Portugal granted 766 golden visas in 2015, compared with 1,526 awarded in 2014, the best year ever for this scheme to attract foreign investment, according to figures released Tuesday by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF).
By country of origin, China continued to lead by number of residence permits granted for investment activity (ARI), with 2,202, followed by Brazil with 105 and Russia with 97.
Between October 2012, when the measure was put in place, and 2015, the ARI’s granted accounted for a total investment of 1.693 billion euros.
Of this amount, 1.528 billion resulted from real estate purchases and 165.4 million euros from capital transfer.
To date, 2,635 golden visas have been awarded for purchasing real estate, 149 for capital transfers and 4 by creating at least 10 jobs. (macauhub/BR/CN/PT)