With the opportunities offered in today’s digital world, many more people are choosing the option to leave their regular 9 to 5 office routine and explore alternatives which allow a relocation to wherever they have an internet connection, with the option to travel occasionally as required.
People who can elect to become remote workers are on the rise, and Spain offers almost ideal conditions from where to do this. With an ideal economic atmosphere, all year-round warm climate, affordable cost of living and excellent food and culture, you can enjoy a work and life balance which is unattainable in other locations.
We receive hundreds of enquiries on how this can be arranged and in this article we would like to share with you which residency visa would be most suitable and the steps which need to be carried out to be able to obtain this.
So what are the main steps to obtain residency which will allow you to live in Spain and work remotely?
- The first-step is to have a job which permits you to be able to work remotely. If you have the skills then you might be able to offer services through websites like; freelancer, UpWork or Fiverr.
- Secondly you should know which location in Spain and which of the 17 independent communities would be best for you to be located.
- Lastly, you will need to apply for a residence permit which will allow you to be a resident in Spain and carry out remote work. For this, the Non-Lucrative residency is ideal.
If you can prove that you have at least 26,000€ in the bank together with a private health insurance, then you can obtain a non-lucrative permit for 12-months with renewal for a further 2 years, then another 2 years, followed by permanent residency under the conditions of a continuous residency. (video-here)
The benefits of becoming a Spanish Non-Lucrative Resident are plentiful.
- Right to live in Spain (as above)
- Freedom to travel readily without any restrictions to and from the majority of the countries in Europe. (Schengen space nations)
- Eligibility for Spanish citizenship for applicants after 10 years of uninterrupted legal residency.
- Eligibility for Spanish citizenship for children born in Spain after 1 year of uninterrupted legal residency.
The timeframe for this application is to allow between 1 and 3 months for the whole process.
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Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Empoyed Residency or Non-Lucrative Residency or Residency through Investment. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.