Golden Visa

WHAT IS A GOLDEN VISA?

The Golden Visa, or Real Estate Investment Residency, is a type of authorization that allows non-EU foreign nationals (those without Spanish nationality and who are not part of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland) to reside and work in our country by demonstrating that they have made a significant capital investment.

Purchasing one or more properties is one of the best alternatives to obtain the Golden Visa in Spain.


WHAT IS THE REQUIRED INVESTOR PROFILE FOR OBTAINING A GOLDEN VISA?

The aim of the Golden Visa, which in Spain is contemplated in the Law 14/2013 in support of entrepreneurs and their internationalization, is to attract foreigners who want to buy housing or invest more than two million euros in public debt securities, shares of a company, or deposits in financial institutions of more than one million euros.

The Golden Visa can also be granted to highly qualified professionals and entrepreneurs whose activity can be considered of "general interest" because it generates jobs or other socio-economic benefits (local development, scientific and/or technological innovation, etc.).

The requirements to obtain the Golden Visa in Spain are fundamentally economic, although, as the legislation establishes, "all information provided to the file is valued, with no single element being decisive for its granting."

The minimum real estate investment to obtain this residency permit is 500,000 euros, plus taxes, which can be deposited in one or more properties, or in an undivided interest.


HOW TO APPLY FOR THE GOLDEN VISA IN SPAIN?

To process the Golden Visa after buying a property, you must provide the following documentation:

  • Identity document or passport.
  • Foreigner identification number or NIE.
  • Health insurance (public or private).
  • Criminal record certificate.
  • Proof of economic solvency, personal and family, for the period of residence.
  • Certificate from the Property Registry and/or deed of purchase of the property or housing.


WHERE TO APPLY FOR THE GOLDEN VISA?

The authorization for residency by investment in Spain is requested at the Unit for Large Companies and Strategic Collectives (UGE-CE). The best alternative is to go to the Spanish Consulate in the applicant's place of residence. The granting corresponds to the Directorate General of Migration.

The deadline for its resolution is 20 days from the electronic submission of the application. If it is not resolved or denied within this period, it will be understood to be approved by administrative silence.

There is also the option of having specialized advice (lawyers, real estate professionals, etc.). At OC HABITAT, we advise you on the entire Golden Visa application process, as well as in the search for your real estate investment.


ADVANTAGES OF HAVING THE GOLDEN VISA

The Golden Visa is an advantageous residency permit thanks to its preferential treatment compared to other residency permits. It is valid for one year and can subsequently be renewed biannually.

Another advantage of the Golden Visa is that it is a simultaneous permit, which also benefits the applicant's family members (spouse and children under 18 years of age).

Finally, the residency permit for investors in Spain allows free movement throughout the other 26 European countries of the Schengen area.


WE MANAGE YOUR GOLDEN VISA APPLICATION

Many foreign citizens consider investing in homes in different areas of the Valencian Community to obtain a residency and work permit in Spain. From OC HABITAT, we will put you in contact with the best professionals to manage the obtaining of the Golden Visa.

Last updated, December 2023

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