Portugal has run its residence-by-investment scheme since 2012. The country has a rich history and ranks high in the Human Development Index Ranking. It is at the same time, one of the world’s most globalized and peaceful nations.

As Portugal is an EU and Schengen Area member, those holding Portuguese residency can travel throughout the whole Schengen territory visa-free, as well as bring their spouse and children to Portugal.


If you want to invest in real estate, the minimum you can invest is €350,000, but the property must be older than 30 years. The other option is to invest €500,000 in a real estate located wherever, or 1 million.

Whereas if you want to invest in a business, you can do so by creating a minimum of ten jobs, or investing €350,000 in capital research activity, €250,000 in the reconstruction of national heritage, or €500,000 in an investment fund or venture capital.

The residency holder is obliged to spend at least two weeks each year in Portugal, in order to be eligible to renew the residence permit after two years.  After five years in Portugal, the resident will be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship while keeping their previous citizenship.

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