Portugal golden visa

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Portugal Overview

Portugal’s Golden residence permit is better known as the Portugal Golden Visa. It is a five-year investment-based residence route for non-Eu nationals. Aimed to attract international business and direct investors, the Golden Visa allows applicants and dependents to work, live, study, and travel in Portugal and Europe. Visa holders may apply for citizenship after five years.

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It was introduced in 2012 by the Portuguese Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Portuguese Immigration and Border Service. It has been exceptionally successful and popular with applicants from all over the world.

Golden Residence Permit allows travel to over 171 countries visa-free

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Portugal Investment Visa

Investment Type & Costs

  • Purchase a property worth at least €500,000 or more, €400,000 for low-density area properties
    Invest €350,000 in real estate more than 30 years old or located in a Portuguese urban regeneration area. €280,000 for the same investment in a low-density area
  • Invest at least €350,000 in a qualifying investment fund
  • Capital transfer of at least €1,000,000 into a bank account
  • Create at least ten jobs
  • Invest at least €350,000 on the incorporation of a company or reinforce the share capital of an existing company through which you create or maintain at least five full-time jobs
  • Invest at least €350,000 in research activities focused on science or technology
  • Invest at least €250,000 to support arts or reconstructions of national heritage

Family Dependents

  • Spouse
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Dependent adult children who are full-time students (under 26 years of age)
  • Dependent parents
  • Siblings under 18 years of age

Passport Validity

  • The Golden Visa is initially valid for one year, renewable after that for two-year periods. (maintain investment for five years)
  • You can apply for permanent residence or a Portuguese passport after five years of temporary residence.

Country Information

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Portugal Is one of the oldest countries in Europe, located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Portugal is a relatively small country of approximately 11 million people. It is safe and stable with a low crime rate, an ideal country for raising families, conducting business, studying, or travelling.
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Portugal offers many investment opportunities in the private and public sectors with its secure and fast-growing market with access to the entire Schengen zon
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Portuguese Mediterranean climate is characterized by its mild winters and pleasant summers.
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Portuguese is the primary official language, but English is widely spoken.
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The World’s and Europe’s leading destination by World Gold Awards.
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Preferred and most welcoming nation for expats.

CAPITAL

Lisbon

CURRENCY

EUR

EXCHANGE RATE

1 USD = 0.89 EUR

POPULATION

10,355,493

GOVERNMENT TYPE

Federal Parliamentary Democracy

LANGUAGE

Portuguese

Portugal Golden Visa BENEFITS

Process

  • Portuguese Residence in 4-6 months
  • Portugal allows dual citizenship. No need to renounce your current citizenship.
  • No long-term residency requirement (First year, seven days and 14 days for two-year periods after that)
  • No Interview, language skills, education or management experience is required.
  • Include spouse and dependent children and parents in one application

Global Mobility

  • Portugal Golden visa allows you to travel visa-free within the entire Schengen Area.
  • Apply for Citizenship after 5 years.
  • Travel visa-free or visa on arrival to over 170 countries worldwide.

Wealth Protection

  • If you reside less than 6 months out of the year in Portugal, you are considered a non-tax resident; as a result, you will only pay taxes on income gained in Portugal.
  • Double tax treaties with 80 countries (ensuring that you only pay taxes in Portugal or the other countries but not in both).
  • No inheritance tax in Portugal.
  • Benefit from a favourable tax regime for the first 10 years.

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FAQs About Portugal golden visa

What are the main benefits of the Portugal Golden Visa Program?

  • Access to 26 nations in the EU & visa-free travel to 183 nations
  • Affordable investment options starting from 250.000 Euros
  • 5-years until you qualify for a European passport
  • A sound investment in a buoyant market that can lead to real returns
    Option to become a non-habitual resident and pay little to no tax for 10 years
  • Short stay requirement

What are the requirements for a Portuguese Golden Visa?

  • Be either non-EU, non-Swiss, or non-EEA.
  • Minimum investment of €250,000.
  • Range of investment routes to pick.
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Spend a minimum of seven days in Portugal for the first year, then no less than 14 days each subsequent two-year period (this is called the stay requirement)

What means NIF in Portugal?

The NIF is your tax identification number, distributed by the Portuguese fiscal authorities and used for tax purposes that are needed to carry out various transactions including opening a Portuguese bank account and buying property.
To open a Portuguese bank account, Global Citizen Solution can introduce you to a competent English-speaking banker in Portugal that can open a bank account even before you come to Portugal.

What’s the best Portuguese Golden Visa investment option?

If you ask the experts, we can say without a doubt that the best Portuguese Golden Visa investment option is a residential real estate investment. Over 92% of applicants seek this investment route. The minimum investment is €500,000, which must be made on any type of property or in any number of properties in Portugal’s designated interior areas.

What’s the Portugal Golden Visa processing time?

The Portugal Golden Visa processing times usually take anywhere from three to six months for approval and issuance of your residence card. Once your Golden Visa is issued, your residence card is valid for 2 years.

Does Portugal allow dual citizenship?

With the Golden Visa program, you can secure dual citizenship. In Portugal, this is allowed and there are no additional requirements for this. However, check that dual citizenship is allowed for your country of origin.

What are the taxes and costs for property purchase and ownership?

For the Portugal Golden Visa Residence Permit via property investment, an investor must also consider the following taxes and costs:

  • “IMT” or Property Transfer Tax”, is the tax on the transfer of ownership of property and varies with the price of the property (It is a sliding scale based on the purchase price – a guideline figure is circa 5-6%)
    Stamp Duty – normally 0.8% of the property price
  • “IMI” or Council Tax, which is the annual municipal property tax; it is levied between 0.3% and 0.5% on the property’s tax value
    Payable on an annual basis:
  • Rental income will be taxed at a rate of 28%.

With the Golden Visa does the investor need to pay taxes in Portugal on his worldwide income?

If the holder of the golden visa does not stay in Portugal for more than 183 consecutive days, he/she will not be required to pay taxes for income generated outside of Portugal.
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