Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa Is Now Open

Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa Is Now Open

Spanish authorities have confirmed that applications for Digital Nomad visas are officially open for dedicated globetrotting digital nomads.

Spain’s digital nomad visa will provide low-tax status to non-EU nationals for a year, with the option of extending their stay.

The Spanish parliament formally passed the program in November then Congress approved it at the end of December and finally, those who qualify can now apply at their local consulate or embassy.

“Spain has been one of the most popular countries during the pandemic for digital workers,” said

“That is thanks to our quality of life, our climate, the quality of our public services. And I think we can convert that into a competitive advantage.”

Carme Artigas, Secretary of State for Digitalisation And Artificial Intelligence.

Spain Digital Nomad Qualifications

Interested applicants need to be from outside of the European Economic Area and must not be living illegally in Spain at the time of their application and cannot have lived in the country within the five years prior to applying.

The minimum requirement for a digital nomad visa is at least 200 percent of the monthly Spanish minimum wage, which equates to €28,000 per year or €2,334 per month.

Other qualifications are:

  • The company/s must be located outside of Spain
  • The applicant has been working with that company or having a freelance relationship with the clients for at least three months prior to the application.
  • Demonstrate either three years of prior work-related experience or be a graduate/postgraduate from a reputable university, vocational training, and business school of recognised prestige
  • Have a minimum one-year contract with that same company

Those who qualify for the program will be granted a visa originally valid for 12 months or for the duration of the employment period if it is shorter than 12 months. They can be renewed for up to five years.

Digital nomad visa holders are allowed to be absent from the country for a maximum of six months per year.

Remote workers can also apply for a residency card, which grants the ability to travel throughout the EU while living in Spain.

How To Apply

Applicants can directly apply through a consulate or embassy in their home country.

Alternatively, they can enter Spain on a tourist visa and apply within the first three months.

Required documentation includes the following:

  • Application form, 
  • Proof of payment for the administrative fee, 
  • A copy of your passport, 
  • Proof of qualifications or work experience, 
  • Proof of employment and income, 
  • Proof the company has existed for more than a year, 
  • A letter of authorisation from your company to work in Spain, 
  • Proof of a clear criminal record with a minimum validity of 90 days
  • Proof of health insurance

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