Since 2012, citizens of Third States can obtain a Residence Permit for investment activity (ARI), also known as "Golden Visa”, if they carry out one of the following investments in Portugal:
These types of investments can be made both individually and through a single-person company by shares of which the Investor is the partner.
Who can request a residence permit for investment activities?
This is an exclusive residence permit for third-country nationals, i.e. not applicable to nationals of the EU and the European Economic Area, and which grants the holder the following rights:
How should a request to acquire real estate be filled in?
In property investment (both 350 thousand Euros and 500 thousand Euros referred to above), a reduction in the amount of 20% can be granted, provided that it is carried out in a low population density territory.
Discount applicable to both property investments.
For this type of investment, the Investor will have to demonstrate that he has ownership of the property, which he will do, presenting to the SEF the permanent land certificate with the respective registration, whether definitive or provisional (in the case of submission of ARI application with promise contract of purchase and sale).
If an ARI application with a purchase and sale promise contract is submitted, it will be necessary to pay, as a down payment, the total amount of the required investment (Euros 500.000.00 or with a 20% reduction, as the case may be).
Likewise, nothing prevents the property from being purchased:
If the property investment is of a value higher than the minimum required by law (of Euros 500 thousand), it is possible to request financing for a part of that investment, provided that not only the financing, as well as interest and accessory clauses, do not affect the minimum amount investment required.
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How can I request a residence permit for investment activities?
The request for a residence permit for investment begins with the submission of an online application to the online platform of the Foreigners and Borders Service (hereinafter SEF) - Portal ARI (https://ari.sef.pt/), where supporting documents for the Investment, as well as for the Investor and his / her household, if applicable. With this submission, payment of analysis fees must be made to this entity, both by the claimant and family members, and subsequently, a pre-analysis of this request is made by the same.
When this pre-analysis is completed, it is possible to schedule a face-to-face interview at SEF, in which the presence of both the Investor and their family members is required to collect the biometric data of the claimants, as well as the delivery of the original documents. , proof of investment.
The SEF then proceeds to the final analysis of this application, which, if deferred, will lead to the payment of a final fee for issuing a residence permit, as well as the issue of the respective residence permit
The holders of Golden Residence Permits for Investment Activity have the right to family regrouping, and may gain access to a permanent residence permit, as well as to Portuguese citizenship in accordance to the current legal provisions.
Minimum permanent residency periods
For the purpose of renewing the residence permit, the holder must provide proof of the required period of stay (that is, 7 days in the first year and 14 days in the subsequent two-year periods, contacts in an interpolated manner).
|THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONSULTING THE APPLICABLE LEGISLATION|
Ministry of Internal Affairs – Foreign Services and Borders