Portugal Golden Visa: How does the program work in 2024?

Portugal Golden Visa

Interest in the Portugal Golden Visa program has grown significantly after the announcement of amendments to the citizenship law. At the beginning of February 2024, the document had already been approved by Parliament and was being signed by the President. As before, to obtain the coveted passport, you must have resident status for at least 5 years.

However, now the countdown of this period begins not from the moment of receiving a residence permit in Portugal (Portugal Golden Visa), but from the moment of filing an application for this status. That is, while the investor waits 12-15 months for a decision on the application, he “gains” time, which will be counted when applying for Portuguese citizenship. Such deadlines are associated with a large number of bureaucratic and immigration delays.

Portugal Golden Visa. Benefits

  • The opportunity to undergo a simplified naturalization procedure (citizenship) after being in resident status for the 6th year.
  • Low tax burden. In particular, dividends paid by the fund are not subject to taxes if the investor does not live 183 days a year or more in Portugal.

  • Option to include your spouse, children and even parents in your application for a Portugal Golden Visa. 

  • Travel within the EU without restrictions and visas. In addition to the fact that you can reside temporarily or permanently in Portugal, with a Golden Visa you can travel within the Schengen countries (90 days every six months).

Key returnable investment option

In 2024, it is no longer possible to buy real estate under the Portugal Golden Visa. The key option is an investment in an authorized fund in the amount of €500,000. Apex Capital Partners offers a specific approved fund that will return all the money in full in the 6th year from the date of investment – Guaranteed Buyback. Plus 2% fixed return.  For example, if the investment is made before June 30th, 2024, the fixed return starts accruing in January 2025 until buyback. 

A Private Equity Investment Fund Portugal is a special investment vehicle that pools capital form investors to acquire and manage private companies, aiming for profitable exits. A private equity fund (“fundo de capital de risco”) must be incorporated in Portugal and governed by Decree-Law 27/2023 (RGA) and by the rules foreseen in its Management Regulation.

Portugal Golden Visa via fund investment. Step-by-step

For investors we offer a wide range of Citizenship by Investment Programs to choose from. Please, contact Apex Capital Partners to get more information and ask personal questions. You can get free consultation from Apex Capital Partners on the program of Citizenship of Turkey, Portugal’s Golden Visa. As well as Cyprus, Caribbean (Citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua). Ask your question – info@apexcap.orgatannous@apexcap.org

If you are a private banking specialist, a family lawyer, or work as a financial consultant in Middle East, Africa, China or any other region of the world, do not hesitate to contact Apex Capital Partners and become a partner, a part of our strong professional network. APEX has all the main local agent licenses to work with Citizenship by Investment Programs, including all key Caribbean CIPs. Please contact – Armand Tannous, atannous@apexcap.org

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