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Ultimate Guide to the Spanish Golden Visa Program 

Introduction to the Spanish Golden Visa 

Launched in 2013 under Law 14/2013, the Spanish Golden Visa program offers a gateway to residency for non-EU/EEA investors. It's designed to attract global capital by providing a residency permit in exchange for significant investment in Spain. This guide provides a thorough overview of eligibility, benefits, and the application process, making it your one-stop resource for the Spanish Golden Visa.

Who is eligible for the Spanish Golden Visa?


The program is open to non-EU/EEA nationals meeting one of the following investment thresholds:

  • Real Estate: A minimum investment of €500,000 in Spanish property.

  • Capital Investment: At least €2 million in Spanish public debt or €1 million in Spanish companies, bank deposits, or investment funds.

  • Business Project: Initiating a business project in Spain recognised as of general interest.

Key benefits of the Spanish Golden Visa

  • Residency for Family: Not just for investors, but also their spouses, dependent children, and parents.

  • Schengen Area Access: Enjoy freedom of movement within the Schengen Zone.

  • No Minimum Stay Requirement: Ideal for those not looking to relocate permanently.

  • Pathway to Citizenship: Contributes toward residency requirements for Spanish citizenship.

How to apply for the Spanish Golden Visa


1. Make Your Investment: Fulfil one of the eligible investment options.

2. Gather Required Documents: Including proof of investment, a criminal record certificate, and health insurance.

3. Submit Your Application: Either at a Spanish consulate abroad or within Spain, if you're already there legally.

4. Renewal Process: Initially granted for two years, the visa can be renewed for five-year periods, as long as the investment is maintained.

Planning for success: Application Tips

  • Consult Experts: Engage with legal and financial advisors familiar with the Spanish Golden Visa process.

  • Consider Tax Implications: Be aware of Spain's tax residency rules to avoid unexpected tax obligations.

  • Real Estate Investment: If choosing this route, research the market thoroughly to maximize your investment's potential.

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