Portugal

Highly Qualified Activities (HQA) Visa

Often described as a hybrid between Portugal’s other popular means-based visas, the Golden Visa and the D7 Visa, the HQA gives third-country nationals the opportunity to establish their own company in Portugal by investing EUR 175,000 (an amount that includes business formation costs and visa application fees) in their new business. The business must take part in a government-approved incubator program for the first three years but, unlike with most Startup visas, there are no job-creation or business performance requirements.

As with the Golden Visa, physical presence requirements are minimal and passive-type investments are permitted. Application processing times, however, are far shorter than for the Golden Visa, and more in line with the D7: 30 days to approval and an additional 60 days to obtain the residence permit.

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Program at a glance

Program TypeActive Investor Visa
Time to citizenship5-6 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentEUR 175,000
Physical presence requirementNot specified (but at least a week a year recommended for purposes of eventual naturalization)
Application processing time1-2 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to187 destinations, including Schengen countries and the US
Contribution types availableBusiness Investment

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