Immigrate to Spain from Brazil

Updated on Friday 22nd May 2020

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An increasing number of Brazilian citizens are choosing to move to Spain. The relocation is easier because the two countries share similarities and have a certain level of cultural and language ties. The migration process is facilitated because Brazilians are in no need of a special provisional visa to enter Europe for tourist or short-term purposes. However, the usual requirements for obtaining a work permit and a residence permit still apply in their case.
 
In order to immigrate to Spain from Brazil, individuals will need to apply for a visa that will be suited for their purpose of stay. This can be for employment, study or investment purposes, as detailed below by our team of Spain immigration agents.
 
Talking to one of our specialists before submitting the visa application can be helpful as to better understand the needed documents as well as the conditions for the visa approval. It is recommended to reach out for a case evaluation before making the necessary submissions to the Spanish embassy or consulate in your Brazilian city in order to make sure that the submission is an adequate one. 
 

Conditions for emigrating to Spain

 
What are the main types of visas that can be issued to Brazilian immigrants? We list them below:
  • the employment visa: for those who wish to become employed or work as self-employed individuals.
  • the highly skilled professional visa: for individuals who is a qualified professional in a certain business field and whose expertise will benefit the Spanish employer.
  • the investor visa: applicable to those individuals who are looking to open a company in Spain or invest in existing companies or stock.
  • the golden visa: available to Brazilians who can make a substantial investment in Spanish real estate, under certain conditions. 
  • the study visa: for those Brazilians who were admitted to a university in Spain and need a long-term visa to go through with the studies. 
 
The application process includes submitting a relevant application for together with the additional documentation to the Spanish embassy or consulate. This is made in person and the applicant also needs to submit other documents, as needed. For example, the types of documents that are submitted irrespective of the type of visa are copies of the applicant’s identification documents (a valid passport), insurance, proof that the individual can sustain himself (and the family, when applicable), and others.
 

Steps for Spain immigration 

 
Once the visa has been approved, the applicant will need to follow a number of additional steps:
  1. travel to Spain: this is to be scheduled within the timeframe stipulated on the visa, in most cases approximately 90 days.
  2. apply for the residence permit: this is a step that needs to be handled within 30 days of the arrival in Spain.
  3. apply for the identification number: the NIE is the identification number assigned to all foreign nationals.
  4. apply for the identity card: foreigners who stay in Spain for longer than six months are required to have a foreigner identity card. 
  5. handle other matters: renting a property and making other arrangements as needed, such as finding a school or kindergarten for children.
 
The application for the NIE can also be submitted through a representative who has been duly accredited. One of our immigration lawyers can help you during this stage.
 
Brazilian citizens who have been living in Spain for five uninterrupted years can become permanent residents. Once this status is obtained, a foreign national will have the right to reside and work in Spain under the same conditions as Spanish nationals. However, this is subject to further conditions and our team of Spain immigration agents can give you more information on the requirements. 
 
Foreign nationals who wish to come to the country and not base their long-term stay on employment, can do so when they can prove that they have sufficient means to sustain themselves and their families, when applicable. This is also known as the non-lucrative visa and it can be a suitable option for Brazilians who wish to retire in Spain or those who have a steady income in the country upon which they can depend on and still wish to move to Spain. 
 
Understanding the conditions under which a visa application must be submitted is important before traveling to Spain. Our team can help applicants comply with the ongoing regulations and requirements for Brazilians who wish to work, study or invest in Spain.
 
Contact our immigration lawyers in Spain for more information about the services we provide, how we can evaluate your case and the services we provide to expats living in Spanish cities.

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