Portugal has one of the most successful immigration programs in Europe. The Golden Visa Programme launched by the Portuguese Authorities is a fast track for foreign investors from non-EU countries to obtain a fully valid residency permit in Portugal (“Golden Visa”).
Under the Golden Visa programme, non-EU citizens simply need to carry out one of the investments set out in the law to qualify to obtain a residency permit in Portugal. This residency permit will allow the investor and his family members to enter and/or live in Portugal and to travel freely within the vast majority of European countries (Schengen space).
The main requirement of the program is that you create at least 10 jobs in Portugal and register each employee in the Portuguese Social Security system.
The social security rate paid by companies in Portugal is 23.75% of gross wages, while the rate employees pay on their salaries is 11%. To qualify for the visa, both rates must be met.
Additionally, the corporate tax rate is currently at 21%, although there are ways to keep your taxes to a minimum. And, while personal income is taxed at 56.5%, you can potentially eliminate income tax as non habitual residents.