Golden Visa explained
Golden Visa explained

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The rules governing the granting of Residence Permit for Investment (ARI / Golden Visa), in force since 8 October 2012, enable third country nationals to obtain a temporary residence permit to conduct business activities with visa waiver to enter national territory

The Portuguese Golden Visas

  • Long-stay visas may be for temporary stay or to obtain a residence permit, depending on the length of stay and entitle the holder to remain in Portugal for the intended purpose: study, training, work, medical treatment, among others
  • The temporary stay visa is intended to allow entry for stays in Portugal for a period of less than one year. It is valid for the duration of the stay and for multiple entries in national territory
  • The visa to obtain a residence permit is valid for two entries and for four months, during which time the holder must apply to the Aliens and Borders Service for a residence permit
  • Any foreign citizen from a Third Country, not belonging to the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, who intends to stay or reside in Portugal for a period of more than 1 (one) year, must apply for a visa to establish residence, as is the case of the so-called D2, D3 and D7 Visas


  • Residence visa waiver for entering in Portugal
  • Living and working in Portugal, on condition of staying in Portugal for a period of 7 or more days, in the first year, and 14 or more days, in the subsequent years
  • Visa exemption for travelling within the Schengen Area to 186 countries
  • Family reunification
  • Applying for permanent residence
  • Applying for Portuguese citizenship, by naturalisation, provided all other requirements set out by the Nationality Act are fulfilled


  • Real estate acquisition
    • Minimum investment of € 400.000,00*
    • Acquisition of one or more properties
    • Invest as an individual or as a joint legal entity
    • Own habitation or lease
  • Real estate rehabilitation
    • Minimum investment of € 280.000,00*;
    • Acquisition of one or more properties
    • Requires rehabilitation and restoration
    • The property either has to be built for more than 30 years or has to be located in a designated area of urban rehabilitation (ARU)
    • Own habitation or lease
    • Applicable only to properties located in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira or in the Territories of the Countryside, identified in the Annex to Portaria n.º 208/2017, of 13 July”
  • Fund transfer
    • Minimum investment of € 1,500,000
    • Funds transferred from abroad to a bank in Portugal
    • Total independence to invest the funds
    • Possibility of using the funds to invest in share
  • Job creation
    • Creation of a minimum of 8 jobs*
    • No minimum investment amount
    • All areas are eligible
    • Possibility of subsidies from the state

*Low-density areas: the municipalities (or civil parishes) that have less than 100 inhabitants per km2 or with a gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of less than 75 % of the national average. See the complete list of all low density areas in the bottom of the page.

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