The Spain Digital Nomad Visa is here! Spain has recently introduced their Digital Nomad Visa, opening the possibility for non-EU nationals to . . .
The Spain Digital Nomad Visa is here! Spain has recently introduced their Digital Nomad Visa, opening the possibility for non-EU nationals to work for longer periods of time from Spain.
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he Spain Digital Nomad Visa is here!
Spain has recently introduced their Digital Nomad Visa, opening the possibility for non-EU nationals to work for longer periods from Spain. Awesome!
As part of Spain’s new Startup Act, the Spanish digital nomad visa was approved with the aim to increase the tech scene in Spain, as well as draw more entrepreneurs to the country.
So, yes! If you ever wanted to move to Spain, now is your chance. Below, you’ll find a short guide to everything we know so far about Spain’s Digital Nomad visa:
What Is A Digital Nomad Visa?
The nomadic lifestyle requires a digital nomad to work from a country that is not their permanent residence, nor the country their company or client is situated in.
A digital nomad visa is a program or document allowing digital nomads to legally work in the country they are temporarily residing in – though some governments use different terms, such as resident permit.
Interestingly, not all programs that offer a digital nomad visa are aimed explicitly at remote workers, students are often also allowed under the same conditions. The requirements for such a visa also differ from country to country.
Learn more about countries that offer digital nomad visas or remote working programs HERE.
Who Can Apply For A Spain Digital Nomad Visa?
Freelancers and remote workers from any non-EU nation, working outside the European Economic Area, may apply for a digital nomad visa, provided they do not work for a Spanish company.
If they have multiple clients, a maximum of 20% of the applicant’s income can be from Spanish businesses.
Additionally, applicants may not have lived in Spain for 5 years prior to their visa application, or have been living in the country illegally at the time of application.
What Is The Duration Of The Spain Digital Nomad Visa?
The digital nomad visa for Spain is valid for a period of 12 months, or shorter depending on the applicant’s employment contract.
After being issued, the visa may be renewed for up to five years from the date of issuing.
For the visa to remain valid, the holder may not be absent from the country for more than six months a year.
Requirements For A Spain Digital Nomad Visa
There are some strict requirements for applying for the Spain digital nomad visa surrounding your employment and education.
For Employment – You must prove that you have worked with your company or clients for at least 3 months.
Your company must have been operating for at least 1 year, and have given you permission to work remotely with a digital nomad visa.
You must have an employment contract of at least 1 year, or if you are a freelancer you must be regularly employed by companies outside of Spain.
For Education – You are required to have 3 years work experience in lieu of your university degree or professional certificate.
You need to provide proof of your qualification or experience in your field of work.
Other requirements for a digital nomad visa to Spain include an income that is 200% of the minimum wage paid in Spain – around € 2,500 a month, or around € 28,000 a year. These estimates may change in coming months as Spain reevaluates its minimum wage.
You are required to have a Private Health Insurance, though the possibility of paying for public Health Insurance is still being discussed.
Lastly, you are required to provide a Clear Criminal Record for 2 years prior to the application, and a sworn statement of a clear criminal record of 5 years for the country you reside in.
Required Documentation When Applying For Spain Digital Nomad Visa
- Application Form
- Receipt for Admin Fee Paid
- Passport Copy
- Proof of Work Experience or Copy of Qualifications Certificate
- Copy of Employment Contract
- Proof of Income (Bank Statements, Invoices, etc.)
- Company Records Showcasing Start of Operation Date (Over 1 Year in Operation)
- Written Permission By Company to Working Remotely
- Clear Criminal Record
- Health Insurance Information
How To Apply For A Spain Digital Nomad Visa
If you are applying from outside of Spain, you can apply directly via the Embassy or Consulate in your current country.
Alternatively, you can travel to Spain with a travel visa, and apply for the digital nomad visa while in the country – this must be done within the first 3 months of your stay in Spain.
How Tax Laws Work For Digital Nomads In Spain
For those with a digital nomad visa, Spain offers a reduced tax rate for the first 4 years of their residency. Instead of the standard 24%, holders will be taxed 15%.
The conditions for this reduced tax rate is that you earn less than € 600,000 per year.
Additional Benefits For Digital Nomads With a Spain Digital Nomad Visa
- After receiving a digital nomad visa, you can apply for a residency card – this allows you to travel throughout the EU.
- Your spouse and children can be added onto your visa. Though for this a two person family, the visa holder and their spouse, an additional 75% of the minimum wage is needed as income (around € 875 additionally per month). After that 25% (around € 300 per month) is added per person. For example a four person family, (visa holder + spouse + 2 children), your income needs to be around € 4,000 a month.
Spain has always been a popular location for the digital nomad community, with fast Wifi, amazing weather, and low living expenses. The digital nomad visa opens the doors to possibilities for both remote workers and the country’s growth.
Safe travels to all!