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The Golden Visa

Many investors from outside the EU have made Portugal their home thanks to a programme launched in 2012 by the Portuguese government called the Golden Visa. The Golden Visa, sometimes known as the Golden Residence Permit, was devised to attract money into the country by granting residency in exchange for a variety of approved investments.

How do you qualify for a Golden Visa?

The approved investments fall into three categories:
  • Property investments
  • Capital investments
  • Job creation
Investments Programme

The investors, along with their families, qualify for the Golden Visa if they comply with the following requirements:

  • The investment must be held for a minimum of five years
  • The investment funds must originate from outside Portugal
  • The investor must not be an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • The investor must not have been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one-year imprisonment
  • The investor must not have been banned from entering the EU Schengen area​
  • The investor must spend at least seven days in Portugal, not necessarily consecutive, during the first year of the investment, then 14 days, not necessarily consecutive, during each one of the two subsequent 2-year periods (years 2-3 and 4-5).

Investing in Portuguese property to obtain a Golden Visa
Investing in Portuguese real estate is a popular choice among Golden Visa applicants. This is partly because property prices in Portugal are lower that in many other European countries – providing investors with a greater opportunity for capital growth. In addition, the minimum investment required is set at a very affordable level.

The Golden Visa offers a fast and simple way for non-EU citizens to enjoy the many benefits of living and working in Portugal – and the Algarve in particular. With its beautiful landscape, sandy beaches, first-class seaside restaurants and more sunny days than anywhere else in Europe, the Algarve is highly sought after by property buyers looking for luxurious homes in stunning locations.

Take a look at the Algarve properties we have to offer, and you’ll discover homes that will reward you with a Golden Visa, and much more besides.

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