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I wish to get a residence permit in Portugal.

New legal provisions allow legal resident aliens (e.g. holders of a valid Schengen Visa or a Visa exemption), to apply for resident status by transfering capital, creating jobs or acquiring real estate.


    New legal provisions provide the possibility for those who pursue investment activities in Portugal to apply for a Residence Permit, for example, those who transfer capital, create Jobs or acquire real estate. The holders of a Golden Residence Permit for the purposes of investment activity have the right to family regrouping, and may gain access to a permanent residence permit, as well as to Portuguese citizenship in accordance with the current legal provisions.


    Third State citizens involved in an investment activity, either individually or through a company conducting, at least, one of the following operations in national territory for a minimum period of five years:

    • Capital Transfer with a value equal to or above 1 million Euros;
      Provide evidence of having invested the minimum amount required, including stocks of companies:  Declaration of a financial institution authorized to exercise its activity in Portugal, certifying the effective transfer of capital in the amount of not less than € 1 million to an account demonstrating the investor is the sole or first holder of capital; 
      Or the acquisition of companies' stocks and an up-to-date certificate issued by the Commercial Register, proving that the applicant holds a share in the capital of a company.

    • Creation of, at least, 10 job positions.
      Provide evidence of having created 10 job positions and registered the employees in the Social Security.

    • Acquisition of real estate with a value equal to or above 500 thousand Euros.
      Provide evidence of having the ownership of real estate property: public deed or promissory share- purchase agreement of the property, with a declaration of an authorized financial institution to excercise its activity in Portugal stating the effective transfer of capital to its acquisition or to execute as a down payment of the promise to purchase in equal or superior value of 500 thousand Euros, and an up-to-date certificate issued by the Real Estate Registry, which must always be, in the case of contact-promise and where legally feasible, the respective register.

    This information does not replace consultation of the legislation applicable to your particular case.