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Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa

In the context of Portugal's Golden Visa program, the GV in cultural activities refers to contributing funds that support and promote cultural initiatives, events, or projects in the country.             

This could include sponsoring art exhibitions, music festivals, cinema projects, heritage preservation, and other cultural endeavours. 

Investors choosing this option as part of the GV program demonstrate their commitment to fostering cultural development and would benefit from an active role playing in enhancing the cultural vibrancy of the local community.

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The Art and Culture Heritage Golden Visa, Explained

Sandra Jardim Fernandes, Portuguese Immigration Lawyer and SjF CEO, introduces the key concepts and main benefits of the Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa.

Benefits of a Portuguese Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa

  • Residency: The primary benefit is the right to reside in Portugal. Successful applicants and their families receive a residence permit, allowing them to live, work, and study in Portugal.
  • Family Reunification: The program enables the main applicant to include dependent family members, such as a spouse, children, and in some cases, dependent parents, under the same application.
  • Path to Citizenship:  Recent citizenship law changes allow residency time in Portugal to count towards citizenship eligibility after a five-year period starting from the moment of the Golden Visa application submission. This pathway  provides access to all the rights and privileges enjoyed by Portuguese citizens.
  • Freedom of Movement: Holders of the Portuguese Golden Visa can travel freely within the Schengen Area, comprising 27 European countries with open borders, without the need for additional visas.
  • Education and Healthcare: Residency through the Golden Visa program provides access to Portugal's education and healthcare systems. Residents may benefit from public services or choose private options
  • Networking: Portugal's strategic location, and business-friendly environment may present international business opportunities for investors, facilitating networking and economic engagement.
  • Specific benefits: Each of the institutions that make part of the portfolio offers different benefits to their sponsors.

Why live in Portugal?

A mild climate, affordable cost of living, beautiful landscapes, rich culture and history, a high quality of life, a well-regarded healthcare system, safety, diverse cuisine, and welcoming locals make Portugal one of the best places to live.

If you are not interested in residing in Portugal, you will only be asked to be int the country for a period of 14 days, in each 2 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Would I be able to choose the plan I want to finance with my investment?

Yes. The plan allows you to choose within the approved projects, the one that corresponds with your interests or your needs.

What is the minimum investment amount for the Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa?

Regarding the residence by investment in Culture and Heritage program, the minimum amount is of €250,000 in high density regions, or €200,000 in low density regions. (know more)

What are the requirements for the Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa??
To apply for an Art and Cultural Golden Visa in Portugal in 2024, you will need a valid passport; proof of health insurance coverage in Portugal; a clean criminal record from the country where you lived for the last year, before submitting the application, and proof of the investment deposit in the form of a declaration, that the investment in a project eligible for the Golden Visa is fully paid.

You will also need to fill out an application submission form issued by SEF, Portugal's immigration service. After your residence is approved, to maintain it, you must stay in Portugal for a period of 14 days every 2 years.
Where can I travel with an Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa???

The Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa allows the privilege of traveling visa-free within the Schengen Area, which encompasses 27 European countries.

Do I get any specific benefits or returns from the selected institution?

It depends on the plan you choose to invest. Each institution grates their donors in a different way. 

Contact us to know more about the projects part of this portfolio! For a sneak peek, check the section "Certified Institutions"

Certified Institutions for the Art and Cultural Heritage Golden Visa

Fundação Serralves

The Fundação de Serralves is a renowned cultural institution based in Porto, established in 1989. The foundation is a cultural hub, hosting contemporary art exhibitions, cultural events, and festivals. Emphasizing education, it offers workshops, guided tours, and outreach programs, fostering public engagement. 

It includes the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, celebrated for its modern architecture by Álvaro Siza Vieira. The Serralves Villa, an Art Deco mansion within the park, adds to the cultural richness of this prominent institution.

Serralves organizes and hosts cultural events and festivals throughout the year, creating a vibrant cultural hub in Porto. These events often include music performances, film screenings, and collaborative projects with artists.

Cascais Opera

 Designed as a ‘showcase’ for the most promising new values ​​in operatic singing, Cascais Ópera is open to candidates from all over the world and of all vocal types, aged between 18 and 32.

It is a novelty in the international panorama of lyrical competitions, will have its inaugural edition, at the Centro Cultural de Cascais, at the Casino Estoril, at Casa das Histórias Paula Rego and the final will be at the São Carlos National Theater, in Lisbon.

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

 The Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian has been working to improve people's quality of life through the arts, charity, science and education since 1956. The foundation, based in the heart of Lisbon, hosts contemporary art exhibitions, cultural events, concerts and includes a museum, an arts centre, an orchestra and choir, an art library and archive, and a scientific research institute.

The Foundation also develops innovative programs and projects and supports, through scholarships and grants, social institutions and organizations in Portugal, the United Kingdom and France, as well as in Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and in the Armenian communities.

With decades of experience and a reputation for excellence, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian is a trusted leader in the fields of culture, art, and education. Through grants and scholarships, Gulbenkian nurtures talent, fosters creativity, and drives positive social impact, building a brighter future for generations to come.

Fundação Batalha de Aljubarrota

The classification of this battlefield as an historical place, that began in 2001, has the purpose of preserving and restoring its landscape, as well as preventing that new constructions may destroy archeological remains, or withdraw dignity to the importance of this historical place.

Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest

Explore diverse cultural projects at Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest, in the very heart of Lisbon. From captivating exhibitions to thought-provoking cultural projects, it offers a rich tapestry of artistic experiences. 

Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva

The Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva (FRESS) is a cultural and educational institution founded in 1953 , that focuses on preserving and promoting Portuguese artistic and craft traditions. It is recognized for its dedication to decorative arts, including ceramics, tiles, furniture, tapestry, and goldsmithing. Engaged in restoration projects, the foundation contributes to the conservation of Portugal's artistic and architectural heritage. Through exhibitions, conferences, the School of Decorative Arts, and cultural events, FRESS showcases and fosters dialogue between traditional and contemporary culture, playing a significant role in preserving the country's cultural legacy.

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