Visas and Residency in Spain

Considering moving to a foreign country can be an intimidating thought, particularly with the immigration process and administrative procedures. Here we have outlined the various routes to obtain the right to remain in Spain, as a non EU citizen. If you choose to obtain a Visa, SpainEasy can recommend our trusted lawyers.

It is not necessary to obtain a visa if you want to buy a house and reside in Spain for less than 90 days every 6 months.

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2 Main Options

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Golden Visa

This is a visa granted for individuals with the ability to invest in the Spanish economy. In terms of Real Estate, this means investing in property that is at least €500,000. This purchase must be without a mortgage.

It is important to note that this can be over more than 1 property – for example buying one apartment for €350000 and another for €150000 will qualify for the golden visa, granted that both transactions and properties are in the name of the individual applying for the visa.

This visa will allow you to work in Spain but it is not a requirement. It will also allow you to remain in Spain for the full year before renewal of the residency card. However, there are no restrictions on how much/little time you have to stay in Spain (for example if you only want to reside in Spain for 1 month of the year, that is allowed).

The documents necessary to obtain this visa are:

  • A passport (valid for at least 12 months from application)
  • Visa application form
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Proof of investment
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Passport photos
  • Any public documents must be translated to Spanish by a sworn translator
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Non Lucrative Visa

This visa is for individuals that wish to reside in Spain for more than 183 days, and it does not permit you to work in Spain. This is more suited to people looking to retire to Spain as it is not a work permit.

In order to obtain this, you must have proof of sufficient funds in your account. The funds are based upon the IPREM (a percentage of the approved cost for living in Spain). In 2023 this was roughly €30000. If you are planning to move with spouses or dependents, this price increases, depending on the IPREM, but in 2023 this was approximately €550 extra per month per person. So for example, if you and your spouse wanted to apply, you would have to have a total of approximately €38000.

In order to apply for the non lucrative visa you require:

  • A passport (valid for at least 12 months from application)
  • Visa application forms
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Medical Check
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Passport photos
  • All public documents must be translated into Spanish by a sworn translator

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