Portugal Investor Visa Program Overview

With new legal opportunities to apply for the Residence Permit (Investor visa) in Portugal (Europe – Schengen Area) pursuing investment activities you are getting a chance to freely travel in Europe and work and study in Portugal. This will enable you to settle down in any of the European countries (Schengen Area) once you get the citizenship. Getting a Portuguese Investor Visa is not only obtaining a Residence Permit Card but it is also the opportunity to become a Portuguese Citizen (European Union Citizen).

  • Requirements:

    An Investor Visa is granted only to foreign individuals (non-EU citizens) who fulfil the following requirements for a minimum period of 5 years:

    1. Purchase Real Estate in total value equal or greater than:
      • 500.000 Euro (half a million Euro) with no restrictions;
      • 400.000 Euro (four hundred thousand Euro) for properties located in low density areas – less than 100 habitants per km2;
      • 350.000 Euro (three hundred and fifty thousand Euro) for old proprieties built over 30 years ago with renovations work involved;
      • 280.000 Euro (two hundred and eighty thousand Euro) for old properties built over 30 years ago with renovations work involved, in low density areas – less than 100 habitants per km2;
    2. Capital transfer with a value equal to or above 350.000 Euro (three hundred and fifty thousand Euro) for purchasing shares in venture capital fund or investment fund generated to capitalize Portuguese companies where the investment value in Portuguese assets needs to be at least 60%.
    3. Incorporate/Acquire a Portuguese company and create new 10 permanent employees for minimum period of 5 years. All these jobs need to be permanent and certified by local locial Security Institution.
    4. Transfer capital of the amount equal or greater than 1.000.000 Euro (1 million) into a Portuguese Financial Institution for a period of 5 years. The certification of this transfer needs to be provided by a Financial Institution in order to be able to apply for the Investor Visa.
    5. Investing 350.000 Euro (three hundred and fifty thousand Euro) in Share Capital of a company and creates new 5 permanent employees for minimum period of 5 years. All these jobs need to be permanent and certified by local Social Security Institution.
    6. Capital transfer with a value equal to or above 350.000 Euro (three hundred and fifty thousand Euro) for investing in research activities conducted by public or private scientific research institutions involved in the national scientific or technologic system.
    7. Capital donation with a value equal to or above 250.000 Euro (two hundred and fifty thousand Euro) for artistic output or an organization supporting the arts, for reconstruction or refurbishment of the national heritage through the local and central authorities, public institutions, public corporate sector.
  • Required documents:

    A complete copy of the passport (all pages);

    1. Police Clearance Certificate from the Residence Country issued within last 3 months, duly legalized by apostille certification or by the corresponding Portuguese Embassy from issuing country;
    2. Sworn statement by the Investor attesting that he will comply with the minimum amount and time requirements regarding the investment activity in Portugal (The form will be provided);
    3. Declaration issued by the Portuguese Tax Authorities and social security attesting the inexistence of any debts of the foreign national to the said entities (the declaration will be obtained);
    4. Proof of one of the investment types mentioned above (the proof will be obtained for you once you have completed your investment).

    All the foreign documents need to be officially translated to Portuguese and legalized with apostille certification. (If your country has not signed Apostille Hague convention, the legalization of the documents needs to be done to the documents translated into Portuguese or English and presented at the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy corresponding to the country of origin of the documents).

  • Application processing time

    Once the request has been made at the Portuguese immigration authorities (SEF) with all the necessary documentation, the application request shall be reviewed within 90 days.

    Usual time for Resident Permit Cards approval is 12 weeks after submission and around 3 to 4 weeks for them to be issued and available to be collected.

  • Other Considerations

    1. A five-year minimum investment time is required counting from the date of the residence permit approval;
    2. Minimum period of stay in Portugal is 7 days in the first year and 14 days in the subsequent 2 years;
    3. The initial permit is valid for 1 year and is renewable subsequently for a period of 2 years providing the requirements mentioned above are met.

Contact us

For additional information on our company formation services in Portugal, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Simon Guidecoq, directly:
client relationship officer - Simon
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