In our detailed overview of obtaining a Portuguese Golden Visa we will provide a step-by-step guide to applying for a residence permit by investment in real estate and give the insights of specifics and peculiarities of the application process. Reviewing this information will take 10-15 minutes and give you the answers to each question that you might have. Just facts and specifics based on our experience of working with the program.
Signs a contract with Migronis and pays 50% of the cost of the company’s services (the amount depends on the package of services chosen by the client).
Reviews applicant's documents before signing the contract in order to assess the chances and possible risks that may occur during application process. Prepares a contract.
Informs about his requirements to real property, selects an appropriate object from the options provided by us and chooses the date of viewing an object.
Sends various real property options according to your preferences, makes arrangements for viewing the selected object.
Investment object chosen
Concludes a preliminary sale and purchase contract with a real estate agency, pays a deposit.Issues a power of attorney in the name of a proxy-agent accredited to provide services in obtaining a residence permit and related documents, as well as for representation of the applicant’s interests before local authorities. Signs the real property sale and purchase contract, pays the necessary investment amount. Pays taxes and fees accompanying the act of purchasing real property.
Receives the tax number in the local tax administration which is further required for the registration of the transaction and applying for a residence permit. Opens an account in a local bank, obtains life insurance in the same bank or an insurance company. Re-registers all utility payment contracts in the name of the client.
Follows up execution of the contract of sale and purchase of real estate in the bank (in the case of a partial mortgage) or in his office.
€ 350.000 the minimum amount of investment in real property object built more than 30 years ago and which is subject to reconstruction, or € 500,000 for any type of real estate for the main applicant; € 150-200 the minimum amount to be paid when opening an account in a bank; From € 200 a year for medical insurance per each applicant; From € 200 a year for a tax number and tax representative services (if necessary) per each applicant; Taxes payable by the main applicant only once when buying a real property item: From € 25.000 – IMT (5-6.5% of the assessed value of the property), From € 1500 – IDS (0.3-0.5% of the cost), € 350 – registration of housing with local authorities, € 650 – registration of purchase.
Provides the company with originals or notarized copies of all necessary documents, fills out a questionnaire.
Receives certificates of no criminal record, fills out government forms, arranges for notarization of the copies of documents, translation and apostilization of the entire package of documents. Sends the case to the Portuguese Immigration Office (SEF). Submission of documents and payment of fees is carried out by a certified agent. The personal presence of the applicant is not required.
$ 3,000– $ 10,000 for preparation of documents (obtaining a certificate of no criminal record, translation and apostilization), € 527.60 – fee for the initial submission of documents for consideration per main applicant and € 80.04 per each family member. The final amount depends on the number of family and the documents provided.
Pays the rest of the cost of Migronis’ services.
Prepares the additional documents and certificates requested by the SEF (if necessary).
Examines the documents, issues a decision on the case.
Visits Portugal to submit biometric data. Pays fees for grant of a residence permit and issuance of a plastic card of a resident of Portugal.
Follows up payment of invoices by the client.
€ 5,274.40 for grant of a residence permit per each person and € 2,637.40 for the subsequent renewal of the residence permit card per each applicant.
We work with the entire database of Portugal’s real estate and offer only liquid objects. It is important to define the requirements to the property in advance, since real estate “for own needs” for € 500,000 (a house on the beach or an apartment with good renovation in a prestigious area) will not bring the same income as several apartments for the same amount in an area with high demand for rent. Our office in Portugal provides professional services in property management, so we are also interested in the object to generate income. In this article you can find a Standard & Poor’s review of the real estate market in Portugal.
We independently prepare a case, translate and legalize documents, so the case is prepared quickly and without errors, and thereafter successfully passes the examination at the Immigration Agency.
Such a requirement does exist. However, providing a certificate of completion of the courses for a minimum knowledge of the language will suffice. By October 2018, there already have been successful cases of obtaining permanent residence within the Golden Visa program. In addition, the country's parliament is considering amendments to the law, according to which the norm regarding language proficiency can be abolished. As of March 2018, more than 6,200 foreign investors and 10,600 their family members received a Golden Visa. At the same time, the absolute majority of applicants do not speak Portuguese and are not integrated into Portuguese society (they do not live in the country and do not want to move), however they plan to renew the status. That is why the Parliament is considering the possibility of abolishing this norm. In our practice there are successful cases of obtaining permanent residency and citizenship. For more detailed information, please contact our expert for a consultation on the Portuguese program.
Solution: We will remind you of the necessity of renewing the residence permit six months before the expiration date, and will arrange for the replacement of the document in case of its loss/damage, etc. The renewal procedure takes up to 20 days.
expert on European residency programs, head of the Portuguese office
“Portuguese Golden Visa Program is indeed one of the best in Europe. Despite the relatively high investment threshold (€ 500.000) compared to the program of Greece (€ 250.000), it is more popular for several reasons: In Greece, you must permanently own real estate – if you sell it, the residence permit will not be renewed, and in Portugal you can sell the property in 5 years; In Portugal, it is possible to obtain permanent residence and citizenship with a minimum knowledge of the language and subject to staying in the country for 7 days a year. In Greece, it is required to have lived there for 7 years out of 10 and know the language, and the residence permit is not converted to permanent residence. The Maltese Permanent Residency Program neither provides for the possibility of obtaining citizenship in the future; The residence permit and permanent residence of Portugal are granted together with the right of employment; A property item can be exchanged for another one within 5 years (selling and buying a new one); It is possible to buy several property items with a total value of € 500.000; Having received a Portuguese passport in 6 years, you can live and work in England and in all EU and Schengen countries for 365 days a year, and you can visit the United States and Canada without visas; When obtaining Portuguese citizenship, there is no need to renounce the basic citizenship; According to the Standard & Poor’s report the real estate market in Portugal is one of the most attractive in the EU (the projected growth by 2021 is 5-7%).”