The Golden Visa for Spain is a residence visa issued to a non-EU national who intends to make a significant investment in the Spanish economy. The visa offers the holder and their family members residency in Spain and visa-free access to the Schengen Zone.
In most cases, Spain Golden Visas are issued to someone who purchases real estate. However, they are also available to businessmen who invest in a Spanish company, which is why they are referred to as Spain Investor Visas as well.
Who Can Get a Golden Visa for Spain?
To be eligible for a Spanish Golden Visa, you must make one of the following investments:
- Purchase real estate in Spain worth at least €500,000. The real estate can be one single unit or several, with an overall worth of no less than €500,000.
- Make an investment in the Spanish public debt of at least €2,000,000.
- Buy shares in a company or make a deposit in a Spanish bank of at least €1,000,000.
- Invest in a new business that will offer employment opportunities, contribute to scientific and/or technological innovation and have a relevant socio-economic impact in the area where the business will be undertaken.
In addition to the investment, you must also fulfil the following requirements:
- You must be of legal age (+18 years old).
- You must have no history of criminal records.
- You must not have been refused a Schengen Visa in the past.
Because the investment is so substantial and risky, most potential applicants consult with professionals in the field of investment immigration to determine eligibility. La Vida is a consultancy and assistance company, experienced in immigration law, real estate, and international investment. Their range of experts can guide you through your options and even help you apply for the Spanish Golden Visa.
How to Apply for a Spanish Golden Visa?
If you have made any of the investments listed above, then you can submit a visa application to the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate. At the time of application, you must be committed to making the investment, but the investment does not necessarily need to be finalized.
You don’t have to be in Spain to apply for the visa, but you need a pre-visit to see your investment options up close, open a bank account, and meet with lawyers. You can go through this process yourself or with the help of experienced professionals, such as the experts at La Vida – Golden Visas. Once you are settled on investment, you can give Power of Attorney to your lawyer to submit your Spanish Golden Visa application and secure your deposit.
Application for family members: Your family members have to apply for their own visas to Spain as dependents. They must include documentation that proves family relation, such as birth and marriage certificates.
What Family Members Can Be Included on the Spain Golden Visa?
The family members you can include on the Spain Golden Visa are:
- Your spouse
- Children under the age of 18. If you have any children who are not minors but are nonetheless dependent due to any health or mental conditions, they also classify for the visa.
- Dependent elderly parents.
Your family members will also receive residence permits and be allowed freedom of movement in the Schengen Zone.
How Long is the Golden Visa for Spain Valid?
The Golden Visa that you receive at the Embassy will be valid for one year. During this year, you have to enter Spain and exchange your visa for a Spain residence permit, which will be valid for two years.
The residence permit can then be renewed indefinitely, without any stay requirements, as long as you maintain your investment. You have to travel to Spain each time you need to renew your residence permit.
If you intend to actually live in Spain, then you can apply for permanent residence after five years of continuous residency (at least six months out of the year).
Can I Get Spain Citizenship by Investment?
Yes, Spain’s Investor Visa is a pathway to citizenship, as long as you live in Spain for at least 10 years.
Although the process of becoming a resident of Spain through investment is pretty straightforward, to receive a passport, you must live in Spain for at least 6 months out of the year for ten years.
In addition, there are other requirements for obtaining Spanish citizenship, such as knowing the language and having ties to the country. A Spanish passport will give the holder access to the EU job market and visa-free access to over a hundred countries.
Spanish Golden Visa Benefits
Spouses & Children
Spouses, children under 18, financially dependent parents – all come under the umbrella of this Visa. If you are not married but can prove that you co-habit, (voters roll, mortgage etc) then this can be accepted as a spouse. You and your family members will receive Residence Permits, allowing you to live in Spain.
Schengen Zone Visa-Free
Holders can travel to all Schengen Zone countries visa-free for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
No Requirement to Reside in Spain
You do not need to live in Spain to renew the Golden Visa. No tax residency or minimum stay requirements.
Permanent Residence after 5 years
If you do live in Spain, you become eligible for permanent residence after five years.
Work, Health & Education System
Allows the holder to work and take part in economic activities. You and your family members can make use of Spain’s health and education system.
Documents Required for Spain Golden Visa Application
When applying for a Spanish Golden Visa, you need the following documents:
- Spain Visa Application Form
- Two passport-size pictures. Make sure they follow picture guidelines for a Spanish visa.
- Make sure the passport will be valid for the initial period of time you intend to spend in Spain and has at least two blank pages. You may also need a photocopy of the personal information page of your passport.
- If you are not a citizen of the country where you live: Your residence permit.
- Documents which prove you have sufficient income to support yourself and your family as you live in Spain.
- Police records, proving you have no criminal background. They must be issued within the three months prior to the application.
- Proof of health insurance (private or public) with an insurance company operating in Spain.
- Proof of payment of the visa fee.
- Any additional documents related to your specific case (investment or real estate purchase), as described below.
The documents you submit have to be translated into Spanish (if they are not already) by a certified translator and apostilled. Golden visa experts at La Vida can help you settle the document package for the visa application.
Requirements for Spain Golden Visa (Real Estate)
If you have purchased a property in Spain, you must prove you have acquired ownership of the property through a certificate issued by the Land Registry within the three months prior to the application.
This certificate must include the purchase amount (no less than €500,000).
If the property purchase has not been entered in the Land Registry yet, you can simply submit proof that the documents have been entered for filing along with the proof of payment.
If the purchase of real estate has not been finalized, you can submit the preliminary contract, including a down payment, and a letter from a financial institution in Spain proving the availability of the required funds.