Residency & Citizenship by Investment

One of Europe’s oldest countries, Portugal boasts a rich historical and architectural heritage. Luminosity, radiance and culture beam through the whitewashed villages and lush vineyards of this country positioned on the blissfully elegant shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Why Choose Portugal?

Portugal boasts a rich and diverse culture, Mediterranean climate, and a safe and stable setting ideal for raising families, conducting business or travelling. Investors find many opportunities in Portugal’s secure and fast-developing market, including the following:

  • Residence visa waiver for entering Portugal.
  • Live and work in Portugal.
  • Visa-free travel within the Schengen member states.
  • Permanent residency or citizenship of Portugal after five years as a temporary resident.
  • Inclusion of family members, such as spouse or partner, dependent children and dependent parents.

About the Program

One of the most attractive options is the ability to apply for permanent residency and citizenship after 5 years without the need to reside in Portugal. In fact, the applicant and their family need only visit for two weeks every two years in order to renew the Portuguese Golden Visa.

In Portugal citizenship can be granted without the applicant having resided in the country. However, the investor having acquired residency through the golden visa programme will need to demonstrate ties to the country and pass a basic language test. Citizenship of Portugal and a second passport conveys the right to live, work and study anywhere in the European Union. The Portuguese residency card granted through the golden visa programme allows the holder to travel throughout the EU Schengen zone.


Portugal’s Golden Resident Permit Program is offered in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Department of Consular Affairs and the Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP).

Aimed at attracting foreign direct investments to the country, the program yields a residency permit in Portugal to non-EU investors who fulfill one of the investment options below and meet the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that investment funds originate from abroad.
  • Hold no criminal record.
  • The main applicant’s property is not frozen within the boundaries of the EU.
  • Pay application and processing fees where applicable.
  • Enter Portugal for the first time on a valid Schengen visa.
  • Meet or exceed the minimum stay requirements. (Seven days for the first year, 14 days for subsequent two-year periods.)

Property Investment Options

In July 2015, through Act 63/2015 and Regulatory Decree 15-A/2015, the required investment options were revised and new ones added. Investors can now choose from the following:

  • Applicants may acquire property valued at €500,000 or more, or
  • Applicants may acquire property valued at €350,000 or more for properties more than 30 years old or located in urban regeneration areas designated for refurbishing, or
  • Acquisition of property fitting any of the above requirements with 20% reduction on the minimum amount of investment, if purchased on a low density population area (€400,000.00 or €280,000.00).

Property Selection

Second Passport handpicks prestigious projects to meet our clients’ expectations. By investing in fractions of pre-qualified projects applicants become co-owners of the entire project and qualify for Portugal’s Golden Visa. Our selected projects share some key benefits:

Capital Investment

  • Applicants may invest a minimum of €350,000 in research activities.
  • Applicants may invest a minimum of €250,000 in the arts or in the reconstruction or refurbishment of national heritage projects.
  • Applicants may invest a minimum of €500,000 for shares in investment funds or venture capital.

Applicants must create 10 or more jobs.



  • Population Growth: 0.07%

28,500 USD

  • GDP (per capita)
  • GDP (purchasing power parity)
  • 297.1 billion USD


  • Visa free countries


Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain






92,090 sq. km.


0-14: 15.50%, 15-24: 11.4%, 24-54: 41.88%, 55-64: 12.07%, 65+: 19.15%


Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)


Roman Catholic: 81%, Other Christian: 3.3%, Other (includes Jewish, Muslim, Other): 0.6%, None: 6.8%, Unspecified: 8.3%


Semi-presidential republic


Euro (EUR)


1 USD = 0.9214 EUR

Real Estate

350k investment

Full family residency

Flexible. No requirement to reside.

Citizenship from 5 years

Real Estate Investment Portugal

A few examples of our real estate options for residency and citizenship investment in Portugal.



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