Portugal offers many attractions to new residents and to holders of residence permits, and Belion member firms have an unrivalled knowledge and experience in assisting clients with all issues involved.
Belion Partners offers a fully comprehensive consultancy service that can advise you of the best route to take towards Portuguese residency. There are various options available, and for every client, we can identify the permit that would be most suitable for your individual circumstances. Some options are more appropriate for citizens of the European Union, the EEA and Switzerland, while other pathways to full residency are available for for other citizens, including investors, passive income earners, qualified professionals and business people.
Whichever form of residency you may choose, at Belion Partners, our experts will assist you with all of the necessary formalities, cutting down on delays and rejected applications.
EU, EEA And Swiss Citizens:
For citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, there are only two mandatory requirements for Portuguese residency. First of all, a five-year Residence Certificate must be obtained by the SEF (Foreigners and Borders Agency) via the local town hall - this will be signposted as the 'Câmara Municipal.' Secondly, it is compulsory to register for tax purposes at any tax office or Citizens' Shop (known as the Repartição de Finanças and the Loja do Cidadão).
Shortly before five years have elapsed, you will need to return to the Town Hall to swap the Residence Certificate for a Permanent Residence Certificate, and the process is repeated every five years after that.
For citizens of the United Kingdom, although there is currently uncertainty over immigration arrangements after Brexit at the end of March 2019, the proposed lengthy transition period will mean that the above information will apply for the foreseeable future.
Non-EU, EEA And Swiss Citizens:
There are a myriad of rules and regulations for residency permits that apply to those coming from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland. However, generally speaking, it should be possible to become a resident of Portugal when applying for a so-called 'Golden Visa' (the document that is issued when making certain types of investment in the country, including real estate) or, for the family members of the main applicant, a 'Family Reunification Permit.'
Additionally, a permit can be applied for when holding a long-term residency permit issued by another state within the European Union and special considerations also apply for human trafficking victims. Other business-related reasons can be considered for Portuguese residency, and you can view a full breakdown here.
Taxation - Getting To Grips With The Non-Habitual Regime (NHR):
One of the most complex elements when gaining residency is the Non-Habitual Residence regime (NHR) for tax reporting. People who obtain the right to reside in the country are also entitled to register for this taxation regime, and Belion Partners can provide you with expert insights about the best way to utilise any existing double taxation arrangements.
The arrangement is only open to people working in a clearly defined list of professions, and you can read these here. For a comprehensive tax consultancy service for those getting Portuguese residency, you can read more here - with the right advice you can make the most of the NHR regime.
Whatever your personal circumstances may be, at Belion Partners, we can put you in touch with experts who will help you to become a legal Portuguese resident. On top of this, we can also advise you about gaining full citizenship - this is usually possible once you have held a residency permit for five years.
To make an enquiry, you can email us at [email protected], or alternatively, please contact us by telephone on +44 203 004 8972. These details are for our London office, but if necessary we can direct your enquiry to an appropriate Belion practice in Portugal.