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Portuguese Citizenship

Become a European Citizen


Because what moves us, is the will, because the walls no longer limit us. We are unparalleled discoverers, from the seas that surround us and from the land beyond the sea, we are the essence of dreams and the reality of them. There are no barriers, no borders that do not let us dream, we conquer the world and move in it.

We were always realistic in the departures and conquerors in the arrivals. From here, from this small Portuguese territory the conquest of the world is natural because: The world is global, because there are not several citizens, but citizens who have a unique, global citizenship that brings us the possibility of living wherever we want.

Become a citizen of the world from Portugal, country with more than 800 years of history, maturity, development and social peace. The country that waits for you to invest in your citizenship through Europe.

Walk with us in this new citizenship ... in this global world.

Quality of Life

Quality of life is a result of the perfect combination of human factors, such as the promotion of education, the environment, health (and health tourism), social stability, cultural and architectural heritage, natural factors related to the privileged geographical location (convergence of 3 continents - Europe, America and Africa), its geography (beaches, plains, mountains and sea) and with a temperate Mediterranean climate, therefor the winters are mild and the summers hot and dry. Portugal is the European country with the most hours of sunshine a year. An affable people, who are proud in their roots.


Portugal is the 5th most peaceful and secure country in the world in a sample of 163 countries (Global Peace Index 2016) and ranks 28th out of 168 countries in Transparency International (Corruption Perception Index 2015).

This results from the very essence of its people, from the sense of civility and respect, from political and governmental stability, from the work of security forces and services, from criminal police agencies, and from protection and relief services.


Portugal is a Member State of the European Union and is part of the Schengen Area (The Schengen area is a part of the territory of the European Union where there are no internal border controls).

The most significant milestone in the creation of a European internal market with free movement of persons was the Schengen Agreement, which translates into:

  • Abolition of controls at European internal borders for all persons;
  • EU citizens only have to present their identity card or passport to enter the Schengen area;
  • A common visa policy for short stays;
  • Police and judicial cooperation.

In Portugal, this freedom of movement and freedom of action is enjoyed, as Portugal is the third country with the most moral freedom in the world.

The Indicator on Moral Freedom in the World aims to demonstrate the freedom of human beings based on the moral restrictions imposed by the State, based on religious, bioethical, drug, sexual, and gender and family criteria.


The figure of the non-habitual resident aims, as in other countries, the appeal of skilled professionals in the various sectors of economic activity to Portugal through the establishment of a particularly attractive tax regime.

According to article 16 of the IRS Code, non-habitual residents in Portuguese territory are deemed to be taxable persons who, by becoming fiscally resident under the terms of paragraphs 1 or 2 of that article, have not been resident in Portuguese territory in any of the previous five years and which remain in Portugal at least 183 days per year.

The taxable person who wishes to acquire the status of non-habitual resident must apply to be registered as a non-habitual resident when registering as a resident in Portuguese territory or, thereafter, until 31 of March of the year following that in which he becomes a resident in that territory.

With this registration in the registry of taxpayers of the Tax and Customs Authority (TA), the taxpayer acquires the right to be taxed as such for a period of 10 consecutive years starting from the year inclusive of his registration as a resident in Portuguese territory, provided that in each of those 10 years is considered resident there.

This 10-year period is non-extendable.

[See here all the information about Tax Regime for Non-Habitual Residents]


The status of a non-habitual resident in Portugal, which has been in force since January 2013, allows any pensioner of the European Union a tax exemption for ten years, provided that he has not been resident in Portugal for the past five years. The statute also covers professionals who perform a high added value activity, who may benefit from a reduced IRS rate of 20 percent.

Foreign pensioners whose pensions are paid by another state other than the Portuguese but who choose to reside in Portugal will be able to receive their pensions without paying any IRS. This tax exemption may also be granted to Portuguese emigrants returning to the country. This exemption from IRS can also be enjoyed by retired Portuguese emigrants, provided that they meet the requirements to have the status of non-habitual resident, in particular not having been resident in the previous five years.

Succession planning

On the other hand, Portugal offers a very favorable regime for free transmissions, in particular in matters of hereditary succession.

The tax on successions and donations was abolished in Portugal and replaced by the Stamp Tax (IS) on free transfers of assets as a result of the Taxation of Heritage, introduced by Decree-Law no. 287/2003 of 12 from November.

The IS rate applicable to death grants and successions is 10%. In the specific case of donations of real estate or partial figures of this right over real estate, the rate of 0.8% is added up, and taxation is therefore cumulated. In donations of real estate between spouses, cohabitation, descendants and ascendants, applies only the rate of 0.8%.