Spain Digital Nomad Visa is Approved

The long-awaited Spanish digital nomad visa was approved on the 21st, published on the gazette on the 22nd, and in force since 23 December. The visa will allow digital nomads to get visas easier. The new visa is expected to increase the famous country’s popularity. You may find detailed information on Spain’s remote work visa and its regulations, advantages, and requirements on our page.

The digital nomad law in Spain was approved and published on December 2022 and got into effect the next day. According to laws, the awaited regulations of the law must be approved and published before 31 March 2023. So, exact details will be defined when the official regulations are announced.

What is Digital Nomad Visa in Spain?

Spain digital nomad visa, is a newly created visa special for foreigners who will remotely work in Spain. There were different types of visas in Spain that digital nomads could apply for. But, this visa will be the easier option for digital nomads willing to work in Spain.

One of the main benefits of it is tax advantages for digital nomads who will work remotely from Spain with this visa. So, it will be highly beneficial for all digital nomads worldwide willing to start a new page in Spain.

The new will grant an advantageous opportunity for residency in Spain for non-EU citizens. Also, residency in Spain after Brexit will be easier to get with it.

It will be another ideal option for those who are not yet sure to buy property in Spain. It can be counted as a trial duration before a decision by foreigners who will have remote working in Spain.

Who Can Apply For the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa?

The Spanish digital nomad visa includes two types of remote workers in general. These are; freelancers working remotely in Spain for multiple companies and workers employed by a company and working remotely.

For both two work groups, there are rules. Employed workers must be allowed to work remotely from another country. Freelancers must have online business activities with customers outside Spain. The requirements of the law will be as follows;

  • If you are an employee of a company, your company must explicitly define that you are allowed to work remotely. Also, the company you are working for must be started to operate at least one year before your application.
  • If you are a freelancer, you must have at least one business contract from a foreign company (outside of Spain). Also, you must show that the contract includes terms and conditions between you and the company that specifies you are allowed to work remotely.

Which Requirements for Spain Digital Nomad Visa There Are?

The requirements for the Spanish visa are expected not to be mixed with the others. The requirements for this visa will be more smooth than the other options for a residence permit in Spain.

The requirements for Spain’s digital nomad visa are;

  1. Your employer or affiliated organization in business must be foreign, based outside of Spain. If you are a freelancer, you can not have income from Spanish companies more than %20 of your total income.
  2. You must submit proof that you have worked for at least three months as a freelancer or with your business connection before the Spanish digital nomad visa application.
  3. You must have a contract for at least one year with your employer or business partner.
  4. You must submit proof that you have the necessary credentials and training for business. To do this, you must have three years of work experience in the relevant sector, or you must be a graduate or postgraduate of a respected university, vocational school, or business institution.
  5. You must submit proof showing you did not have a criminal record for the last five years. You must be not blocked from entering Spain by any criminal record. The criminal record must be valid for a minimum of 90 days. It must be legalized and apostilled.
  6. You must fill out the visa application form numbered 790 038.
  7. You must pay the administrative fee for the application form.
  8. You must have private health insurance. This must be a nationwide coverage in Spain.
  9. You must prove that you have at least 26.000 € funds in your bank account. If you have dependent applicants, you will have an extra 7.000 € for each. If your funds are in a bank outside Spain, you will need a simple translation of the document.

Is There Any Minimum Income Needed for Applying for Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa?

The required minimum income is twice the official monthly minimum wage determined by the Spanish government. While still awaiting the official regulations, there are some announcements made by the Spanish governmental institutions.

Currently, the minimum monthly wage is 1.000 €. In 2023, it is expected to raise the maximumly to 1.100€. So, you will need a minimum of 2.000 € income monthly to be eligible for this visa.

The second applicant, which is dependent on you, must have 75% of the monthly minimum wage. It will be applied as 25% for the other applicants.

You may take a look at the table below for an easier explanation. The table is prepared as 14 monthly pays yearly taken into account.

Applicants Current Minimum Monthly Wage Required Multiple Yearly Total
(14 Pays)
1st Applicant 1.000 €


28.000 €
2nd Applicant 1.000 € 75% 10.500 €
3rd Applicant or More 1.000 € 25% 3,500 €

What Are the Tax Benefits of Living in Spain with Digital Nomad Visa?

The tax advantage of the Spanish digital nomad visa is being eligible for the improved Non-Resident Income Tax Regime. This will allow digital nomads to benefit from a flat tax rate of 24%, for income up to 600.000 €. Normally, this tax rate is progressive and can reach up to %47.

To benefit from this, applicants must also start another process with the Tax Agency of Spain. The process must be started within six months starting from obtaining the visa. The process of this regime is called the “Beckham Law” (Ley Beckham in Spanish).

How to Apply for Digital Nomad Visa in Spain, Including Validity and Renewal Durations

The validity durations will be 1 or 3 years based on your application location choice. Residence permit applications in Spain and outside may differ. For both validity and renewal, you will have two options;

If you are applying for this visa in Spain;

  • Let’s take an example that you have a tourist visa and if you are in a residency in Spain currently. You may directly apply for the digital nomad visa during the first 90 days of your current visa. It will be given for 3 years (You may request a shorter period) and can be renewed every 2 years.

If you are applying outside Spain;

  • You may apply at the Spanish consulate in your origin country. You will be given a 1-year digital nomad visa. Later, you may turn it into a 3-year visa.

You may apply for a Spanish digital nomad visa in or outside Spain. For outside, you may apply at the Spanish consulate in your home country. In Spain, you must apply at the immigration office, UGE (Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos).

Will the Duration of the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa be Counted as Residency Duration for Spanish Citizenship?

Yes, it will. Just like any other Spain residence permit card, duration is counted as Spanish citizenship duration. As there are various residence permit projects, such as the Spanish Golden Visa, this visa’s duration will be counted as residency duration.

Which Dependents are Eligible for Spain’s Digital Nomad Visa?

The dependents eligible for the Spanish digital nomad visa include the applicant’s partner, spouse, and children. If your children are above the age of 18, they must not have a separate family. Also, they must be financially reliant on you.

What are the Other Benefits of the Spanish Digital Nomad Residence Permit?

The holders of the Spanish digital nomad visa will be eligible for travel to all EU countries. In addition to remote working in Spain, it will give applicants an opportunity to get to know Spain and other European countries with a temporary residence permit in Spain.

The increase in Spain visa types is mentioned as a big opening in the international media. Also, the number of increasing digital nomad visa countries in 2022 is making digital nomads happy. There are various types of visas for Spain to explore this amazing country. But the easiest way of staying in Spain is to buy your own property.

If you have decided that you want to live in this country on your property, you may contact our professionals. They will help you find your next home under the sun in a unique location to you in Spain.

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