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Spain Non-Lucrative Visa Program – Requirements and How to Apply

Begin your journey to a tranquil life in Spain with the Non-Lucrative Visa, an ideal solution for non-EU nationals seeking to enjoy Spain’s rich culture and relaxed lifestyle.

Designed for those who wish to reside in Spain without engaging in economic activities, this visa is perfect for individuals living off passive income or retirees. At Consult Immigration, we’re dedicated to facilitating your smooth transition to Spanish residency.

The Spain Non-Lucrative Visa: Key Features and Benefits

The Non-Lucrative Visa is a pathway to Spanish residency without the need for employment or economic activity within Spain. It is an attractive option for those who prefer a peaceful life supported by their own means. Key benefits of this visa include:

Residency in Spain: Experience life in a country celebrated for its vibrant culture, beautiful landscapes, and high quality of life.

Minimum Stay Requirements: The visa requires holders to spend at least 180 days per year in Spain, allowing for a balanced lifestyle between enjoying life in Spain and the flexibility to travel.

Schengen Area Access: With this visa, enjoy the freedom to travel within the Schengen Area, exploring the richness of Europe.

Eligibility and Financial Requirements

To qualify for the Non-Lucrative Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must apply via the Spanish Consulate or Embassy in your home country.
  • If you’re applying with family members, you’ll need to provide proof of your relationship, such as birth or marriage certificates.
  • You need to show proof of sufficient funds to support yourself and your family. The main applicant should demonstrate an income of *EUR 2,400 per month (EUR 28,800 per year), and an additional *EUR 600 per month (EUR 7,200 per year) for each family member. *These values are based on 2024 requirements.
  • Your income must be derived from sources outside Spain, such as investments, pensions, or rental income. After the first year, applicants can seek a work permit.
  • You are required to spend a minimum of 180 days per year in Spain to maintain the visa and should not be absent for more than 10 months over a 5-year period if seeking permanent residency.
  • You need to provide valid police clearance certificates and certified medical certificates proving good health.

The Spain Non-Lucrative Visa Application Process

The application process for the Non-Lucrative Visa includes:

Investment or Income Verification: Confirm a regular source of income or sufficient economic resources for your stay in Spain.

Document Preparation: Collate all necessary documentation, including financial statements, health insurance, and legal clearances.

Application Submission: Submit your application through the Spanish Consulate or Embassy, adhering to the specific requirements and timelines.

Living in Spain with the Non-Lucrative Visa – Your Rights and Privileges

Holding the Spain Non-Lucrative Visa offers a range of benefits that make your life in Spain both rewarding and comfortable. As a visa holder, you are entitled to legally reside in Spain, immersing yourself in its rich culture and lifestyle.

This residency also allows you to bring your family along, ensuring that you can experience the beauty of Spain together. Furthermore, access to Spain’s public services, such as healthcare and education, enhances your quality of life.

One of the most significant advantages is the path it opens to longer-term residency. After five years of temporary residency, you become eligible to apply for permanent residency. Following ten years of residency, you can apply for Spanish citizenship, further cementing your connection to this vibrant country.

How We Can Help

Navigating the nuances of the Non-Lucrative Visa process can be daunting, but Consult Immigration is here to simplify it for you. Our team is adept at managing every facet of your application, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free transition to Spanish residency.

We offer personalized assistance to cater to your unique circumstances and requirements, encompassing:

  • Document Preparation and Collection: We assist in gathering and preparing all the necessary documentation, ensuring that your application is thorough and complete.
  • Assistance with Legal and Health Requirements: We guide you through the process of obtaining the necessary legal clearances and health certificates, crucial for the visa application.
  • Financial Advisory: Our experts help you demonstrate the required financial stability, ensuring your financial documentation aligns with the visa requirements.
  • Property Assistance: Whether you choose to rent or buy property in Spain, we provide support in finding the right home for you and your family.
  • Application Submission and Follow-up: We manage the submission of your application and provide continual support throughout the process, from start to finish.

Spain Non-Lucrative Visa – Frequently Asked Questions

To assist further, here are 10 of the most widely asked questions we receive when it comes to moving to the Portugal D7 Visa:

What is the Spain Non-Lucrative Visa?

It’s a residency visa for non-EU nationals who wish to live in Spain without engaging in economic activities, based on their own financial means.

What are the financial requirements for the D7 Visa?

Applicants must show proof of sufficient funds: *EUR 28,800 annually for the main applicant and an additional *EUR 7,200 for each family member. *These values are based on 2024 requirements.

Can I work in Spain with this visa?

Initially, you cannot engage in employment in Spain with this visa (your income needs to derive from outside of Spain). However, you can apply for a work permit after the first year.

How long is the Non-Lucrative Visa valid?

The visa is initially granted for one year and can be renewed twice for two-year periods. After five years, you can apply for permanent residency.

What is the minimum stay requirement?

You must reside in Spain for at least 180 days per year to maintain the visa.

Is private health insurance required for the Non-Lucrative Visa?

Yes, comprehensive health insurance from a company authorized in Spain is required, covering all necessary medical risks.

Can the Non-Lucrative Visa lead to Spanish citizenship?

After legally residing in Spain for ten years, you can apply for citizenship, subject to fulfilling language proficiency and integration requirements.

What happens after the initial year of the Non-Lucrative Visa?

After the first year, the visa can be renewed for two additional two-year periods, provided you continue to meet all the requirements.

Can I study in Spain with the Non-Lucrative Visa?

Yes, while the primary purpose is residency without work, the visa does allow you to study in Spain.

How do I prove my financial means for the Non-Lucrative Visa?

Proof can be provided through bank statements, pension statements, or other financial documents that demonstrate the required income or savings.

Contact Us and Get Started on Your Journey

Get started by completing the form below, and begin your adventure to a new life in Spain with the Non-Lucrative Visa.

Our dedicated team of Qualified Attorneys and Legal Advisors is ready to provide you with expert, tailored guidance and support throughout each stage of your Spanish Non-Lucrative residency application.

What our Consult Clients have to say

I was hesitant to take this big step and apply for citizenship through descent, but I took the plunge and paid for an appointment with Consult Immigration. I am so happy I did this. David and Ines answered all my questions and were extremely helpful with their extensive knowledge of the process and they asked questions for me that opened my mind to many other possibilities that would lead me to my new destination. I really liked both of them and I felt they truly earned my trust. Great service. I got so much more out of our meeting than I expected. Nice surprise!

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Dear David, thank you so much for the assistance and professional service I received from you during my immigration process to Portugal. If it was not for your sound advice, I could have made a disastrous choice as to which country to relocate to, given the technical nature of immigration laws and how they are applied to foreigners. The support I received from you while dealing with the local officials was also very beneficial. Thanks for going the extra mile!

Schalk Badenhorst

David, Pina and his team at Consult assisted me in my residency permit application for Mallorca, Spain through their tireless efforts in SA and Spain, from initial interest through to making appointments with the relevant authorities in Palma and were highly knowledgeable and patient throughout the process. Highly recommended!

Maira KoutsoudakisCEO LIFE Group of Companies

We would like to thank you once again for your very professional assistance in making this move possible. Your support during the process in South Africa was invaluable and your associates here in Portugal were very professional in dealing with the local procedures. This would be a daunting process without professional help and we can strongly recommend your services to anybody interested in relocating to Portugal.

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I have had the pleasure of dealing with David at Consult and have been highly impressed with his professionalism. Pina, his partner in Spain, has also been extremely helpful and prompt to reply. I would highly recommend their immigration services to anyone looking to have the bureaucracy streamlined.

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