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Freelance visa: Self-Employed Business Activity Residence Permit

Immigration advice for Non-EU nationals who wish to get the Self Employed Business Permit

How can a lawyer help with the Freelance Visa?

We can put you in touch with our partners such as contacts who will be able to draw up your business plan, juror translators or international schools.

The experience of our lawyers can speed up the procedure to apply for the visa or residence authorisation since they have the specific information about the process to be completed. We can complete the necessary forms on your behalf and review the documents to see if they meet the requirements.

We work in Spanish, English, French or Italian.

¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨


What is Freelance Visa?

Whether you plan to work as a freelancer or start your own company in Spain, you need to show that your project is viable with a business plan. You may will be able to carry out your desired activity from Spain and register with the Spanish Social Security. You will need to demonstrate the viability of your project in Spain by producing a  business plan and if you want to incorporate a company, it must already be registered in the Commercial Register. Our Mercantile Department can help you set up the company remotely by means of a simple power of attorney before you move to Spain.

Process of getting Self-Employed Business Permit or Freelance visa?

  • Authorization

The application must be filed with the Spanish Consulate at your place of residence.

This includes having the viability of your project assessed and covers your business and financial situation. You will may official accreditation for the following: training and qualifications; economic investment and/or commitment from financial institutions; letters of intent from future clients in Spain; and a detailed business plan with the expected investment, profitability and possible jobs created.

If you wish to apply as a company administrator, you must first establish your company, which take up to three months.

  • Visa

After authorisation is granted, you must then apply for a visa at the Spanish Consulate to enter Spain.

  • Spanish Social Security and obtainment of the Foreigner Identity Card

Once in Spain, you will have to register with Social Security and apply for a foreign ID Card.

  • Family Members

We recommend applying for a Non-Lucrative Residence Permit for any accompanying family members.

Process of renewing a Self-Employed Business Permit

You can renew your permit after one year. To do so, you need to prove that you are still a self-employed professional or your company is still active, and you have no debts with the Tax Agency and the Social Security.

You must also prove that you haven’t been absent from Spain for more than 183 days.


We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

Laura Fusté - Lexidy TechBoutique

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Department
David Planes - Lexidy TechBoutique

David Planes


Cristina Negro Vizoso

Mónica López - Lexidy TechBoutique

Mónica Isern López

Associate - Lawyer Immigration Department
Maximiliano Agazzi - Lexidy TechBoutique

Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet

Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly

Francesca Coluccio

Francesca Coluccio

Luisa Rivera

Luisa Rivera

Paola Cavalleri

Paola Cavalleri



Frequently Asked Questions

If the activity you intend to do requires licences, you must obtain them. However, it is not usually necessary to obtain them before applying for a residence permit.

A Golden Visa Entrepreneur requires the applicant to prove a “general interest” for the Spanish market. For the Business Activity Permit, you will only have to prove the viability of the project.

Initially you will have to pay approximately €60 per month and this progressively increases to €300 per month.

You will just need to de-register from the Tax Agency and from the Social Security.

The simplest is to become self-employed without setting up a company. However, if your turnover is high or you have employees, establishing a company may reduce your tax liability.

You will need to show that you have sufficient funds to start your own business. You also need a business plan and to live in Spain for the first year.

We can draft, adapt and review your business plan to maximise your chances of success for securing a permit.

You will need to show that the company is active and functioning. You do not need to demonstrate profits but regular activity.

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