Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is bordered by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean and has been a member state of the European Union since January 1, 1986. Portugal’s diverse culture, pleasant Mediterranean climate, and beautiful architectural heritage are what draw people to this quickly growing economy. Portugal has ranked #24 on the U.S. News List of Best Countries globally. It also ranked #18 for Citizenship and #20 for Quality of Life. Long stretches of beach, a mild climate boasting 2799 hours of sunshine per year, and 15 UNESCO Heritage sites makes this country a popular destination for visitors and immigrants alike. In 2017, over 12 million foreigners visited Portugal – rising 12% year after year.
GOLDEN VISA PROGRAM
STEP GLOBAL does free assessment for eligibility / IF APPLICANT CHOOSES TO VISIT PORTUGAL – Obtain letter of invitation and Schengen Visa for Portugal Visit / Itinerary for property visits are created as per Applicant’s needs and requests
Applicant visits Portugal and views various properties / Applicant meets with lawyers in Portugal to grant Power of Attorney (POA) (IF APPLICANT DOES NOT VISIT THIS CAN BE DONE FROM ABROAD) / Applicant opens bank account in Portugal (CAN ALSO SOMETIMES BE DONE FROM ABROAD)
Transfer made for chosen property / Application is submitted online on the SEF portal along with required documentation and proof of property purchase / Once documents have been checked, originals should be submitted / Biometrics appointment is scheduled
Within 90 days – Application is processed (may be up to 6 months for certain nationalities) / Final Government Fees are paid and Golden Visa is Issued