Investment Visa Overview

Portugal Residency & Citizenship options

Residency in Portugal comes with a number of benefits. Portugal is one of the most friendly countries in the EU with regards to the mobility options available for investors and digital nomads alike. A residency permit allows you to live and work in Portugal for an unlimited time. You also have access to free health care and education. In addition, residency in Portugal gives you the right to vote and stand for election. And if you're a digital nomad, residency in Portugal gives you access to a number of coworking spaces andshared offices. as well as high-speed internet and a number of other amenities.

Program 1
  • Name
    Entrepreneur Startup Visa
  • Description

    Portugal offers a Portugal Entrepreneur Startup Visa for foreign entrepreneurs who want to establish their business in Portugal. The Portugal Entrepreneur Startup Visa is a residence permit that allows the holder to stay in Portugal for up to 12 months. This permit can be renewed for another 12 months and then converted into a long-stay visa or a residence permit.

  • Requirements

    After submitting this information, the entrepreneur may send a request to one or more incubators, who will evaluate the project based on the following criteria: A) The innovative nature of the project; B) The growth potential; C) The scalability of the business on the market; and D) The chances of establishing the business in Portugal following the program. To advance to the second step, the entrepreneur must receive approval from at least one incubator.

  • Validity
    1 year (1y-2y-2y)
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    5 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Only condition is to stay in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year and 14 days in successive years.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Golden Visa - Artistic Investment
  • Description

    Portugal offers a golden visa program for investors who are willing to invest in the country's art scene. The Portugal golden visa Artistic Investment allows investors to apply for a residence permit in Portugal if they make a financial investment in the country's art sector.

  • Requirements

    Investments by way of capital transfer with a value of at least 250,000 Euros for investing in artistic output or supporting the arts, or for the reconstruction or refurbishment of the national heritage, the value of these investments may be reduced by 20% (200,000 Euros) if they are made in sparsely populated areas (less than 100 inhabitants per sq.km., or GDP per head is below 75 percent of the national average). For this sort of investment, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has invested the minimum amount, either as a solo proprietor or as the owner of a single-member limited liability company.

  • Validity
    1 year (1y-2y-2y)
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    5 months
  • Investment Amount
    250,000EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $30,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Only condition is to stay in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year and 14 days in successive years.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Golden Visa - Job Creation
  • Description

    Portugal's Golden Visa Job Creation program offers a fast-track to citizenship for investors who create jobs in Portugal. To qualify, investors must create at least 10 new jobs in Portugal or make a minimum investment of €1 million in Portugal.

  • Requirements

    For investments by way of creation of, at least, 10 job positions, this requirement may be reduced in 20% (8 job positions) provided the investment is made in sparsely populated territories (NUT III level with less than 100 inhabitants per sq.km. or with GDP per head less than 75% of national average)

  • Validity
    1 year (1y-2y-2y)
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    5 months
  • Investment Amount
    1,000,000 EUR
  • Avg. Agent fee
    1,000,000 EUR
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Only condition is to stay in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year and 14 days in successive years.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 4
  • Name
    Golden Visa - Real Estate
  • Description

    For this option, the applicant purchases real estate with a value of at least 500,000 euros; if the investment is made in sparsely inhabited areas, the investment threshold is decreased by 20 percent (to 400,000 euros) (NUT III level with less than 100 inhabitants per sq.km. or where the GDP per head is below 75 percent of the national average). This form of investment may be made by the applicant as a sole proprietor or as the owner of a single-member limited liability company.

  • Requirements

    For this type of investment, the Investor must prove his / her ownership of the real estate (or in case this is not feasible, must deliver a copy of the promissory contract, indicating the payment of an initial deposit [Sinal] in value equal to or above 500 thousand Euros), which can be done in one of the following ways:

    • Purchasing the real estate in co-ownership, provided that the applicant invests 500 thousand Euros or more;
    • Purchasing the real estate by means of a single member limited company of which he/she is the proprietor;
    • Mortgaging, or otherwise, encumbering, the property in the share exceeding the minimum investment value of 500 thousand Euros;
    • Lease the real estate for business, agriculture or tourism purposes
  • Validity
    1 year (1y-2y-2y)
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate
  • Processing Time
    5 months
  • Investment Amount
    500,000EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $25,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Only condition is to stay in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year and 14 days in successive years.
  • Can Family be included?
    Yes
Program 5
  • Name
    Golden Visa - Research Investment
  • Description

    For investment by way of capital transfer in research activities conducted by public or private scientific research institutions participating in the national scientific or technological system, with the value of the investment reduced by 20% (280 thousand Euros) if made in sparsely populated areas (less than 100 inhabitants per sq.km., or GDP per head is below 75 percent of the national average). For this sort of investment, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has invested the minimum amount, either as a solo proprietor or as the owner of a single-member limited liability company.

  • Requirements

    For this sort of investment, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has invested the minimum amount, either as a solo proprietor or as the owner of a single-member limited liability company.

  • Validity
    1 year (1y-2y-2y)
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    5 months
  • Investment Amount
    350,000EUR
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $25,000
  • Physical Presence Requirements
    Yes
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 6
  • Name
    Golden Visa - Specific Capital Investment
  • Description

    Portugal's golden visa program grants residency visas to non-European Union citizens in exchange for a capital transfer of at least €1 million. The Portugal golden visa capital transfer must be made within 30 days of the visa applicant's arrival in Portugal.

  • Requirements

    The money may be used to invest in Portuguese government bonds, real estate, or to create a new business venture in Portugal. The Portugal golden visa is valid for a period of five years and can be renewed indefinitely.

  • Validity
    1 year (1y-2y-2y)
  • Investment Type
    Passive
  • Processing Time
    5 months
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    $50,000
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Only condition is to stay in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year and 14 days in successive years.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Portuguese passport is now ranked 6th. It allows entrance to 191 countries without requiring a visa. As a result, it is one of the world's most sought passports, having a very high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Portuguese passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the European Union as a whole, providing near-instant travel around the world. Portuguese passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to access roughly 38 countries throughout the world, including China and Russia.

Passport Rank

6

Visa Free Countries

191

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    143
  • Visa on Arrival
    37
  • Visa Online
    11
  • Visa Required
    9
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    62%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    48%
Passport Ranking Factors

Portugal Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Portugal passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Portugal passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 143 visa-free countries for Portugal passport holders, 37 visa-on-arrival countries for Portugal passport holders, and 11 eTA destinations. In total, Portugal passport holders can visit 191 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the Portugal passport is ranked 6th in the world.; In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 38 other countries where Portugal passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries). The Portuguese passport is one of the world's most powerful and attractive passports. It allows its users to travel to over 190 countries and territories without needing a visa. Citizenship in Portugal can be obtained through a variety of means, including birth or descent, naturalization, marriage, or adoption. After 5 years of holding a Portugal Golden Visa, individuals can petition for Portuguese citizenship. The Portugal Golden Visa Program, also known as the Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program or ARI, was established in 2012 to allow applicants from outside the EU and EEA, as well as their families, to obtain a special residence permit in 6 to 9 months by investing in a 5-year real estate investment in Portugal. Applicants can apply for a Golden Visa to Portugal in one of the following ways: The following are some of the advantages of a Portugal Golden Visa: Contact Guide Consultants via the following methods for personalized information on how to apply for a Portugal Golden Visa. :

Citizenship by Descent

Portuguese Citizenship by Descent

In any of the following instances, you may obtain Portuguese citizenship by descent:

  • You were born in Portugal to parents of Portuguese descent.
  • If your Portuguese parents were abroad on official state business, and you were born abroad.
  • You were born overseas to Portuguese parents, but your birth was recorded in the Portuguese civil registration, and you express your desire to become a citizen of Portugal.
  • If at least one of your foreign parents was born in Portugal and resides there, regardless of their current citizenship status
  • If your non-Portuguese parents proclaim they want to become Portuguese citizens, and you were born in Portugal. At the time of the declaration, however, one of your parents must have been in Portugal for at least one year, regardless of whether they were residing legally or illegally.
  • You were born outside of Portugal, yet at least one of your grandparents holds Portuguese citizenship.

Typically, in order to qualify for citizenship by origin in Portugal, the generations preceding you must also be registered in the Civil Registry; if a generation is skipped, you cannot qualify. However, if you are born outside of the United States, there is no time limit for your parents to register your birth, and once you reach the age of 18, you can proclaim your citizenship on your own.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    2
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    24
  • Avg. Cost
    5000
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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