Portugal Golden Visas and Citizenship

Portuguese & European Citizenship

Ensure a brighter future and lasting legacy for your family with European citizenship. With a one-time investment of 500,000 euros in Portugal, you can secure a passport today.

The Portuguese government supplies each of your family members with Golden Visas when you make an investment. This gives you the freedom to live and work in Portugal, as well as to travel throughout other Schengen countries.

The Golden Visa is extremely flexible – although you are immediately entitled to move to Portugal if you want to, you are not obliged to. In fact, you can spend as little as 7 days per year in Portugal, if you would rather live elsewhere.

After as little as five years, your family is eligible for Portuguese passports, at which point you become citizens of the Schengen Area – the largest free-movement-of-people zone in the world.

Investment Required

The investment required into a Portuguese fund is €500,000. Fees will also be applied to the government immigration agency, totalling approximately €20,000. We can provide a detailed breakdown of exactly how this will apply to your case.

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Enjoy the Benefits

Visa-free travel in Europe’s Schengen Area and the right to live, work, and study in Portugal

Eligibility to apply for citizenship after five years as a legal resident while keeping other citizenship(s)

Low physical presence requirement (seven days during the first year of residence and 14 days for the two subsequent years, which can count towards citizenship eligibility after five years)

Excellent international and Portuguese schools and universities

High quality of life, local cuisine and wines, rich culture, mild climate, and a high level of security

International quality healthcare clinics and hospitals

Delivering Residency

After receiving the residence permit, everyone is required to provide biometric data and updated original documents at each renewal. The first permit is usually issued for one year. Thereafter, the permit may be renewable for two subsequent periods of two years.

The Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program requires the main applicant to make two trips to Portugal during the application period:

To choose the qualifying investment, start the legal process, and open a bank account

To provide the biometric data and original documents

The process of acquiring a Portuguese residence permit through investment can take 18 months or more.

Discover Your Golden Visas and Citizenship Options


Assess Your Options

Expert advice tailored for the most suitable pathway to match your specific requirements. 

From experts based in the UK & Portugal.


Tailored Solutions

Our team provides a comprehensive Residency solution tailored to your needs. 

Expert in Portugese Golden Vsas.


Mitigating Risk

Lawyers and ex-immigration officers combine to minimise any potential risks.

Protecting our client's interests since 1996.


Make Life Easy

Portuguese residency by investment doesn't have to be complex. 

Fast, effective, simple solutions



From start to finish, each case is managed by the same emigration expert.

Ensuring clarity and the best possible results.


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More facts about Portugal

Portugal: A Land of History and Exploration

Oldest Nation-State in Europe

Portugal proudly claims the title of Europe’s oldest nation-state. Its journey began in 1139 when it assumed the name “Kingdom of Portugal.” Remarkably, the nation’s borders have seen minimal alterations since 1297 when a treaty between Portugal and Spain ensured the acquisition of the Algarve region by Portugal. The monarchy, under the reign of Alfonso I Henriques since 1143, prevailed for an impressive 800 years until a significant turn in 1910 when Portugal transitioned into a republic.

Officially the Portuguese Republic

The nation’s official name, República Portuguesa (the Portuguese Republic), pays tribute to its second-largest city, Porto.

Modern Portugal’s Geographical Diversity

Present-day Portugal encompasses mainland Portugal, along with the Azores and the Madeira Archipelago. The Azores, a collection of nine islands, lie roughly a two-hour flight from the mainland amidst the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, the Madeira Archipelago, comprising Madeira, Porto Santo, and two uninhabited nature reserve islands, resides approximately 500 kilometres off the African coast.

A Maritime Power and Hub of Exploration

Portugal boasts an illustrious maritime history, serving as the birthplace of some of the world’s most renowned explorers. During the 15th and 16th centuries, often referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portugal led the way in European exploration. Notable achievements during this era include Ferdinand Magellan’s historic circumnavigation of the globe, Vasco de Gama’s pioneering sea route to India, Bartholomew Diaz’s pioneering voyage around the southern tip of Africa, aptly named the Cape of Good Hope, and Álvares Cabral’s discoveries of new lands, including Brazil, parts of Africa, and the Far East – all subsequently claimed for Portugal.

The Widespread Influence of the Portuguese Language

Portuguese, as the official language of eight countries beyond Portugal, bears testament to the nation’s colonial legacy. As a result of colonization, Portuguese is spoken in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, as well as regions such as Goa in India and Macau. Remarkably, it ranks as the world’s sixth most-spoken first language, boasting approximately 203 million speakers as of 2014.

Active Global Participation

Modern Portugal actively engages in global alliances, holding the status of a founding member of NATO and an EU member since 1986. In 2011, Portugal received a substantial 78 billion EUR EU/IMF bailout, contingent on the government’s commitment to adopt austerity measures.

Early Adoption of the Euro

Portugal was among the pioneers in adopting the euro, officially parting ways with its former currency, the Portuguese escudo, in favour of the euro in 1999. It’s noteworthy that Portuguese escudo banknotes can still be exchanged for euros.

Exploring Other Investor Visa Options

Our team enthusiastically engages in discussions regarding various destinations for individuals contemplating investor visas and residency by investment opportunities. Presently, the Australian investor visa stands as our most favoured choice and merits closer examination for those considering emigration to Australia.

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