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Apply for a Non Lucrative Visa in Spain

Immigration advice for Non-EU nationals seeking to live in Spain without working

The Non Lucrative Visa is Spain's approach to a “Wealth Visa”

You can live in Spain by showing you have sufficient economic means to support yourself and your family. Move to Spain and enjoy life with your passive wealth. Get the benefit of visa-free travel in Europe’s Schengen region. 

How can a lawyer help with the Non Lucrative Visa in Spain?

We can put you in touch with partners such as insurance companies or sworn translators.

We can assist in completing forms and reviewing documents to see if they are they correct.

Our lawyers speed up the process to get an appointment as they understand the needs of Spain’s Immigration Offices.

We can join you at the different appointments to solve any setbacks that may happen.

We offer full assistance in English, French, Portuguese, Greek or Italian.

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

 

What is a Non Lucrative Visa?

The Non Lucrative Residence visa allows non-EU citizens to reside in Spain if they can support their lifestyle without working. This is called having sufficient economic means.

It allows the main applicant’s spouse and their dependent children to join them. The main ask is that the family has enough wealth to support their lifestyle. Also, the holder can travel in the EU’s Schengen area visa-free. So you can enjoy tourism throughout most of Europe.

It is issued for a year and is renewable for a two-year period. The permit holder only has the right to move to Spain and does not have the right to work in Spain. It is strictly a Spanish residency visa.

After five years of living in Spain, the holder can get a permanent residency. This can set them on the path to Spanish citizenship.  

Unlike other visa applications in Spain, there’s no need to make an investment in the country.

The Non Lucrative Visa is not a work permit. However, it can become a Spanish work permit if the visa holder starts their business or a company hires them. This is one way to get a Spanish passport and our immigration attorneys can help.

 

How to Get a Non Lucrative Visa in Spain?

The application must be made in person at the Spanish Consulate or Embassy in your country of origin or residence. It cannot be applied for from Spain.

After filing with the Spanish consulate, it usually takes up to 90 days to get an answer.

Applicants must be able to support themselves and their family. Also, they will need private health coverage.

Some documentation may need to be translated into Spanish by a certified translator, such as bank statements or marriage certificates.

This Spanish residency visa doesn’t require the applicant or visa holder to have Spanish parents. Also, they don’t need to be born in Spain.

They can’t work but can earn passive income from investing or real estate.

However, like a student visa, the non lucrative visa allows for studying and attending classes. 

What are the requirements?

  1. You must receive a fixed monthly amount from a permanent source of income, such as a trust fund or retirement pension. This cannot be a salary as it could be misunderstood that you need to work during your stay in Spain. The amount must be at least €2,200 a month, plus €550 a month for every family member that is joining you. Typically, the applicant must show bank statements to prove this.
  2. You need to have private health insurance with full coverage. Only Spanish and EU citizens can use public healthcare in Spain. Some places, like Madrid, restrict access to their healthcare system for the first year of residency.
  3. You need to show other paperwork like a clean police record and a medical certificate. You could also need paperwork from the civil registry of your home country if you move with your spouse.

Let us to do the work!

The Process to Get a Non Lucrative Visa in Spain

What do I need to do?

1. Collect the documents

Once you have the paperwork, the application is answered within 20 days. Law firms like Lexidy can help with visas like these. 

2. Apply at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate

The applicant must appear in person at their Spanish Consular Authority in their home country or where they legally reside. 

If there is no response to the visa application, then it has in effect been rejected.

3. Move to Spain

Once the application has been approved, you will be granted a visa that will allow you to travel to Spain. The visa is granted for one year and can be renewed for two-year periods.

4. Apply for a Foreigner’s ID Card

After entering Spain, they must register at the local Spanish Town Hall. Here they can apply for the Foreign ID Card or residence card, known as a TIE. The applicant has 90 days to apply for the TIE. After 10 years in Spain, the holder can apply for Spanish citizenship.

Some clients struggle with the language, so Lexidy’s immigration attorneys can accompany the applicant to the appointment.

What is Proof of Sufficient Income?

The Spanish government asks applicants to supply evidence that they can support their lifestyle. Most Consulates ask for a bank certificate. It must show the account bank and must have a date close to when the application was filed.

The applicant will need:

  • Six months of bank statements.
  • The funds must be held by the name of the main visa applicant.

The funds don’t need to be in a local bank. However, every person in Spain needs a local bank account when moving to the country.

What Documents do I need?

Most non lucrative visa applicants require the following documentation to obtain residence in Spain:

  • Private healthcare insurance from a Spanish provider
  • National Visa Form
  • Bank certificate showing proof of sufficient income
  • A Passport
  • A Criminal Record Background check that is legalized
  • A medical certificate

The process is much easier and faster with an immigration lawyer.

The Process of Renewing a Non Lucrative Visa

To renew your permit, you just need to show that:

  • You have private healthcare insurance
  • Sufficient financial means to support yourself
  • You were in Spain for at least 180 days during the year when the permit was issued.

The permit is issued for one year and then renewed for two years. After 10 consecutive years in Spain, the visa holder can apply for Spanish citizenship.

The renewal can be submitted online. Our legal team can do it for you.

Find your Immigration Lawyer

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Department

David Planes

Lawyer
Julia

Cristina Negro Vizoso

Lawyer
Mónica López

Mónica Isern López

Associate - Lawyer Immigration Department

Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet

Lawyer
Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly

Lawyer

Frequently Asked Questions

The whole process takes three to four months. Though this can be longer for some embassies.

You must apply within three months of your planned travel. You cannot apply earlier.

Some consulates and embassies reject the application if you work remotely.

We can help you with the application process for Spanish work visas.

You can reapply after fixing the errors. You can also appeal the decision with the Spanish courts but this process can take several years.

The Non Lucrative residence permit does not allow you to work in Spain.

The business activity residence permit allows you to work in Spain as:

  • a self-employed person
  • or as an administrator for your Spanish company
We can help you apply for a work and residence visa.

Your family can apply with you. You need to show that they can financially support themselves. You will need to provide extra documentation such as marriage or birth certificates.

Unmarried partners who can prove a long-term relationship can also apply as dependants.

The most common reason is for not showing sufficient funds to support themselves. The conditions vary depending on the autonomous community or Consulate.

Our immigration attorneys work with appeals and can position your resubmission for success. Lexidy’s lawyers will even assist with court action to overcome rejections. 

We can also prepare you for any visa interviews.

This visa is a residence card. The holder is to reside in Spain for at least 183 days a year. However, this also meets the threshold for becoming a Spanish tax resident. So you will pay income tax on your worldwide income.

This includes rental income and profits from investments, which also attract capital gains tax. Our team of tax lawyers can help you understand your tax requirements. 

Be happy. Join a community of satisfied and successful customers

My wife, 2 children, and I wanted to move to Spain on a non-lucrative visa to experience something new following a stressful covid period. I had the privilege of working with Max and Gabriela, who were outstanding: Fluent English, nurturing us the whole way from initial sales contact through to landing in Spain, refreshingly responsive (usually within minutes, unlike many legal firms which work in units of days!), deeply knowledgable (added so much more value beyond paperwork), professional, experienced, and couldn't do enough for us. Top marks -- and that's from a customer with high expectations! Thank you for the quality experience and for helping us realise our dreams 🙂
Duncan Casemore
Duncan Casemore
08:57 01 Jul 22
Lexidy helped my family with a non-lucrative residence application for Spain. It was a difficult case as I am Australian, my wife Nigerian, and we applied from Ghana, however Lexidy provided an exemplary service and coordinated the application very well. Highly recommended.
jason B
jason B
11:49 01 Apr 22
We recently worked with Lexidy Law to gain non lucrative visas for Spain. The guidance and support received was exceptional. We worked with Paralegal David Planes Vilar who answered all our questions and advised us on all documentation needed. He was fantastic to work with! He has also kindly offered to support any questions we have on the final steps of the Visa once we arrive in Madrid.We also reached out to Lexidy's tax department for guidance on tax planning for our year abroad. Jose García, head of the tax department, was very helpful and answered all our initial questions. We would highly recommend any of their services as we've received excellent support! Thank you Lexidy for all your help during this big move!
Toby Lason
Toby Lason
13:29 21 Jun 21
I recently used the services of Lexidy Law Boutique for applying for the Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa. I cannot speak highly enough about Laura and her team at Lexidy.They are the most professional Legal company I have ever worked with and their highly professional and timely assistance was invaluable to me and my family, during a complicated relocation process.Thanks for again for all your help!
Harsha Dharmana
Harsha Dharmana
05:17 16 Jun 21
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