The recent and attractive special regime of investment residence authorization named Golden Visa, has generated a growing investment in the Portuguese real estate market. Among other benefits, once the residence authorization is obtained to investment activities, the citizens of foreign countries acquire, for themselves and for their family, free access to Schengen Area that nowadays covers 26 countries.

Chinese citizens lead the list of the principal investors adding 168 on the total 226 titles of investment residence already given, immediately followed by Brazilian and Russian citizens.

It appears that from the 143, 5 million euros from the total of investment in Portugal, 118.5 million euros concern to the real estate investment, estimated in at least 500 thousand euros, regarding that only 25 million euros concern to the capital transfer, which is another mean foreseen by the law to obtain the Golden Visa.