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 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.

Due to the coronavirus situation, many U.S. citizens have applied for a European residence programme. The majority of them, are familiars of immigrants from Europe who live in the U.S. and now they want to come back to their origin country or in other attractive European countries, like Spain, Greece or Portugal, for example.

As the pandemic has affected the whole world, many people have realized that having a second passport or a European residence is a very good idea. Firstly, because it gives more freedom to travel between different countries in the EU, enjoying the culture, food and quality live. Moreover, having an alternative plan it gives you economic, political and social independence from your country of origin and it also allows you to obtain the program for all your family member (it varies depending on the country).

For all these reasons and to face up the coronavirus, many Americans have found very attractive the idea to get a second passport or a European residence. It is also important to highlight, that having a plan B is synonymous of greater tranquility and calm, what it means that in an adverse situation, like the current one, you have the assurance that you and your family are on a more stable stage.

European residence or Golden Visa

As we have explained before, European residence gives you many advantages. In addition, it allows you to regroup your family, access to the healthcare and educational system, right to work in Spain and Portugal, not in Greece and an excellent quality life.

The Golden Visa programme is one of the most attractive and accessible in Europe. It is an investment programme which grants the residence permit in exchange for a capital investment in a certain country. The most popular are: Spain, Italy and Greece. Those are the main characteristics on of each one:

 

Spanish Golden Visa:

Residence in 60 days

Investment from €500,000

Visa-free travel to Schengen zone

 

Greek Golden Visa:

Approval in 60 days

Investment from €250,000

Visa-free travel to Schengen Zone

 

Portuguese Golden Visa:

Approval in 90 days

Investment from €280,000

Visa-free travel to Schengen zone

 

Orience International by your side

If you are interested in the Golden Visa, we will advise you on which residence programme is best for you and your family according to your needs and circumstances.

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

 

Source: The New York Times

An amendment (2015) to the Portuguese ‘Law on Nationality’ allows Sephardi Jews descendants of inquisition-era deportees from Iberian Peninsula to obtain the Portuguese passport/citizenship.

However, on May the Socialist Party presented an amendment to change the original law, and proposed that only the Jewish descendants who have lived in Portugal for two years would get the citizenship permit. According to the Socialist Party, those changes would begin in 2022. This measure would surely restrict the number of people who could apply for the programme; nowadays there are no requirements to get the citizenship.

But last week, the Socialist Party withdrew the proposed after receiving many pressures from the Jewish community in Portugal, alongside with Jewish organizations all around the world. Some critics also said that the amendment anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist.

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If you want to get the Portuguese citizenship or you are interested in other citizenship or residence programmes, do not hesitate to ask. You can apply for any programme without leaving your country. Contact us.

Source: Times Jerusalem / The Jerusalem Post

Good news arrives from Portugal. The new data shows that the property sales has increased 23% since the country leave the lockdown one month ago. The situation is improving and property agents have noticed an improvement and they are offering virtual tours and other solutions to show the properties to the costumers. Now it is a good moment to invest in Portugal.

Prices are keeping more or less stable and between April and May have increased 0,9%, as property specialists says and they have high expectations that the market will return to normal after the pandemic.

Why it is a good idea to invest in Portugal?

As we have said in many occasions, investing in Portugal is synonymous with success. With and excellent quality of life and, at the same time, affordable, Lisbon and Porto are two cities that attract many numbers of international investors.

Algarve is another interesting area where to invest in a second residence or retire. With wonderful beaches, good climate and all services at hand, it is also a good idea.

 

Golden Visa Portugal, the best option for you and your family

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

With the Golden Visa you can move around all the countries of the Schengen area with complete freedom. In addition, there is only a minimum stay of 7 days the first year and 14 the second and third. After five years, you will be able to obtain Portuguese citizenship.

If you want to invest in Portugal, contact us. Depending on your situation and the objectives you have, we will recommend the residency program that best suits you and your family. Remember that you can invest and request the program without leaving your country. Our team will manage everything so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Source: Portugal resident

 

Last month, 270 Golden Visas were granted in Portugal; 257 through investment in real estate (73 were for urbans rehabilitation) and 13 through capital transfer, what it means a 409% increase from April. Basically, the Golden Visa applications came from China, followed by Brazil, United States, India and Turkey.

Between January and May, the Portuguese government has issued 529 Golden Visas, of which more than the half last month, and the total investment during this period through the Golden Visa has been of €293,903,059.

 Why it is a good idea to invest in Portugal?

In recent years, Portugal has been placed in the top of countries to invest in the real estate sector. With an excellent quality of life and with very attractive prices, the country is positioned as a great opportunity for international investors. Lisbon, the capital, and Porto are two cosmopolitan cities that compete in rankings with other European cities.

Another area to invest in a second residence or to retire is the Algarve. With wonderful beaches, a mild climate and all services at hand, it is a very interesting option for all international investors interested in the Golden Visa.

Golden Visa Portugal, the best solution for you

If you are thinking of investing in Portugal, we have the best option for you. The Golden Visa Portugal program 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
  • 7th most 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.

Source: The Portugal News 

Portugal has been one of the countries that has best dealt with the coronavirus crisis, thanks to good a health and political management. For this reason, and according to experts, the country is recovering faster than other European countries and, for all this it is a good moment to invest in Portugal.

Another reason to take into account is that, during the months of the pandemic, builders did not interrupt their activity, which has resulted in a lower drop in property sales. In this line, and according to the main experts, the Portuguese real estate sector will return to the pre-covid situation before than other countries affected by the pandemic.

On the other hand, the Portuguese government, aware of the importance of foreign investment for the country’s recovery, has postponed the plans that were foreseen to put some limitations on the tax advantages of the non-habitual resident regime, as well as the Golden Visa program.

Why it is a good idea to invest in Portugal?

In recent years, Portugal with Spain, has been placed in the top of countries to invest in the real estate sector. With an excellent quality of life and with very attractive prices, the country is positioned as a great opportunity for international investors. Lisbon, the capital, and Porto are two cosmopolitan cities that compete in rankings with other European cities.

Another area to invest in a second residence or to retire is the Algarve. With wonderful beaches, a mild climate and all services at hand, it is a very interesting option for investors.

Investment options

If you are thinking to invest in Portugal you have different options. You can invest €350,000 in real estate in urban areas, like in Lisbon and Porto or, if you prefer it, you can invest €280,000 in rural areas. There are other options, but all the investment made under the Portuguese Golden Residence Permit Programme must be maintained for a minimum of 5 years from the date the residence permit is granted.

If you want to invest in Portugal, contact us. Depending on your situation and objectives, we will look for the best option that suits your needs and those of your family. If you are looking for a good quality of life, Portugal is a very good option.

Last week, the Greek Parliament approved the Law 4686/2020 which, with other changes, introduces two important improvements related with the Golden Visa Greece program and which will benefit surely international investors.

Both changes will help and facilitate the property purchase and the golden visa application, now that, due to the coronavirus crisis it is more difficult to cross-borders and travel to others European countries.

Main news about the Golden Visa Greece

  • The international investor can make the full payment €250,000 from abroad, without travelling or moving from their country and there is no requirement to open a bank account in Greece.

As the new law says, real estate procedures can be done though proxy or POA (power of attorney) from home.

  • The permanent residence card can be collected by representative of the applicants. Again, the applicants do not need travel to Greece.

 Finally, the international investor who has applied for the Golden Visa Greece can travel any time within 6 months from the residency applications.

Why you should invest in Greece?

As we have explained in other posts, Greece offers the most economic Golden Visa program in Europe. Moreover, the climate, beaches, islands, food, good work-life balance or the way of living, made the country a very attractive option for international investors.

 Investment options to apply for the Golden Visa Greece

The country offers the most affordable residency program all over Europe offering two easy options in just 60 days:

  • Real estate acquisition of minimum € 250,000. The residence permit can be renewed for another 5 years, if the applicant still has the property.
  • Real estate lease for at least 10 years or timeshare for a hotel accommodation or furnished tourist residencies in a combined tourist facility.

If you want to invest in Greece, contact us. Depending on your situation and your objectives, we will recommend the residency program that best suits you and your family. If you are looking for a high quality of life, Greece is a very good option.

Remember, that you can apply on the Golden Visa Greece without leaving your country. Our team will manage everything so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Slowly, the European countries are returning to normal after the coronavirus crisis. Portugal has been a clear example of good management and, in addition, it is one of the most attractive states to have a plan B, that is, an alternative, a residence permit, in times of crisis. In the next post we talk about the Algarve, an ideal coastal area to apply for the Golden Visa Portugal programme.

According to a classification done by Forbes magazine, the Algarve is in the top 3 of the best areas in the world where to diversify heritage, invest and enjoy a very good quality of life for you and yours. The area of ​​Mazatlan in Mexico and Cayo in Belize accompany him on the podium.

As we have explained on previous occasions, Portugal is a very attractive country in the eyes of international investors and many see the country as an ideal alternative to start a new life. Having a plan B is a guarantee of freedom, tranquility and calm when things get complicated.

Why the Algarve?

If you do not know this area of ​​Portugal, you will fall in love quickly. Located in the south of the country, the region is known for its beautiful and spectacular beaches and golf courses. It is also located in an area with a temperate climate and is in one of the safest countries in the world. In addition, the area is very well connected with North Africa and the rest of European cities.

On the other hand, it has a good health system, a very interesting feature for those interested in obtaining a residence permit. In summary, we can say that all these characteristics make the Algarve a destination with a high quality of life and, also, very affordable, ideal for those looking for a place to retire or a second residence in a quiet area, but with all the services at hand.

How to get the Golden Visa Portugal?

The Golden Visa Portugal is a program that offers a residence permit in exchange for a minimum investment of € 280,000 in the real estate sector. There are other options to benefit from this program, but the quickest and easiest is the one mentioned above.

What can Orience International offer you?

If you are interested in the Golden Visa Portugal, at Orience International we have a unique and special project for you. It is an investment of € 280,000 in the Sierra de Monchique, an exclusive area of ​​the Algarve with a lot of charm. Remember that with the residence permit you can freely move around the Schengen area and get citizenship after five years.

At Orience International we advise you according to your characteristics and objectives, to find the best program for you and your family.

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On other occasions we have talked about the attractions of Portugal in the eyes of international investors. As we have previously explained, the country offers many characteristics that make it a great opportunity for international investments in the real estate sector. In the next post, we tell you how you can get Portuguese citizenship.

How to get the Portuguese citizenship

From the outset, you should know that there are several ways to get Portuguese citizenship and one of them is through investment, and more specifically with the Golden Visa program. It is a program that offers residency, and later citizenship, in exchange for a minimum investment of € 280,000, with other investment possibilities both in the real estate sector and other types of operations.

Once the investment is made, keeping it in time, and after five years, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship to the country’s institutions. You must prove the investment, as well as the minimum stay of 7 days during the first year, and 14 days in the following four years. In addition, you must demonstrate knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Another option is the acquisition of Portuguese citizenship by right, that is, the one granted to a person who has lived in the country for five years. In the same way as in the investment residence, the interested person must prove the stay in the country for a minimum time, be of legal age, have a clean criminal record and a minimum knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Orience International, we are with you

What are your goals? How do you want to manage your assets? From Orience International we advise you on the investment program that best suits your needs and help you with other subsequent services that you may need.

Remember that, despite the state of alarm, we are 100% operational and continue working to offer you the best service. In addition, you do not need to travel or move from your country to request any management.

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