Entrepreneurship visa in Spain
What is the Entrepreneurship Visa?
An Entrepreneurship Visa is a privileged residence permit that supports entrepreneurs and investors to promote the arrival of foreign talent in Spain. This visa is meant for those who have an entrepreneurial project that can be considered of “general interest” in Spain.
Who is eligible?
This visa is available to any non-EU citizen who is planning to launch a business in Spain that can be considered of “general interest”. Typically, the project must be innovative, brings new scientific or technological advancements, has a significant economic impact or has the potential to create many new jobs in Spain.
Should I apply for an entrepreneurship visa or work visa?
We recommend this visa if your priority is to work on your activity, project or idea from the day you arrive in Spain and you consider you can fulfil the “general interest” requirement.
How to obtain the Entrepreneurship Visa in Spain?
If you are already in Spain legally, you can apply for this visa by filing submission to the Unidad de Grandes Empresas, which will request a “general interest” report to assess the business’ viability. Successful applications are granted a two-year residence permit.
How can a lawyer help with the Entrepreneurship Visa?
We have deep legal experience in understanding what exactly the Administration is seeking when demonstrating “general interest”. We have long-standing relationships with both economic and commercial offices and we know what is necessary for a viable business plan. Our experience ensures that you express yourself in a way that can make a huge difference to your application.
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Process of obtaining an Entrepreneurship Visa
There are two ways to secure this visa.
First, you can apply by filing with the competent Consulate of Spain at your place of residence. The Economic and Commercial Office of that Consulate will assess the viability of your business and, most importantly, whether you fulfil the “general interest” requirement. If you obtain a favourable report, you can apply for a one-year visa, which can be later converted into a two-year residence permit.
For those legally already in Spain, you can apply from within the country. Here, the application is submitted to the Unidad de Grandes Empresas and they request the “general interest” report. If approved, you are granted a two -year residence permit directly.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes and you can always apply for a Residence Permit Business Activity, which simply takes into consideration the viability of your business, and not the general interest. The Economic and Commercial Offices will recommend this route should the report fail.
You can with an Entrepreneurship Residence Permit, as long as your main activity doesn’t change. You can work as self-employed or as an employee as long as you comply with Labour and Social Security regulations. Your accompanying family members also obtain a work permit.