Keeping in mind his vision and commitment to be an effective channel between the Philippines and Portugal, Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier supports the launch of the Golden Residence Permit program (GRP) of the Portuguese government. Major changes to the legal rules on the entry and stay of foreign nationals have been adapted in this program, allowing them to obtain a Portuguese residence permit provided that they pursue certain investments individually or through a company.
This new development in the immigration policy is considered beneficial for Filipinos by the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon. Having a Portuguese residence permit entitles holders to travel to any of the 26 European states in the Schengen area and more importantly, 5 years of continuous eligibility in the program creates an opportunity to acquire a permanent residence permit and Portuguese citizenship after an additional one year. In addition, GRP holders may also apply for family reunification.
To be eligible for the GRP program, the non-EU national must be involved in investment activities in Portugal for a minimum period of 5 years. This would include capital transfers with a value equal to or above 1 million Euros, creation of at least 30 job positions or acquisition of real estate with a value equal to or above 500,000 Euros.
Submission of applications may be filed at any Portuguese Embassy or Consulate to be forwarded to the Portuguese Immigration and Border Service (SEF). Interested foreign nationals may also apply online at http://ari.sef.pt.
Through the Golden Residence Permit program, Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Philippe J. Lhuillier is optimistic that this is a great advantage for Filipinos to legalize their permanence and has opened up possibilities for further growth in the country of Portugal.