COME TO SPAIN

The name “Spain” derives from both the Roman term “Hispania” and the Phoenician word “Spania”. Some Historians also argue that the word Spain comes from the term “Spy”, which means “To Forge Metals”, in Phoenician language: Coastal Mediterranean’s Original Language.

No matter, what is the origins of the name Spain, the fact is that Spain is spectacularly diverse country, and the convergence point of many civilizations. From Phoenicians who founded Western Europe to Cadiz, Malaga, Africans, Romans and Middle Eastern Moors, they all have left their distinctive marks on Spain’s rich social and cultural tapestry. So much so that Spain itself evolved to a global empire for centuries.

The Spanish Language, which is also called “Castilian,” because it originated from Castile region of Spain, has about 600,000,00 (six hundred million) native speakers around the world. In fact, Spanish it the official or national language of more than 21 countries. About 55 Million Spanish Speaking People call the United States home, as well. No wonder why Spanish is recognized as the world’s second-most spoken language after “Mandarin” Chinese.

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Spain is also an important member of the European Union. With a total area of 505,990 km2 (195,360 Square Miles), Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, and the second largest country in the European Union.

Spain has a population of about 47 million people, which makes it the fifth most populated country in the European Union.

Spain is considered to be a developed country and its economy is the world’s fourteenth largest by GDP.

HUMAN FOOTPRINT

Modern Humans immigrated to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain) about 35,000 years ago.

Today, over 5,000,000 residents of Spain or about 13% of the entire population are foreign-born, first generation immigrants.

Spain has recently experienced a tremendous increase in immigration for the first time in modern history. In 1998, for instance, immigrants accounted for only 3 percent of the population. Now, the percentage has jumped to about 15 percent, which is one of the highest in Europe.

MADRID

Madrid is the capital of Spain. With a population of about 3.2 million inhabitants it is also the largest city in Spain and the third-largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin.
Despite the fact that Madrid is a modern city, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historical neighborhoods. This beautiful city is rich with a multitude of places to go; plenty of things to see and enjoy, for all demographics.

BARCELONA

Barcelona, on the other hand, is the Provincial Capital of Catalonia, and the second most populous municipality in Spain. Barcelona has a population of about1.6 million within the city limits, which makes it the Sixth most populated urban area within the European Union.
Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts contribute to its status as one of the world’s most important and spectacular cities to visit or live in.
In 2009 Barcelona was ranked Europe's third and one of the world's most successful cities. It was also ranked Europe's fourth best city for business and the fastest improving European city: with growth of 17% per annum.
Over 40 million people pass through Barcelona-El Prat Airport, every year. With beautiful coastline and varied topography Barcelona is a natural wonder and cultural catalyst.
All and all, Spain is a country with much to offer. Whether, you wish to permanently settle in European Union or temporarily work in a thriving economy; study in a World-Class University; or live in a friendly neighborhood Spain is ready to embrace you.

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If you wish to expand your educational boundaries in one of Spain’s World-class Universities or other educational institutions, your first step is to apply for a Student Visa.
Whether, you wish to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program; learn a vocation or Spanish Language; if your stay will take longer than 3 months, you may have to obtain a visa.
Please note that nationals of EU countries such as Austria, Bulgaria. Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, may freely roam around or live in Spain for up to 3 months. Otherwise, they will have to obtain the necessary visas and/or residency permits, as well.

COULD I WORK WITH A STUDENT VISA?

Generally, a Spanish Student Visa allows the holder to legally remain in Spain for attending an authorized educational institution. And the course of studies must lead to obtaining a degree or a certificate.

Student Visa allows the student to work in specific jobs and geographical areas, for a maximum of 20 hours per week. It is also required that the work schedule does not interfere with students’ studies. And the wages earned, are complementary to their financial support, and not a replacement.

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CANADIAN YOUTH MOBILITY PROGRAM

In 2009 Canada and Spain signed an agreement, which allows Canadian Young People (ages 18 – 35) to come to Spain for both academic and professional purposes. This reciprocal agreement allows both Canadian and Spanish young citizens to obtain visas for stays of up to one year in either country. The main purpose for this program is to encourage young people to gain work experience, learn languages, enhance their education; or understand better the cultural nuances of each other.

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In today’s “Global Village” choosing the type of work and the place to work has become much easier. If you have been offered a job by a Spanish Employer or you wish to start your own Business in Spain, you will need to obtain a Work and Residency Visa.

EMPLOYEE VISA

As a prospective employee, you must first procure a viable job-offer from a qualified Spanish based business. Then the Spanish Employer must apply on your behalf for a visa in appropriate Provincial Sub-office, where the applicant would be working. If approved, the employee will be granted a temporary work and residency visa or permit. To obtain more accurate and up-to-date information, please click HERE and have a Private and Confidential LIVE CHAT with your Chosen Spanish Immigration Lawyer now. Your initial case evaluation is FREE!

SELF-EMPLOYED VISA

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and wish to start your own business in Spain, you’d be glad to know that there is a visa program that may help you achieve your dreams.

Please remember that depending on the nature of your proposed business, you would need about 100,000 € or more to invest, in order to submit an application.
Once you obtain the necessary visa and permits, the extension of your permit is almost guaranteed, as long as you can show that your business is in a good standing and doing well. While in Spain, you should also obtain a Foreign Identification Number (Número de Identidad de Extranjero or NIE in Spanish). This Identification number is granted to everyone who is not a Spanish Citizen, including the EU citizens. Of course, your qualified family members may qualify to obtain their residency visas; work or attend schools in Spain, as well.

In order to apply for a Self-Employed Visa, you will have to qualify and comply with a series of requirements. Your Chosen Immigration Lawyer in Spain is a click away to assess your objectives and help you take the necessary steps to obtain your visa. For a FREE and Confidential initial case evaluation, please click HERE .

Legal residents of Spain, who have lived in Spain for one year and have obtained permission to live in Spain for at least another year or more have the right to sponsor their qualified family members to join them in Spain.

Here is the list of such family members under Family Unification Program:

  • The resident’s spouse or civil law partner provided that they are not legally separated or the marriage is not illegal or fraudulent.
  • The Resident’s Dependent Children
  • The sponsored spouse’s Dependent Children
  • If the legal Resident is a legal guardian of any persons under the age of 18, when the application is submitted
  • Legal Resident’s parents, grandparents or the applicant’s spouse’s parents or grandparents, if they are under the spouse’s care or are over 65 years old. Here the Spanish Immigration Law allows a multitude of arguments on humanitarian basis, as well.

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Spanish Nationality Law is based on “Jus Sanguinis”, which is Latin and it literally means, “For Right of Blood”. This doctrine is in contrast with “Jus Soli”, which is Latin and it means “For Right of Soil”: where citizenship is conferred upon someone based on birthplace.

Under Spanish “Jus Sanguinis” Law, certain people based on their bloodline, including citizens of former colonies of Spain have certain entitlements; such as a short 2-years residency requirement in Spain, in order to become eligible for Spanish Citizenship. Generally, one must reside in Spain for a period of at least 10-years, in order to apply for citizenship. Spain also permits Dual Citizenship under some circumstances. For instance, all Spanish Citizens by origin, if declare their intent to retain their Spanish Nationality within 3 years from acquiring another nationality, can become dual citizens. This requirement is entirely waved if you are a citizen of an Ibero-American Country of Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Sephardic Jews, Philippines and Portuguese people are also included in Dual Citizenship requirement of only 2-years residency.

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CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH

Spanish Nationality Law is based on “Jus Sanguinis”, which is Latin and it literally means, “For Right of Blood”. This doctrine is in contrast with “Jus Soli”, which is Latin and it means “For Right of Soil”: where citizenship is conferred upon someone based on birthplace.

Under Spanish “Jus Sanguinis” Law, certain people based on their bloodline, including citizens of former colonies of Spain have certain entitlements; such as a short 2-years residency requirement in Spain, in order to become eligible for Spanish Citizenship. Generally, one must reside in Spain for a period of at least 10-years, in order to apply for citizenship. Spain also permits Dual Citizenship under some circumstances. For instance, all Spanish Citizens by origin, if declare their intent to retain their Spanish Nationality within 3 years from acquiring another nationality, can become dual citizens. This requirement is entirely waved if you are a citizen of an Ibero-American Country of Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Sephardic Jews, Philippines and Portuguese people are also included in Dual Citizenship requirement of only 2-years residency.

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CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT

Those born to at least one Spanish Citizen Parent, regardless of place of birth, are entitled to Spanish Citizenship.

CITIZENSHIP BY CHOICE

The following people may obtain Spanish Citizenship by applying for it:

  • Those under the tutelage (legal guardianship) of a Spanish Citizen;
  • Those born into parent/s, who were born in Spain and lost their Spanish Citizenship;
  • Those born in Spain, but one of the parents was born in Spain can also apply for citizenship.

Please note: Spanish Citizenship by Choice must be applied for within 2 years after the applicant’s 18th birthday or emancipation regardless of age. Emancipation of a minor also known as "divorce from parents" happens, when a court of law legally recognizes a person under the age of majority i.e. 18-years old, as an independent adult. Via emancipation, a minor takes responsibility for his or her own welfare, and makes the decisions that typically would have been made by parents or guardians.

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CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION

Generally, there is a 10-years residency requirement for a person to become eligible for Spanish Citizenship. However, for a person accepted as a refugee, the residency period is reduced to 5 years.

Residency requirement is only 2 years, if the applicant is a citizen of Ibero-America, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal or a Sephardic Jew. Those who are born in Spain, but failed to apply for citizenship, within allotted time or those married to a Spanish Citizen and some other groups of people, may be eligible to obtain their Spanish Citizenship after only one (1) Year of Residency in Spain.

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CITIZENSHIP BY MARRIAGE

Those married to a Spanish Spouse for a minimum of one year can qualify for Spanish Citizenship, if:

  • They are together, when applying for citizenship;
  • They have resided in Spain for at least 1 year after their marriage.

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CITIZENSHIP BY ADOPTION

Those adopted by Spanish Citizen Parent/s acquire Spanish Citizenship, upon approval of adoption. If the adopted person is an adult, he or she may become eligible for citizenship after 2-years from approval of the adoption.

Moreover, people, who can show their legal guardianship had been granted to a Spanish citizen, who was born in Spain, can also become Spanish Citizens.

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We all know that many marriages made in heaven end up in divorce court. Worst yet, no one can predict the death of a loved one. In such situations, the persons, whose residency status have been affected by such unfortunate events, may qualify to keep their residency status.

Since, the topic of these subject matters is highly sensitive and unique. The best way to know your rights and obligations is to speak with your Chosen Immigration Lawyer in Spain, right away; and

  • You would be required to provide qualified certificates showing length of marriage or registered partnership and/or dissolution thereof or death of the partner/spouse
  • You must prove that you have complied with the residency requirements in Spain
  • Provide a court order or mutual agreement vis-a-vie the status of your children if any. For instance, you must show your visitation rights of the minor children if they reside in Spain
  • You may be required to provide a valid passport
  • You may be required to provide a police abstract showing you do not have a criminal record
  • Proof of financial means to cover your expenses while living in Spain, and so on

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The name “Schengen” derives from the name of the town, where a treaty, which led to the creation of Europe's Schengen Area, was signed; by the original member countries back in June of 1985. The town of Schengen is located in Luxembourg.

Schengen Area is referred to the entirety of countries that are members of the European Union. These countries have formally abolished the requirement of passport while crossing their international borders. In other words, for travel purposes the entire area functions as a single country.
The Schengen Area has a population of over 400 million people and a landmass area of about 4,312,099 Square Kilometers (1,664,911 Square Miles). About 1.7 million people commute to work between member states each day. Each year, there are 1.3 billion crossings of Schengen borders in total.
If you are a Citizen in EU member states, such as: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, England, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, you are entitled to free movement and residence in Spain for a period of three (3) months. If you are not, you will have to obtain a Schengen Visa. However, you must leave the Schengen area on expiration of your visa or sooner.

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Inspired by similar laws in fellow European Union member countries, on September 27th, 2013, Spain enacted the Entrepreneur’s Law. Based on articles 61 through to 67 of this law, Spain allows investors/entrepreneurs to bring in their money for investment purposes, in exchange for the so-called Golden Visas.
In a nutshell, this law allows Non-EU nationals to obtain residency permits in return for investing in Spanish real estate, businesses, etc. Upon meeting the mandated requirements, an applicant can obtain permanent residency and possibly citizenship, in due course.
Here are some General Requirements:

  • The investor applicant must be of legal age (18-years or older);
  • The investor must not have a criminal record whether in Spain or in the previous five years, where he or she has resided;
  • The investor must have medical insurance coverage;
  • The Investor must have sufficient financial means to support self and dependents in Spain;
  • Investor must either purchase real estate located within territorial Spain valued at €500,000 or more. The Investor/Applicant can obtain a mortgage for anything above the required €500,000; or
  • Invest at least €2,000,000 in Spanish Treasury bonds; or
  • Invest at least €1,000,000 in shares of a Spanish company; or
  • Deposit at least €1,000,000 in Spanish bank account/s; or
  • Any other business investment, which leads to at least one of the following three conditions:
  • 1) Meaningful job creation as a direct result of the investment; or
    2) Significant socioeconomic impact in the geographical location where the business is carried out; or
    3) Creates Considerable Technological or Scientific Impact

The investment can be made by either a natural or legal person. However, the fund must be traceable to legitimate and legal source/s. The legal person must not be located in one of the countries deemed as a tax haven by the Bank of Spain.
If investing in a business, the applicant must prove that he or she has a majority voting share; thus control over the company; and the power to name or remove majority of the board of directors.
The applicant must provide a certificate or certificates from the registration of the property that corresponds to the subject property investment guidelines.

If the Investor requires time to ascertain an investment transaction, he or she may be able to obtain an investors’ visa, which is valid for a maximum of 6 months.

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WHAT KIND OF VISA OR RESIDENCE PERMIT AN INVESTOR WILL BE GRANTED?

Upon approval, an applicant would be granted an Investor’s Visa, if he or she resides outside of Spain, when his or her application is submitted. On the other hand, if the investor is in Spain, when submitting the application, he or she will receive a Residency Permit, if approved.

Who has to apply for the Visa or Residence Permit?

Either the Investor or his/her Lawyer are permitted, by Spanish Law, to apply for the Visa or Residence Permit.

CAN AN APPLICANT INVESTOR’S FAMILY JOIN OR ACCOMPANY HIM OR HER?

Yes. Qualified Family members can apply jointly or successively for their residence permit or visa. Family members, who qualify under this program are:

  • The Spouse or Civil Union Partner
  • Dependent Children
  • Dependent Parents

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GOLDEN VISA?

There are a number of benefits associated with Golden Visa. Here are some:

  • There is no Minimum Stay requirement in Spain;
  • The investment visa may be renewed and extended in increments of up to five-years;
  • After approval of the visa, the investor and his approved family members are allowed entry and residency in Spain;
  • The visa allows the Investor and approved family members unlimited travel throughout Spain and the EU Schengen Countries;
  • Since, Spain does not have a minimum stay requirement, it is not necessary for the Investor to be a Spain Tax Resident;
  • Enjoy the Streamlined Processing, which entitles the Investor a Visa decision within 10 working days; or a Residence permit decision in about 20 working days

COULD AN INVESTOR BECOME A PERMENENT RESIDENT OR A CITIZEN IN SPAIN?

Yes. A successful Golden Visa Investor can submit an application for Permanent Residency Status in Spain after 5 years; and after 10 years he or she could become eligible for Citizenship.

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