One of our favourite topics. And it will be further explored in future posts. If you happen to be an EU citizen, hold a European passport, or are a national from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland, congratulations for not having to read about Visas for yourself!
In our first podcast, Amber Lattimer points out to a ‘foot in the door’ visa easy to obtain: the Student Visa. Obviously, you must enrol a research, university or school program and, besides paying for their educational fees, you will also be required to prove that you have the economic means to cover your expenses during the duration of the stay. You can apply for this Visa while visiting the country as a tourist.
Within the framework of this Student Visa, if your level of English is advanced enough for teaching it, you might consider taking a course to obtain a TEFL certification or passing a TOEFL test. Both are acronyms for Teaching (Of) English as a Foreign Language and in our resources centre we will have a section listing schools providing those trainings in Spain.
Working Visa is the next category to look at. For it, you need an employer willing to make you an offer and, as importantly, initiate this ‘exciting’ Visa process in Spain via the Immigration Office at some of the Government’s Branches or by contacting a special section dedicated to large companies. Once a work and residency permit is issued to your future employer, you shall apply for a Working Visa in your nearest Spanish Consulate. Within one month the applicants are to be notified whether the Visa has been granted to them.
Without an employer acting as a sponsor and as we mentioned in our To Buy or Not to Buy (Property) post, a residency and work permit can also be obtained for investors that are capable of putting at least €500.000 into the Spanish economy via Real Estate assets, private sector financial investments or bank deposits (over €1 million), or Spanish public debt (over €2 million). In case you are among the vast majority of people for whom those sums ‘barely’ intimidate them, this Residency Programme – Entrepreneurs Law also permits applying for a Working Visa in a more agile manner to entrepreneurs, highly skilled professionals, or leading researchers.
Are you looking for obtaining a Retirement Visa without working? If so, its approval will essentially depend on your capacity to carrying a decent life in Spain, both in terms of you overall financials and healthiness. In finance terms, the main requisite is that you have a guaranteed pension. Although I have not found a document or link stating what the amount is, as per this undated document from the Spanish Consulate in San Francisco, the minimum annual required income is €25,560.
Together with all those, other types of Visas like non-lucrative or family reunion ones are explained in this Visa Information and Requirements page of the Spanish Consulate in Washington.
Please bear in mind that some of those links are referring to information published in Consulates and might not be updated. Although the general procedures are common and stable, certain requisites might vary from country to country and year to year. Please make sure that you double-check the requirements, processes, fees, timelines, and so forth in your corresponding Spanish Consulate.
Do you need a Visa for coming to Spain? Have you taken an approach worth sharing in your process to obtain a long term residency? What was the renewal process like for you when you obtained a Student one?
Links of Interest
Government Offices at a regional level (Subdelegaciones de Gobierno)
Section of the Spanish Immigration Office dealing with Working Visas requests from large corporations