On 2 September 2015, new changes to the procedures were published that allow, through investment, the obtaining of a visa called Golden Visa or Gold Visa.
Thus and from this date it is possible to purchase the gold visa through one of the following investment options:
Real estate investment covers:
This type of investment includes:
The legislator establishes the possibility of reducing the values concerned by 20% if real estate is located in areas of low population density.
According to current law, it is considered territory of low population density, if it has less than 100 inhabitants per km2 or if the GDP of that same region is below 75% of the national average.
The residence permit is granted for a period of one year, renewable for two successive periods of two years and presupposes the maintenance of the investment for a minimum period of 5 years and the stay in Portuguese territory, of 7 days (followed or interpolated), in the first year, and 14 days (followed or interpolated), in subsequent periods of two years.
The authorisation may be extended to the investor's family members and after the initial period of 5 years, the residence permit may be granted on a permanent basis. Portuguese nationality by naturalization can be requested after 6 years.