Portugal Golden Visa

About Portugal Golden Visa Program

The Portugal Golden Visa Program presents foreigners with the opportunity to call a major European country home. Since 2012, Portugal—one of the most vibrant and popular on the continent—has granted residency to third-country nationals through its Golden Visa Program. By purchasing real-estate in Portugal, applicants may achieve Residency by Investment (RBI) in the country, where they may choose to reside, work, and study—or simply visit whenever they wish (there are no major residency requirements to this RBI program). As well as Portuguese residency rights, recipients of the country’s Golden Visa also receive visa-free access to the Schengen area.

The Golden Visa is a kind of Portugal Permanent Residency Programme, which enables economic residency in Portugal through investment in real estate. Currently, the Portugal Golden Visa for 2022 offers two pathways to residency:

1. Purchase un-renovated real estate.

2. Purchase real estate in need of renovation (at a lower cost).

Regardless of which avenue is pursued, all property purchased under the terms of the Golden Visa program must be held for five years in order for Golden Visa holders to maintain their residency.

Time to Residency

6 to 9 months

Minimum Investment


Type of Investment

Real Estate Investment

Visa-free Countries

Schengen countries

About Portugal

The Westernmost country in mainland Europe, Portugal shares its borders with Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Naturally beautiful with rugged, dramatic coastline, Portugal has long been a popular tourist destination. In recent years, however, Europeans and other nationalities have chosen to relocate to Portugal permanently. Drawn to its low cost of living (relative to major European states), vibrant housing market, and bubbling business development community, new residents are increasingly recognizing the financial advantages of residency—not to mention the lifestyle benefits of long-term immersion in Portuguese culture. Lisbon, its capital, is renowned for its fantastical architecture, café scene, and musical heritage. Exceptional cuisine can be found throughout the country, which boasts warm weather across its varied terrain. In addition to its iconic beaches and cork trees, the country is also renowned for its golf courses, which draw players from around Europe. Portuguese is the national language; English is common throughout Lisbon and other urban areas. A Schengen and EU Member State, Portugal accepts the Euro.





Total Area

92212 km2




Semi-presidential Republic



Portugal Golden Visa Benefits

With so many Golden Visa options to choose from, why is the Portugal Residence Program so coveted? Highlights of the Portugal investor visa include the following:

  • Residency rights in one of Europe’s most vibrant and growing countries.
  • Visa-free access to the entire 26-state strong Schengen area (including France, Germany, Italy, Spain).
  • Minimal residency requirements.
  • (For eligible candidates) the chance to apply for citizenship after five years of residency in Portugal.

Portugal Real Estate Investment

  • Foreigners can receive a Golden Visa from Portugal by investing in real estate. 
  • This investment can include: 
    • Already renovated properties AND/OR Properties in need of renovation. 
    • Commercial real estate AND/OR residential real estate.
    • One investor AND/OR an investor partnership for one real estate project.
    • One property AND/OR multiple properties (so long as minimum investment amount is achieved).
  • Please note that real estate projects in need of renovation must be pre-approved by the government.
  • Mortgages may be obtained for amounts higher than the minimum investment requirement

Portugal Citizenship and Passport Ranking

At number five in the global passport rankings, Portugal has one of the top 10 passports in the world. A passport from Portugal enables its bearer to enter over 189 countries without a visa. The power of the Portugal passport correlates with the power and prestige of Portuguese citizenship; both are highly coveted by foreigners pursuing a second residency.

Requirements to Qualify for Portugal Golden Visa

Portugal Golden Visa requirements to be fulfilled in order to qualify for economic residency include the following:

  • Minimum investment levels (amount depends on which real estate option is pursued).
  • Minimum duration of investment—any real estate investment you make in pursuit of a Golden Visa must be held for at least five years.
  • Good character—candidates with criminal records are ineligible for the Portugal investor visa.
  • Non-EU/non-EFTA citizenship—only candidates who are from outside the EU/EFTA (i.e. non-EU, non-EFTA nationals) may apple for the Portugal Golden Visa in 2022. 
  • Minimum residency period per year—once residency is achieved through the Golden Visa program, an applicant is required to stay two weeks in Portugal per two years spent away from the country. In addition, during their first year as Portuguese residents, Golden Visa holders will need to stay for one week in the Portugal in order to maintain their status.

Portugal Golden Visa Cost

Real Estate Investment

€500,000 or €350,000 for properties requiring renovation

Government Fee Per Golden Visa


Renewal Fees


Processing Fees

€532.70 for the main applicant and €83.10 per family member

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How to obtain a Portugal Golden Visa

  • The first step toward achieving your Portugal Golden Visa is to contact Second Passport.

  • Once you have retained the service of Second Passport as your licensed agent, they will help you navigate the rest of the application process, which mainly involves meeting the Portugal Golden Visa requirements (these include financial/personal requirements, demonstrable by completing various forms and presenting various financial/personal documents).
  • After you have gathered your application materials, you will submit your application to the Portuguese Golden Visa Program, where it will be evaluated by the responsible authorities. 
  • Once you are notified of your application’s approval, you will be able to submit complete payment for whichever investment option you pursued. 
  • Once Portugal has received your payment, you will receive your residency.

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