The Golden Visa programme in Portugal has attracted over €5 billion in investment, over 90% of which has been through investment in property. And even despite COVID-19, investing in a Golden Visa property in Portugal remains extremely popular, providing instant unhindered travel across the Schengen countries and putting the investor and their immediate family on the path to a Portuguese passport and EU residency. From our offices in central Lisbon, our expert team has helped thousands of investors purchase a Golden Visa property in Portugal. Browse our Golden Visa properties below and talk to an expert today!
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Over 22,000 non-EU property investors are already on the path to obtaining a Portuguese passport and becoming a European citizen, all by investing in a Golden Visa property in Portugal. With the experience of helping thousands of international investors with this process, we know that gaining European citizenship is by far the most important objective for a Golden Visa property investment, even if there are other additional benefits too.
Once investors have made their Golden Visa property investment, normally of €500,000 and above (but sometimes at the lower level of €350,000), they are able to apply for the Golden Visa with the SEF, Portugal’s borders ministry. They are also able to add dependent family members on to their permit, thereby giving these family members the same benefits and also putting them on the path to a Portuguese passport and European citizenship.
One of the other main benefits of investing in a Golden Visa property in Portugal is the freedom of travel it provides. The investor and the family members they add on to their application are able to travel freely across the 27 countries that make up the Schengen zone, from Portugal in the west, to Poland in the east and including the Scandanavian countries.
With the very little requirement for staying in Portugal under the programme, the ability to travel freely around Europe before having full citizenship is one that’s very important due to the business, vacation, and in some cases, the educational opportunities this provides.
The majority of Golden Visa properties have been purchased in Lisbon, due to this city’s incredible growth over the past five years both as a destination for world business and a place for relocation for retirement or as a new base for a new lifestyle.
With property prices rising across Lisbon, it has become more difficult to find Golden Visa property investments in the perfect price range of between €500,000 and €600,000. However, with the right contacts, it is still possible to find central Lisbon properties within this price range in central districts such as Santos or Intendente. Elsewhere, many Golden Visa property investors are looking towards Lisbon districts further from the centre, such as Marvila, where larger properties can be afforded for the same investment amount, or even to areas of Greater Lisbon, such as Beloura or Alcochete.
As with any overseas property investment, a great deal of research can be undertaken independently by the property investor. With Golden Visa property investments, however, it’s very important for a purchaser to align themselves with experts in both the Golden Visa property market and experts in Golden Visa law as early as possible in their property search.
This approach will greatly reduce the time it takes to find a Golden Visa property investment and successfully apply for it. For a full explanation of the investment process, the rules and requirements for a Golden Visa property investment in Portugal, please view our complete guide.