Immigration to Spain can be achieved through various visa options:
The wealth visa service is our most popular channel to residency. This service is for the individual who wants to immigrate to Spain and has sufficient funds to live in Spain without working.
The golden visa (or property visa) service gives residency to those who buy a property over 500,000€.
With a nomad visa, you can get a residency permit for up to 5 years and be taxed as a non-resident.
The investor visa is for the individual who seeks immigration to Spain via investment in a business.
The general procedure for immigration to Spain is this:
Strong Abogados lawyer Monica Sevillano is our specialist dedicated to immigration to Spain. She has achieved an extraordinary success rate on visa approvals for our clients.
Can I get residency in Spain if I have a Spanish parent or grandparent?
Once I have residency in Spain, how long before I can apply to become a Spanish citizen?
What are the final steps for a resident to become a Spanish citizen?
If I have to present the application myself at the Embassy, why hire an immigration lawyer?
Obtaining Spanish citizenship via residency requires you to have been a legal resident in Spain for an uninterrupted period of 10 years immediately prior to the application. This means living in Spain 183 days per year each year.
In the following cases, the residency period may be shortened:
Moreover, the individuals concerned must prove good citizenship and a sufficient degree of integration in Spanish society.
Within the 10 year period to citizenship is an important step: becoming a permanent resident. This happens after 5 years. Once you are a permanent resident, you no longer have to justify the reasons under which you got to be a resident. For example, if you got in through a Golden Visa, you no longer have to prove that you own the property. You just have to show your DNI to renew your residency. Being a permanent resident means you will not lose your residency even if you leave Spain. If you leave Spain for a year, though, you are no longer on track for Spanish citizenship: you would have to start counting your 10 years for citizenship from scratch.What are the final steps for a resident to become a Spanish citizen? Once you have fulfilled the time frames of your Spanish residency, then you can apply for Spanish citizenship.
A good immigration lawyer in Spain does, in fact, have access to the Spanish authorities reviewing your application. It simplifies the reviewer's work to be able to contact the lawyer and receive clarifications regarding the application. It is NOT worth it for them to contact the applicant directly. The lawyer speaks their language, both literally and figuratively. The lawyer can supply the additional documentation requested for an application that would otherwise get rejected.
2018 update: Because of the high volume of applications, it can sometimes take years to respond to the application. To solve this problem, the Ministerio de Justicia signed an agreement (applicable in 2018) to allow immigration lawyers to submit applications and other requests via software. This reduces the application's processing time considerably, but this software is only available to lawyers.