Work Residencies in Spain Which Unlock Opportunities for Foreigners


The pursuit of a new life in Spain entices many foreigners, but navigating the complex work permit process can be daunting. However, there’s hope! Discover seven alternative residencies that grant legal work opportunities without the hassles of a regular work permit.

For Non-EU citizens planning to work in Spain for more than 90 days must obtain residency. Whether as an employee or self-employed, a residence permit is essential for legal work.

Beyond the traditional work permit, several residencies empower you to engage in economic activities. Explore the comprehensive list of these viable options to find your ideal pathway.

Student Visa:
Thanks to the recent immigration law update, student visa holders can now work up to 30 hours per week. Transitioning from student to worker becomes smoother, offering a long-term option.

Residency granted to foreigners in illegal status with links to Spain opens doors to work opportunities, offering potential pathways to a 2-year residency and work permit.

Investor Permit (Golden Visa):
Non-EU investors can work while enjoying a 3-year residency by investing €500,000 in Spanish real estate. A convenient choice for entrepreneurs seeking business ventures in Spain.

Family Member of an EU Citizen Card:
Relatives of Spanish or EU citizens residing in Spain can obtain a 5-year residency allowing both living and working. Demonstrating kinship and financial sufficiency is key.

Digital Nomad Visa:
The recently introduced digital nomad visa grants a 3-year residence permit for remote workers with certain eligibility criteria. A favourable tax regime enhances savings.

Self-Employed Residency:
Entrepreneurs seeking to establish a business in Spain can avail the Self-Employed Residency Permit. This permit allows the applicant to work and live in Spain, with a chance to achieve permanent residency and Spanish citizenship.

To embark on your Spanish work journey armed with knowledge of these work-enabling residencies allows you to choose the pathway that aligns with your goals, and embrace an exciting future in the vibrant land of Spain.

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Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Employed Residency, Digital-Nomad, Non-Lucrative Residency or Golden-Visa. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident in Spain and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.

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