NON-LUCRATIVE VISA IN SPAIN UPDATE
Further to our last article regarding non-lucrative VISAS posted a few months ago. We are writing to give all our clients and readers some useful updates, with regard to the advisable procedure and paperwork required.
First of all, we ought to inform you that the documents required have changed this year, compared to the paperwork & process put in place until 2022. The NON-LUCRATIVE VISA is applicable for non-working individuals (with a reliable, ongoing source of income and substantial savings) who wish to reside in Spain for more than 6 months. The Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa scheme is therefore ideal for instance. If you are retired or have passive income, (for example from a portfolio of properties or other investments).
The Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa allows full-time residency in Spain with an expectation of a minimum of 6 months of residence maintained. This visa can be requested by third-country nationals who wish to reside in Spain without engaging in any work or professional activity, as indicated before. And gives permission to reside in Spain for up to 5 years, providing ongoing eligibility requirements continue to be met. The TIE, in Spanish “tarjeta de identidad de extranjero” is the residency card that is issued. The TIE is initially valid for 1 year, to be renewed consequently after the 2º year, for a period of 2 years, and the final renewal for another 2 years more. When 5 years of full-time residency have been completed, permanent residency can be applied for.
I.- Non-Lucrative VISA General requirements
The application process must be initiated at your nearest Spanish Consulate, not in Spain. You can check through their website under which jurisdiction of the Consulate your place of residence is (proof of residence will be required: bank statements with the applicant’s address, Council Tax, utility bills or similar).
1).- The visa must be requested personally. The specific date and time of the appointment will be confirmed through email to you by the consulate. Applicants who do not intend to attend their appointment are kindly requested to cancel it as soon as possible. No applicant will be accepted without a prior appointment, each appointment is only for one person. Therefore, family members accompanying the applicant who wish to apply for a visa need to book an additional appointment. Remember that the Consulate General will not accept appointments that have not been requested in accordance with the aforementioned procedure.
2).- The non-lucrative residence visa can be applied for up to 90 days before the desired date of entry into Spain. In the case of a positive answer, the applicant must collect personally their visa in Spain, within one month from the date of notification. Failure to do so will be understood that they have renounced the visa granted, and the procedure will be closed.
3).- You’ll need Public or private health insurance taken out by an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain. (we can recommend you a good competitive insurance company).
4).- You’ll also need a Medical certificate, issued by a registered medical practitioner, no later than 3 months prior to the date of application. It must be formulated in the following terms or similarly. (Certificates issued in the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish).
5).- Finally, sufficient Financial means are required to cover the living expenses and, where appropriate, those of their family members, for one year, in accordance with the IPREM. (In Spanish, “Indicador Público de Renta de Efectos Múltiples”). (For specific advice regarding this important financial issue, and in order to get a “fresh updated figure”. Please do not hesitate to contact our firm privately, as the figures change every year, and by the time you might read this post, the information can vary).
II.- MORE USEFUL INFORMATION: What Is The Duration?
This residence permit will be valid for 1 year for those cases whose residences of the national of the United Kingdom of which he is a relative do not reach 5 years and, therefore, the term “Temporary” will be entered in the field corresponding to the Type of Permit, and 10 years for those cases whose residences of the national of the United Kingdom of which he is a relative are older than 5 years and, therefore, in the field corresponding to the Type of Permit, the term “Permanent” shall be entered. After its validity, it must be automatically renewed in accordance with the legal provisions.
III.- This information is NOT intended to serve as specific legal advice.
While we try to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, we recommend double checking always with our firm as well as with the Consulate General before the actual submission of the application is made, just in case any possible change might be introduced to existing Schengen and national regulations.
The last thing that you want to do is spend a lot of money only for your approval to end up being a long drawn-out process because of a poorly prepared application form. Similarly, you don’t want to commit to the expense of a visa application if you’re unlikely to get approved. For that reason, if you are unsure whether you qualify, or don’t understand the requirements and process, it’s advisable to hire the Legal Services of a Law Firm that does, to review your situation and advise you, before you commit to the costs of a Spanish Visa application.
Once you compile the necessary paperwork, we would then be able to review everything with you in order to arrange an appointment at the Spanish Consulate in advance.
IV.- OUR LEGAL SERVICES: WHAT DOES OUR SERVICE INCLUDE? WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU.
1.- Legal Report: We will study your case and we will prepare an accurate legal report for you.
2.- Application file: We will discuss everything professionally, carefully review and double check several times your file documents. We will help you fill out your application forms to be submitted at the Spanish consulate.
3.- We’ll help you manage your TIE card collection in Spain: once you have been granted the VISA, we will arrange with you a visit to the Immigration office located in Alicante, in order to collect the cards, so you will be always accompanied/assisted by a professional.
4.- Follow-up or further assistance: If the Foreign Office might require you to provide any additional document or clarify any information, we will prepare and answer a formal request to the office on your behalf. (Formal appeals not included).
V.- HOW TO CONTACT US FOR FURTHER SPECIFIC ADVICE?
We hope you find this information useful. Remember that this is not intended to be specific legal advice, just a general overview. As independent lawyers, we can help you both by assisting you with all residency issues as well as carrying out a comprehensive background legal analysis on your consultation or problem, if required.
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We look forward to helping you and the benefit of our “know-how”.
Mr Oscar Ricor
“NON-PRACTISING ENGLISH SOLICITOR IN ENGLAND AND WALES”, under the “Solicitors Regulation Authority” (SRA) SRA number 519196 and practising Spanish Solicitor