Fast-track route to EU residency with the Spanish Golden Visa Programme

The Spanish Golden Visa is a residency by investment programme that allows non-EU citizens to become legal residents of Spain in exchange for a qualifying investment. The programme offers multiple investment options starting at €500,000 and a straightforward and fast application process.

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Why should I apply for the Spain Golden Visa?

  • Quick application processOne of the fastest turnarounds with residence permits granted in 60 days.
  • Visa-free travelGreater global mobility with visa-free travel to all 27 countries within the Schengen Area.
  • No minimum stay requirementsThe Spain Golden Visa has no minimum stay requirements, allowing you to reside in the country for as long or as little as you like.
  • Live and work in SpainThe Spain Golden Visa grants holders the right to live and work in the country.
  • Obtain Spanish citizenshipAfter spending 10 years as a Spanish resident, holders of a Spain Golden Visa become eligible to apply for citizenship.
  • Access to healthcare and educationSpain has one of the world’s best healthcare systems and a high-quality education system.
  • The entire family are eligibleInclude your spouse, children and other dependent family members.
  • Multiple investment optionsThe Spain Golden Visa offers multiple investment options, including real estate and bond investments.

Spain awaits you…

Launched in 2013 by the Spanish government, the Spanish Golden Visa is one of Europe’s most highly prized Residency by Investment (RBI) schemes. The programme allows non-EU citizens to acquire a Spanish residence permit in exchange for a minimum investment of €500,000.

The Spanish Golden Visa offers a swift processing time for applicants. Spanish residency permits can be obtained in just 60 days.

Once a Spanish residency permit is issued, the holder can live, work and study in Spain. Spanish residents also benefit from visa-free travel to all 27 countries in the Schengen Area, allowing them to spend up to 90 days every 180 days in other Schengen states.

How much does it cost for a Spanish Golden Visa?

While there are multiple routes to obtaining a Spain Golden Visa, the most cost-effective and popular is through property investment.

To qualify for the Spanish Golden Visa, applicants must invest a minimum of €500,000. There are no restrictions to the type and number of eligible properties.

Applicants can invest in one or several properties, provided the total value satisfies the minimum investment amount of €500,000. Properties can include residential or commercial properties and even industrial real estate assets or land.

For properties that are already owned, only purchases after 2013, when the Golden Visa law was introduced, are considered qualifying investments.

The investor can rent the real estate investment and sell once permanent residence is obtained.

The 2023 Guide to Spain’s Golden Visa

Since its launch in 2013, the Spanish Golden Visa has established itself as one of Europe’s most highly prized Residency by Investment (RBI) schemes. With multiple investment options and residency in just 60 days, the programme offers a fast and flexible solution for those looking to secure residence in an EU country.

In this guide, you can find out how and why you should invest in the programme, the process, and how long it takes to obtain residency in Spain for you and your family.

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How Holborn Assets can help you obtain a Spain Golden Visa

  • Expert Guidance We have offices in 13 countries and in multiple time zones, so no matter where you are, we’re here for you.
  • End-to-end Service Getting residency in another country can be a long and complicated process, but our experts are with you every step of the way.
  • Fully Transparent Service Throughout the process, you’ll have regular meetings with our team to get updates on your residency journey.
  • Legal Services We have a dedicated team of legal experts on hand to streamline your application.
  • Family Reunification Extend your application to your family so they benefit from all the benefits of residency in Spain.
  • Trusted residency and citizenship experts We have processed hundreds of residency and citizenship by investment applications for programmes all over the world.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get a Spanish residence permit?

How long it takes to become a Spanish resident depends on several factors and differs from case to case. On average, obtaining a residence permit takes two months (60 days) from the time the Spain Golden Visa application is submitted.

Can I obtain citizenship in Spain through investment?

The Spain Golden Visa grants residence in the country. It is not possible to obtain citizenship through investment in Spain. However, applicants can apply for Spanish citizenship and a passport after 10 years of permanent residency.

Do I have to live in Spain?

There is no minimum stay requirement for a residency permit in Spain. The initial residence card lasts up to two years and can be renewed every five years. Those wishing to apply for Spanish citizenship must complete 10 years of permanent residency.

Can I apply for a Spain Golden Visa with a mortgage?

Yes, you can. However, you must have invested at least the minimum investment amount (€500,000) in Spanish real estate with your own funds. The rest can be financed with a mortgage. For example, a purchase of €750,000 with a €250,000 mortgage will qualify for the golden visa application.

What are the benefits of the Golden Visa in Spain?

Some of the benefits of the Spain Golden Visa include:

  • Residence permits can be acquired in 60 days on average
  • Visa-free travel within Europe’s Schengen Area
  • No requirement to reside in Spain
  • Live and work in Spain
  • Opportunity to rent out the investment property
  • Eligibility to apply for citizenship after 10 years of residence
  • Access to high-quality healthcare and education systems
  • Residence applies to the whole family (spouse, children and other dependent family members)
How long does the Spain Golden Visa residency permit last?

The first Spanish residency permit issued is valid for up to two years. After two years, the permit can be renewed for five years as long as the investment is retained and the investor continues to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-EU citizen
  • Have no criminal record
  • Make a qualifying investment
  • Have sufficient financial means to live in Spain and support your family members

Holborn Assets are an award-winning wealth management and financial services business established in 1998. With offices globally, Holborn is well-positioned to help you with your citizenship and residency application.

At Holborn we have:

  • 250+ qualified advisors across the globe
  • More than $2billion assets under management
  • Servicing 20,000 clients worldwide

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