Residence Permit in Spain

There come times when a citizenship of only one country may no longer be enough both for work and life.

If you have a regular and solid income and you want to buy real estate or just to move in Spain, as well as to travel across the EU countries, then a Spanish residence permit card is what you need.

Residence permit in Spain is issued by the Ministry of the Interior of Spain according to the place of the applicant’s registration. It allows a non-EU citizen to live in Spain 365 consecutive days a year.

A residence permit is issued for one year with an option to extend. After 5 years, you become eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit and afterwards for a citizenship.

Benefits of residence permit in Spain:

  • A viable way to get a permanent residence permit and later a citizenship for the entire family
  • Right of residence for family members
  • High living standards
  • Right to educate children in EU countries
  • Property purchases
  • Business activity
  • A visa-free access to EU countries

Application documents and residence permit requirements

  • Proof of the sufficient income or current funds for living expenses in Spain for a year (minimum €25,560 per applicant and €6,720 per each dependant)
  • Other proofs of your financial reliability, for example, stocks, bonds, renting contracts, etc.
  • Grounds for acquiring a residence permit in Spain

You may be requested to provide any other document to proof your reliability. In most cases an interview is expected.

Application process

The entire application process may take 2-6 months.

You need to prepare all the necessary documents in the home country and in Spain.

Then you apply for a national visa (type D) issued by the Spain embassy in your home country. When you arrive in Spain, you apply for a residence permit issued by the municipal authority of your place of residence. From this moment on you are considered to be a Spain legal resident.

If you are traveling with your spouse and children, the application documents are submitted both for you and your dependants.

Within 3-5 months you and your family will receive a residence permit.


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