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Understanding the Spain Visa process for British nationals: We help British expats like you establish your residency in Spain through a Spain Visa.

Spain has long been one of the most popular destinations for British expats looking at retirement in Spain, and it’s not hard to see why. From its balmy weather and world-famous beaches to its friendly people, delicious cuisine and lively cities, Spain makes for an alluring destination if you’re planning on moving abroad.

There are an array of pathways to residency in Spain via a Spain Visa for British expats. Here’s what you need to know about how to go about applying for residency in Spain.

From pensions to real estate investment, there are several routes to residency for those looking at moving to Spain.

Non Lucrative Visa Spain

Is there a visa for retired expats in Spain?

Spain’s Non-Lucrative Visa is ideal for retirees as this residency permit is only possible if you can demonstrate you receive your income via passive means such as a pension (or investment or rental income). There is a minimum income required – €27,792.92 per annum – and holders of the Non-Lucrative Visa are not permitted to work in either Spain or the UK. This visa is valid for one year and can be renewed for successive two-year periods. After five years it’s possible to apply for permanent residency.

Golden Visa Spain

Can I obtain residency by making a property investment in Spain?

The country’s Golden Visa bases residency on investment, typically real estate worth €500,000 or more. Permanent residency can be achieved after five years and Spanish citizenship after 10 years. It is a good option if you’re planning on emigrating to Spain but still wish to spend time in the UK and elsewhere as obtaining a golden visa in Spain requires just one visit a year to Spain.

Entrepreneurs Visa

Are there residency visas designed for working British expats?

Yes, although more specialised the Entrepreneurs Visa can offer a pathway to residency for individuals who want to establish a pioneering business, often technology based, that promotes Spain’s economic development. The Highly Qualified Professional Visa can be obtained by employers offering individual employment in Spain, although the application process can be challenging.

The key benefits of a Spain Schengen Visa can be summarised for you as follows:

  • The ability to live, work and study in Spain for you and your family.
  • Visa-free travel in the Schengen Area.
  • A route to Spanish citizenship and the right to live and reside in the EU.

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