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Acquisition: 84 months

Capital required: MOP 13,000,000

Acquisition: -

Capital required: -

About Macau Citizenship and Residency

Macau offers residency to foreign investors through a qualified investment scheme. The scheme promotes long-term benefits to the economy and must create jobs. Macau, officially the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on East Asia’s western side of the Pearl River estuary. Macau was formerly a colony of the Portuguese Empire and remained under Portuguese control until 1999 when it was returned to China. Its economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, with the largest gaming revenue since 2006. As a special administrative region, Macau maintains a separate political and economic system apart from mainland China.

The minimum amount to gain residency via investment in Macau was increased to MOP 13 million ($1.6 million) on November 15, with plans to increase it further to MOP 15 million ($1.8 million).


Investment Scheme

Industrial entity (Article 2 (1) of Administrative Regulation No.3/2005)

  • Manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.
  • Manufacturing of food products.
  • Manufacturing of high and new technology products.
  • Manufacturing of medical equipment.
  • Manufacturing of high value-added products such as environmental products.
  • Industrial projects were beneficial to Macao’s moderate economic diversification.


Service entity (Article 2 (2) of Administrative Regulation No.3/2005)

  • Financial services
  • Consultation services
  • Transportation services (logistics)
  • Auxiliary services provided for industries and businesses
  • A series of travel-related services derived from the tourism industry (such as large integrated entertainment facilities, theme parks, travel agencies, special products or services, retail of branded products
  • Cultural and creative industry
  • Public Utilities
  • The high and new technology service industry
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Convention and exhibition
  • Quality control
  • Education
  • Social service
  • Multi-national consultation service
  • International trade
  • Environmental protection
  • world-renowned franchising operation or agent for brands
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • E-commerce


Hospitality entities and other similar entities (Article 2(3) of Administrative Regulation No.3/2005)

  • Hotels of all classes
  • Similar establishments with special characteristics


Disadvantageous Investment Plans

  • Those which may cause pollution.
  • Those with low energy efficiency.
  • Those may cause vicious competition among industries.
  • Non-compliance with Macao’s social morality and practices.
  • Other industries are unfavorable to Macao’s overall interests.


Investment Plan

The implementation status of the investment plan will be taken into consideration for the assessment. If the investment plan has been implemented, it is relatively easier to assess the progress, however, if the investment plan has not yet been implemented, the applicant should provide documentary proof of the feasibility of the related project. In principle, the higher the actual investment amount, technology level, registered capital, intended investment amount, and share-holding proportion contributed or to be contributed in the investment plan, the more advantageous it is for the application. Consideration will also be given to whether the investment plan can contribute to Macao’s long-term development strategy of moderate economic diversification and becoming a One Centre, One platform.


Create Job

The investment plan must make a contribution to Macao’s Labor and Employment Market by creating more local jobs. Other Beneficial Factors that the investment plan will contribute to the long-term development of Macao’s economy.


Benefits Of Macau Residency By Investment Program

  • Right to enter and leave Macao SAR freely.
  • Not to be expelled
  • Not to have imposed upon him any condition of stay in Macao, and any condition of stay that is imposed shall have no effect.


Macau Residency Requirements And Qualifications

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must have an investment plan (applicant should provide documentary proof of the feasibility of the related project).
  • The investment plan must make a contribution to Macao’s Labor and Employment Market by creating more local jobs.
  • The investment plan should be beneficial to Macao’s development as a regional cooperation service platform or the trade and economic cooperation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
  • The applicant must not have a criminal record.
  • The applicant must have sufficient financial resources to sustain oneself for the intended period of stay.


Steps And Timeline

Step 1: Find out if you need a visa

Step 2: Find out which visa you need

Step 3: Prepare the required documents

Step 4: Submit the application 

Step 5: Pay the fee and collect your visa


Our Services

Privacy World offers its services to anyone, not only looking to obtain residency and citizenship processes but our experts figure out legal ways to:

  • Find the best solution for your needs.
  • Identify and deploy a strategy to help you accomplish your goals.
  • Activate our network of people in the country where you need help without having you search for the best solution or lawyer. We only work with licensed people in every country whom we carefully vet and pass the guidelines and principles of privacy we stand for.
  • Focus on cutting through the red tape and expedite your process.
  • Provide proper communication with you about your case.
    …. and above all: Offer you legal strategies to provide additional layers of privacy for your identity, while obtaining your residency or citizenship!

Privacy World can also help you with incorporating your company in Macau, assisting in getting you settled in the country, and coordinating with you so that this experience will be less of a hassle.

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Macau is considered a territory of China, and for the most part, follows China’s citizenship laws. China does not recognize dual citizenship. As a former colony of Portugal, it is technically possible to have dual citizenship in both China and Portugal for those with a previous or ongoing relation to Macau.

Permanent residents who are not Chinese nationals automatically lose the right of abode if they are absent in Macau for more than three years.  

Non-residents seeking to become permanent residents must be ordinarily resident in Macau for a continuous period of at least seven years before becoming eligible for status.

Generally, professional tax is payable by anyone receiving income from employment services performed in Macau or from a Macau employment, irrespective of the following:

  • where the income was received.
  • the number of days spent in Macau and where the services were performed. 
  • whether the recipient is a resident or not.
  • whether the recipient is paid in money or in kind. Where income other than cash is received, the Macau Finance Bureau (MFB) may assess the value of benefits received.

Earnings of self-employed persons are also subject to professional tax.

There are no wealth/worth taxes in Macau.

There are no inheritance taxes in Macau.