Portugal ends golden visas in Lisbon and Porto
February 19, 2020 - Porto
The Portuguese parliament has approved a measure limiting the issuance of the so-called golden visas for real estate investments made across the coastline, including in Lisbon and Porto.
However, the proposal does not prejudice the possibility of renewing residence permits granted under the current regime, nor the possibility of granting or renewing residence permits for family reunification provided for by law, when the residence permit for investment has been granted under the current regime.
The end of Golden visas for foreigners from outside the European Union who invest €500,000 in Portugal, namely in the real estate market, has been demanded by associations linked to the fight against money laundering and by parties.
The measure now approved allows Golden visas to continue to be granted to investors who create jobs, for example by launching companies, in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, or coastal cities of the country.
For Portugal, the golden residence visa scheme for foreigners raised €742 million in 2019 alone. The programme’s biggest beneficiaries come from China (4,467), followed by Brazil (863), Turkey (380), South Africa (320) and Russia (296).
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