Programme Overview

The Portugal Residence Programme or Golden Residence Permit (ARI) was amended in the summer of 2012 (effective from the 9th of October 2012) making it easier for other nationalities to gain Portuguese residency. The legislation was further improved with changes effective from 29th January 2013. It now offers a shortened residency requirement of seven days per year for six years during the residency period at the end of which the applicant and any family member can apply for citizenship.

Investment is in real estate with the option to purchase commercial or residential property in either Lisbon or The Algarve. A minimum real estate investment of €350,000 is required.


Primary Benefits

  • Following approval immediate EU residency is granted with visa-free access to Schengen states
  • Visa-free or visa on arrival access to approximately 172 countries after citizenship is granted
  • Only one week per year is required to be spent in the country over six years
  • Gateway to achieving European citizenship after six years

Country profile and history

Portugal, officially known as the Portuguese Republic, is located on the Iberian Peninsula. It has a semi-presidential republic with a democratically elected government system that has been in place since 1976 and Lisbon is the capital city.

Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km² and the country has a population of around 10,000,000 people. The main religion is Roman Catholic and the national language is Portuguese although English is widely spoken.

Situated between the continents of Europe, Africa and America, Portugal’s prime location makes it a popular hub for global travel. International airports in Lisbon, Faro and Porto offer a number of regular connecting flights to many different countries.

Acknowledged as being a peaceful and stable destination, the capital city Lisbon is also recognised as one of the best cities in the world for quality of life and has a relatively low cost of living.

Portugal is a member of the European Union and part of the European Monetary System. According to the World Bank, Portugal is the 43rd largest economy in the world, with one of the highest GDP growth rates over the last 40 years among the OECD countries. The currency is the euro (€).

Investors are guaranteed a 100% return on investment when choosing the real estate option and can purchase commercial or residential property in either Lisbon or The Algarve. A minimum real estate investment of €350,000 is required.


A detailed guide explaining the application process and investment for Portugal

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