Portugal Tightens Golden Visa Criteria

In its most recent report, for 2021, on “Migration Prospects 2022”, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlights that since January of this year “stricter requirements for obtaining a “golden visa” have come into force in Portugal.

“Residence permits for investment will no longer be possible based on real estate investments in Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve and on the coast. Once acquired, properties intended for housing only allow access to this regime if they are located in the Autonomous Region of the Azores and of Madeira or in territories in the interior of the country”, says the part of the report referring to Portugal.

The minimum requirement for transfers for research activities, participation in investment and/or venture capital funds and the incorporation of commercial companies has increased from €350,000 thousand to €500,000.

The Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program (commonly known as the Portugal Golden Visa Program) is a five-year residence by investment program for non-EU nationals. The residence permit gives the right to live, work, and study in Portugal and allows free circulation in Europe’s Schengen Area. Furthermore, the program only requires an average of seven days per year stay in Portugal over this period, which can also count towards citizenship eligibility after five years.

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