Frequently Asked Questions

Program's Qualifying Investment Options

Capital transfer
Property acquisition

Real Estate Investment Options

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has evolved significantly since it was first introduced in 2012. There are now several different real estate investment categories to choose from in addition to the original legislation which simply required investors to purchase property at a minimum of €500,000. Below is a breakdown of the criteria surrounding each investment category and the reduced options.

Golden Visa Category 65A-C →
Golden Visa Category 65A-D →

It is important to note that all property purchases must be liquid, and no loan or mortgage can be taken in Portugal to fund the required investment threshold. Should investors decide to purchase a property priced above the investment threshold then they may finance the additional amount. For example, a property priced at €750,000 would need a minimum cash investment of €500,000, but the additional €250,000 above the investment threshold may be mortgaged.

Golden Visa investors should only consider agents and lawyers that fully understand the criteria surrounding each investment category.

To find out more about the various investment projects available, please contact our expert advisors for a personalised consultation.

Residency and Citizenship

What is a Golden Visa?
Has the Portuguese Golden Visa been a success?
How long is the Golden Visa valid for?
Will the investor need a legal representative to request and maintain the residency permit?
What services are provided typically by the legal counsel?
What are the main advantages of the Golden Visa?
Which requirements do visa applicants have to comply with?
What are the Government related costs?
What countries are included in the Schengen Area?
How long does it take to obtain the Visa permit?
May I work in Portugal?
Can I obtain Golden Visa for my family as well?
How is a dependent qualified?
How is the permanent residency granted after five years?
What are my rights and duties with permanent residency?
Can you provide more information on the language test?
How is the citizenship granted?
What is the fiscal number?
What documents are required at time of application for Golden Visa?
Where can I translate the documents?
What are investment requirements and options?
Can I transfer or sell investment after 5 years?
Does the investor need to live in/use the property he/she is purchasing, or can it be rented out?
Can I make investment through a limited company?
What are the grounds for refusal of the Golden Visa?

Non-Habitual Resident Regime

Who can benefit from the NHR tax regime?
What are the taxation rules under this regime?
How much time must one spend in Portugal?
What are eligibility requirements?

Property Purchase and Taxation

What is the standard property purchase procedure?
What are the tax costs associated with property purchase?
How is rental income taxed?

General Tax Inquiries

Does the investor pay taxes in Portugal for income originating abroad?
What taxes apply to income generated in Portugal?