Portugal Golden Visa Programme

Residency in Portugal, Citizenship after 5 years.

Portugal Golden Visa

The Portugal Golden Visa Programme is offered by an EU country enjoying a sound political system and a fully liberalised market economy. Portugal offers a European standard of living, including high standards of education and healthcare.  Being a Mediterranean country, Portugal boasts of a rich and diverse culture as well as, a Mediterranean climate. Portugal has been a member of the European Union since 1986 and of the Schengen Area since 1995. Portugal’s fast developing market coupled with the access it provides to the entire Schengen Area, makes it an ideal relocation destination for families, as well as businesses. The Portugal Golden Visa Programme is an attractive option to non-EU citizens wishing to reside, study and do business in the European Schengen Area. The Programme also paves the way to Portuguese Citizenship in 5 years after applicants pass a language test.  

Country Highlights

CAPITAL CITY: Lisbon EU: Member State of the EU & Schengen Area
TIME ZONE: Western European Time Zone UTC +00:00 CURRENCY:Euro €
TOTAL AREA: 92,212 km² POPULATION: 10,833,816​
LANGUAGES: Portuguese VISA FREE COUNTRIES: 26 Schengen Countries

Legal Basis

Legal amendments in Portuguese law now enable non- EU citizens to apply for a Portuguese Residence Permit in return for transferring capital, creating jobs or acquiring real estate in Portugal. This is possible by virtue of Law 29/2012 and Order number 11820-A/2012.


  • Right to live in Portugal;
  • EU Residence card, free travel within Schengen;
  • PR or citizenship after 5 years of residency;
  • Low minimum stay requirment; 7 days in the first years;
  • Familiy members included;


  • Non-EU citizens in good standing;
  • Investment in Portugal through, either property, job creation or a capital transfer;
  • Meet the minimum stay requirement;
  • Enter Portugal for the first time with a Valid Schengen Visa;

Process & Timeline

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