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Spain, with 300 sunshine days per year, offers beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and enchanting cities to discover. With a Golden Visa, this Mediterranean way of life is effortlessly within reach.

The Golden Visa in Spain provides non-EU citizens a route to EU residency, allowing free travel within the EU and the chance to capitalize on business ideas across Europe.

Investing in Spanish real estate not only provides a return on investment but also potentially leads to citizenship after a decade. This broadens the horizon of possibilities for you and your family’s future.

Why move to Spain?

There are countless reasons why a large number of individuals from around the globe opt to elevate their lifestyle by moving to Spain. It’s no secret that Spain boasts one of Europe’s most favorable climates, providing endless blue skies and vibrant sunshine unlike many of its continental neighbors.

The decision to call Spain home is also driven by its abundant, wholesome, and diverse culinary delights. The Mediterranean diet, hailed as one of the world’s tastiest and healthiest, is a daily treat.

Moreover, we must mention the vast array of landscapes that Spain presents, from sun-drenched beaches to frosty mountain peaks, and lush green vistas. Spain also provides a myriad of cultural and historical experiences, and of course, top-tier education.

How can a lawyer help me?

Our partnered lawyers can assist you in various ways when it comes to immigration procedures in Spain:

  • Increasing Speed: Our partner attorneys can expedite your Golden Visa or residence permit application. They are well-versed in the process and the quickest legal jurisdictions.
  • Proper alignment: Not only can our partners handle form submissions, but also meticulously review your documentation to ensure it aligns with investor visa standards.
  • Investment evaluation: Our partner immigration experts will evaluate your investment property, ensuring it’s the optimal choice for your Spanish residency.
  • Comprehensive support: Our collaborations with health insurance providers, certified translators, and international schools will enhance your initial Spanish experience. We provide comprehensive support in Spanish, English, French, and Italian.
What is the golden Visa?

The Golden Visa offers the most advantages and the easiest process for obtaining Spanish residency. With it, you and your family can immediately begin working in Spain.

To qualify, you need to:

  • Invest a minimum of €500,000 in real estate, net of taxes or fees.
  • Deposit €1 million in a Spanish bank.
  • Or buy €1 million worth of shares in Spanish companies.

Got questions? We’re here to guide you.

To secure a Golden Visa, you have two options:

  1. Apply from your home country through the local Consulate. They’ll issue a one-year residence visa, which you can extend once you’re in Spain.
  2. Alternatively, if you’re in Spain on a 90-day tourist visit, you can directly apply for the residence permit, which grants you a two-year investor visa.

To follow this route, an investment of a minimum of €500,000 in one or multiple properties is required. This amount shouldn’t encompass taxes, charges, or any mortgage.

Our partner Real Estate attorneys are here to guide you through the property purchase, whether you’re on-site or managing from afar.

To renew your Golden Visa, demonstrate that your investment remains intact. Additionally, ensure you have adequate funds for living in Spain and maintain a valid health insurance policy.

Living in Spain isn’t a renewal requirement. A single visit to the country during your visa’s duration suffices.

Process of getting the spanish Golden Visa

Initiate with an Investment

Kickstart your journey to Spanish residency by making a qualifying investment:

  • Purchase real estate worth €500,000
  • Deposit €1 million in a Spanish bank
  • Invest €1 million in Spanish company stocks

We advise having a Spanish bank account to ease this phase. With a Power of Attorney, our attorneys can assist in opening one for you.

Assemble Required Documents

Collect essential documents like bank statements or criminal record certificates pertinent to the investor visa. Ensure public documents are legalised, and any non-Spanish document is translated by an accredited, sworn translator.

Golden Visa Application Process
  • From Your Home Country: Initiate your Golden Visa application at your local Spanish Consulate or Embassy post-investment. Upon approval, you’ll receive a one-year residence visa. After arriving in Spain, you can convert this into a two-year residency permit.
  • While In Spain: Alternatively, apply for the Golden Visa during a tourist’s 90-day stay in Spain. Here, you’re directly eligible for a two-year residence and work permit.

Both application routes grant the Golden Visa holder visa-free access across the EU’s Schengen zone.

Securing a Foreign ID Card

Once your residence permit is approved in Spain, it’s crucial to register for a Foreign ID or residence card, often termed as a TIE.

After a decade in Spain with the investor visa, holders are eligible to pursue Spanish citizenship, opening the door to a Spanish passport.

The Spanish Golden Visa program has one leading criteria, which is to make an investment in Spain. There are several ways to qualify for Spanish residency via investment. However, the visa applicant must show the following documentation for each of the asset classes.

Real Estate

The visa application must have a certificate of domains and Land Registry charges. It must also have the deed of sale for any assets that you buy. 

Investing in Spanish shares

The residency permit application via Spain’s stock market requires a declaration from the Investment Registry of the Ministry of Economy. There must also be a certificate from a registered financial intermediary.

Spanish Government Bonds

For this type of asset, there should be a certificate from Banco de Espana or the financial institution which manages the investment and who are its holders and/or owners. Banco de Espana is the central bank of Spain.

Bank Deposit Investment

The applicant must provide a certificate issued by the financial institution that states they are responsible for that deposit.

The applicant must provide the immigration officials the following paperwork for the Golden Visa application:

  • A completed visa application form
  • Two passport photos
  • A valid passport with at least two blank pages
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to support the applicant and their family
  • A criminal record background check
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of visa payment

Some of the paperwork above is needed for Spain’s other visas like temporary residence permits.

In Spain, taxes on real estate differ based on the property’s location and its age. Generally, the buyer bears most of the associated fees. These can vary across Spain’s regions, but generally include:

  • A property transfer tax ranging between 6% to 10% for pre-existing properties or a 10% VAT (known locally as IVA) for new builds.
  • Notary charges, title deed tax, and land registration fees, which typically run from 1% to 2.5% of the property’s value.

Starting your property purchase usually involves picking out a property and initiating a bank account. If you’re an international investor, you’ll need to obtain an NIE (Foreigners Tax ID number) from local authorities.

Once both buyer and seller agree on terms, it’s formalized via a Reservation Agreement and a Letter of Intent. This step often requires a deposit, known locally as an “Arras agreement”. This deposit is non-refundable, so a well-structured Arras is crucial. Should either party back out of the deal, compensation becomes necessary.

Concluding the property deal involves settling any remaining taxes or fees and updating the property’s ownership details in the Land Registry. With our skilled Real Estate attorneys by your side, we’ll ensure a smooth transaction while safeguarding your interests.

Remember, investing in Spanish property doesn’t just offer a pathway to residency; it can also be a lucrative venture. Whether you’re buying a residence or a commercial space, consider property management services to maximize your rental returns.

Once you’ve secured your property, your journey to obtaining your visa unfolds over approximately four months. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Gather Essential Documents: This step can take between two to five weeks. Ensuring you have all necessary paperwork in order is crucial for a smooth process.
  2. Submit Your Application: After preparing your documents, submit the application and anticipate an approval within roughly 20 days.
  3. Claim Your Residence Card: Once approved, you can collect your residence card from the local police station, which typically takes between six to eight weeks.

Financial Capability: It’s important to demonstrate that you can sustain yourself and your family financially in Spain.

  • The primary applicant must prove an annual income of €27,792.96.
  • For every additional family member relocating with the main applicant, this sum increases by €6,948.24 annually.

You can usually verify your financial capacity by presenting bank statements or obtaining a certificate from your bank.

FAQs

When applying for the Golden Visa, the timeline varies based on where you’re applying from:

  1. From Outside Spain (At the Consulate): Once all necessary documents are in place and the application has been submitted, the consulate generally processes and provides a decision within 10 working days.
  2. From Within Spain: If you’re already in Spain and submit your application, the local administration usually takes up to 20 working days to finalize it.

Yes! With the Golden Visa, you and your family can work in Spain, whether it’s full-time or part-time.

To get the Golden Visa, you don’t just need to buy a house. Any real estate works, whether it’s a home, a shop, or even a property you rent out for extra income. Whatever suits you best!

Yes, technically you can! Just make sure your first €500,000 is without any debts or fees. After that, feel free to get a mortgage for any extra amounts. Happy investing!

They can! Just make sure you can cover their living costs. A few extra papers like marriage or birth certificates will be needed. Got a long-term partner but not married? They can come too, as long as you can show your bond’s strength. Let’s get everyone on board!

Your adult children can join you. Just make sure they’re financially dependent on you, aren’t married, and are currently studying at a university or academy. Let’s get them onboard!

If you’re an investor, there’s no obligation to live in Spain continuously. Just make sure you visit at least once during your residence period. This rule applies to all investment programs, including the Golden Visa through the bank deposit method. After ten years in Spain, you’re eligible to apply for citizenship and get a Spanish passport.

Yes! As long as your company isn’t based in a tax haven, you can use it to make the investment.

Buying property in Spain means paying some taxes. The tax kind and amount change based on the property type and how long you stay in Spain each year.

Stay over 183 days? You’ll be taxed on all your worldwide money and stuff. If you’re in Spain for a shorter time, you’ll only pay taxes related to your Spanish property or other local items.

If you become a Spanish Tax Resident, they’ll tax all your global income.

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🌍 Golden Visa

  • The Golden Visa program offers residency to those who invest over €500,000 in Spanish property.
  • This visa provides the holder with the privilege to live in Spain and travel all across Europe.
  • Initially, the residency permit is issued as a one-year visa, particularly for applicants residing overseas.

💰 Non-Lucrative Visa

  • The “Wealth Visa” gives you the opportunity to reside in Spain, provided you have enough financial resources to support yourself and your family.
  • We offer guidance to non-EU individuals who aspire to live in Spain without engaging in any economic activities.
  • Secure a Non-Lucrative Visa with our partners today!

🏠 Spanish Nationality

  • Obtaining spanish nationality allows individuals to obtain a permanent right of work and residency in Spain for you and your family.
  • We offer guidance on the best ways for you to obtain spanish nationality according to your situation whether it be through family, marriage or residence.
  • Secure your Spanish Nationality today!

🧑🏻‍💼 EU Certificate

Secure your EU residency
  • An EU certificate is a mandatory registration for all European citizens who wish to live in Spain for more than 3 months and gives the holder the right to legally reside in Spain.
  • Get quick and reliable support for obtaining your foreign identity number. This ID unlocks dozens of benefits for executing your personal, economic or professional goals.

🧾 Digital Nomad Visa

  • Experience Spain while continuing to work remotely for your company with the Spanish Nomad Visa. We’re here to assist you with visa procedures, taxation, and housing needs.
  • Become part of the growing community of digital nomads in Spain and delve into the diverse offerings of this remarkable nation.
  • Allow our dedicated partners to optimize your digital nomad journey and ensure your remote work visa in Spain.

💸 Entrepreneurship Visa

  • An Entrepreneurship Visa is a privileged residence permit that supports entrepreneurs and investors to promote the arrival of foreign talent in Spain.
  • We recommend this visa if your priority is to work on your activity, project or idea from the day you arrive in Spain and could be considered as in the “general interest” of Spain
  • Let our partners help assess your business intent and secure your entrepreneurship visa!

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