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.
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.
Obtain your European Residency in only 2-3 months with the fast track process.
The residency might lead to future entitlement to Portuguese citizenship for you and your family (dual nationality allowed). There is no requirement for a permanent stay in Portugal.
TRAVEL WITH EASE
Enjoy the comfort of traveling to any country within the Schengen Area without a visa and without lengthy custom checks. You can enter these countries directly without previously visiting Portugal.
Furthermore, you will be entitled to reside within any of the Schengen countries for up to three months within every six-month period and may enter multiple times.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Establish your business in Portugal, open a bank account and invest in a country with great infrastructure, strong political stability and an appealing tax regime:
Tax obligations only incur for those staying in Portugal for 6 months or more during a single year.
SECURE YOUR FAMILY’S FUTURE
Your spouse and children under the age of 18 as well as dependent children over 18 obtain the Portuguese Residence Permit along with you, and are thereby entitled to study/work in Portugal. Your parents can also gain a Portuguese Residence Permit, as long as they can prove financial dependency.
Portugal will promise your family the world’s 19th highest quality of life as one of the world’s safest and most international nations.