The Golden Visa is a residence permit for investment activity in Portugal that gives access to all the Shengen space.
The investment activity may be any activity performed in person or through a company for a minimum period of five years, provided that it meets the legal requirements, minimum values and destinations of the investments.
There are several ways to invest in order to acquire the Gold Visa.
Minimum capital transfer of € 350 000 intended for:
- to the acquisition of units of investment funds or venture capital funds for the capitalization of companies that are incorporated under Portuguese law;
- the maturity must be at least five years;
- and at least 60% of the value of the investments must be made in commercial companies based in Portugal.
B – Incorporation of Commercial Companies
Transfer of minimum capital of € 350 000, intended for:
- the creation of a commercial company with its head office in Portugal, together with the creation of 5 permanent jobs; or
- to the reinforcement of the share capital of a commercial company with its head office in the national territory already established with the creation or maintenance of jobs with a minimum of five permanent employees and for a minimum period of three years.
C – Transfer of capital in the amount of one million euros or more;
D – Creation of at least 10 jobs;
E – Acquisition of estate property of a value equal or superior to 500 thousand euros;
F – Acquisition of estate property to rehabilitate,
Real estate whose construction has been completed for at least 30 years or located in urban rehabilitation area and realization of rehabilitation works of real estate acquired, in the total amount equal to or greater than 350 thousand euros.
G – Transfer of capital of € 350,000 or more
Amount that is applied in research activities carried out by public or private scientific research institutions, integrated in the national scientific and technological system;
H – Transfer of capital in the amount of 250 thousand euros or more
That it be applied in investment or support to the artistic production, recovery or maintenance of the national cultural heritage, through services of the central and peripheral direct administration, public institutes, entities that integrate the public sector business, public foundations, private foundations with status of public utility , intermunicipal entities, entities that integrate the local business sector, municipal associative organizations and public cultural associations, that continue assignments in the area of artistic production, recovery or maintenance of the national cultural heritage.
To begin the Golden Visa application process you need to have the following documents ready:
- Passport or other valid travel document, valid for at least three months;
- Valid Schengen visa or short stay visa – For the purposes of granting a residence permit, non-EU nationals must regularize their entry into Portugal within 90 days of the first entry into national territory;
- The short-stay visa (“Schengen”) to be issued by the Portuguese Consulate in the country of origin;
- Request for consultation of the Portuguese Criminal Register by the “SEF”;
- Proof of Health Insurance;
- Proof of legal entry and stay in national territory;
- Absence of conviction for a crime that in Portugal is punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year;
- Certificate of Criminal Record of the country of origin or of the country where you have resided for more than 1 year, authenticated by the Portuguese authorities (Portuguese consulate or apostille);
- Declaration of Commitment of Honor attesting to the commitment to fulfill the minimum requirements (terms and investment values) related to the exercise of the investment activity in Portugal;
- Proof of the contributory situation regularized by submitting non-debt declarations issued by the Tax and Customs Authority (AT) and Social Security (SS).
All these documents will have to be officially translated into Portuguese and apostilled at the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Read more in the applicable legislation:
- Law no. 102/2017, of August 28
- Law No. 23/2007 of 4 July, Articles 2, 3, 52, 54, 56, 60, 61, 62, 63, 90, 90, 90a, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 122; new Articles 51a, 56a, 56b, 56c, 56d, 56e, 56f, 56g, 71a, 91a, 91b, 91c, 97a, 97b, 97c, 123a, 124. 124a, 124d, 124e, 124f, 124e, 124e and 124e, I
- Law no. 29/2012, of August 9
- Law no. 63/2015, of June 30
- Law no. 59/2017, of July 31
- Directive 2014/36 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26.06.2014
- Directive 2014/66 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15.05.2014
- Directive 2016/801 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.05.2016