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Activities qualifying for a Golden Visa

Any activity performed by an individual or a company is considered an investment activity if it leads to at least one of the following situations in Portugal:

  1. Acquisition of participation units in non-real estate investment funds. Capital transfers in the amount equal to or greater than €500,000, intended for acquiring participation units in non-real estate collective investment undertakings, constituted under the Portuguese legislation, with maturity, at the time of the investment, of at least five years and at least 60% of the value of the investment is made in commercial companies based in national territory;
  2. Investment in commercial companies with headquarters in the national territory. Capital transfers in the amount equal or superior to €500,000, destined to the incorporation of a commercial company with headquarters in the Portuguese territory (i.e. in the Portuguese mainland, Madeira or the Azores), combined with the creation of five permanent jobs, or to increase the share capital of a commercial company with headquarters in the national territory, already existing, with the creation or maintenance of jobs, with a minimum of five permanent jobs, and for a minimum period of three years;
  3. Job creation. Creation of at least 10 jobs (full-time);
  4. Investment in science and technology. A transfer of capital for research activities carried out by public or private scientific institutions that are part of the national scientific and technological system. The minimum amount of the transfer is €500,000. The minimum investment amount is reduced by 20%, for investments in low-density areas;
  5. Artistic production and national cultural heritage. Capital transfers of €250,000 or more can be made to support the investment or artistic production, recovery, and maintenance of national cultural heritage through certain entities that develop projects related to artistic production or the recovery and maintenance of the national cultural heritage. The minimum investment amount is reduced by 20%, for investments in low-density areas.

 

Other requirements for the Golden Visa in Portugal:

  • The investment activity must be maintained for at least 5 years as of the time the residence visa has been granted;
  • This authorization of residence can be renewed for two periods of two years, and the applicant needs to remain in Portugal for seven consecutive or non-consecutive days during the first year and fourteen consecutive or non-consecutive days during the subsequent periods of two years.

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