Overview of the Portuguese Permanent Residency Programme

Permanent residents of Portugal can freely throughout the European Union and Schengen Zone.

To become eligible for a Portuguese Golden Visa, interested individuals must invest a minimum of €500,000 in Portugal’s real estate. Individuals can also invest €400,000 if the property is located in a low population density area, €350,000 for properties older than 30 years located in an area of urban regeneration, or €280,000 for properties older than 30 years located in a low population density area.

Lifelong permanent residency can be achieved following 5 years of temporary residence.



Individuals who are interested in a Portuguese Golden Visa must make an investment of €500,000 in the country’s real estate market.


Visa-Free Travel

Permanent residents can travel without a visa throughout the EU and Schengen Zone.


Fast Procedure

Residency is granted within 6-8 months.

Permanent Residency in Portugal: Key Features

  • The right to live, work and study in Portugal, a European Union and Schengen Zone member state with a high standard of living, rich culture and a mild climate.
  • Holders of Permanent Residency in Portugal can travel without a visa to all Schengen Area members.
  • Relaxed physical presence criteria. To maintain their status, individuals need only stay 7 days during their 1st year, and 14 days every 2 years after that.
  • Path to Portuguese Citizenship after 5 years of continuous residency.

Portugal Permanent Residency Criteria

  • Applicants must invest a minimum of €500,000 in Portugal’s real estate market.
  • The applicant must be over the age of 18.
  • The applicant must have a clean criminal record.

Step-by-Step Application Procedure

Qualifying Investment

Secure your real estate investment and submit your application.

Temporary Residence Card Issued

Receive your renewable Temporary Residence Card, valid for 2 years.

Receive Permanent Residency Status

Receive your Permanent Residency status after a total of 5 years of Temporary Residence.

About Portugal



The Portuguese Republic is mostly located on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, boasting a wide coastline of 943km along the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores.


Population and Language

Portugal has a population of 10.28 million. The official language is Portuguese.



Portugal is a popular tourist destination, having received 27.9 million tourists in 2019 – more than twice its permanent population.



Education in Portugal is compulsory and free until the age of 18.


Health Care

There are a total of 3 coexisting healthcare systems in Portugal: the National Health Service (SNS), occupation-based special social health insurance programmes, and private health insurance.

Portugal Factsheet

  • Continent: Europe
  • Population: 10.28 million
  • Government: Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Total area: 92,212 km²
  • Time zone: Western European (UTC+00:00)

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