APPLY FOR DIGITAL VISA IN SPAIN
The new digital nomad visa has been finally published and is now available, and foreigners wishing to move remotely from Spain can now start their applications.
With that same drive and with a very similar aim,the government now publishes a new law focusing on startups and talent.
Its goal is to set Spain as one of the leading countries in attracting entrepreneurs, investors, and qualified workers. That creates the perfect mix as a country, as Spain also offers everything you may need when it comes to finding the ideal living conditions (especially for remote workers).
The most important measure of the Startup Law is the one that focuses on recovering and bringing new international talent to the country, favoring the establishment of remote workers and digital nomads.
And that is done through the new digital nomad visa, it is a residence permit that can be extended up to 5 years and that will allow non-EU citizens to live and work remotely from Spain .
Finally, foreigners who wish to move to Spain and keep working for a company abroad, or who have clients spread all around the globe, will find a residence permit that is perfectly tailored to their needs.
You can apply directly from Spain with a tourist visa, getting directly your 3-year card.
Apart from the tax advantages, this permit will also allow you to include your spouse and children in the same application; thus being able to move with your family to Spain.
But that’s not all, because being included within the Entrepreneurs Law, you will also benefit from a fast-track resolution in just 20 days, and the applicable administrative silence is positive (so if you have no response within this period, your application is considered finally approved).
Futhermore, you will be able to move freely throughout the EU with this residence card.
As we mentioned, this visa is geared towards non-EU citizens, as Europeans can work remotely for up to 6 months in the country (and if they wish to prolong their stay, they just need to obtain their resident NIE).
There are two different profiles of foreigners who can obtain this permit (with slightly different requirements):
- Employed workers whose company allows them to travel and work remotely from another country (in this case Spain)
- Self-employed workers with several clients spread all over the world or with different sources of income derived from online activities but spread outside Spain
If you want to apply for a remote work visa in Spain:
- The company/s for which you are currently working (or have a working relationship as a freelancer with), must be located outside of Spain
- Incomes received by Spanish companies (or in Spain) can’t represent more than 20% of the total
- You must demonstrate that you have been working for your company or having a freelance relationship with your clients for at least 3 months prior to your application
- Contract with that same company for at least 1 year
- You have two different options to demonstrate that you have sufficient experience and education to be able to complete the application. Either demonstrate 3 years of work-related experience prior to application, or be a graduate or post-graduate from a reputable university, vocational training, and business schools of recognized prestige
- You can’t have criminal records, nor have entry to Spain prohibited. For that, you mustsubmit your criminal records certificate with a minimum validity of 90 days, and they must be legalized and apostilled.
- Submit a declaration of no criminal record for the last 5 years
- You will have to fill out the application form
- Pay the corresponding administrative fee 790 038
- Have private health insurance, with full coverage throughout Spain
- Bank certificate proving the possession of at least €25,000 for the main applicant, which is 200% of the minimum wage in Spain (and €9441 for each additional family member, 75% of the minimum salary in Spain). If the money is in a foreign bank, it will be necessary to provide a simple translation. Conversely, you can also use your salary or job contract to demonstrate the possession of these economic funds.
And, finally, we find a difference depending on whether you work for a company as an employee or are a freelancer:
- If you have a contract with a foreign company (as an employee), it will be essential that this company has been operating for at least 1 year prior to your application. And, besides that, the company must state that your position allows remote work and that they specifically allow you to do so
- If you are a freelancer, you must be working for at least one company (that must be outside Spain), and it will be through the terms and conditions of your contract that the possibility to work remotely is specified.
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