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Digital Nomad Visa for Spain: all you need to know


In this article we are going to explain all the details that the law includes and what are the official requirements and the procedure to apply for the Digital nomad visa. 

This law has incorporated a new type of visa for foreigners who work remotely and want to reside in Spain. The law defines this type of workers as international remote workers. Therefore, they are all non-European nationals who work remotely with electronic tools and their sources of income come from outside Spain. There are two types of digital nomads, those who work as employees for non-Spanish companies and those who are self-employed.

The Startup Law (Ley 28/2022, de fomento del ecosistema de las empresas emergentes) has been finally published. Last Thursday, December 22, 2022 was published in the Official State Gazette (BOE). On Friday, December 23rd it came into force, which means that all the new features that the law incorporates are already being applied. 

Main requirements for Spain digital nomad visa


Below you will find the main requirements to find out if you can apply for this type of visa:

  • Be a qualified professional: to be a graduate, postgraduate, have a professional training diploma or have professional experience of at least 3 years in the job position.
  • Work or provide services for a company or companies located outside Spain.
  • Provide a job contract with the company of at least 1 year’s duration
  • Proof that the work activity can be performed remotely.
  • Provide documentation showing that the employment relationship has existed for the last 3 months.
  • Not having a criminal record in Spain or in the countries where you have resided during the last 2 years.
  • To take out private medical insurance with a Spanish insurance company.
  • Proof of minimum annual  income from remote work (monthly 2.520€/ yearly 30.240€).

There are also specific requirements depending on whether you are employed or self-employed:

  • If you are an employee:
    • The company you work for must have at least 1 year of seniority.
    • The company must sign an authorization to allow you to work remotely.
  • If you are self-employed:
    • You must provide services for at least one company.
    • You can have a maximum of 20% of your income coming from Spanish companies.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Nomad Visa

Where can I apply for the Spanish digital nomad visa?

There are two options to apply for the Spanish digital nomad visa. You can apply at the Spanish Embassy/Consulate in your country or directly in Spain if you are in a regular situation.

How long does it take to get the visa approval?

This type of visa has a fast-track, as well as visas for investors, highly qualified professionals, etc… from the moment the application is submitted, the response takes 20 working days. If this time has passed and there has been no response, it means that it has been approved by positive administrative silence.

How long does the visa last?

The duration will depend on where you apply. If you apply for the visa from your country, through the Spanish Embassy or Consulate, you will be granted a visa for a maximum of 1 year.

Once in Spain and after the first year, if you wish to renew your visa, you will be able to do so from Spain without theIf you apply for the visa while in Spain, it will have a duration of 3 years and then you will be able to renew it for 2 more years. need to return to your country.

Can my family members apply for the same visa as dependents?

Yes, your family can come with you and apply for the visa as your dependents.

You must prove the family relationship and that there are also financial means for them (minimum 7.000€ for each additional family member).

Do the years of residence as a digital nomad count for later applying for Spanish nationality?

The answer is yes. However, you will have to take into account that you won’t have many absences from the country, as this could be detrimental to your application for Spanish nationality. Depending on your nationality, you will be able to apply for a Spanish passport after 2 or 10 years of residence. 

Hopefully this guide has helped you to see if you meet the requirements. Do not hesitate to ask us to help you in the process of applying for the Digital Nomad Visa for Spain.

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