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The Portugal Golden Visa is among the most sought-after residency programs in the European Union, making it also one of the most successful Golden Visa programs in Europe – primarily due to the ROI-focused investment options fused with EU residency in one of Europe’s most coveted destinations.

The Portugal Golden Visa by investment program has enjoyed immense popularity and success for global entrepreneurs, investors, and families, and that success is a reflection of the exceptional standard of living that is offer in Portugal. World-class food and wine, beautiful weather, state-of-the-art healthcare and education, and endless cultural and sporting events.

The Portugal Golden Visa application permits the entire family to be included and all Golden Visa holders are provided a jump start to eligibility for citizenship as the application time counts toward the required waiting period for citizenship eligibility. And Portugal is renowned for having one of the shortest residency to citizenship processes – only requiring 5 years.

All in all, Portugal is one of the best options for entrepreneurs, investors, and families who seek residency with genuine ROI and the highly-coveted EU Plan B.

The Portugal Golden Visa program consistently maintains the status as one of the best EU Golden Visa options there is. Astons’ Portugal office in Cascais is ready to explain every element of the program, including Astons Portugal Private Equity Fund investment option – one of the best investment routes for EU residency, but will also address questions such as:

  • Can I purchase real estate for the Golden Visa?
  • Portugal is very crypto-friendly, can I use cryptocurrency for the Portugal Golden Visa?
  • What is the Astons Portugal Golden Visa Private Equity Fund option?

For the Portugal Golden Visa, it is best to begin with our Free Confidential and Comprehensive Consultation and Astons’ experts will analyze how your specific wants, needs, goals, and demands align with the program and provide you with the best solutions.

Trust Astons – a better life awaits.

Program Benefits

EU Residency

Estimated government approval in 1 year

Entire Family are Eligible

Spouses, dependent children and parents

Residency with ROI

Secure your EU residency with potential returns on your investments


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EU Permanent Residency & Citizenship

Apply for citizenship after completing the 5th year

Low Minimum Stay Requirements

7 days during the 1st yr & 14 days during each subsequent 2yrs of residence

Attractive Tax Regime

Beneficial tax regime for non-habitual residents (NHR)

High Standard of Schooling

Access to many prestigious universities at lower EU tuition fees
Program Requirements

The Portugal Golden Visa requirements are very straightforward and include:

  • Due Diligence: Portugal requires a complete background and source of funds check for the main applicant and all applicants over the age of 16 must provide criminal background checks
  • Health: Applicants must provide proof of health insurance that not only covers all applicants in Portugal
  • Investment Threshold: The Portugal Golden Visa investment requirements differ depending upon the investment channel, ranging from a minimum of €250,000 [approx. $270K] to €500,000 [approx. $540K]
  • Investment Options: Due to the Portugal Golden Visa 2023 changes, the currently available investment options have been updated and real estate investment is no longer permitted. Currently, Astons offers our very lucrative Portugal Golden Visa Private Equity Fund option
  • Investment Hold: The official Portugal Golden Visa program requires an investment hold of 5-years. However, the Astons Portugal Private Equity Fund Investment option requires a 6-year hold, however using the cashout option will not affect an investor’s Golden Visa status
  • Physical Presence: Portugal Golden Visa holders must reside in Portugal for 14-days in the first year following approval and then a total of seven days every two years after
  • Golden Visa Duration: The Portugal Golden Visa is initially valid for two years, and is renewable for two more and then one more. After five years, Golden Visa holders can decide to either apply for permanent residency or citizenship.
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    Visa-free travel to 27 European states

    Portugal Residence by Investment Program offers visa-free access within Schengen Zone — get visa-free access to 27 EU states, including Switzerland, Luxemburg, Italy and Germany. Go on a last-minute business trip or take your family on a spontaneous holiday in Europe — open up Europe with Astons.

    Which is right for me?
    Investment Options

    The become a permanent resident of Portugal through the Portuguese Residency by Investment program, investors can leverage the following option:

    Private Equity Funds from €500,000

    • Minimum investment of €500,000
    • Astons provides our clients access to an Alternative Investment Management Fund that is authorized under the program and compliant with EU, UK, and US regulations
    • The Fund caters to US and UK-based investors
    • The Fund invests in Portuguese-based ventures, as well as US-based, UK-based, and other global ventures
    • The Fund requires a 6-year hold

    Portuguese Residency Acquisition Process

    Astons’ focus is to provide a hassle-free and seamless service assisting you with a residency application. We will hand-hold you through every step of the EU residency acquisition process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and followed up to application approval.

    3–4 days

    Free Consultation with Astons' Experts

    Astons’ Immigration advisors will evaluate your personal circumstances and help you select the most suitable investment option.

    In order to apply you must:
    – Be at least 18 years of age;
    – Have no previous criminal convictions;
    – Be ready to spend at least 7 days per year in Portugal;
    – Proof of the qualifying investment;
    The main applicant may also add dependents to a residency application, including his/her spouse, dependent children, and parents.


    Prepare Documents

    A detailed checklist will be provided, and you will be guided through the documents collection stage. Experienced immigration advisors will prepare all the required documents along with the residency application and will conduct a final check of each document for compliance to ensure all requirements are met, including, proof of investment documentation.

    3–4 days

    Complete the investment

    Finalize the chosen investment option. Astons will provide you with the best investment options available that meet your requirements.


    Book a biometrics appointment

    We will book an appointment for you and your family to submit biometrics in Portugal.

    90 days
    Processing time

    Submit Residency application

    The complete application along with all supporting documents will be submitted to the AIMA, the body that processes Golden Residence Permit applications along with documentary evidence of the real estate acquisition or of the investment.


    Receive Residence Permit

    Once the application is reviewed you will be granted the residence permit, valid for 1 year, extendable for 2 years each time, provided you meet the 7 days per year requirement, with the right to settle in Portugal and travel throughout the Schengen Area. After the fifth year, you can apply for permanent residency followed by citizenship.

    Portugal Properties to Invest in

    As buying agents, we offer a whole range of services in commercial and residential real estate. We only ever act on behalf of the the investor, enabling our clients to secure the advantage and placing them ahead of the competition, when it comes to finding and obtaining the right property in highly sought after areas.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    What is life like in Portugal?

    Life in Portugal varies from region to region. The main urban hubs, Lisbon and Porto, are the epicenters of culture, sport, and business, while the southern Agave region, spanning from the Atlantic to Spain, is the country’s hotbed for expats – offering an alternative to the Costa del Sol. The coast offers the classic, relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle, while the rural regions inland contain the serene beauty of vineyards and rustic living. Generally, the country is known for its climate, welcoming locals, delicious cuisine, and very high quality of life – making it an attractive destination for entrepreneurs, investors, families, as well as retirees.

    What’s the minimum investment for residency?
    Why should I opt for Portugal’s Golden Visa?
    How long does the Portugal Golden Visa application take to get approved?
    Portugal Golden Visa to citizenship, is this possible?
    Portugal is a very cryptocurrency-friendly country, can I use crypto for the Portugal Golden Visa?
    Do I need to visit or reside in Portugal?
    Are you a licensed agent for Portugal?

    Why Our Clients Choose Us

    Trust Astons

    33 years of industry leadership and dominance - ASTONS is one of the original firms that molded the investment immigration industry. Founded in London in 1989, Astons has evolved into a family of global companies now headquartered in Dubai.

    Communicate on your terms

    Astons personally serves clients via our global footprint with offices in Istanbul (Turkey), Limassol (Cyprus), Dubai (UAE),Athens (Greece), Fort Lauderdale (USA) and Saint Julians (Malta). As well as, via text message, WhatsApp, Telegram, or email.

    Globally licensed firm

    ASTONS maintains licensed partnerships with the official governmental agencies operating the CBI and RBI programs. ASTONS operates in strict accordance with the laws and regulations of every country where we do business - cooperating with local regulators and government officials, ensuring no risks for you, your reputation or brand, and your investment.

    Earned reputation

    ASTONS, on average, helps nearly 300 clients a year. With historical totals of:
    More than 9,000 clients
    A clientele from over 50%+ of the world’s nationalities
    $2.6 Billion+ USD in immigration and real estate investments

    100% success rate

    100% of clients who pass the Astons’ due diligence review have their applications approved. The Astons due diligence team of seasoned UK lawyers and industry experts advance our clients’ interests by maintaining direct and constant contact with government officials - leveraging our experience, expertise and methodology of the British law school to conclude the immigration process in our client’s benefit.

    Client focused Service

    ASTONS offers only the best the world of investment immigration and luxury real estate has to offer. We expertly select citizenship and residence programs that can deliver solutions to virtually any client. As well as premium real estate in 11 countries to appease the most discerning buyer or investor. Our experts find the most advantageous solutions to address every client’s wants, needs, and demands.

    Internationally relied upon experts

    ASTONS experts are regularly relied upon by global media outlets and publications to provide expert insights and comments for investment immigration; including: Bloomberg, The Times, CNN, The Telegraph, El Tiempo, El Pais, El Economista, MSN UK, SchengenVisainfo and many others.

    World leader in immigration services

    ASTONS didn’t create the world of immigration investment, we perfected it for the benefit of investors. Astons consistently ranks as a TOP-25 firm in the international immigration industry by Uglobal Immigration Magazine, Best European Citizenship Advisor 2018, and Best Full-Service Investment Immigration Firm 2019.


    Schedule A Free Consultation

    Connect with Astons via our website, email, WhatsApp, or Telegram, to schedule a consultation. Together we’ll find the perfect residency by investment program for you and your family. In the consultation, we will:

    • Define and understand your wants, needs, goals, and demands
    • Create a list of the best strategies and solutions for you
    • Discuss and explain the various investment options available

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