Portugal Golden Visa Program


Don't miss the opportunity to invest and become a European resident along with your family. Investment amount starting at 280 000 Euros. Fill out the form to receive a brochure by email and get more details about the Portugal Golden Visa Program.


If you are looking for an opportunity to invest and become a resident in Europe, that is definitively the right program for you. The program’s main benefits are the various choices of investments, fast processing, and a minimal requirement for residency. This makes Golden Visa the fastest-growing investment immigration program in Europe.

About Golden Visa Program

The Portugal Golden Visa is the most popular program to obtain European residence permit through investment activity in Portugal. By investing 280 000 EUR or 350 000 EUR in certain real estate projects, you can become a resident in Europe.

Residence permit holders have the right to live, work, and reside in Portugal. Also, Golden Visa holders can enjoy the benefit of travelling visa-free within the 26 nation members of the Schengen zone.

Family members of the investor (spouse, financially dependent children, and financially dependent parents) may also be included in the application. After keeping the investment for five years, the investor and his/her family members can become Portuguese/European citizens.

About Real Estate Investment

There are several good reasons to invest in the real estate business and the tourism sector in Portugal other than a low-risk investment in a growing market.

By investing in specific real estate projects, such as Lapa Porto Hotel or the Evora Hotel, investors become eligible to apply for the Portugal Golden Visa Program. The Golden Visa is a fast and straightforward gateway for high-net-worth individuals to obtain EU citizenship.

EU citizens have many rights and benefits, such as high-quality education and access to a very efficient health care system. In addition, Portuguese/EU citizens have a very powerful passport and are visa-free to more than 170 countries.


Why invest in Porto, Portugal?

In 2018, 482.7 million Euros were generated by the Tourism and Hospitality industry in the areas of Porto and North Portugal. Porto houses a world heritage site by UNESCO. Tourism is a growing industry in Portugal: a 17% growth in the number of visitors in the country (20 million visits) in 2017.

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year, and 850 km of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round. Porto, the second biggest city in the country, was elected The Best European Destination in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Porto’s primary source of revenue comes from Tourism and Exportation. Porto is among the top 5 cities that welcome tourists in the EU with an occupancy rate of over 70%. Hence, the real estate business and the hotel industry are one of the most profitable investment opportunities currently available in Portugal, especially in Porto.

Why is Portugal Golden Visa an excellent option for investors?

The Portugal Golden Visa is a profitable and safe choice that concedes lots of benefits with very few requirements for its applicants. There are no requirements for language, management experience, or education credentials to apply for the Golden Visa. It's a fast and simple process to receive residence permits.

Portugal doesn't charge tax on worldwide income. In addition, the investment can be refundable after five years (depending on the project). Also, Golden Visa holders have the right to live, to work, do business, to study in Portugal, and can travel freely within the Schengen zone. Investors can easily apply for citizenship and be granted EU benefits for them and their families.

How many investors benefited from the Portugal Golden Visa Program?

According to the statistic of SEF, from October 2012 to October 2020, Portugal has issued 9,254 residence permits for investors and 15,864 residence permits for family members under the Portugal Golden Visa Program.

Total foreign investment in Portugal surpassed 5.5 billion EUR, of which 5 billion EUR were invested in purchasing real estate. Most of the investors came from China, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and Russia.

Advantages of the Golden Visa Program

  • - No requirement for management experience
  • - No requirement for language or education credentials
  • - Simple Processing
  • - Investment can be refundable after 5 years (Depends on the project)
  • - Travel freely within the Schengen zone
  • - Portugal doesn’t charge tax on worldwide income
  • - Apply for citizenship easily and be granted EU benefits
  • - Right to live, do business, to study in Portugal

Requirements of the Golden Visa Program

    • - Possess a valid passport and reside legally in a country
    • - Investment period for at least 5 years or until the time the investor can get the Permanent Residence card.
    • - Minimum time required to stay in Portugal is on average 7 days per year
    • - After the 5th year the Investor can apply for Portugal/ EU citizenship or Permanent residency
    • - Comply with the Health Insurance Policy

Lapa Porto Hotel

       Évora Hotel

Investment Projects Currently Available

The Portugal Golden Visa Program is perhaps the path with the best value and ease to a European passport.  With an investment of either 350,000 or 280,000 Euros and a stay in Portugal of 35 days over 5 years, you are able to get a Portuguese passport.  Presently, Mercan has two exceptional projects approved for the Portugal Golden Visa program.

Lapa Porto Hotel

Our first project is the Lapa Marriott Renaissance hotel and convention center, located in the heart of Porto.  This project requires an investment of 350,000 Euros, while providing an annual return of 3%. The unique feature of this investment is that it provides a guaranteed Buy-Back of your investment after 5 years. (*Please note than the Portuguese government is considering raising the price on this category of Golden Visa sometime next year so we recommend proceeding rather quickly so you can submit your file before any changes occur since the government confirmed that any and all cases submitted will be grandfathered in.)

Évora Hotel  

The second project is in Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located one hour east of Lisbon.  This project will operate under an internationally recognized hotel brand, which will bring the perfect concept to give the hotel a vibrant, modern, and sophisticated atmosphere where an open plan space is combined with ingenious detailing and light furniture to allow maximum flexibility. The required investment amount for this project is 280,000 Euros. This project will also have a guaranteed Buy-Back of your investment after 5 years.


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Fill out the form on the top of the page, receive the Portugal Golden Visa brochure by email and get a free consultation. Our representatives will be pleased to help you with any questions you might have and will be ready to assist you during the entire application process. If you are looking for a way to protect your capital, make a predictable return while holding the investment, and obtain European residency, you should definitely apply today for the Golden Visa Program.