Changing working habits over the last few years and particularly since the outbreak of the pandemic have increased remote working. And with its warm climate and pleasant lifestyle, Spain presents a popular location to work-from-home. But getting permission to enter the country and then live there is something of a challenge for non-EEA nationals including the British. However, a new remote worker visa in Spain has just finished its public review period and we’re hopeful that it will be approved soon.
In preparation for this event, we’ve put together a guide to the new visa for remote workers in Spain.
What’s the definition of a remote worker?
Firstly, your nationality – anyone from outside the EEA, i.e. from a third-party country – fits the definition for this new visa. Secondly, your professional activity, which must be for companies located outside Spain and carried out remotely, i.e. with a computer or other telematic means.
Note that this visa will not apply to remote workers whose work activity is for companies based in Spain. If it’s a professional activity, you will be allowed to work for Spanish-located companies as long as the percentage of the said activity does not exceed 20% of your total professional activity.
Find out why Spanish Consulates aren’t accepting non-lucrative visa applications for remote workers in Spain
What about highly qualified professionals?
The draft for the new remote worker visa in Spain includes the provision for highly qualified professionals. They may apply for it if they certify that they are graduates or postgraduates of a university or a professional training or business school or, if appropriate, that they have a minimum professional experience of 3 years.
Check out all the long-stay visa options in Spain.
What will the requirements be for the remote worker visa in Spain?
They are expected to be as follows:
- Evidence of real and continuous work for a minimum of one year with the company or group of companies you have a professional relationship with.
- Documents proving that the activity can be carried out remotely.
- Employment relationship: evidence that an employment relationship has existed between you and the company or group of companies not located in Spain for a minimum of three months. Plus evidence that the company or group of companies allows you to carry out the work remotely.
- Professional relationship: evidence that a professional relationship has existed between you and the company or group of companies not located in Spain for a minimum of three months. Plus documentation certifying the terms and conditions under which you carry out this professional activity remotely.
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How long will the remote worker visa in Spain be valid for?
The visa will be valid for at least one year unless you apply for a visa with a shorter term.
What about residency?
Non-EEA nationals who work remotely and are in Spain on a regular basis may request a residence permit. This authorization will be valid for a maximum of two years.
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