The Portuguese Golden Visa is one of the most popular and famous programmes to get the residence. According to Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF), 107 residence visas were authorized by the Portuguese government on August 2020 and a total of 216 family members (spouse or partner and children under 18 years) also get the residence.

If we take a look at the nationalities, the Chinese (36 residence permit) have been the nationality that invests the most in Portugal, followed by Brazilian (12), Russian (10), African (8), American (7) and citizens from other countries (34). The data also shows, that the Portuguese Golden Visa raised €50 millions in August.

Why should you invest in Portugal?

Investing in Portugal it is always a good idea. Portugal is synonymous with success and good quality life and it has been one of the countries to best manage de coronavirus crisis. Moreover,  and according  to the 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI), Portugal remains as one of the most peaceful countries around the world and it is placed in the third position behind Iceland and New Zealand, which are the first and the second one. Moreover, Portugal is the safest country in the Schengen area, followed by Austria (4th), Denmark (5th) or the Czcech (8th) Republique.

Move around the Schengen Zone

One of the main benefits of the Portuguese Golden Visa it is that you can travel and move around the Schengen area without the need of a visa. That means visa-free access to 26 states.

Quality life for you and your family

Portugal is the ideal place to live with your family for its cheap living costs in comparison with other countries from the European Union. Moreover, it offers a good and balanced job-life. With a good mild Mediterranean climate, delicious food, beautiful landscapes and cities packed with historic interest and cultural experiences like Lisbon or Porto, Portugal brings all you need to start a new life.

Working in Portugal

With the visa permit you can also work in Portugal. So, if you plan to look for a job in the country, we recommend you to research the job market before moving to the country.  Portugal’s most important industries include tourism, automotive, construction, electronics and transportation.

 Excellent educational system

Portugal offers a high educational system with important schools, colleges and universities. The University of Porto is one of the most prestigious in the country followed by the Lisbon University.  So, we can say that the country is undoubtedly one of the most affordable places for higher education in Europe.

Investment options to get the Golden Visa

If you are thinking of investing in Portugal, we have the best option for you. The Golden Visa Portugal programme is one of the most attractive and accessible in Europe. With a minimum investment of €280.000 you can get Portuguese residence for you and your family (spouse and children under 18).

However, there are other options to get de Portuguese residence:

  • €350.000 investment in real estate more than 30 years old or located in urban regeneration areas.
  • €500.000 investment in real estate.
  • Create 10 full-time jobs.
  • Private equity funds.
  • Research: Investment of € 350,000 in research carried out by accredited institutions that are part of the national scientific and technological system.
  • Existing business

Acquisition process

We offer an end-to-end service and help you in all the steps to get the Golden Visa permit. First of all, we show you the different investment routes that we offer, and we help you to decide which one is the most suitable one according to your needs. Once you have decided, it is time to prepare all the documentation. We will inform you about the particularities of each document.

Then you should submit the residence application and complete the real estate acquisition or the way chosen for applying. After that, you will be required to pay the Government application fee and provide a copy of all the required information. You will finally, receive the residence approval.

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Source: Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF)

According to the CBI Index, a rating system designed to measure the performance and appeal of global by investment (CBI) programmes across a diverse range of indicators and published by the Financial Times, Dominica citizenship by investment it is the first choice for investment applicants. For the fourth consecutive year, Dominica has ranked on the first position in the index.

Dominica offers one of the most prestigious programmes all over the world. With an easy, efficient and quick process, international investors can get the second passport in only three months. Moreover, this permit allows visa-free travel to 139 countries.

Another great strength of the Dominica’s citizenship by investment programme is that it is eligible for the entire family. This means that not only the main applicant, but also spouse, children and parents can benefit from all the advantages.

Additionally, it offers a good tax regime and there is no physical residence required.

What you need to know about Dominica?

Dominica, officially the Commonweatlh of Dominica, is a beautiful island, kwon as ‘the nature island of the Caribbean’ for its green forests which stretch from shore to shore. Introduced in 1993, this citizenship by investment programme offers many advantages and it is a very attractive option for those who are looking for a second passport.

Investment options to get the Dominica citizenship by investment permit

To get the Dominican citizenship the are two different options. The first one, is a donation to the Economic Diversification Fund, which funds are used for public and private projects, where a need is identified, such as the building of schools, hospitals or other infrastructures.  The amount of money it varies depending on the number of dependents included. A single applicant has to pay US$ 100.000. An applicant and spouse, US$ 175.000, and an applicant, spouse and two children US$ 200.000. The second option is a US$ 200.000 investment in real estate in a government approved project.

It is important to highlight that, as same as in other citizenship by investment programmes, the main applicants and their dependents must have a clean criminal background.

Once you have decided which investment option you prefer, our team will help you in all the acquisition process. We prepare all the necessary documentation and help you to fulfill it. Then, we review all the information and present it to the competent authority. Once the government has reviewed, checked and approved all the information you receive a pre-approval.

Why it is important to have a plan B or a second passport?

Our specialists agree that having a second passport it is a very good idea, not only during crisis situations. Having a plan B gives you, and your family, the assurance that you are on a more stable stage and gives you political, economic and social independence from your country of origin. Moreover, it gives you, and the rest of applicants, more freedom to travel between different countries in the world.

If you are interested on the Dominican citizenship by investment programme or any other Caribbean programme, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will guide you to choose the permit that best suits on your needs. Moreover, remember that you can apply for any programme without leaving your country.

According to the 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI), Portugal remains as one of the most peaceful countries around the world and it is placed in the third position behind Iceland and New Zealand, which are the first and the second one. Moreover, Portugal is the safest country in the Schengen area, followed by Austria (4th), Denmark (5th) or the Czcech (8th) Republique.

The GPI, which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness, is done by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and it presents the most comprehensive datadriven analysis to date on trends in peace, its economic value and how to develop peaceful societies.

The index measures more than just the presence or absence of war. It captures the absence of violence across three domains:

  • Safety and security
  • Ongoing conflict
  • Militarization

In the first domain, Portugal is placed in the 9th position. Safety and security, also includes how the countries have face-up and respond to the pandemic situation, which Portugal has successfully managed. In the second domain, Portugal is in the 13th position, and finally, on militarization it is in the 8th position.

 Why it is a good idea to invest in Portugal?

As we have explained in many occasions, investing in Portugal is synonymous with success. The country has been placed in the top of countries to invest in the real estate sector. Moreover, with an excellent quality life, good education and health systems and with very attractive prices, the country has been positioned as a great opportunity for international investors.

Lisbon and Porto, with their competitive prices, are the two cities with the higher demand. The Algarve area is another point of interest for those who want to invest in the country. Located in the southern part of the country, the Algarve is a region known for its beaches, golf courses and tourism.

Golden Visa Portugal

If you are thinking of investing in Portugal, we have the best option for you. The Portuguese Golden Visa programme is one of the most attractive and accessible in Europe.  With an investment of minimum of € 280,000 you can get Portuguese residence for you and your family (spouse and children under 18).

The main advantages of the Golden Visa Portugal are:

  • Get the approval in only 90 days
  • Right to live and work in Portugal
  • Visa-free travel to Schengen zone
  • No requirement to live in Portugal
  • Permission for you and your entire family
  • Excellent educational system
  • 7thmost valuable passport in the world

If you want to get the Golden Visa in Portugal, contact us. Depending on your personal situation we will recommend the best investment options that best suits you. If you are looking for high quality life, Portugal is one of the best options.

Remember that you can invest an apply, without leaving your country. Our team will manage all the procedures and documentation so you do not have to worry about a thing.

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new brand website. It has been designed with a new look, more functional and user-friendly navigation updated with all the services and programmes (residence and citizenship) we offer.

You will find the website divided into 7 main sections: ‘about’, ‘residence’, ‘citizenship’, ‘more services’, ‘blog’, ‘faqs’ and ‘contact’. The ‘about’ section gives information about Orience International and its multicultural team. ‘Residence’ and ‘citizenship’ sections give a very accurate information about all the programmes that we offer, and in ‘more services’ you will find other global solutions for you. In ‘blog’ we share different articles about the sector and in ‘faqs’ you will find the most frequently asked questions. Finally, on ‘contact’ you can see where do you can find us.

Our aim with the new website is to provide the costumers an easy way to navigate and all the information about Orience International.

We hope you will enjoy it!

Due to the coronavirus crisis, on March, April and May, many countries decided to close their borders, but during the last months many countries have reopened it to revive Europe’s tourism industry starting in June.

However, there is a little bit of confusing information about where and how we can travel and which countries have totally reopened their borders. For this reason, in the following post we are going to explain in which circumstances you can travel around Europe and all the measures that have been taken.

Citizens from a European Union country can move all around Europe with totally freedom. In addition, citizens of any of the following countries (Argelia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Marruecos, New Zealand, Ruanda, Serbia, South Chorea, Thailand, Tunes and Uruguay) can also travel to the European Union.

But what happens with the citizens from other countries, for example China? If they have a Golden Visa or a long-term visa they can travel with any restriction. People whose permit has been expired during this period, may have a period of 7 days to renew it.

Golden Visa or residence by investment

If you want to avoid all these restrictions, we have the best solution for you and your family. Get the Golden Visa in Spain, Greece or Portugal in only 60-90 days.

Those three countries have a great quality of life, good work-life balance, and are a big opportunity for international investors. Thanks to the Golden Visa, a programme that offers the residence in exchange for an investment in the real estate market, investors will be able to enjoy the residence with their family.

These are the details for each programme:

Residence in 60 days

Investment from €500,000

Eligible to entire family (spouse and kids under 18)

Visa-free travel to Schengen zone

Right to live and work in Spain

Good quality life

 

  • Greek Golden Visa:

Approval in 60 days

Investment from €250,000

Eligible to entire family (spouse, children under 21, parents and parent-in-law)

Visa-free travel to Schengen zone

Right to live in Greece

Good quality life

 

  • Portuguese Golden Visa:

Approval in 90 days

Investment from €280,000

Eligible to entire family (spouse and kids under 18)

Visa-free travel to Schengen zone

Right to live and work in Portugal

High standard of schooling

 

Orience International by your side

We offer other investment options if you want to get the residence or citizenship. According on your situation and your objectives, we will advise you on which residence or citizenship programme is best to invest in order to achieve the objectives you have set: a high level of quality of life and social well-being, good weather, good health and education services.

Also remember that, you can invest and apply for a programme without leaving your country. Our team will manage everything so you do not have to worry about anything. Contact us.

Plans are already underway to revive Europe’s tourism industry starting in June. While not all countries have set specific dates, we have good news for anyone interested in investing in Europe in one of our projects. The borders of countries including Spain, Greece, and Portugal will soon open, and we are here to tell you how.

The EU will implement a three-phase border reopening plan in June:

  • The first phase focuses on domestic travel, easing restrictions on travel within each country.
  • Cross-border travel, restricted to Europe, will start in the second phase as consumer confidence recovers after the coronavirus health crisis and restrictions on movement are lifted.
  • We would enter the third phase, which involves international tourism, after domestic and then regional travel open.

Which leads us to underscore that, even though an exact date has not been set, at least we now have a month as a point of reference: July. This is when the Spanish Government calculates that Spanish borders will open to foreign tourists and international investors, without a compulsory 14-day quarantine.

On the other hand, Portugal is preparing for the possible opening of its borders to tourists around 15 June, a week after its beaches open on June 6, implementing all the measures necessary to ensure that social distancing is respected.

Greece is going to open the airports to foreign visitors starting on 15 June, with no quarantine required, although certain safety measures (like random health screening for coronavirus) will be in place. But only citizens coming from Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Czech republic will be able to enter, from 15 June.

Travelling around Europe

If everything goes according to the plan, international investors will have no problem to travel to these countries, this means that they could carry on with their inversions visiting Spain, Portugal and Greece, with no restriction from the authorities.

However, and as we have said in other occasions, and if you prefer it, you can apply and carry on your investments without leaving your country.  Our team will manage everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Contact us!

We are pleased to announce that Orience International is a new member of the IMC Group, being the first Spanish company to be part of the group. The IMC (Investment Migration Council) is the worldwide association for investment migration and citizenship-by-investment, bringing together the leading stakeholders in the field, like lawyers, financial service practitioners, bankers, investment advisors, brokers or insurance providers, and giving the industry a voice.

One of the objectives of the IMC is to set the standards on a global level and interact with other professional associations, governments and international organizations in relation to investment migration. Moreover, the IMC helps to improve public understanding of the issues faced by clients and governments in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members.

For Orience International being a member of the association it means to benefit from keeping up-to-date on latest trends and developments in the field. As Oriol Molas, Orience International CEO, has explained, “additionally, obtaining the recognition from the IMC Group it is a fantastic new, which let us to demonstrate the great job we are doing and showing that we stay at the forefront of the latest industry standards and procedures.

On the other hand, being a member of IMC Group gives to the clients and international investors the security and tranquility we are taking the right decision every moment, guide by honesty, confidentiality, integrity, ethical practice and disciplinary rules and procedures.

The IMC Group is based in Geneva and it has representative offices in New York, London and Gran Cayman and it is constituted as a non-profit association. Nowadays it is integrated by more than 20 members, which they have to apply the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Finally, and since last year, the organization is in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Order SND / 421/2020, of May 18, by which measures are adopted relating to the extension of authorizations to stay and reside and/or work and to other situations of foreigners in Spain, in application of Royal Decree 463/2020 , of March 14, declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.

The Spanish government has finally established and clarified the situation of foreigners in Spain with regard to residence permits, visas and expired stays. With this measure, legal security is granted and those affected are prevented from finding themselves in a supervening irregularity with a complicated solution.

In the next article we talk about this announcement:

Although it is true that RD 463/2020, of March 14, already established the suspension of administrative deadlines, prescription and expiration, to date the situation of many foreigners whose authorization or Visa expired during this extraordinary situation caused by COVID-19.

The order establishes that the residence and/or work authorizations, the stay authorizations for studies, mobility, internships or volunteering, the family cards of a citizen of the union and the long-term residence authorizations that have expired during the validity of the alarm status or have expired in the 90 calendar days prior to their declaration (of the alarm status) will be automatically extended. The extension begins the day after the expiration and lasts up to 6 months from the end of the alarm state.

Section 6 of Article 1 establishes that renewal applications may be requested at any time within 6 months or up to 90 calendar days after the expiration date, without prejudice to the initiation of a sanction file for the delay in filing.

The order also regulates the expiration of short-stay visas (not exceeding 90 days) and establishes that their duration is automatically extended for a period of 3 months.

However, even if they are Schengen visas, the validity only applies to Spanish territory and this extension will be computed to calculate the maximum authorized time for future stays or requests for these visas.

The youth mobility agreements and study stay visas of up to 180 days duration are also extended for a period of 3 months, provided that the holder is in Spain and has not been able to return to their country of origin.

Another very important point to keep in mind is the entry of third-country nationals whose documentation or authorization has expired while abroad. Specifically, the order establishes that the holders of an authorization, a family card of a citizen of the Union, a long-term foreigner card or long-term visas for investors and entrepreneurs may enter Spain even with the card or visa expired. Travel documentation (passport) is required to be current.

Finally, absences from Spanish territory caused by the impossibility of returning to the country will not count when requesting renewals of authorizations or first requests for long-term authorizations.

If you have any doubt, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be very pleased to help you.

 

Zahra Maaroufi, lawyer specialist in residency permit in Orience International

 

The latest figures (from March 15 to April 15) on the demand for real estate in Spain have recently been published. Despite the fact that domestic demand has decreased, international demand during this period has increased to around 15% of current demand.

Curiously, where the international demand during the first month of alarm has increased the most has been La Rioja community, ahead of other areas with a very important role within real estate, such as the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Catalonia or Alicante.

In any case, these territories are those where international investment has always had more weight and international investors continue to be interested in properties near the coast, such as the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife or the Balearic Islands.

If we look at nationalities, the country from which the majority of investors come is the United Kingdom, followed by the US, France and Germany.

 

Why should you invest in Spain?

Spain is one of the most attractive countries to invest in, as it presents an affordable Golden Visa program with various investment options. With an excellent quality of life, the country is among the first in Europe for foreigners living in the country. With a modern healthcare system, it is in a privileged geographical position for international business.

Do you want to invest in Spain? At Orience International we accompany you throughout the process so that your investment is a success.

Source: Idealista

Despite the difficult situation we are living due to the coronavirus, we are not lockdown. All the members of the team are offering a fully operational service, as always, and we continue working to offer you the best service. Remember that you don’t need to travel to carry on your investment.

If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be very pleased to help you!