The Portugal Golden Visa Programme has been extremely popular among South African and other non-EU investors. Since the programme was introduced, property prices have risen significantly, and many investors are exploring other alternatives, to secure residency in Portugal.
The Highly Qualified Activity is a great alternative avenue to secure residency, for entrepreneurially-minded investors. They are required to participate in a formal start-up incubation programme at one of the many Research & Development facilities within the universities in Portugal. The programme offers investors greater flexibility, than the Golden Visa as they can choose their level of involvement and there are no annual residency requirements, without compromising on any of the benefits of EU residency.