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.
- Renewable after 1 year
- Path to Permanent Residence
- Bring family
- Favorable tax terms
- Short physical residency requirements
- EU member
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.
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
- Fees start around $7,000, with additional fees for dependents.
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 can include:
- Completed application form
- Documents relating to your investment (varies according to your situation)
- Proof of funds to make the investment and their legal origin
- Information about your legal representation and power of attorney
- Police check from your country of origin and place of residence (if different)
- Permission for a police records check
- Travel and health insurance
- Several recent passport photos
Other documents may be required.