Golden Visas Portugal

Non-EU citizens who wish to invest in Portugal can benefit from the Residence Permit for Investment (ARI program). Also known as Golden Visa or Portugal investment visa, it was created in 2012 to encourage foreign investment, and, in return, offers the possibility to obtain a resident visa and Portuguese citizenship.


  • Resident visa in Portugal;
  • Permit to travel in Europe and the Schengen Area;
  • Visa to live in Portugal for investors and their family;
  • Permit to study in Portugal;
  • Permit for doing business in Portugal;
  • Possibility of applying for permanent residency after 5 years;
  • Possibility of applying for Portuguese citizenship and passport.


  • Purchase real estate property worth at least 500,000 euros;
  • Purchase real estate property constructed more than 30 years ago or located in urban regeneration areas, for refurbishing, worth 350,000 euros.
  • Reside in Portugal a minimum of seven days in the first year and at least 14 days in each of the following years.

Our services

  • Advice on Golden Visa Portugal: if you want to find out how you can benefit from the Golden Visa program, we are qualified to provide you every piece of information you need. Furthermore, we work with lawyers that can guide you throughout the whole process;
  • Advice on property investment in Portugal: our experience in real estate and our knowledge of the Portuguese market enable us to give you the best tips to achieve your needs and goals;
  • Property scouting: if you are planning on moving to Portugal and are searching for a new home, our qualified team can hunt for houses and apartments that convey both your needs and the requirements of the Golden Visa program;
  • Full support in obtaining bank financing: we work to accelerate and ease the bureaucratic process to help you secure financing to buy property in Lisbon;
  • Advice on Architecture, Engineering and Interior Design: if you need suggestions on how to improve your new property, we can consult our partners to offer you the best solutions.
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Frequent Asked Questions

Can foreigners buy property in Portugal?

Yes. There are no special requirements or restrictions for foreigners who wish to own property in Portugal. You just need a Personal Fiscal Number, which you can obtain in your local tax office. In fact, for foreigners buying a house in Portugal, there are a few advantages and benefits, such as the Non-Habitual Resident status or the Golden Visa program.

How can I have a return on my investment?

Portugal is one of the most affordable countries and Lisbon is a trending city. Also, Tourism is growing, which provides more opportunities to profit from your property investment in Portugal.

  • Local accommodation;
  • Rent to residents or tourists;
  • Refurbish, either to reside in or to rent or resale at a more favorable price;
  • Use for commercial leasing or business.

I want to live and/or work in Portugal. Do I have any tax benefits?

The Portuguese government introduced the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) regime to help and encourage foreign citizens to consider moving to Portugal or doing business in Portugal.
The status will be granted for 10 years and the main tax benefits are:

  • If you work in Portugal, you will benefit from a fixed 20% income tax rate (IRS – the normal income tax rate can go up to 48%);
  • If you receive any type of income from abroad (pension, dividends, royalties, employment or self-employment), there will not be double taxation.

Am I eligible for Non-Habitual Resident status?

Any citizen is eligible. To apply, you will need:

  • Proof of spending more than 183 days per year in Portuguese territory (continuous or intermittent) or confirmation that you have resident accommodation in the country;
  • To meet the Portuguese residency rules or tax legislation;
  • Not having resided in Portugal within the previous five years.

Am I eligible for a Golden Visa?

Any person can apply for the Golden Visa program, except Portuguese, EU or EFTA citizens.

To apply, you will need to:

  • Invest in real estate property worth 500,000 euros or 300,000 euros, in a property to refurbish constructed more than 30 years ago;
  • Maintain this investment for five years;
  • Not have been convicted of a punishable crime in Portugal;
  • Not have been banned from Portugal or have an issued alert;

Spend at least seven days in Portugal in the first year of residence and no less than 14 days in each subsequent year.

I am retired and want to live in Portugal. Do I need a visa?

To live in Portugal, you will need a residency permit.

Is Portugal a safe country?

Yes, Portugal is the 3rd most peaceful country in the world and Lisbon is the 31st safest city.

While it is a Catholic country, it is very tolerant towards other religions, practices and thinking. There are diverse religious communities, and citizens from around the world enjoy a peaceful coexistence in Lisbon.

Also, Portugal is a member of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Area.


Did you know?

Lisbon won the European Green Capital Award for 2020.
Expats have ranked Portugal as the third best country worldwide,
and as number one for quality of life.
Portugal is the world’s third most peaceful country, according to
the 2019 Global Peace Index.
Foreign investment in Lisbon’s real estate amounted to more than
344 million euros during the first semester of 2019.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, with over 3.000 years.
Portugal has some of the best beaches in Europe, being Nazaré one
of the world’s top surf spots.
Portugal is ranked 26th among 167 countries as one of the happiest
nations in the world, according to the 2019 Prosperity Index.
Housing prices in Portugal have been on the rise since 2013, but the
country remains one of the most affordable in the EU.
The European Commission expects Portugal’s economy to continue to grow
above EU’s average.
One of the oldest universities in Europe is located in Coimbra, in central
Portugal, and the country has several universities in the world’s top 600.
The famous Port wine is produced in the north of Portugal, and named
after the city Porto.
In 2018, 22.8 million foreign tourists visited Portugal.
Fashion designer Christian Louboutin, and actors Michael Fassbender,
Alicia Vikander and Monica Bellucci have bought houses in Lisbon.
World Travel Awards 2019 considered Portugal “World’s Leading Destination”
for the third consecutive year.
Portugal proudly enjoys around 290 days of sunshine
throughout the year.
Football player Eric Cantona, actors Jeremy Irons and Scarlett Johansson,
and singer Madonna also live or bought properties in Lisbon.
The oldest operating bookstore in the world is Bertrand Chiado,
located in downtown Lisbon.
Lisbon is the 31st safest city in the world, in Mercer’s Quality
of Living survey.
The most iconic pastries in Lisbon, the Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts),
were invented by monks in the 19th century.

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