The Portuguese authorities have decided to update the residency-by-investment programme in a bid to push more foreign investors towards low residency regions.
The decision has been taken by Portugal’s Council of Ministers, who have agreed on the modification of the residence permits program by investment under the legislative authorization granted by the State Budget Law of 2020.
The programme, which is widely known as “Golden Visa Programme”, has been updated in an attempt of the government to promote the investment of foreigners in low-density regions, in particular through urban rehabilitation, cultural heritage, activities of high environmental or social value, productive investment and job creation.
The new programme will become effective on mid-2021, July 1, while a transitional period will be imposed from then on, until the end of the year.
Thus, investors who want to benefit from Portugal residency, and the freedom of movement throughout the rest of the European Union countries, will no longer be able to invest in bigger cities as Lisbon and Porto.
Currently, there are eight types of eligible investments in the Portuguese Golden Visa programme, including the Green Visa which permits foreigners to obtain Portuguese residency if they invest a minimum of €500,000 in organic agriculture, ecotourism, renewable energy and other environmental projects.
The government expects the new changes to the programme to attract more foreigners.