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Portugal Residency-by-Investment
(Golden Visa)

Top program in 2021. A residence permit for a family in 6-8 months.

Starting investment
at €280,000
Processing time
6-8 months

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Your unique opportunity

#1 Program for you if you’re looking for:

The fastest way to get EU citizenship (for your family and you)

Passport with no need to stay in the country for a long time (only 7 days a year)

Possibility to invest in liquid real estate

Beneficial tax regime (NHR) for 10 years

100% return on investment with preservation of residence permit

One of the most favorable countries for business

All these benefits are available with an investment of €280,000, which you can return just in 5 years

Important! The Portugal Golden Visa changes will come into effect on January 1, 2022. Do not hesitate to seize an opportunity to become a resident of this beautiful country until the end of this year!

Beginning from January 1, 2022, investors won’t be able to invest in property in high-density areas such as Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve. So, if you were waiting for the perfect time to get a Portugal residenthip, it can be safely said —this time is now!

GIVE YOUR FAMILY FREEDOM

Residence permit for the whole family in 6-8 months

The Portugal Residence-by-Investment Program allows to get a residence permit for the following family members:

  1. Spouse.
  2. Legitimate children (despite their age).
  3. Children born outside marriage (despite their age).
  4. Parents of the main applicant and/or spouse.

Each person will have a separate document confirming the status of a residence permit in Portugal.

The ability to get permanent residence and citizenship in 5 years.

Curious?

Let’s see our best examples of Portuguese real estate and learn about conditions of funding to get the Portuguese Golden Visa!

Investment options for a residence permit:

  Real Estate Investing Investing in Funds Capital Transfer Investing in Businesses Preservation of cultural heritage Scientific activity
Minimum investment amount Starting from €280 000 Starting from €350 000 Starting from €1 000 000 Starting from €350 000 Starting from €250 000 Starting from €350 000
Return on investment Depends on the project Yes Depends on the option Depends on the project None None
Investment returns Depends on the project 3-10% per year Depends on the option Before getting citizenship None None
Retention period 5 years (before getting residency permit / citizenship) Depends on the fund (5 years to get citizenship) Five years Before getting citizenship One-time non-refundable contribution - guarantees citizenship One-time non-refundable contribution - guarantees citizenship
Notes Most popular option Most convenient passive investment Investment to choose:
- a deposit account in a Portuguese bank
-shares / stocks of Portuguese companies
-capitalization of the company in Portugal.
With an investment of €350,000, you need to create 5 jobs.
When creating 10 jobs, there is no minimum investment amount.

MOST POPULAR OPTION

Investments in real estate

You are buying real estate in Portugal. We apply for a residence permit on your behalf. In 6-8 months, you receive the Golden Visa.

  1. €280,000 — special projects that reduce the investment and allows an investor to obtain a residence permit for €280,000.
  2. €350,000 — investment in a property that is subject to reconstruction and was built 30 years ago.
  3. €500,000 — investment in any real estate.

Why it is relevant now: from January 2022, Porto and Lisbon will leave this program.

 

EARN & RELAX OPTION

Investment in funds from €350,000

Purchase of shares of investment funds or venture capital funds. The return on investment is 3-10% per year.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Investment in business

Create at least 10 jobs in Portugal for the locals. Or invest at least €350,000 and create 5 jobs in a Portuguese company.

Government stocks / deposit starting from €1,000,000

Transfer of capital to the country — minimum €1,000,000. The retention period is 5 years.

  • to a deposit account in a Portuguese bank
  • into shares / stocks of Portuguese companies (into securities)
  • capitalization of the company in Portugal.

94% of applicants choose residence by real estate investment

Want to know more about each option? Our Portugal Golden Visa experts are here to help you

Visa-free travel to Schengen countries

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TRANSPARENT AND EASY PROCESS

How will we apply for a residence permit?

01
Step

Audit documentation

You explain your goal, tell about your wishes, ask questions. We discuss all the related issues and request all necessary data.We check your documentation for compliance with the requirements of the immigration authorities for free. 
We analyze the transparency of your investment funds.

02
Step

Property selection

We have our offices in three cities in Portugal. Our team counts 50 real estate brokers. You have the largest Portuguese real estate database to use.We monitor the market and offer several properties for purchase. We arrange visits and guide you through the entire journey.

03
Step

Applying for a residence permit

We take care of everything: collect a full package of documents, fill out questionnaires, provide translation and legalization, and communicate with migration authorities. We independently submit documents corresponding to all requirements and control the way of your application pendency.

04
Step

Gaining a residence permit

We are waiting for a positive decision, and together we will receive new documents. If necessary, we help with other operational, business, and even everyday issues (including additional documents). You get a residence permit. We are shaking hands.

* Everything happens with your minimal involvement. We arrange most of the steps remotely. And confidentially.

WHY US?

Migronis is an expert in Portugal Golden Visa

  1. The founder, Anatoliy Letaev, lives in Portugal and is one of the top experts in Citizenship by Investment (CBI).
  2. The main Migronis headquarter is located in Lisbon.
  3. The largest network of partnerships with local agencies and departments.
  4. Our team can help you with any question locally.
  5. In Portugal, there is a Migronis community. You can get support when moving to a country.

Why did I choose Portugal?

Anatoliy Letaev
Founder of Migronis

I settled in Portugal after living in three countries. Moreover, I've discovered three Portuguese cities and got a complete picture of the local life.

Yes, Portugal Golden Visa is the fastest way to get an EU passport and a comfortable tax status with 0% global income. It is also a wonderful country to live in.

  • It is an excellent choice of schools, a mild warm climate all the year, and a convenient travel hub.
  • Portugal is one of the top 5 safest countries worldwide, and you can just feel it strolling down the streets.

SEE HOW WE HELP CLIENTS

Our cases in Portugal

Here are some cases of how our clients have got the Portugal residence permit so you can learn more on Migronis in action.

Check this information to learn how we work with every client and every quote. The cases are told as stories with consistent explanations how our clients become EU residents and citizens quickly, transparently, and safely with us.

MIGRONIS — ALWAYS MORE THAN EXPECTED

We will help you with other questions as well.

Investments starting from €280,000 to get residence permits for the whole family. The process usually takes up to 6-8 months. One visit to Portugal is required.

Opening a local bank account

Local tax residency

Insurance registration

Choosing a school / university for children

Company registration

We will help you find the solutions to any issue; for example, we will guide you to get a mortgage for 30 years at 1% per year for 59% real estate cost.

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    FAQ

    Who is eligible for the Golden Visa?

    The Golden Visa in Portugal is open to both the investor and his or her family members, and it offers excellent business prospects, travel, education, and a comfortable lifestyle in a safe country.
    Many European projects have such conditions for investors as:
    - age of majority;
    - no criminal record;
    - a steady stream of income.

    Is it possible to have dual citizenship in Portugal?

    Dual citizenship is allowed in Portugal, so you don't have to give up your current passport when you get a new one. Obtaining a residency permit is the first step toward being a Portuguese resident. You can get a permanent resident status card after five years. Only then may you register for nationality in Portugal.

    Is it possible for UK residents to apply for a Portugal Golden Visa?

    Without delay. In 2021, a British citizen can apply for a 5-year resident visa via the SEF portal, allowing them to travel throughout the European Schengen area freely. After five years of residence in Portugal, a British citizen can apply for permanent residency or Portuguese citizenship.

    Do I need a visa to the USA and Canada if I have a Portuguese passport?

    No, you don't. A Portuguese passport allows you to freely enter 186 countries, including the USA, the UK, and Canada.

    What is the Portugal Golden Visa processing time?

    The approval and issuance of your resident card under Portugal's Golden Visa typically take 3-6 months. Your residence card is valid for two years after you get your Golden Visa.

    Is a Portugal Golden Visa beneficial?

    The Portuguese Golden Visa is well worth the wait, despite the lengthy and rigorous application process. Since Portugal has not been engaged in any recent military conflicts, there are no terrorism attacks over the region, and it was not involved in World War II. Portugal residency is one of the greatest in the world. It is a nation that is neutral, secure, and friendly.

    What golden visa is the best?

    Portugal is one of the few countries that gives citizenship to representatives of other nations. This is called the Portuguese Golden Visa program and is based on the gradual process of obtaining Portugal residency through investment. The program is considered one of the most profitable and affordable in Europe.

    Is it possible to purchase Portugal residency?

    No, it is not possible to purchase Portugal residency. Nonetheless, you can use the Portugal Golden Visa program and gain residency in Portugal by investing, and then apply for citizenship in five years. Investors have the option of buying real estate, contributing to a mutual fund, or moving funds to a Portuguese bank account.

    What is the strength of the Portuguese passport?

    In agreement with the Global Passport Power Rank 2020, Portugal has the second-best passport over the globe, allowing to travel without a visa in 100 nations, with a visa on entry in 33 countries, and with a visa to 65 states. You can get a passport from this country with the help of a Portugal Golden Visa, which provides for obtaining citizenship through investment. The Portuguese Golden Visa is recognized as one of the most reasonable and beneficial in Europe.

    Everything you would like to know about the Portugal Golden Visa

    Over 50% of wealthy people worldwide have a second passport, and every year this number continues to increase. Still, according to research by Knight Frank LLP, an estate agency & property consultancy, investors prefer to apply for European citizenship. They find opportunities to use reliable banking systems, scale up their business in the EU and educate their children in the best schools in the world as beneficial and attractive. However, getting a passport in Europe means paying €880,000 or even more. If compared with the prices of other investment programs, this amount seems excessive. So what are the options for those looking for the EU option only but want to have a hot deal? There is only one answer — a Portugal Residence by Investment, which quickly turns into full-fledged Portuguese citizenship.

    The Portugal Golden Visa is one of Europe's and the commonest citizenship-by-investment programs. It was enacted in 2012 to countenance non-EU civilians standing to a residence permit in turn for a 5-year expenditure in real estate.
    Above 9,000 outside fund clients have gotten the Golden Visa of Portugal during the program. The majority of them are from China, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and Russia.
    The Portugal Golden Visa program made it easier for individuals to inhabit and work in this southern European country, boosting the level of the national economy. Since the program started, the state has earned nearly six billion euros via investments in agreements with the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF).

    What are the benefits and how to get a residence permit, read on...

    Changes to the Portuguese Golden Visa Program

    The Portugal Golden Visa changes will take effect in January of next year; applications must be sent by the end of 2021. Every Golden Visa pleading filed after this date will be subject to new legislation that will take effect on January 1, 2022.

    The new laws make a variety of changes. Let's take a look at them one by one. Keep in mind that the price rise in Portugal will enter into force on January 1, 2022.

    • When applying for a Visa via a real estate purchase, the cost remains the same. Options between €350,000 and €500,000 are still available in their current configuration, with discounts of 20% in sparsely populated regions.
    • Alternative investment options are now more expensive. If you want to make an investment fund, the cost will rise to €500,000 depending on the criteria (instead of the existing €350,000). The conditions of the application are the same.
    • For capital contributions, the new indispensable prerequisite will be 1.5 million euros compared to 1 million euros at present. The terms of the application remain the same.
    • For science and research areas, the cost will also increase. The amount will rise from €350,000 now to €500,000 with no modifications in other requirements.
    • For people who create jobs, the sum of contributions will boost to €500,000 (in the present time €350,000) and an essential prerequisite for creating ten new jobs in Portugal.
    • You can still participate in the Portugal Golden Visa program by investing in commercial, office, and tourism assets in any area of Portugal and its autonomous provinces.
    • The civil polity has allowed Tavira, Monchique, Castro Marim, Evora, Vila do Bispo, Alte, Coimbra, Silves, Guimaraes, Douro, Serra da Estrela, and some urban regions of Porto to remain available for real estate investment next year.

    Minimum investment items with a €350,000 price tag are becoming increasingly scarce. However, there is still time to make secure and longstanding funding in Portugal's capital over the next 5-6 years.

    Why is the Golden Visa in Portugal so widely known?

    The Golden Visa is distinguished at an international scale due to comparatively inexpensive property prices, the country's safety, and excellent quality of life. The Portuguese capital is one of those regions providing minimal property investments among all European regions.

    Lisbon is one of the world's greenest cities. It has one of the most pleasant climates on the European mainland and outstanding beaches, an exceptional transport system, and globally recognized universities that make the city a desirable option for vacationers and trans-border investors.

    Persons who gain Portuguese citizenship by investment must remain in the country for at least 14 days consecutively or intermittently for each 2-year visa period in order to keep all of the privileges of living in the EU, such as passports, free unrestricted travel, and the freedom to work, learn, and live in Portugal.

    Privileges of the Portugal Golden Visa Program

    The main pre-eminences of acquiring a residency and citizenship in Portugal are:

    • a quick process of taking Portugal residence permit within a few months, while only two visits to the country are required
    • visa-free travel to all Schengen nations
    • the absolute minimum of prerequisites for actual stay in the country is only 35 days within 5 years
    • excellent international and Portuguese schools and universities
    • an attractive tax system for individuals and legal entities
    • medical facilities provide health care that meets international quality standards
    • eligibility for citizenship after five years
    • high living standards and low crime rate.

    How to make Portugal Golden Visa investment

    1. Choose a property in Portugal
    2. Open an account in a Portuguese bank for transferring funds and registering a tax number for foreign investors
    3. Gather documentation and clinch a deal for a real estate transaction that meets the requirements of the programme
    4. Create an appointment with the SEF Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Service Portal.
    5. Set a date for the biometrics delivery (registration is 2-4 months in advance)
    6. Apply for a Portugal temporary residence permit personally or through your representative
    7. Fly to Portugal to submit biometric data
    8. Get a residence permit card (you can get it through your agent).

    Indispensable papers to become a resident in Portugal

    With your application for a Golden Portugal Investment Visa, you must also apply the next documents:

    • passport or valid identity document
    • proof of legal entry into Portugal (specifically, a Schengen short-stay visa)
    • proof of medical insurance (issued within the last three months)
    • police clearance certificate from the country of origin/residence (issued within the previous three months)
    • prove of compliance with assess and social obligations
    • payslip of Portuguese Golden Visa fees.

    Candidates must also demonstrate that they are committed to keep the investment fund for at least five years in addition to this list of paper trails. Additionally, candidates must provide proof of their investment, such as:

    • bank statement on financial placements
    • employment agreements regarding job creation
    • acts of purchase for real estate investing.

    Applicants renewing their Golden Visa in Portuguese Republic will be asked to show that they have fulfilled the necessary conditions to stay during the visa validation time. For proving this, each form of investment has its own set of criteria.

    Getting Portugal citizenship by investment with the help of the Portugal Golden Visa will take several months to process. SEF may contact the respondent (or their legal assignees) to set up a meeting after it has been reviewed.

    Portugal Golden Visa investment opportunities available

    Participants eager for immigration to Portugal by investment will contribute financially to either of the succeeding options:

    1. Buy real estate in Portugal at €500,000.
    2. Purchase a €350,000 immovable property in the country for restoration. It must be 30+ years old and in a cultural heritage or downtown restoration area. The capital provider is responsible for the object's restoration.
    3. Take ownership of Portuguese business stock or make a deposit of at least 1 million euros in a bank.
    4. Purchase shares in a venture fund or an investment at a price of €500,000 or more. At least 60% of the fund's donations must be delivered to Portuguese-based businesses.
    5. Build at least ten jobs for Portuguese people by registering a company.

    Residence permit and receiving Portugal passport by investment

    Real estate investments are the most common capital contributing strategy for securing a residency permit in Portugal. In 2019, this choice was favoured by over 93 percent of international investors over other Golden Visa alternatives.

    Portugal's movable properties are in high demand. According to Standard Poor's (an American credit rating agency), the country is among the top three EU countries with the fastest-growing property rates, with a 7 percent increase in 2019.

    In order to maintain a Golden Visa in Portugal, you must spend at least €500,000 in a landed estate or €350,000 in a project for renewal.

    The minimum contribution will be decreased by 20%, to €400,000 and €280,000, respectively, but only if immovable property is bought in an area with a low population density (less than 100 inhabitants per square kilometer of land area) or a low GDP (75 percent lower than the national average index).

    The Portuguese government will no longer grant residency permits for investments in Grande Lisboa, Porto, and other coastal zones of the country starting January 1, 2022. Foreign clients with funds would be acceptable to buy homes only in the inner districts of Portugal, the Azores, or Madeira.

    The housing costs in the plan are charged without the need for a mortgage. You may, however, apply for a loan of an amount greater than the minimal Portugal Golden Visa requirements. For example, if you purchase a home for €700,000 and meet the Portugal residence program's minimum standards of €500,000, you will get a €200,000 mortgage.

    When acquiring real estate in Portugal, remember that the cost of registration would be roughly 10% to 12% of the object's value. In fact, the total annual cost of housing maintenance in Portugal would be €2,000.

    Some information about patriality

    The person obtains permanent Portugal residency by investment and applies for Portuguese citizenship after five years. In comparison to Spain and Italy, where patriality can be obtained in 10 years, and Greece, where nationality can be received in 7 years, it is one of the fastest naturalizations in the European Union.

    Furthermore, the Portuguese authorities recognise dual nationality, allowing you to hold your home country's passport.

    There are a few Portugal Golden Visa necessary criteria that the investor must satisfy:

    • evidence of profits and a fund placement
    • certificate of a clean criminal record
    • knowledge of the Portuguese language at a basic level.

    The Golden Visa application process step-by-step

    Depending on whether the investor obtains a Golden Visa in Portugal on his or her own or with the assistance of an immigration department, the measures will vary. In the second scenario, specialists do all of the mundane tasks. The client must pay for the contribution and receive a certificate of residency permit status. Let's look at the most important steps:

    1. Fill out an application. Cooperation with an immigration agency helps you get it right. This and the next 5 steps the agency takes upon itself, you only need to provide the original documentation and purchase the property.
    2. Select an object and conclude a purchase agreement if you want to take part in the Golden residence permit program through real estate.
    3. Collect a package of documents, translate them into Portuguese and notarize them.
    4. Register in SEF and send the prepared documents there.
    5. Pay all fees €517 for yourself and €80 for each family member in the application.
    6. Apply for a Schengen visa to visit Portugal and select a property.
    7. Open a Portuguese tax number (NIF).

    SEF will review the resignation and make a decision within 6-7 months. If the investor's application for a residence permit card is approved, he or she will be required to pay an extra fiscal obligation for each family member involved in the application.

    Golden Visa fees and costs

    In Portugal, the expense of acquiring a residency card is €5,173 per family member. The cost of extending a residency in Portugal is 50% of this amount, or €2,586.

    The fee for applying for and renewing a residency permit is €517 for the principal applicant and €80 for a family member.

    The expense of obtaining a tax number (NIF) and the services of a tax representative is €200. Medical insurance is also around €200 per person.

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