A 2024 update on Golden Visa funds

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Is Portugal's Golden Visa still a valuable asset for HNWIs ? We believe so.

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As 2024 unfolds, Portugal's Golden Visa Funds stand at the forefront of strategic residency options for High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs). Amid a dynamic landscape, these funds continue to adapt and evolve, offering new opportunities for investors.

Current Dynamics and Trends:

The shift away from traditional investment avenues has necessitated adaptation within the Golden Visa Funds market. Unlike before, the program now exclusively thrives on fund investments, marking a significant recalibration since 2021.

Two distinct groups of investors shape the current landscape. The first comprises those already inclined towards fund investments, drawn by their inherent advantages. With the transformation of funds, previously property-driven, into a diverse array of options, these investors find expanded opportunities.

The second group, primarily real estate-oriented, is gradually exploring the nuances of fund investments. This diversification allows investors to select from various risk levels associated with different sectors and business plans.

The most resilient options within the market are those guided by entities boasting a track record not only in fund and investment management but also within the specific sector proposed for investment. This amalgamation of sector-specific expertise and financial acumen positions such investments as compelling choices for those seeking stability, growth, and a strategic residency option within Portugal's Golden Visa program.

Global Events and Economic Shifts:

The attractiveness of Portugal's Golden Visa Funds in 2024 is intricately tied to global events. Approximately 64 countries, including key players like the United States, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Venezuela, and more, are scheduled to hold elections. These events, coupled with geopolitical tensions, often create uncertainty, compelling HNWIs to explore alternative residencies as part of their risk mitigation strategy.

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2024 national electoral calendar

Beyond political considerations, Portugal's Golden Visa program maintains its distinctiveness by providing not just residency but a passive pathway to passport and citizenship. This sets Portugal apart from its competitors, offering a unique proposition to potential investors.

Regulatory and Market Changes in 2024:

The year 2024 promises stability after grappling with a series of regulatory shifts starting in 2021. Challenges surfaced in the previous year due to a lack of clear communication from the Portuguese government, causing uncertainty until the end of summer. However, a positive turn came with the preservation of the Venture Capital (VC) fund investment option, providing a glimmer of hope when the program seemed at risk of conclusion.

A recent announcement regarding the timeline is notable – the five-year period will now commence from the application date rather than the issuance of the residency card, offering more predictability. As we step into 2024, additional changes are not anticipated. Instead, the expectation is for more positive developments, particularly on the AIMA (previously SEF) front.

While a more stable landscape is anticipated, a potential challenge and risk lie in certain market players structuring funds that invest in real estate, contravening Golden Visa regulations. This practice undermines the Golden Visa program's core and jeopardizes the credibility of the entire market. To mitigate this risk and uphold program integrity, close monitoring and enforcement of compliance are essential, ensuring investments align with stipulated rules and regulations. This approach will sustain the Golden Visa Funds market's reputation for transparency, reliability, and compliance with Portuguese regulatory standards.

In conclusion, Portugal's Golden Visa Funds remain a strategic choice for HNWIs in 2024. Despite challenges, positive developments and stability are anticipated, emphasizing the critical role of compliance in maintaining the program's integrity and credibility within the market.

Who are we ?

Optylon Krea is an investment management and real estate development company that caters to the needs of international Golden Visa investors, with €1.8 Billion managed to date from Portugal to Turkey.
We have been the first to explore the Golden Visa eligible fund route in 2018 and are currently leading that market segment with more than € 200M under our advisory.


Investors from more than 40 countries


million equity managed for Golden Visa eligible funds


active funds under advisory

We strongly believe that Portugal is shifting from a mass tourism destination to a luxury resort. That is why we are bringing momentum to the main cities by developing high street retail and prime serviced apartment projects.

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