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The Portuguese Golden Visa is a residency by investment program that allows non-EU nationals to make an investment in Portugal and get a residence permit.  The permit allows applicants to live, work, and study in Portugal, travel freely across Europe, and eventually become a Portuguese citizen at the end of five years.

In this article, you will find all the data and statistics surrounding the Golden Visa program in Portugal.

SEF Portugal Golden Visa Statistics for February 2021

In February 2021;

  • 100 main applicants were granted Golden Visa status by SEF
    • 135 family members accompanies the main applicants as dependents

In terms of nationalities, the breakdown for the month of February is:

  • 46 Chinese
  • 7 Brazilian
  • 5 UAE Citizen
  • 4 Pakistani
  • 3 Russian

In terms of investment type, the breakdown for the month of February is:

  • 89 applicants purchased real estate
    • 65 for €500,000+ properties
    • 24 for €350,000 renovated properties
  • 11 applicants pursued capital transfer
    • 9 for Portuguese investment funds
    • 2 for capital transfer to the bank

All Time Portugal Golden Visa Statistics: 2012-2021

Nationalities (2012-2021)

The largest number of applicants have consistently been from China for every year since the launch of the Golden Visa program in Portugal.  A close second in terms of nationalities is Brazil, and then comes Turkey.

Below, you can see a breakdown of nationalities that received their Portuguese Golden Visa between 2012 and 2021.

According to the above table, below, you can clearly see the top five Portugal Golden Visa nationalities and their volume.

Golden Visa Investment Type

The below chart displays the breakdown of investment types that applicants pursued for their applications.

Real estate acquisition in Portugal represents the clear majority.

It is important to point out that, although real estate dominates the chart, Portuguese venture capital / investment fund is a trending investment method.  

The reason it has such a low representation in the pie is because it only gained popularity as of 2019, when the minimum required investment amount dropped from €500,000 to €350,000.  The amount will increase back to €500,000 as of January 1st, 2022.

Family Reunification: Number of Dependants

Under the family reunification rule of Portugal Golden Visa, the dependents of main applicants can also benefit from the program.

In the below chart, you will see the number of main applicants (investors) and the number of family members that they tagged on to their applications.

Portugal Golden Visa 2020 Month by Month Breakdown of Nationalities

Source: Get Golden Visa


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