This is the most widely held visa program in Europe due to its flexibility and benefits to applicants. Started in 2012, the Portuguese government has extensively endorsed this investor visa program. An investment ranging from €350,000-€500,000 in real estate in the country will grant the visa holder a residency permit. It also gives a residency permit for a family with minor children.

The Golden visa holder can apply for permanent residency and citizenship after five years without necessarily living in the country. The only requirements are two weeks’ visit every two years and a demonstration of bonds to Portugal with a pass in a basic language test. Note that this visa grants you admittance to the EU Schengen zone.