Spain has launched the Spanish digital nomad visa, open to all non-EU nationals, that allows people from abroad to work remotely from Spain.
Holders of the visa can apply for a residency card, which allows them to travel throughout the EU while living in Spain. This works much the same way as Spanish nationals being able to travel within the Schengen area.
What is a Digital Nomad Visa?
Digital nomad visas are common across the globe, with many countries having developed their own programme. Though each programme is different, depending on the rules the country in question decides to set, they all work in a similar way.
Something common across all digital nomad visas, including the one introduced by Spain, is that they allow you to work abroad for a company based in your country of origin. For example, with Spain’s visa, a UK citizen would be able to work for a UK-based company from anywhere in Spain.
Because of the freedom they offer the holder, Digital Nomad Visas are popular amongst the self-employed and freelancers, as well as with people who work for a company that allows remote working.
In the case of Spain, the Digital Nomad Visa falls under their Start-Up visa programme.
What are the rules set by the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa?
To be granted a Spanish Digital Nomad Visa, you must be able to prove, amongst other things, that you have not lived in Spain within the five years preceding your application and that you are qualified in your field.
You must also be able to produce a contract of employment or, in the case of you being self-employed, be able to prove you have had regular business dealings outside Spain.
You must also:
- Earn at least double Spain’s minimum wage (currently €28,000).
- Have private health insurance.
- Have no criminal record.
- Spend no more than six months of a year outside Spain.
Though most of your income has to come from abroad, you are permitted to earn a maximum of 20% of your income from Spanish firms.
How long does the visa last?
The visa will be valid for 1 year or the duration of your employment (if that employment lasts for under 12 months). It can then be renewed for up to five years.
If you apply in Spain, the visa can be valid for two years.
Want to apply for a Spanish Digital Nomad Visa?
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