Non-Habitual Resident and Golden Visa in Portugal

Portugal offers foreign citizens particularly favorable tax and legal conditions, chiefly because of regulations in place for those with non-habitual resident (NHR) status such as the Golden Visa Portugal scheme.

About 28,000 people, including some 9,000 pensioners, have moved to Portugal under the non-habitual resident Portugal scheme.
Portugal issues “golden visas”, known officially as residence permits for investment, in exchange for property purchases of €500,000 or more. The permits bestow the right to travel freely within the EU’s borderless Schengen area.

Between 2012, when the Golden Visa Portugal scheme started, and 2019, more than 8,200 “golden visas” were issued.

Abreu Advogados has extensive experience in assisting investors and citizens who wish to settle in Portugal. A dedicated team of specialist lawyers dealing with immigration, tax, real estate, inheritance and corporate law offers personalized services regarding the Non-Habitual Resident Portugal Tax Regime or Golden Visa Portugal Regime:

  • Assistance throughout the investment process;
  • Request for grant of residency authorization as a foreign investor, family reunification and following renewal requests;
  • Assisting clients with asset restructuring processes;
  • Alteration of Tax Residency to Portugal and access to Portal das Finanças (tax authority online portal);
  • Request for registration as a Non-Habitual Resident in Portugal as well as validation of high added value activities.

Abreu Advogados also advises foreign nationals who wish to acquire Portuguese nationality or simply to immigrate to Portugal under other types of residence permits.

Residence authorization may be granted for work purposes, if you are a highly qualified professional, a student, a retired person, start-up or entrepreneur, or by investing income.

Our team provides assistance with all administrative aspects and accompanies clients on visits to the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) – the Foreign Nationals and Borders Service, as well as by organizing, reviewing and submitting applications for residence permits to this body.

The legal assistance provided by Abreu Advogados also covers all stages of the investment, from its structuring to international succession planning.

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