Portugal Golden Visa Changes 2022

Originally published at: Portugal Golden Visa Changes 2022 | GoVisaFree

At last.

After a year of ambiguity, speculation, and unofficial announcements, the Portuguese Government published the updates to the Golden Visa law on February 12, 2021.  The changes came into effect on January 1st, 2022.

Let’s dive into what will change and how this should affect you.

What Are the Portugal Golden Visa Changes 2022?

There are two main changes:

  • Where you can buy a property in Portugal to qualify for a Golden Visa
  • How much you need to invest to qualify for a Golden Visa

1. Portugal Golden Visa 2022: You can no longer invest in Lisbon, Porto, or the Coast

  • In order to qualify for a Portugal Golden Visa through real estate acquisition, the property needs to be in certain designated areas. The minimum investment amounts will not change.
  • You can only make a property acquisition in the interior mainland of Portugal, or the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores.  You can find a list of qualifying areas here.
  • Properties purchased in Lisbon, Porto, or anywhere on the coast of the mainland are not be eligible for a Golden Visa application. Yes, that includes Cascais, Sintra, the Algarve, and the Silver Coast.
  • Mind you, not all real estate property types are created equal.  The geographical restrictions only apply to residential properties in Portugal.  The changes to Portugal Golden Visa don’t not affect any other type of property, they can still be purchased anywhere in Portugal to qualify for a Golden Visa.

2. Portugal Golden Visa New Rules: Minimum Investment Amount Increased to €500,000 for Funds

  • The real estate changes were well expected for over a year.  I was thinking the €350,000 investment in Portuguese investment funds would be the savior option.  Perhaps I was wrong.
  • The minimum investment amount for the funds increased from €350,000 to €500,000.

3. Portugal Golden Visa New Rules: Other Minimum Investment Requirements Also Increased

Some other, although less popular, investment methods also went through changes.

  • Minimum capital transfer requirement increased from €1 million to €1,5 million
  • The minimum R&D investment amount increased from €350,000 to €500,000

If you are generous enough to donate €250,000 to Arts and Culture in Portugal, that option will not change. Neither will the requirement to create 10 new jobs through a company.

When Did the Portugal Golden Visa Changes Come Into Effect?

The changes came into effect on January 1st, 2022.

The changes will not apply retroactively.  This means that if you apply for a Golden Visa before December 31st, 2021, you won’t be affected by the above changes.

Both property acquisition and fund subscription take a fair amount of time to close the deal.

While you research your options, it is best that you start getting together the necessary documentation to submit your application.

I highly recommend that you work with a local investment advisory company in order to decide on your investment and with a local law firm in order to submit your GV application before Golden Visa Portugal changes.

I like to stay as an independent third party at an equal distance to all firms.  But, I am human too.  I have formed some favorites after my extensive research on the program.  Feel free to contact us to get an opinion and an introduction to the right person on the right team.

Frequently Asked Questions on Portugal Golden Visa 2022

When did the Portugal Golden Visa changes come into effect?

Portugal Golden Visa changes became effective as of January 1st, 2022. 

Is Golden Visa Portugal suspended?

No, the program is still available. However, some changes were made on the 1st of January, 2022, as we’ve explained.

Can I buy commercial property in Lisbon to get a Golden Visa?

Yes, buying commercial property in Lisbon can make you eligible for Portugal Golden Visa, even after Portugal Golden visa rule changes.

Hello there, will these changes affect the minimum investment amount for low-density population areas? Will they remain as 400,000€ and 280,000€ or increase?

Hey Wade, I was searching on the topic. Seems like it’s not clear that. I’ve heard Monchique is one of the first places approved to hold 280K threshold after Jan 22.

Pretty sure the Golden Visa program will stay in tact in the low density areas. So, the 280K€ option will still be available, and so will the 400K€.

Also, the changes in Lisbon, Porto and the areas by the water will only impact the residential real estate, not the commercial or industrial properties.