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Navigating the benefits of Portugal Visas: We are able to help British expats like you establish your residency in Portugal.

From renowned beaches and resorts to bucolic villages and dynamic cities, Portugal attracts droves of UK expats in search of a better life. There are a number of Portugal residency schemes available and attractive tax benefits for anyone moving to Portugal from UK.

The country offers a range of Tax Benefits to British expats looking to obtain a Portugal Visa to retire in Portugal.

Golden Visa Portugal

Is there a pathway to residency in Portugal via real estate investment?

Yes, the Portuguese Golden Visa (Autorização de Residência para Investimento [ARI] ) offers residency through investment for expats in Portugal, typically real estate.

You must purchase real estate valued at €500,000 or above, or €400,000 if the property is in a low-density area. Please be aware that properties in Lisbon, Porto and parts of the Algarve are excluded from this scheme.

Holders of a Golden Visa (commonly referred to as a Portugal Schengen Visa) can apply for permanent residency and later citizenship after five years in Portugal. It’s particularly suited to those who travel frequently or spend long periods of time in the UK as the Golden Visa requires just seven days of residency in Portugal in the first year, and 14 days in the following successive two-year periods.

The key benefits of Portugal visas can be summarised for you as follows:

  • The ability to live, work and study in Portugal for you and your family.
  • Visa-free travel in the Schengen Area.
  • A route to Portuguese citizenship and the right to live and reside in the EU.
  • The right to apply for Non-Habitual Residency status, which offers a range of tax benefits in the first 10 years of residency in the country. This includes income tax at a flat rate of 20%, and the ability to receive UK company dividends tax free. Pension income is set at 10%, with the potential for holders of a QROPS or QNUPS pension to achieve lower rates depending on how income benefits are structured. Foreign source income is exempt from taxation.

D7 Visa Portugal

I want to retire in Portugal from the UK – how do I obtain residency?

A D7 Visa Portugal or Passive Income Visa is designed for those who can show they receive a passive income from sources such as pensions, investments and rental properties. It can also be used for those working remotely, depending on the approval of employers. The Portugal D7 Visa gives you leave to remain in Portugal for four months, and then the ability to obtain a residence permit for one year. The permit can be renewed every two years, and after five years permanent residency can be achieved.

D2 Visa Portugal

Can I get a visa if I establish a business in Portugal?

The D2 Visa in Portugal is designed for independent professionals, freelancers and entrepreneurs. You need to establish a company (for example a limited liability company or sole proprietorship) in the country, alongside a business plan and proof of financial assets to fund the venture.

Talk to Us

If you are planning on moving to Portugal from the UK; speak directly to an expert about your requirements to establish residency in Portugal and the need for a Portugal Visa.

Please contact us on Tel: +44 207 998 0570 or email connect@fwm.gi