D2 Visa vs Golden Visa in Portugal

The D2 visa is called the "immigrant entrepreneur" visa for a reason. Not only do you need to prove your income to obtain this visa, but your income needs to come from a specific source.In order to qualify for a D2 visa, your income needs to come from a business you started yourself or a business you buy. This is a rather unique set of circumstances.

The Golden Visa is going to require you to spend more money and time in order to qualify.Someone in possession of a Golden Visa only needs to stay in the country for 7 consecutive days.

For a D2 Visa, you'll need to stay in Portugal all the time unless your business requires you to travel. For that reason, we think most people would benefit from the Golden Visa over the D2 Visa.

Category
D2 Startup Visa
Golden Visa

Minimum investment and requirements

Requires you to start a new business, with an minimum investment of around 5K €
- Real estate in rural areas: 280K€
- Residential property in Porto, Lisbon or Algarve need a tourist licence.
- Hotel Shares  €500K (buyback)
- Treasury securities / Government bonds €1.5M
- Bank Deposits  €1.5M

Criteria to be eligible
to apply

- Have a NIF number. Get 10% discount with Bordr
- Be a non-EU national.
- Have a startup or are looking to begin one
- Have a clean criminal record
- Have a NIF number. Get 10% discount with Bordr
- Have the minimum investment
- Have a clean criminal record

Where to apply

Portuguese consulate in country of residency
In Portugal, personally or through a representative

Visa cost

Between €300 and €650 *
€5,870 approx

Turn around

Stage 1: One month
Stage 2: Interview in 90 days
1-4 months

Issued for

Entrepreneurs
Investors – Real Estate or Capital transfer investments

Permanent residency

After 5 years of uninterrupted living
After 5 years (no strict residence conditions)

Additional benefits

- Eligibility for NHR status
- Up to five entrepreneurs can apply per project
NHR tax regime

Rights

Live, work, study, healthcare
Live, work, study, healthcare

Citizenship

After 5 years of uninterrupted living
After 5-6 years (no strict residence conditions just meet 1-2 weeks visit to Portugal every year)

Family members

They will have to apply with a Family Reunion Visa
Yes

Resident permit

A Residence Permit will be issued. Permanent Residence Permit after 5 years
- Temporary Residence Permit after 2 years
- Permanent Residence Permit after 5 years

Health insurance

Required
Required

Accommodation requirements

Not required
Not required

Visa free movement

Schengen and certain EU countries
Schengen and certain EU countries

Residency conditions

Requires you to live in Portugal for the majority of the year (unless your business requires you to travel).
Minimum 7 days per year, or 14 days every 2 years