to income earned in Portugal. This can be offset with expenses for rental income.

Portuguese Golden Visa Guidance

Everything you need to know about the Portuguese Golden Visa, from eligibility factors, application process to timeline associated and much more.

  • Requirements
  • Documentation
  • Investment Options
  • Eligibility
  • Process
  • Timeline


  1. You have to be a non-EU, non-Swiss or non-EEA national to be eligible for the visa.
  2. Furnish a clean criminal record.
  3. Invest a minimum of €250,000 and maintain it for a minimum period of 5 years.
  4. Stay requirement: Minimum stay of 7 days in the first year and minimum if 14 days each subsequent two year period


  1. Valid passport or identification document.
  2. Health insurance issued within the last three months.
  3. Proof of evidence of the investment made (deed or promissory sale agreement for real estate or proof of fund subscription from the fund management in case of an investment fund).
  4. Attested bank statements and other financial information.
  5. Evidence of compliance with tax and social security obligations in Portugal.

Nysa Global’s investment options for Portuguese Golden Visa

The first step that investors need to take towards procuring the Golden Visa is to decide on the type of investment to be made. The investor must be at least 18 years old. The investor must be non-EU, non-Swiss and/or non-EEA nationality. In addition, one of the following investment criteria must be met:
  • A capital transfer of no less than €1 million into Portugal.
  • Creation of at least ten jobs in the country through the entrepreneurial route.
  • Investing no less than €350,000 for scientific research.
  • Investments no less than €250,000 or more in Portuguese arts, culture, and heritage.
  • Investing no less than €500,000 in small or medium-sized businesses in Portugal
  • Portugal Golden Visa real estate option: An investment of no less than €500,000 (or €350,000 reduced option for historic preservation/urban renewal areas, or €280,000 in rural/inland areas) in Portugal.

    Rule change effective July 2021: Starting July 2021, investors will only be able to invest in real estate properties that do not fall on the coastline of Portugal (Porto, Lisbon, etc.) Only real estate properties that are situated in inland and low density regions will qualify for investment in order to provide impetus to their Portugal’s urban regeneration initiative.

    If you are applying for the Portuguese Golden Visa before July 2021, you will be eligible to purchase property anywhere within the country. Existing applicants will remain unaffected by this rule.


  • Portugal investment fund Golden Visa: Experts in each sector professionally manage Portuguese Golden Visa investment funds. A Golden Visa can be granted for an investment of €350,000 into a registered and official investment fund. Depending on the Golden Visa Investment Fund selected, an individual will be offered a minimum return hurdle-rate between 1% and 6%.
  • Flexibilities within each investment type for the Portugal Golden Visa:

    The Portugal Golden Visa allows significant freedom in each type of investment

    Property investment

    • Purchase of one or multiple properties
    • All property types qualify
    • Possibility of co-ownership
    • Freedom to use, rent or lease

    Transfer of Funds

    • Minimum investment of €1 million
    • Funds transferred from other foreign countries to a bank in Portugal
    • Total freedom to invest the funds
    • Can use the funds to invest in shares of companies

    Job Creation

    • Creation of a minimum of 10 jobs
    • No minimum investment value
    • No limitation on areas/activities

Eligibility for the Portugal Golden Visa

Anyone except Portuguese and EU/EFTA citizens can apply for the Golden Visa once they have made the required investment in Portugal.

This investment can be initiated as an individual or via a legal entity meeting the following specific eligibility prerequisites:

  • The individual investing must be over the age of 18.
  • The investment made for this purpose must work in favour of the Portuguese economy.
  • The individual must have no history of criminal records.
  • The individual must fund the investment from his/her own funds.
  • The individual must maintain the investment throughout the Golden Visa period, typically at least five years

Golden Visa Process

  • Establishing a financial presence in Portugal and making the investment

    First, the applicant must identify and select his or her favourable investment options; i.e. investment fund, real estate investment, opening a Portuguese company and creating jobs, etc.

    Next, it is imperative to obtain a NIF (Portuguese Fiscal Number) and open a Portuguese bank account. Both of these tasks can be accomplished within 2 working days and can even be done by lawyers appointed by immigration experts without the applicant’s presence in the country.

    Once this is done, applicants must lock in their investment and make the capital transfer depending on the type of investment chosen.

    After the investor’s funds have been placed into the investment, the application for Golden Visa is submitted.

  • Documentation required to apply for the Portuguese Golden Visa:

    • Valid Passport
    • Proof of legal entry into Portugal (visa, entry stamps from prior visits)
    • Proof of the latest health insurance
    • Latest & clean criminal record certificate from country of origin/residence
    • A completed form authorizing SEF (Serviço de Fronteiras e Estrangeiros) to access criminal records in Portugal
    • Receipt of the Portuguese Golden Visa fees (You can obtain this when you submit the application online)
    • Declaration from Portuguese financial institution confirming transfer of funds
    • Proof of qualifying investment
      • If real estate; a deed or promissory sale agreement with proof of deposit payment
      • If investment fund; proof of fund subscription from the fund management
    • Portuguese Fiscal Number.
    • Declaration from the Portuguese Tax & Social Security Departments proving the absence of debts to them.
    • Statement from the investor affirming compliance with the investment requirements.
    • Additional documents may vary depending on your choice of investment .

    Please note: Any of the submitted documents which are not in the Portuguese language, need to be translated and certified.

  • Submitting The Golden Visa application form and the way forward

    Once the applicant has the above in place, they will need to submit these documents with an accurately filled out application form. But, due to the complexities and the enormous amount of documentation involved, the easiest and safest way is to work with an immigration expert or a lawyer to submit the application.

Timeline to EU citizenship

The Portugal Golden Visa is valid for an introductory period of one year and later renewed for subsequent periods of 2 years. The initial application can now be submitted online along with essential documentation. Once the request gets approved by Serviço de Fronteiras e Estrangeiros (SEF), you will have to appear in person for an interview/biometrics check.
  • 1st & 2nd Year
    An individual's visa permit and passport will allow you to travel within the Schengen countries visa free.
  • 3rd & 5th Year
    To keep the new permit active for all three years, an individual needs to be in Portugal at least 7 days per year.
  • Year 5+
    After the fifth year, an individual is eligible for permanent residency or citizenship.

Why Us?

What Sets Us Apart

At Nysa Global, we have immigration experts who assist you every step of the way, from investment selection, to working with lawyers to ensure complete compliance with Portugal laws, gathering documentation and seeing your application through the submission phase, through approval and beyond.

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For more details, please contact us on contact@nysaglobal.com.


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