Golden Visa

Golden Visa for Portugal

In 2012 the Portuguese Government launched The Golden Visa Program which is now considered one of the most popular Citizenships by Investment Programs in the world amongst non-European Citizens looking to gain access to the Schengen Area.

The popularity of the Portuguese Golden Visa Program has been largely attributed to the attractive investment options that the scheme has to offer. For example, the country’s top safety ranking compared to neighbouring countries, affordability, great education and health care system and ultimately and the most talked about, the tax advantages and visa-free access to all the countries within the Schengen Area for the investor and the investor’s family.

The Golden Visa Residence Permit can be converted to Permanent Residence for the investor and family in only 5 years.

Following the initial investment, a Portuguese Golden Residence Permit is granted for a period of one year, renewable for two successive periods of two years, and requires the maintenance of the investment during this period. Within this period your presence in Portuguese territory is only required for 7 days (consecutive or not) in the first year and 14 days (consecutive or not) in the subsequent periods of two years.

The Portuguese Permanent Residence Permit will be granted at the end of this period and any investments made can be liquidated.

Benefits to the Portuguese Golden Visa:

Personal Freedom

  • European Residency
  • Full family residency. You and your family enjoy European Residency status and all of its benefits
  • No need to reside in the country
  • Can lead to Portuguese Citizenship after 6 years
  • If Citizenship obtained in the future, dual nationality allowed
  • The scheme is open to most non-EU nationalities

Business Advantages

  • Expand investments worldwide, establish businesses
  • Golden Visa holders to only pay taxes on income related to activities in
  • Portugal and not any other primary country of residence Only those staying in
  • Portugal longer than six months a year and deemed resident in Portugal must pay tax over income obtained in Portugal
  • Take advantage of great infrastructure

Free Movement

  • Allows free travel within Schengen Area, no visa or further documentation required
  • You can travel directly from your country of origin to any Schengen area country once your Permanent Residency has been issued, no need to travel to Portugal first
  • Reside in any other Schengen area country for up to three months within each six-month period with the right of multiple entries

Family Security

  • The Portuguese Permanent Residency extends to husband/wife and children below 18 years of age
  • Adults above 18 years of age qualify (as long as they are financially dependent on the investor)
  • Parents of the main applicant also qualify (as long as they are financially dependent on the investor)
  • The Portuguese Permanent Residency allows all holders to work and study in Portugal
  • Portugal is a developed country ranked the world’s 19th highest quality of life and one of the world’s most globalised and peaceful nations
  • Ranked the third safest country in the world for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020) and again in 2022 by Global Peace Index
  • Politically stable
Investment Needed
Investment Freeze Period
5 year
Family Reunion
Wife or husband, children 18+ attending school and dependant Parents
Obtain Permanent Residency
After 5 years
Obtain Citizenship
after full 5 year
Reside in Country
7 days (consecutive or not) in the first year and 14 days (consecutive or not) in the subsequent periods of 2 years
Tax Benefits
Tax relief 10 years
Right to Public Healthcare and Education

When it comes to the Golden Visa application Immerso guarantees world-class services and aims to carry out the application process hassle-free for the investor and their family. Immerso works with a team of professional experts including lawyers, accountants and other entities required to acquire the Golden Visa.

As for the investment options, you could not be in a better place. Immerso has a proven track record on multiple investments in Australia and Vietnam, achieving high returns on investment and focuses on creating high-quality developments.

Contact us if you want to learn more about how to apply for the Portuguese Golden Visa.

Golden Visa Eligibility

Any adult and direct family members, who are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland can apply for the Golden Visa.

The applicants have to make investments in Portugal and also have a clean criminal record. The Golden Visa applicants must maintain their investment over a period of 5 years.

  • Once you have obtained the Portuguese Golden Visa you will have the following rights.
  • Reside in Portugal during the whole duration of your visa
  • Work, Live and study within Portugal
  • Travel freely, without a visa, through the 26 EU countries of the Schengen Area
  • Right to family reunion in Portugal and the European Union
  • You may also obtain Portuguese citizenship after a period of 5 years with the same right of anyone in Portugal and the European Union

Documents Needed to Apply:

  • Declaration of compliance with investment requirements
    Proof of legal entry into Portugal (eg. Schengen short-stay visa);
  • Proof of health insurance (issued within the last three months);
  • Criminal record certificate from country of origin/residence (issued within the last three months);
  • Evidence of compliance with tax and Social Security obligations;
  • Receipt of payment of the Portuguese Golden Visa fees;
  • A completed permission form which authorises SEF to your Portuguese criminal records;
  • Bank declaration confirming the transfer of funds;
  • The applicants need to show commitment to maintain their investment for a minimum of five years, plus evidence of their investment such as deeds of purchase for all real estate investments;
  • You need the following certified documents from a Portuguese consulate or the embassy of your country translated into Portuguese:

a) Criminal certificate from country of origin;
b) Marriage certificate;
c) Birth certificate of children.


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