How it works
About us
About us
The HQA Residence Program is delivered to you by World Talents
Mobility is personal. We believe in tailoring the HQA Residence Program to meet the specific needs of every client. That's why we take time to assess each case and prioritize the safety of your funds through our escrow model.

With our deep industry experience and relationships established on the ground in Portugal, we have created a unique product. Our program is the result of extensive research and collaboration with industry experts, and we are confident that it will exceed your expectations to reach Europe.

Our innovative approach has received support from universities, tech partners, and business incubators, and we are committed to creating sustainable solutions that benefit our clients and the wider community.
Since 2014, we have been working in the investment migration industry helping clients get mobility around the globe and secure their wealth and families.

From the beginning, we noticed a demand for an alternative to the usual Caribbean or Golden Visa programs that were popular at the time. However, there were no such options available in the European market.

Clients were asking if they could make investments into European funds and startups without investing in real estate or needing to living full time in one place due to their global lifestyles and mobility needs.
Our mission is to build a national-level platform in Portugal for supporting the development of entrepreneurship, connecting startups to talent, and linking those startups with a network of global contacts worldwide if they need resources beyond the Portuguese market.

We also help attract investment into early-stage projects and support the industry leaders who are making change in Portugal.
Our Mission
Founded on mentorship. Focused on client service
Helping top-level executives and entrepreneurs access Europe
Our values
We have dedicated years to researching and exploring various pathways in Europe, including hybrid alternatives with work visas, education visas, and other innovative approaches in collaboration with European institutions.

Our goal is to provide our clients with
cutting-edge solutions that simplify the complex regulatory landscape.
Researching innovative solutions
Our focus is on enabling talented individuals to pursue their goals and remain flexible with their global lifestyles.

By connecting clients with universities through special partnerships, we facilitate knowledge transfer and financial contribution, creating a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Our aim is to provide straightforward regulations for our clients.

We understand that navigating the legal landscape can be daunting, especially in a foreign country.

With our expertise and comprehensive understanding of the regulations, we guide our clients through the process, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.
Simplifying the sea of regulations
We are committed to delivering exceptional service to our clients.

Our team of professionals brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, enabling us to provide tailored solutions to meet each client's unique needs.

With a focus on excellence in every aspect of our work, we strive to exceed our clients' expectations.
Empowering global minds
Commitment to excellence
The HQA Residence platform streamlines the process of obtaining a residency permit for our clients.

This program offers a sustainable alternative to traditional methods like the Golden Visa program.

Not only does it support our clients' residency needs, but it also contributes to the development of the local community in Portugal.
Pathway to residency — what clients want
David has worked in the citizenship and residence industry for several years, with a background in working in startups that have commercialized into successful businesses in South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

David's keen interest in global macroeconomics and policies relating to immigration and citizenship has given him a deep understanding of providing solutions for multiple stakeholders involved.

Based in Dubai, David works on onboarding new companies and institutions for the Global Talent HQA program. He is also responsible for managing the development of new residence programs and fostering relationships with public and private partners in Portugal.
International business development director
World Talents

Hugo is an economist with an extensive background in international cooperation projects. He specializes in business development, national and international financing programs, business development, and licensing.

His profound knowledge and dedication empower entrepreneurs to thrive in both national and international arenas.

Hugo holds a position of Head of Division at the Division of Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Transfer in the University of Algarve, and acts a board member in several regional associations, acting on regional development and innovation.
David Bonellie
Head of division
Hugo Barros
Through his commitment to effective communication and collaborative partnerships, António Guerreiro has been building strategic bridges between tech startups, top talent, and visionary investors.

His expertise lies in implementing and managing projects both in the technology and innovation space and in the entertainment and hospitality industries in Europe and the US.

Since 2015, António has been devoted to developing the Portuguese startup ecosystem not only as co-founder of a startup, but also as a member of ideation and acceleration programmes and national competitions as a participant, mentor and jury.

Communication advisor and serial entrepreneur
antónio guerreiro
Miguel is passionate about the digital world and building successful digital technology ventures in a systematic manner. He is a serial global tech entrepreneur and founder of Dengun, ActivBookings, and Hotel Digital Strategy.

Miguel is also a founder and president of Algarve Evolution, which is one of the main drivers of the Algarve Tech Hub ecosystem. It aims to bring local stakeholders together and add value to the entrepreneurs and talent in order to promote and encourage the technological and economical growth of the region.

Miguel studied Computer Science at the University of Algarve.
Founder and president
Algarve Evolution
Miguel Fernandes
Tiago has dedicated his career to supporting startups, entrepreneurship, and innovations. He is a managing director at Sines Tecnopolo, where he oversees the association’s marketing strategy and activities.

Sines Tecnopolo is a Portuguese science park that specializes in promoting, developing, and supporting entrepreneurship. It is linked with two public universities, two public polytechnics and the Sines Municipality and recognized by the largest European entrepreneurship and innovation network (EBN) as Business Innovation Center (BIC) Alentejo. With more than 40 SMEs installed, Sines Tecnopolo has the largest business incubator in the Alentejo Coast.

Tiago has an extensive background in managing innovative projects and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, helping turning ideas into thriving businesses. He has a BsC in Economics and MsC in Innovation Economics and Entrepreneurship from the University of Algarve.
Slava Apel is the CEO of Startup Visa Services in Canada and has been a part of the Canadian startup ecosystem for over 20 years. As a startup expert, Mr. Apel works with immigration firms assisting their clients with business documentation and training required for business immigration.

His has an impressive experience consulting businesses, government, and public institutions. Slava is a speaker, trainer, author of several business books, and a business advisor in 16 countries.

Managing director
Sines Tecnopolo
Startup Visa Services
Slava Apel
Bernardo is a сo-founder and managing director at World Talents Portugal. His main responsibilities include establishing partnerships, growing the business locally and internationally, and ensuring the top-notch customer service.

Former professional athlete, Bernardo traveled the world competing on the ATP Tour across all continents. He was a member of the Portuguese National Team and Olympic Committee.

Bernardo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of San Francisco and has years of experience helping Silicon Valley startups expand to Europe and consulting international entrepreneurs on fundraising and conquering the US market.
Co-founder and
managing director
World Talents Portugal

Timur is a founder and managing director at World Talents. With over 10 years of experience in investment migration service, he has supported over a hundred of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) from various regions looking to move and invest in foreign jurisdictions.

Timur strongly believes that by transferring knowledge and talent across the globe and centers of innovation and providing researchers and startup founders with necessary resources, his team creates economic opportunities and benefits the society.

Before founding World Talents, he worked in international law and migration companies among which were Discus Holdings and GH Canfields LLP and consulted clients on tax and investment migration opportunities.
Bernardo Saraiva
World Talents,
Timur Sitdikov