Obtain a Non-Lucrative Residence Permit for Spain

Updated on Thursday 14th January 2021

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The non-lucrative residence visa is issued for those individuals who want to stay in the country for longer periods and not engage in professional or work-related activities. In order to obtain a non-lucrative residence permit for Spain, the applicant will need to make the needed application with the Spanish Embassy, Consular Office or Diplomatic Mission in the area of residence.
Our team of lawyers specialized in obtaining non-lucrative Spanish residence permit can help you with complete information on how and where to apply for this document, as well as provide you with a complete list of the needed documents. 
The application conditions can differ according to your particular situation, for example when traveling with your family to Spain. This is why it is highly recommended to talk to one of our immigration lawyers in Spain and receive personalized information. This visa also comes with a residence permit in Spain.

The characteristics of the non-lucrative residence visa

The non-lucrative residence permit is a type of visa that allows its holder to enter the country and stay for periods of time exceeding 90 days without working. Not all citizens need to obtain this visa if they wish to come to Spain and not engage in work activities. This permit is not mandatory for EU citizens, those of Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway, and Switzerland. All other foreign nationals, for example, those who are interested in immigration to Spain from the USA without working once they arrive in the country, should be aware that they will need this permit.
The non-lucrative residence visa is applied for in person and also collected by the applicant. The submissions are made with the Embassy, Consular Office or Spanish Diplomatic Mission in the area in which the foreign applicant resides. A visa fee applies and the applicant is requested to follow the formal steps for application, as well as submit all of the needed documents.
Obtaining a non-lucrative residence visa is a process that requires detailed planning and, most importantly, must be handed in advance, sometimes with as much as two to three months before the planned departure to Spain. The process is not a complicated one, however, it is important to submit the application filled in as requested by the Consulate or otherwise it will be rejected, resulting in the applicant needing to restart the process (and make a subsequent appointment for obtaining the visa). This can have an undesirable consequence in as that it can prevent you from leaving for Spain on the desired date. If the non-lucrative residence permit is the one right for you, our team of lawyers who specialize in Spain immigration can help you with all of the needed information and clarifications in advance. Our team can give you complete details on the general requirements for applying for the non-lucrative residence permit and furthermore with information about how to proceed once you arrive in the country.

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The application for the non-lucrative residence visa

Foreign nationals who wish to reside in Spain without working need to fill in a visa application form. The list of needed documents will include the original and a copy of the application form, together with a recent full-face photograph and the following documents:
  • identification documents: a valid passport that is valid for at least one year from the date of the application.
  • criminal record clearance: proof that the applicant has a negative criminal record, that has been issued in the last three months from the authorities in his home country.
  • medical certificate: a document issued by the family doctor stating that the applicant is not suffering from any contagious diseases; an international medical insurance will also be needed.
  • proof of financial means: the applicant must be able to show that he will be able to support himself (and his family if applicable) during the stay in Spain without working; for individual support, the monthly income rate should be around 2,100 €.
The residence permit in Spain is quite easy to obtain under this visa.
Spanish translations of these documents are needed and applicants will also have to observe the applicable Embassy or Consular fees.
Because the processing period for a non-lucrative visa can be a lengthy one, it is advisable to be prepared and make the proper submissions during your first appointment with the Embassy, Consulate or Diplomatic Mission. Our team of lawyers specialized in obtaining non-lucrative Spanish residence permit is ready to answer any questions you might have about this particular type of permit, as well as other requirements for foreign nationals planning on residing in Spain for long periods of time.
Contact our immigration lawyers in Spain who specialize in all types of visas, including the non-lucrative permit, for more detailed information and advice applicable to your particular case. We also provide tailored assistance if you want to apply for Spanish citizenship.