Complete Guide to the Portuguese Golden Visa Programme 2020
Since its inception in 2012, over 14,000 family members of international investors have benefitted Portugal’s Golden Visa programme. This has made it one of the most popular Golden Visa programmes of its kind in Europe. So far, through property investment alone, the programme has attracted over €4.6bn, which has so far been by far the most popular way of accessing this highly beneficial programme.
Instant free travel across the 27 Schengen countries
Obtain the Portuguese Passport and EU residency after 5 years
Only a minimum real estate investment of €500,000 is required
One application only is required for the investor and his/her direct family
Process takes only 4-6 months to receive residency cards
No relocation required
The Portuguese Golden visa is the adopted name for Portugal’s largely real estate-led residency programme which grants non-EU nationals and their families the ability to travel freely to countries within the Schengen zone. After five years, it is then possible to apply for a Portuguese passport and European residency.
The Golden Visa scheme is open to anyone who is not a Portuguese, EU or EFTA citizen. The scheme is particularly popular with investors from China who account for more than 50% of visa recipients.
There are several ways to apply for a Portuguese Golden Visa, but the most popular method is through a real estate investment of €500,000 or more. 90% of Golden Visas are awarded this way.