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Portugal

Portugal Golden Visa

The Portugal Non-Habitual Residents Regime

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Portugal Golden Visa

The Portuguese Golden Visa enables non-EU residents not only to be resident in Portugal, but also to move freely within the Schengen Zone.

This can lead to permanent residence after five years and then to Portuguese citizenship and the right to a Portuguese passport at the end of the sixth year of being classified as resident in Portugal.

Further benefits include:

  • Settlement in the EU.
  • Visa-free travel to approximately 170 countries, including free movement within the Schengen Zone (26 European countries).
  • Minimal residence requirements of only seven days in the first year and fourteen days in the subsequent two year periods. It is therefore possible to benefit from the Golden Visa programme without becoming tax resident.
  • Individuals that choose to become tax resident in Portugal can benefit from the Non-Habitual Residents Programme (it is possible for non-EU individuals to apply to the two schemes simultaneously).

To find out about living in Portugal, please click here.

Portugal Golden Visa

In order to qualify for a Golden Visa an individual must meet and maintain, for at least 5 years, one of the following investment options:

  • Investment of at least €1 million in Portugal (deposit in a bank account, or shares or quotas in a company).
    OR
  • A minimum €250,000 investment in an artistic production or in support of the arts.
    OR
  • A minimum €350,000 investment in scientific research activities.
    OR
  • A minimum €350,000 investment in the units of investment funds or venture capital funds which provide capital to companies. The investment must be made for a minimum of 5 years and 60% of the investment must be placed in commercial companies where the head office is located in Portugal.
    OR
  • Acquisition of real estate with a value of at least €500,000.
    OR
  • The creation of at least 10 jobs (temporary work contracts are eligible and the worker does not have to live in Portugal as long as social security is paid there).
    OR
  • €350,000 investment in the incorporation of a new Portuguese company, creating a minimum of 5 permanent jobs.
    OR
  • €350,000 additional share capital investment in an existing Portuguese company, creating a minimum of 5 permanent jobs.
    OR
  • €200,000 investment in a Portuguese company, with an Economic Recovery Plan in place.
    OR
  • €350,000 investment in funds to provide additional capital to a Portuguese company, with an Economic Recovery Plan in place.

Portugal Golden Visa

Minimum Stay Requirements in Portugal:

  • 7 days in the first year.
  • 14 days in the subsequent periods of two years (i.e. years 2-3 and 4-5).

In order to obtain Portuguese nationality an individual must provide the following:

  • A copy of an existing Portuguese Residency Card.
  • A declaration issued by the Portuguese authorities stating that an individual has been resident in Portugal for the past 6 years.
  • A Portuguese Criminal Record Check.
  • A Criminal Record Check from the individual’s country of origin, duly translated and certified by the Portuguese Consulate and Apostilled.
  • Proof that the individual has taken the official Portuguese language test for foreigners.
  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

The Portugal Non-Habitual Residents Regime

The Non-Habitual Residents Programme is available to EU and non-EU individuals who become resident for tax purposes in Portugal, provided they have not been resident in Portugal for the previous five years.

Benefits:

  • Individuals can enjoy non-habitual status for a ten year period.
  • There are tax exemptions on foreign-source income when certain conditions are met (this includes income from pensions, dividends, work and provision of services, and royalties and interest, for ten consecutive years).
  • Income derived from employment or independent personal services in Portugal is taxed at a special flat rate of 20% for ten consecutive years, as above.
  • 28% flat rate of withholding tax on interest, dividends and/or capital gains relating to Portuguese source income.
  • No capital gains on the sale of a permanent residence in Portugal as long as the gains are re-invested in another permanent residence in Portugal or another EU or EEA country.

To find out about living in Portugal, please click here.

The Portugal Non-Habitual Residents Regime

Portuguese employment income must be derived from high value-added activities of a scientific, artistic or technical nature.

The Portugal Non-Habitual Residents Regime

Individuals can enjoy non-habitual status for a ten year period, after which they will be taxed under the standard personal income tax rules in Portugal.

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