Portugal – ARI: Residence Permit for Investment

Real estate investors and people who add to the economy, facilitate research, or create jobs in Portugal can move there with an ARI, a visa with tax and residency advantages.



Warm and welcoming, Portugal is known for its rich history, artisanal foods, and dramatic coastline tempting surfers with tremendous waves. Experience Lisbon’s creative culture, taste famous wines in Porto and Madeira, or relax in the Algarve. As a resident of Portugal, you can also watch the fog roll in over the sea while spotting whales in the Azores, a center for sustainability and adventure travel. 

Low residency requirements (2 weeks per year) and tax advantages make the ARI an attractive route to permanent residency and citizenship in Portugal and the EU.

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 150.39 Mbps download/ 67.56 Mbps upload

Mobile: 51.93 Mbps download/13.46 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 50 globally 


$416,000 in real estate requiring renovation (or $594,000 without). (After July 2021, investment must be outside of Lisbon, Porto, and the coast.)

$297,000+ invested in routes including entrepreneurship, job creation, and philanthropy 

2 weeks per year residency 


Application Process

Apply online through the ARI Portal.

The portal gives you a streamlined way to upload all documents, register your legal representation, pay fees, and request family reunification.

You will also schedule your in-person appointment with the Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, or SEF) through the portal. The procedure is simplified for investors and only requires one visit to the SEF to deliver your documents and provide biometrics.

Documents Required

Documents can include:

Other documents may be required.

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