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HOW TO GET A RESIDENCE PERMIT IN SPAIN

ALL THE OPTIONS THAT YOU HAVE + REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH

 

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HOW TO GET A RESIDENCE PERMIT IN SPAIN WITHOUT SPENDING A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY

Are you a NON-EU citizen who is planning to start living in Spain? Then you will need to get a residence permit in the country. The question is, how to do it? There are different kinds of residence permits in Spain. And, depending on your situation, applying for one or for another would be more advisable.

It could be a lot of hassle… but we will make it easy for you. Let us be in charge!:

  • We will carefully analyze your situation and determine which is the residence permit that is right for you
  • We will guide you step-by-step into all the legal procedures required to get your permit in Spain
  • We will help you get all the documents and send them for you to the relevant authority. You will just need to sign, the rest is on us!

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SPANISH RESIDENCE PERMIT

 

Spain is a delighting country. If you think about life quality, the country pops up to your mind instantly. Why? Well, you have everything you may need: a delicious cuisine, perfect weather conditions, a charming vibe, culture, and a varied landscape: mountain and sea. Therefore, it is completely understandable that it is one of the preferred destinations for citizens worldwide.

So you too, like them, would like to start living in Spain. But, how to do it? Under which circumstances you will need a visa in order to stay in Spain?

 

DO YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO APPLY FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?

 

It’s simple. If you are a citizen from a European Union country or from the European Economic Area (EEA) or from Switzerland, you just need to get your Identification Number in Spain, but a visa or a residence permit won’t be required in order to stay legally in the country for the long run. EU citizents don’t need a visa to live in Spain.

But, what happens if you are not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland? Then, as a Non-European Union citizen, in order to work and live legally in the country, you will need to get your visa. Depending on the duration of your stay in Spain, you have two options:

  • Apply for a short-term visa. The short-term visa or Schengen visa allows non-EU citizens to stay in the country for 90 days.
  • Get the temporary residency. If you are planning to live in Spain for the long-run, this is the option you should apply to.

TEMPORARY RESIDENCY IN SPAIN

 

The temporary residence allows you to stay in Spain legally for the long-run, for more than 90 days, but from less than 5 years (period in which you will need to get the permanent residency or nationality). The temporary residence requires you to apply for a residence permit.

One of the upsides of applying for a visa in Spain is that in most cases you can do a joint application. This means that at the same time that you get your residence permit, you can also get the temporary residency for your family, so the can also obtain the legal status in the country.

There are different types of visas in Spain:

 

NON LUCRATIVE RESIDENCE PERMIT

Let’s say that you do not want to work in Spain. You would like to retire in the country, or you just have enough means so that you do not need to embark in any economic activity. Then, the retirement or non-lucrative visa will be the best option for you. Just demonstrating that you have sufficient funds to live in the country will let you obtain this permit.

BUSINESS RESIDENCY PERMITS IN SPAIN

Can you set up a company and get the residency at the same time? With the entrepreneur visa, you can. If the project that you would like to start in Spain is of economic interest for the country (demonstrated through the business plan), you can easily have access to this permit as a self-employed worker. Our business lawyers will assist you in all steps to set up your business in Spain and with your tax optimization.

INVESTOR RESIDENCE PERMIT

Many of the residency permit application procedures can be tough: a lot of documents and requirements. In order to solve this situation, the Golden Visa was created. You just need to invest 500.000€ in Spanish real estate and you will easily get your residency. The investor permit may be one of the easiest ways to start living in Spain.

STUDENT VISA

Do you want to do your masters or Ph.D. in Spain? Are you planning to conduct any kind of research in the country? Then the student visa is for you. This residence permit allows non-EU citizens to study or conduct research in Spain. You can also do an internship with this visa; and transition towards a work visa afterward.

WORK PERMIT

Depending on your situation and the job offer you have, there are different types of work visas you can apply to. For instance, if you have a job offer as a highly qualified worker, the procedure to get the residence permit will be a different one than if you just have a regular offer. In this last situation, it will be your employer the one who has to request for you the residence permit. And similar to the skilled professional visa you also have the EU blue card, which allows you to work in the whole Europea Union area.

 

FAMILY MEMBER OF A EU CITIZEN

Under this immigration procedure, those EU citizens living in Spain can bring with them their relatives that are non-EU nationals. The residence permit as a family member of a Europea Union citizen is usually formalized after constituting a civil partnership with the non-EU national or a marriage. Furthermore, parents and children of the European Union citizen can also benefit from the right to get their residence and work authorization as relatives. 

 

PERMANENT RESIDENCY

 

After 5 years of living interruptedly in Spain with your permit or visa, you won’t have to renew it anymore. And that is because then you will be eligible to apply for the permanent residency, a permit that will allow you to live and work in Spain indefinitely. The requirements are really easy to meet. Just with your passport, current permit and the proper form filled you will get the long-run card. Nevertheless, even though we said you must have lived in the country for 5 years, you should bear in mind that all the years lived in Spain under the student visa count half. 

 

WHICH ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND CONDITIONS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR A SPANISH RESIDENCE PERMIT?

 

Now you have all the options you have in order to start living legally in Spain and obtaining the temporary residency. The question that immediately pops up is: how to do it? Which is the required documentation I will need to provide? Which conditions do I need to fulfill in order to be eligible?

First of all, you need to understand that each residence permit is different. Each type of visa has its own requirements and differ in terms of the documentation you need to send to the Spanish Immigration Office. Nevertheless, there are certain commonalities that you will need to bear in mind no matter the path you chose:

  • The first thing you should do is to get your NIE NUMBER. The NIE is the basic identification number every expat needs in order to start a legal procedure in Spain. Opening a bank account, buying a property, acquiring a car or even applying for a regular residence permit will require you to have this document. Both EU-citizens and non-EU citizens need to obtain the NIE.
  • Show proof that you have sufficient funds in order to sustain yourself in the country.
  • Demonstrate that you don’t have criminal records in your background for the last years (not just in Spain, but in any country).
  • Documents that your concrete residence permit demands.

 

NAVIGATING THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF A RESIDENCE PERMIT CAN BE A REAL HASSLE… BUT WE ARE HERE TO HELP

 

Following all the steps required to get a visa in Spain can be really boring. How can you make sure that you know all the required documentation? How can you make sure that your application will be approved no matter which is your concrete situation? Where should I send the application?

The good thing is that you don’t need to worry about that. You can let us do the boring part for you.

Our specialized immigration lawyer team will help you get your residence permit, making things easy for you. Our mission? Get your visas as fast as possible, making you enjoy the process of your new life in the country. We don’t want you to be worrying about paperwork or documents. We will do that for you.

No matter which is your country of origin and your situation, we will analyze your situation and determine, not only which is the right permit for you, but also which are the required steps for you to successfully apply for a visa. Then, our lawyers will effectively prepare all documents to ensure obtaining the residency permit that best suits your needs. We will just make you sign!

We have helped over 1000 clients successfully over the years, and now we want to help you create a new life in Spain. We want to be the ones next to you throughout the whole process, assisting you in anything you may need.

Do you have any questions? We will be glad to answer them!

Based in Barcelona, with over 40 years of professional experience, Balcells Group Lawyers provides expert legal advice and services specialised in the areas of Immigration, Tax, Business and Legal

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Based in Barcelona, with over 40 years of professional experience, Balcells Group Lawyers provides expert legal advice and services specialised in the areas of Immigration, Tax, Business and Legal

Location

Rambla de Catalunya, 124, 1-2
08008 Barcelona (Spain)
+34 936 31 51 39

HOURS

Monday - Thursday | 9:00 – 19:00
Friday | 9:00 - 17:00

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