Chinese investment captured through gold visas totaled 2.529 million euros over the seven years of the program, while the Brazilian investment was 678.6 million euros, according to Foreign and Border Service (SEF) data. Launched in October 2012 , the Residence Permits for Investment Activities (ARI) raised, after seven years, almost five billion euros (4,911,263,689.42 euros), with the acquisition of properties totaling 4,433,605,566.52 euros.
In the case of Brazil, 844 'gold' visas were issued throughout the program.
Investment of Turkish origin amounted to 200 million euros (370 ARI) and Russian to 198.7 million euros (290 ARI).
South Africa is part of the group of five main nationalities that invested in Portugal through that instrument, with 194.6 million euros invested, with the grant of 318 ARI.
In October, investment through gold visas fell by 19% over the same period of 2018 to 59.9 million euros.
Compared to September, the investment raised increased 23.7%.
In the first 10 months of the year, investment totaled 661 million euros, 0.8% less than in the same period of 2018.
Between January and October, Chinese investment totaled 196.1 million euros, 10.8% less than the same period last year, the Brazilian fell 23% to 142.9 million euros, and Turkey's halved, year-on-year, reaching 40.6 million euros.
The United States (with 39.3 million euros) and Russia (31.3 million euros) are another of the two countries that invested the most through gold visas in 2019. «