Golden Visa Program

The combination of limited physical presence requirements and a path to EU citizenship after five years of residency, as well as the wide selection of investment types, make Portugal Golden Visa one of Europe’s most popular residence by investment policies.

Since the start in late 2012, more than 12,000 applicants have successfully invested more than EUR 7 billion through the program, mostly in real estate but now increasingly in investment funds focusing on a variety of sectors.


Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa Program
Time to citizenship5-6 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentEUR 200,000
Physical presence requirement35 days over five years (see details below)
Application processing time4-15 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to187 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableBank Deposit, Business Investment, Public Shares Investment, Fund Investment, Job Creation

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