What’s not to love? Portugal is a safe, affordable place with a welcoming culture, an increasingly high quality of life, delicious food and not to mention a warm sunny climate. No wonder so many people want to invest in this European gem!

The Portuguese golden visa is one of the most popular visa schemes in the world, it offers residency in Portugal in return for investing in the Portuguese economy – that investment can be as simple as purchasing a property in the country.

While Portugal isn’t the only country that has a golden visa program it is considered one of the most successful golden visa schemes – other countries where you can find similar schemes are Malta, Spain, and Greece.

One of the most popular visa schemes in the world, Portugal’s Golden Visa offers residency in Portugal in return for investing in the Portuguese economy.

What makes Portugal’s Golden Visa so popular?

  • The Golden Visa offers a range of relatively affordable investment options for you to choose from in obtaining your residence permit
  • Only a minimum of seven days in Portugal per year
  • You gain visa-free access to the Schengen states
  • It makes it possible to become a Portuguese citizen within around five to six years


Changes to the Golden Visa in 2022

Some long-awaited changes happened to Portugal’s Golden Visa in January 2022

The required Golden Visa minimum investment amounts increased:

  • The investment Fund option increased from €350,000 to €500,000
  • Capital Transfer option increased from €1 million to €1.5 million

Portugal Golden Visa through Real Estate face restrictions:

  • For real estate properties to qualify for Golden Visa, they have to be located in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira or the interior territories, the geographical restrictions only affect residential property purchases. Any other type of real estate property can still be acquired anywhere in Portugal and qualify for a Golden Visa.

These changes will not be retrospective to anyone who has already submitted their Golden Visa application before December 31st, 2021.


Looking to apply for Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme?

For more information or to start your Golden Visa application, call one of our Portuguese Golden Visa experts at Castelo Solicitors today on 020 3441 5095

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