Portugal Golden Visas Help Overseas Property Investment

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Portuguese real estate investment incentive the ‘Golden Visa’ is proving a success with wealthy Chinese international property investors.

Golden Visas are temporary-residency
permits to foreign investors and could help Chinese, Russian and Indian
investors access to Europe. They reward international investors who transfer
capital, create jobs, and buy property in Portugal 

Golden Visas are set to become
well known in the overseas property sector as they could be the number one
reason to attract international investment.

Overseas buyers must pay a minimum of
€500,000 ($670,000) for a property to be eligible for a five-year residency

Eligibility for a Golden Visa in Portugal

You may apply either individually or
through a company
conducting, at least, one of the following activities in a Portuguese national territory for a
minimum period of five

1.) Capital transfer with a value equal to
or above 1 million Euros;

2.) Creation of, at least, 10 job positions

3) Purchase of real estate with a value
equal to or

above 500 thousand Euros.

more information at www.sef.pt

Businessweek.com report that a total of 102
visas has been granted since the program began last year, according to the
Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service, mostly to Chinese buyers.

Edmund Zhao, a real estate developer from
Hangzhou in eastern China, expects to receive his permit any day now after
paying €700,000 for an apartment in the resort town of Cascais. Zhao must spend
at least seven days in Portugal during the first year and 14 days every two
years thereafter.

Bloomberg.com report that buyers from
mainland China typically look for immigration opportunities in southern Europe
for their families because of the drop in real estate prices, said Wang Ning, a
manager in the international property department at SouFun in Beijing. Some
visas allow buyers to live and travel freely within Europe’s borderless Schengen Area, made up of 26 countries
from Finland in the north to
Greece in the south.

Greece, Cyprus and Spain also offer the
visa incentive with varying levels of real estate investment required.
To qualify for a golden visa in Greece you
need to invest a min 250,000 Euros, in Cyprus the amount is 300,000 Euros
whilst in Spain it is 500,000 Euros.

author: Nick

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