A great many British ” Swallows” – extended stay visitors to Spain – are seeking ways to stay longer than the allotted 90 day visit allowed by the Schengen rules which came into effect from January 2021, and much is being made of the so called “Golden Visa” or more correctly Residence Visa (Non-Lucrative) For non-working individuals (with a reliable, ongoing source of income and substantial savings) who wish to reside in Spain for more than 3 months. HOWEVER this is an application for SETTLED residence status. Regrettably no provision has been made during the Brexit negotiations for those who want to extend their holiday but remain in Spain under the 183 days which would make them tax resident.
BREXIT UPDATE source: Visas (FAQ) (exteriores.gob.es) updated 06/03/2021
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The transition period that started on 1st February 2020 to negotiate future arrangements between EU and the UK ended on 31st December 2020.
As of the end of the transition period British citizens and their non-EU family members will be subject to all Spanish immigration rules for third-country nationals, meaning any privileges under EU freedom of movement will come to an end.
However, UK nationals and their family members who established the residence in other EU Member State before the end of the transition period in accordance with EU free movement law, will maintain their free movements rights after 31st December 2020.
In compliance with EU Regulation 2018/1806 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 British passport holders travelling to Schengen countries for holidays, business or to visit family do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day-period, provided the visit is not for gainful activity. Please note that the 90 days will start counting from the date they enter any of the Schengen countries, including Spain.
British citizens and their family members need a visa for journeys undertaken after 31st December 2020 for the purposes of residence, studies for period larger than 90 days, work, professional, artistic or religious activities.
I WANT TO SETTLE IN SPAIN AFTER 31 DEC 2020.
HOW DO I GET A RESIDENCE VISA?
For the retired or Early retired the proof of funds requirement is likely to be the biggest barrier to some people’s application, these are the figures:
Monthly proof of income must be 4 times the minimum wage (IPREM) plus 1 times the minimum wage for each dependant family member – in 2020 that amount would be 2151.36 euros per month plus a further 537.84 euros per month for each dependant family member; so for a married couple a total of 32,270.40 euros per year. There is also the possibility to apply for the NLV only with substantial savings. See below for other types of Visa application
The first part of the application process is to get an appointment IN THE UK by sending an e-mail to the following address:
Your e-mail should include:
In the subject the type of VISA requested without this the email will not be processed.
- Name of the applicant
- Passport number
- Telephone number
- E-mail address
- Type of visa requested (Study, Non-Lucrative, etc.)
- Day of the week (Mondays, Mondays and Tuesdays…)
- Time slot (9:00 to 12:00 or 12:00 to 14:00)
- Preferred date for the appointment (please note that London appointments for residence visas are only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
NOTE: If you state that you don’t have a preferred day and time slot, you will be automatically given the first available appointment and you have to go to the office nearest to your UK residence.
Failure to fulfill all requirements (see below) may lead to the refusal of you visa.
HERE ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF VISA TO APPLY FOR DEPENDING ON YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES WITH LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION (in Spanish and English)
NATIONAL VISAS -Requirements and application forms
- Non-lucrative residence
- Highly qualified professional
- Investors and entrepreneurs
- National and EU researcher
- Employment work
- Employment work with fixed-term contract
- Working permit exemption
- Intra-corporate transfer
- Work under transnational provision of services
- Self‐employment work
- Family reunification under general regulation
- Fee list for British citizens
- National visa form (Spanish)
- National visa form (English)
- 790-052 form
- 790-062 form
- EX-01 form
- EX-07 form
- EX-08 form
- EX-09 form
All documents not in the Spanish language must be translated by a sworn translator – if you do not know a sworn translator we can assist.
In the case of a positive answer, the applicant must personally collect their visa within one month from the date of notification. Failure to do so, will mean that they have renounced the visa granted, and the procedure will be closed.
After obtaining the visa, the applicant has one month from the date of entry into Spain, to process the
TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero at an Immigration Office or Police Station in the province in which they are settling. An appointment is necessary and can be made on the following link: Proceso automático para la solicitud de cita previa (administracionespublicas.gob.es)