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Decree Law No. 14/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 30/2021, Series I of 2021-02-12
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 14/2021
  • Pages: 21 - 24

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law changes the legal scheme for the entry, stay, exit and deportation of foreign citizens from the national territory.

What is going to change?

With this decree-law, there is an increase of the amounts involving "Investment activity".

“Investment activity" is considered to be any activity carried out personally or through a company which leads to the realisation of the transfer of capital and for a minimum period of five years.

Therefore, the following values will now be considered:

    • Capital transfer in the amount equal to or greater than 1.5 million euros;
    • Capital transfer in the amount equal to or higher than 500,000€, which is applied in research activities developed by public or private scientific research institutions, integrated in the national scientific and technological system;
    • Capital transfers equal to or greater than 500,000€, for the acquisition of investment units in investment funds;
    • Capital transfers in the amount equal to or higher than 500,000€, for the incorporation of a commercial company with registered office in national territory.

The acquisition of property with a value equal to or over 500,000€ is only allowed when the dwellings are located in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira or in inland territories.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law aims to bridge regional differences, namely in the country's inland territory, promoting quality of life and sustainable development.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 1 January 2022.

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