HQA Residency 175k (business incubation program)
Golden Visa 350k-500k

Portugal has just updated its citizenship legislation so it is now possible to apply for a Portuguese passport

after just five years as opposed to the previous six years.

The Portugal Golden Visa program has proven to be the most popular scheme in Europe with investors attracted to its flexibility and benefits. An investment of €500,000 (or €350,000 reduced option) in real estate in Portugal will gain a residency permit for a family including dependent children. The golden visa can be renewed every two years providing the applicant spends two weeks in the country every two years.

A new law adopted by Portugal’s government has introduced the new program Portugal Golden Visa, which allows citizens of third countries to receive a residence permit in Portugal by investing in real estate for a minimum period of 5 years.

Unlike other such possibilities in Europe, Portugal is offering investors the ability to not only receive temporary residency, but by fulfilling the conditions of maintaining the investment and staying a minimum period of time in the country (To keep your status as a resident, you only need to stay in Portugal for 7 days in first year, 14 days in 2nd-5th each year) , investors can also claim permanent residency and Portuguese citizenship upon pass a language test, which can easily be done over a vacation or business trip.

In order to extend your temporary residency, you do not need to reside in Portugal. This allows you to rent out the property that you have purchased and gain additional income.

Investors can also claim permanent residency and Portuguese citizenship (to receive citizenship you must pass a language test)

Through a single investment package, investor residency in Portugal is available also to your family members, children under 18, and dependent adult children enrolled in higher education.


Only properties in the countryside will qualify for the residence permit of Portugal from 2021. Buy your real estate in Lisbon, Porto and Algarve in 2020, before the Portuguese Golden Visa Program changes.


The proposed changes:

The government will allow investors only to become residents under the Golden Visa Program's property options if the chosen real estates are not in Porto or Lisbon. (effective from January 1, 2021);
Many settlements on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea (for example the Algarve region) will also not qualify.(effective from January 1, 2021);
With the new changes, foreigners who intend to acquire a residency permit through the acquisition of real estate will have to focus on the interior regions of the country, instead of the Litoral regions, where most of the investment is currently concentrated.

Act fast and invest in the best parts of Portugal in exchange for an EU residence permit now:

The Portugal Golden Visa Program has many advantages: you and your family can become residents in the EU. You can move freely inside the Schengen zone. It is enough to spend seven days per year in Portugal to maintain your resident status. After five years you can apply for citizenship. Portugal is a beautiful EU Member State with a rich cultural and historical heritage and the third safest country in the world.
The Portuguese Golden Visa Program offers several investment options, as capital investment, funds, bank deposits, job creation, company registration, etc. However, the most popular choice is still to invest in real estate.
Purchase real estate for €280,000 built more than 30 years ago, located outside of the major cities.
Purchase real estate for €350,000 which was built more than 30 years ago or located in an urban rehabilitation area.
Purchase real estate for €400,000 outside the major cities
Purchase real estate for at least €500,000.


One of Europe’s oldest countries, Portugal boasts a rich historical and architectural heritage.

Luminosity, radiance and culture beam through the whitewashed villages and lush vineyards 

of this country positioned on the blissfully elegant shores of the Atlantic ocean.



Portugal boasts a rich and diverse culture, Mediterranean climate, and a safe and stable setting ideal for raising families, conducting business or travelling. Investors find many opportunities in Portugal’s secure and fast-developing market, including the following:

  • Residence visa waiver for entering Portugal.

  • Live and work in Portugal.

  • Visa-free travel within the Schengen member states.

  • Permanent residency after five years as a temporary resident.

  • Citizenship after one year as a permanent resident.

  • Inclusion of family members, such as spouse or partner, dependent children and dependent parents.



Portugal’s Golden Resident Permit Program is offered in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Department of Consular Affairs and the Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP).

Aimed at attracting foreign direct investments to the country, the program yields a residency permit in Portugal to non-EU investors who fulfill one of the investment options below and meet the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that investment funds originate from abroad.

  • Hold no criminal record.

  • The main applicant’s property is not frozen within the boundaries of the EU.

  • Pay application and processing fees where applicable.

  • Enter Portugal for the first time on a valid Schengen visa.

  • Meet or exceed the minimum stay requirements. (Seven days for the first year, 14 days for subsequent two-year periods.)


Property Tax in Portugal


The rates of property tax in Portugal vary depending on value and type of property purchased and whether it is to be your main residence or second home. Below are the current rates of property tax in Portugal. These scales apply only to purchases on the mainland. 
Different tax rates apply in Madeira and the Azores 


IMT Scales(Mainland Portugal) 
Please note these scales may be subject to change

Main Residence

Value of Property Transaction% Tax Payable Amount to Deduct

Up to €  92,407                         0%

From €  92,407 to €126,403.    2%  €  1,848.14

From €126,403 to €172,348.    5%  €  5,640.23

From €172,348 to €287,213.    7%  €  9,087.19

From €287,213 to €574,323.    8%  € 11,959.32

Over €574,323                          6%

Second Home

Value of Property Transaction% Tax Payable Amount to Deduct

Up to € 92,407                          0%

From € 92,407 to €126,403.     2%   €    924.07

From €126,403 to €172,348.    5%   € 4,716.16

From €172,348 to €287,213.    7%   € 8,163.12

From €287,213 to €550,836.    8%   €11,035.25

Over €550,836.                         6%


Value of Property Transaction  % Tax Payable

Rustic and Agricultural  Plots 5%

Other Property and Urban  Plots 6.5%

Offshore in Blacklisted Jurisdictions 10%


Other Portugal Property Taxes and Financial Matters

Stamp Duty and Registrations
When buying a property in Portugal there is also Imposto de Selo (Stamp Duty) on deeds, mortgages and loans to be paid which ranges from 0.4%-0.8% of the purchase cost depending on the type of transaction and the property value. Your laywer will register the property in your name.

Power of Attorney (Procuração) 
Many buyers tend to leave their lawyer a signed Power of Attorney with specific powers to sign the Promissory Contract, utility contracts and complete on their behalf. This is easily done again in a Notary's office and takes on average half an hour and currently shouldn't cost more than 50 to 75 euros. This is recommended if you don't have the time to come over regularly to sign and deal with the bureaucratic part of the process. 

Inheritance Tax and Wills Inheritance Tax (IH) was abolished in 2004 for spouses, children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents. All other beneficiaries are subject to 10%(IH). Non residents are advised to make a Portuguese Will to make it easier to dispose of your Portuguese property. 

Capital Gains Portuguese tax residents receive a 50% exemption before the capital gain is added to the normal income tax scales. To calculate the capital gain tax due, you can deduct all buying and selling costs and any capital improvements on the property in the last 5 years prior to the sale. Non tax residents selling a property in Portugal currently get charged 25% flat rate of capital gains.

Exceptions to Capital Gains You may be exempt from capital gains: 

  • If the property belonged to you prior to 1st January 1989

  • If you are a tax resident in Portugal and selling your main residence and investing in another main residence in Portugal, as long as the reinvestment is made either less than 2 years prior to the sale or within 3 years subsequent to the sale of the property.

  • If you are a tax resident in Portugal and sell your main residence in Portugal and reinvest in another main residence within the EU or EEA (as long as there is an exchange of information clause with Portugal regarding tax matters).

Corporate Ownership Corporate ownership can have substantial advantages over direct private ownership if well thought through. Not least in terms of benefiting from stamp duty exemption and reduced capital gains. There are several structures to choose from including offshore structures in white listed countries. There are also other Portuguese company structures benefiting from reduced tax rates. 

Please contact Portugal Property Experts for more information on corporate ownership or any aspect of property tax in Portugal

Residency You will be considered a tax resident if you spend 183 or more days in Portugal; this does not need to be consecutive.

Fiscal Representation Non-resident homeowners are required to appoint a Fiscal Representative to ensure that your tax affairs are kept in order. Usually your lawyer will appoint one on your behalf as you need to pay your IMI charge and submit your tax return at the end of the year (which is compulsory under Portuguese law). this shouldn't cost you more than a few hundred euros.

Rental Licenses Many property owners choose to generate extra income from their property by renting it out to holiday makers. If you would like to do so then you must apply for a rental licence (Licença de Alojamento Local or Licença de Utilização Turística) and your property must meet the minimum safety standards set out in the legislation. We can arrange for a specialist local company to manage this process for you including gathering all the documentation, organising the inspections required and providing any additional safety equipment. 

Tax on Property Rental Income Non-residents generating income from property pay a 15% flat rate income tax and you must declare it in your annual income tax declaration (IRS form).

Bank Accounts It is recommended that you open a Portuguese bank account to pay bills, taxes etc. Again your lawyer should be able to help you with this. Documents usually required for EU citizens are: passport/or identity card, residency card (if applicable), tax number and card (fiscal number) and a proof of residence such as a utility bill or driving licence and for non-EU citizens: a passport and another valid document proving identity with a colour photo, proof of home address in country of origin, tax card (fiscal number) and proof of profession/contract of employment and company details. 

Currency Exchange There are now numerous companies that provide a free foreign exchange service. The rates offered by these companies are very competitive and if you are transferring funds from outside the eurozone they can often save you thousands on your home in the sun. This is usually quite a straightforward operation and it shouldn't take more than 3 to 5 working days to transfer your money from your local bank account to your Portuguese account. Please contact Portugal Property Experts for recommendations of reliable and competitive foreign exchange companies. 

Annual Costs


IMI This is similar to Council Tax and is based on the rateable value of your property not the real value. The rateable value for urban property is lower than the real market value and is based on a percentage scale ranging from 0.3% to 0.8% depending on the age of the property and the Municipal Council Area your property's in, size, level of luxury and a few other factors. For properties with a rateable value of over €1,000,000 the rate is 1%. Property in offshore blacklisted jurisdictions pay a 7.5% flat rate.

Condominium Charges If your property is in a gated complex, genertally there is a yearly condominium charge for the upkeep of green areas, pool, repairs etc. 


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HQA Residency 175k 


The HQA Visa program, which was originally introduced in June 2019 as the Portugal Angel Visa, leverages article 61 of existing Portuguese legislation designed to attract highly qualified professionals to stimulate R&D in Portugal. The program is a hybrid program of startup programs and investment programs and delivers immediate economic benefits while strengthening the country’s capacity to launch innovative transnational startups. 

Accomplished international professionals are selected to launch their own R&D-driven startup in Portugal, which evolves within a concierge-style incubation program, delivered by program co-creator Empowered Startups through investing 175k Euro.

The HQA residency visa builds partnerships between Portuguese academia, state-backed R&D facilities, industry, and the world’s investors. It leads to innovative ventures in Portugal and brings high economic and initiative entrepreneurial values to Portugal.

There are many professionals across the world looking for residency programs. For many, the promise of a stable future in the EU for their families is enough incentive to invest in a valid residency program. While residency-by-investment schemes typically require real estate purchases, the HQA visa program emphasizes on seeding a business idea in Portugal and presents a much cheaper and attractive alternative.

HQA Program benefits:


Smooth transition to a professional base of operations in the EU

  • Your own EU company and bank account, with credit history

  • 3 years concierge incubation services, from business concept creation to product market fit

  • R&D driven IP wholly-owned by your EU company

More flexible and more cost-effective than alternatives

  • Fully refundable if Residency Visa is refused

  • 25% of the total cost of the Portugal Golden Visa

  • No additional operational or maintenance fees

  • No business performance requirements

A Clear path to eligibility for permanent residency or citizenship

  • Freedom to travel internationally as needed

  • Fast processing: 4-6 weeks until Residency Visa approval

  • Accompaniment through renewals required for PR/Citizenship eligibility

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