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Golden Visa

The Residence Authorization Scheme for Investment Activity (ARI), in force since October 8, 2012, allows nationals of Third States to obtain a temporary residence permit for investment activity with the exemption of a residence visa to enter national territory.

The beneficiary of ARI has the possibility:

 

- Entering Portugal with a residence visa waiver; 

- To live and work in Portugal, and to stay in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year and at least 14 days in subsequent years; 

- Circulate through the Schengen area, without the need for a visa; 

- Benefit from family reunification; 

- Apply for a Permanent Residence Permit under the terms of the Aliens Law (Law No. 23/2007 of 4 July, as currently drafted); 

- Possibility to request the acquisition of Portuguese nationality, by naturalization, fulfilling the other requirements required by the Nationality Law (Law No. 37/81, of 3 October, with the current wording). 

 

 Who can apply?

 

All nationals of Third States who carry out an investment activity, either in person or through a company incorporated in Portugal or in another EU State and with a permanent establishment in Portugal, which meet one of the quantitative requirements and the time requirement set out in the applicable legislation, may apply for Residence Authorisation for Investment Activity by way of investment in one of the following possibilities:

 

1) The transfer of capital amounting to EUR 1 million or more; 

 

(2) the creation of at least 10 jobs; 

 

(3) the acquisition of immovable property with a value of EUR 500 000 or more; 

 

4) The acquisition of immovable property, the construction of which has been completed for at least 30 years or is located in an area of urban rehabilitation and the carrying out of rehabilitation works of the immovable property acquired, for a total amount equal to or greater than 350 thousand Euros; 

 

5) Transfer of capital in an amount equal to or greater than 350 thousand Euros, which is applied in research activities carried out by public or private scientific research institutions, integrated in the national scientific and technological system; 

 

6) Capital transfer in an amount equal to or superior to 250 thousand euros, which is applied in investment or support for artistic production, recovery or maintenance of the national cultural heritage, through central and peripheral direct administration services, public institutes, entities that integrate the public business sector, public foundations, private foundations with public utility status, inter-municipal entities, entities that integrate the local business sector, municipal associative entities and public cultural associations, which pursue attributions in the area of artistic production, recovery or maintenance of the national cultural heritage; 

 

7) Transfer of capital in an amount equal to or greater than EUR 350,000, for the acquisition of investment fund units or venture capital funds aimed at the capitalization of companies, which are set up under Portuguese legislation, whose maturity at the time of investment is at least five years and at least 60% of the value of the investments is made in commercial companies based in national territory; 

8) Transfer of capital in an amount equal to or greater than EUR 350,000, for the incorporation of a commercial company with head office in Portugal, combined with the creation of five permanent jobs, or for the reinforcement of the share capital of a commercial company with head office in Portugal, already incorporated, with the creation or maintenance of jobs, with a minimum of five permanent jobs, and for a minimum period of three years. 

 

The ARI scheme does not apply to citizens with Portuguese nationality and to national citizens of the EU and EEA. 

 

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Statut de non-résident

The regime of "Non-habitual Resident Status" in force since 2009 grants some tax advantages for ten years to people who apply for tax residence in our country.

The beneficiary of this regime has the possibility of :

-For 10 years the taxation at a fixed rate of IRS of 20% on income from work earned in Portugal

-the absence of double taxation, in the case of pensions and dependent and self-employed work abroad.
 
How can you acquire non-resident status?
- Not having been resident in Portugal in the last 5 years;
- To be registered as a tax resident in Portugal at the local Tax Office (to be considered a resident you must stay 183 days or have a house that makes you suppose the intention to keep it and occupy it as your usual residence);
- Apply for Non-Habitual Resident status at the time you register as a tax resident in Portugal or until 31 March of the year following that in which you become a resident in Portugal.

For more information click here

The regime of "Non-habitual Resident Status" in force since 2009 grants some tax advantages for ten years to people who apply for tax residence in our country.

The beneficiary of this regime has the possibility of :

-For 10 years the taxation at a fixed rate of IRS of 20% on income from work earned in Portugal

-the absence of double taxation, in the case of pensions and dependent and self-employed work abroad.
 
How can you acquire non-resident status?
- Not having been resident in Portugal in the last 5 years;
- To be registered as a tax resident in Portugal at the local Tax Office (to be considered a resident you must stay 183 days or have a house that makes you suppose the intention to keep it and occupy it as your usual residence);
- Apply for Non-Habitual Resident status at the time you register as a tax resident in Portugal or until 31 March of the year following that in which you become a resident in Portugal.

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