Procedure for Obtaining a Golden Visa in Portugal
Before you begin the Golden Visa application process, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of the processes. The procedure can be difficult, so don't let that deter you. If you'd prefer an experienced hand to guide you through the process, we're here to help.
• Before you start: All relevant documentation, including investment documents and documentation for dependents, must be prepared. All documents must be written in the Portuguese language. Any foreign documents will require approved translations.
• Tax Requirement: You'll need to get a tax identification number (NIF) and create a bank account.
• Investment: Guarantee your investment in real estate, funds, or another investment category. Before you can apply for a Golden Visa, you must first make the investment.
• Application: Along with the application form, provide all required documents for review. In addition, you must pay the application fees.
• Approval and Issuance: When the authorities have processed your application, they will contact you. A Golden Visa might take up to four months to process.
You must schedule an appointment with a SEF office to finish the process. Appointment availability varies by office, however, your appointment can be completed at any SEF location.
The Portuguese government has almost completely digitized the application procedure as a result of COVID-19 and travel limitations. From the submission of paperwork through the issuing of your tax number (NIF), everything is done online.
For your residency card, you only need to attend a biometrics appointment in person.
Validity of the Portugal Golden Visa
Temporary residence permits in Portugal are valid for two years from the date of issue. This implies that instead of applying for renewal every year, you will only need to do so every two years.
After five years, you can seek Portuguese citizenship or permanent residency. If you don't, you'll have to renew your residency permit by the end of your sixth year.
Year 1: Golden Visa and residence permits are issued.
Year 2: Renewal of the residence permit.
Year 4: Renewal of the residence permit.
Year 5: The applicant can apply for citizenship and a passport, as well as a permanent residency in Portugal.
Year 6: Renewal of a residence permit (if you have not taken the citizenship or PR route).