Portugal Golden Visa is a very simple process. Check step by step:
1 – The investor sends complete and signed documents and the lawyer schedule the appointment for the investor. The documents are: Signed service agreement with Mercan/one of its partners, Signed declaration, Coloured readable copy of Passport (and translation if not in Portuguese, English of French) of every family member, and Complete “Golden Visa- Online Pre-register” form (to be filled out by every family member).
2 – Now it’s time for the document authentication. First, the investor receives legal package. After, the investor goes to the Portuguese Embassy to sign and certify legal documents (Power of Attorney, Lease Agreement and Investor’s Agreement). Later, the investor sends certified legal documents and additional documents needed to open a bank account. The Portugal bank account will be opened under the investor’s name. And the additional documents to open are: Proof of address (document issued in the name of the investor and dated less than 3 months), and Proof of activity/employment and List of net assets.
3- The final step is the preparation for visiting Portugal. Now, the investor obtains personal documents for SEF interview. These must be issued up to three months prior the submission to SEF, translated to Portuguese and authenticated. The personal documents are: Criminal record of Investor and each family member 16 years old or above, Marriage certificate, if applicable, Birth Certificate, and Proof of continuing studies, if applicable. It is important to notice that the document authentication process varies per country.
The investor applies for Shengen visa after receiving appointment date with SEF and he/she attains Health Insurance subscription for every family member. Later, the investor transfers investments to Portuguese bank account. The deed of ownership is issued to the investor after the purchase is executed. Finally, the investor travels to Portugal for SEF interview and sings SEF’s application form and Sworn Statement upon arrival.