You have two options:
UK nationals and other non EU passport holders who do not have any other way of obtaining residency in Spain will have to apply for one of a number of visas to come and live in Spain.
The first thing to know is that most visas must be applied for in your country of residence and the application cannot be made in Spain unless you qualify for a so-called "Golden Visa", a Student Visa or a Digital Nomad Visa.
If the visa application is made to the Spanish Consulate in your country of residence, you will be required to present various documents and certificates to the Consulate. Some of these will have to be translated to Spanish by an official "sworn" translator, and any "public documents" such as birth or marriage certificates must receive the Apostille of the Hague.
We handle all of that for you. We make a full list of the documents and evidence you need, we arrange the translations and the appointments for you. Then once you are accepted and come to live in Spain, we arrange the appointments to apply for and collect your TIE card.
Let us take the strain and make a complicated process into a simple checklist.
If the Visa can be applied for in Spain, we will ensure that you plan ahead with us so that you will have the required documentation to submit before the 90 days (60 days in the case of the Student Visa) are up.
Unlike some companies, our service includes the process which you must follow once you have your Visa. The Visa application service does not conclude until the moment you have your TIE card in your hand.
We receive an increasing number of inquiries from people who wish to modify their existing residency type to another.
The most common inquiries come from people who are coming to the end of their student visa and are either offered employment or wish to start a business in Spain, or people who arrive on a Non Lucrative Visa and are now planning to open a business in Spain.
As an employed worker, your reason for the modification would be a change to Cuenta Ajena (meaning that someone would be paying you to work). As a self employed worker (autónomo) you would modify to Cuenta Propia.
Visa modification applications must be handled carefully to ensure that they will be successful. The most crucial concerns are normally related to timing because the preparation of a project for a business start-up can take time.
If you are considering your options, please get in touch and let us advise you of whether it will be possible, the amount of time it may take and the documentation you will have to present or prepare.
For some people, starting off on a Non Lucrative Visa can be a sensible option because you can spend the first year, or longer, either deciding what sort of business you would like to form and preparing the appropriate business plan, or in some cases, looking at your leisure for a property to purchase which could enable you to modify to a Golden Visa.
Renewing your visa, especially a Golden Visa or Non Lucrative Visa may seem daunting.
However, there is no need to return to the consulate as everything can be handled in Spain without the need to surrender your passport.
Renewal applications can be made electronically.
We will assist you in collating the required documentation and arranging low cost sworn translations of any documents which are not in Spanish, advising you of the financial requirements, and then accompanying you to order your new TIE card.
If you are entitled to an S1, we can register this for you.
An S1 is a certificate which you get from the country which pays your pension, or in some cases a disability benefit (or covers the social security for a displaced worker).
Once the S1 is registered, you will have access to the Spanish public health system, free of charge.
The "convenio especial" is available to any non-Spaniard who is not eligible for an S1 (for example early retirees) and who has lived legally in Spain for longer than one year. The successful applicant may access the public health system in Spain by paying a monthly fee which, especially for those who have pre-existing conditions, can work out less expensive than private health insurance.
If selling a property in another country, taking 25% tax free lump sum from a UK pension, or simply wondering what your tax obligations will be in Spain, you should take advice before arriving in Spain.
How your income and sale of assets will be treated in Spain is a crucial consideration. You need to be prepared for a tax and reporting obligations in Spain and you should also consider timing very carefully if you are selling property to ensure that you will not be liable for capital gains tax later on.
A simple consultation, either face to face or by video call could resolve al your doubts and help you to plan more effectively.
A tax simulation will enable you to see what your tax liability in Spain would be.
A meeting with José Bengoechea will resolve your doubts and give you a wealth of information for a very reasonable cost. Please get in touch to arrange an appointment.
This is the most popular visa, and is best suited to retirees or people with passive income.
The NLV is exactly as it sounds; you cannot work in Spain if you are here with this visa. Nor can you work remotely or in a different country.
The application has to be made in the consulate in your own country (or country of residence) which has jurisdiction for your area.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they do not currently work and that they can support themselves through savings, investments, rents, pensions or dividends.
They must be able to show that they are of good character, and that they have full health insurance cover.
This visa has to be renewed after one year, and again two years later. Your funds must be demonstrated again at each point - and there are strict limits on how much time you can spend outside Spain each year.
Fiscal residency is not something you can choose to have or not have with this visa; if you want to continue residing in Spain you will have to show that you have fulfilled all fiscal obligations in Spain.
We suggest that you always have a consultation with a tax expert before making a decision about your visa application. A simple consultation face to face or by videocall costs only 60 euros plus IVA and a tax simulation costs only 80 euros plus IVA.
Just get in touch and we can set this up for you.
The Golden Visa sounds like everybody's dream. First of all you invest a lot of money and then you can do whatever you like. You can work or not bother; you can spend as much time as you like in Spain each year (one day is sufficient) and you do not have to pay taxes in Spain if you do not spend more than half of the year here.
Be careful though, as if investing in property there are some pointers to remember:
By far the most cost-effective and fastest way to get a Golden Visa is to apply from Spain. You must be legally in Spain on the day of the application, so you cannot have overstayed your 90/180 days. You will completely avoid consulate fees amounting to thousands of pounds. Most applications are approved within 3 weeks.
Click below to read about applying for a Golden Visa from Spain.
Many people are excited by the thought that they could get a visa to set up a business in Spain, and are disappointed and put off by comments they read online about these visas being "impossible" to get. This is not true at all. However, most English speaking lawyers have never been involved in such visas because their client base has always been exclusively European or just British.
However, we have been assisting clients with these applications for many years, and we are well aware of what makes a good project and what does not, how to write a winning project and how to get it approved ready for your consulate appointment.
In addition, we know exactly what needs to be done once the visa has been granted; we will arrange your autónomo registration with the tax office and Social Security, and communicate this to the relevant immigration authorities to fulfill the obligations of your visa.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to run your business idea past us, in complete confidence. Our simple questionnaire will give you the chance to see whether your plan would fulfill the basic requirements and would be worth making into a project.
Please contact us if you would like to see if your plan has what it takes or how you could tweak it to turn it into a successful project.
Have you been offered a job in Spain?
Only an employer can apply for a work visa if they want to employ you.
If you have been offered work, a work visa would be required, and your employer is unsure of the process, this is the time to speak to an immigration lawyer who knows what is required for this application to be successful.
Do you work remotely?
You may well qualify for a Digital Nomad Visa.
This new visa can be applied for from Spain. You may be employed or a contractor but the rules are strict and the application needs to be handled with care to be successful.
For people who can bring a business which shows great technological novelty or potential social benefit to Spain, this could be the Visa for you.
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