Living in Spain can be regarded as living in paradise. A sunny weather throughout the whole year, a charming atmosphere, a delicious cuisine and tons of places to visit.
That is why it is one of the preferred destinations for expats worldwide who want to start their new life in a new country. But they face a problem here as non-European Union citizens. They need to get a visa in order to live and work legally in the country. But, how to do it easily? And which are the different residency options in Spain?
These visas grant you the possibility to get your temporary residence permit in Spain, which enables a non-EU citizen to live in the country for more than 90 days (long-run).
That depends on your country of origin. If you are from any European Union country, from Iceland, Norway or Switzerland; you don’t need a visa to visit, work or live in Spain.
On the other hand, non-EU citizens are required to get a tourist visa (if the plan to stay less than 3 months in Spain), or a residence visa for more than 90 days.
Even though the Spanish immigration office is more strict when it comes to certain visas, they key that will ensure a successful application is simple: preparation.
You just need to carefully study all the requirements for your chosen visa, and make sure you clearly demonstrate its fulfillment on your application.
Nevertheless, with the help of our specialized immigration lawyers, your chances of getting a rejection will be nearly 0.
The procedure is really straightforward. You will just need to study which of the different types of residency options best adapts to your situation, and check all its requirements.
Then you just need to prepare all the required documents and submit them to the Spanish consulate at your country of origin.
After reviewing your application and provided that you get a positive response, the visa will be stamped on your passport. You will then be able to enter Spain.
In the following link you can find a list with all the countries that just require a valid passport in order to stay in Spain for a period of 3 months without the need to get a visa.
Bear in mind that whenever you submit your application, you must have the attached documents legalized. That is the only option in which they will possess legal validity. How to do it? That will depend on your country of origin, as you are probably only required to apostille them. You can learn more about the differences between legalization and apostille here.