The New Nomad Visa

The New Nomad Visa

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Finally, what many digital nomads have been waiting for will become a reality. The new digital nomad visa has been finally published and is now available, and foreigners wishing to move remotely from Spain can now start their applications.

The digital nomad visa is a residence permit that can be extended up to 5 years and that will allow non-EU citizens to live and work remotely from Spain 

Finally, foreigners who wish to move to Spain and keep working for a company abroad, or who have clients spread all around the globe, will find a residence permit that is perfectly tailored to their needs (instead of applying for a non lucrative visa which in fact that not allow them to work).

One of the great advantages of this residency is the double application option

  • On the one hand, you can apply directly from Spain with a tourist visa, getting directly your 3-year card
  • But, on the other hand, it is also possible to obtain a 1 year visa from your country of origin (in the Spanish consulate) so that you can enter Spain and modify later on to this card for 3 years

Do these years count for nationality? 

The answer is yes. The years with this 3-year card (and its subsequent renewals) count for both Spanish nationality and permanent residence (which you can get after 5 years as a remote worker or digital nomad in Spain).

Apart from the tax advantages that we will explore later in this post, this permit will also allow you to include your spouse and children in the same application; thus being able to move with your family to Spain.

But that’s not all, because being included within the Entrepreneurs Law, you will also benefit from a fast-track resolution in just 20 days, and the applicable administrative silence is positive (so if you have no response within this period, your application is considered finally approved).

In addition, you will be able to move freely throughout the EU with this residence card.

As we mentioned, this visa is geared towards non-EU citizens, as Europeans can work remotely for up to 6 months in the country (and if they wish to prolong their stay, they just need to obtain their resident NIE).

There are two different profiles of foreigners who can obtain this permit (with slightly different requirements):

  • Employed workers whose company allows them to travel and work remotely from another country (in this case Spain)
  • Self-employed workers with several clients spread all over the world or with different sources of income derived from online activities but spread outside Spain

This a great opportunity for digital nomads in Spain!