What to expect from the new Spanish digital nomad visa. Expert legal advice by White-Baos Avocats


Before the end of the year or in the first quarter of 2023 (at the latest), Spain should approve the new law on start-ups. Among the many changes provided by this regulation, the creation of a Digital Nomad Visa stands out. Why is this special visa so important?

In today’s article, we analyze its main purpose and the innovations it could bring.

The pandemic has definitively established remote working as an increasingly solid option for millions of employees. More and more people, with a computer in hand and a good Internet connection, can work from anywhere, without having to go to a physical office. Something unthinkable a few years ago.

However, this new way of working does not always fit within current regulatory frameworks. The Digital nomad visa aims to provide a solution to this problem. How? By regulating in a simpler way the conditions of entry and stay in Spain for all those who work remotely in a company located abroad.

There are already many countries around us that have adapted their laws to this new phenomenon. Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Malta and Portugal are some examples. The Spanish government intends to follow this trend. Although we still do not know in detail what requirements will be demanded, there is speculation that they could be as follows:

1. Accreditation of a certain economic capacity (still to be specified). For reference, in Portugal, the minimum income requirement is €2,800 per month. In Croatia, the amount is set at €2,300.

2. The majority of the income of these workers must come from foreign companies (at least 80% of their income).

3. They may be required to take out private health insurance.

The objective of this law is to attract international investment and talent, as well as to stimulate digital entrepreneurship. What are the main advantages of this special visa. First, a one-year residency, extendable, apparently, for another 4 years, up to a total of 5 years. And also, a reduction in the tax rate for non-residents. Currently, the average tax rate is set at 24%, and for these digital workers, it could be lowered to 15%.

As soon as this visa is approved, we will inform you in detail about its details and requirements. At the moment, if you have any questions about existing residence permits (such as Golden Visa, Non-Profit Visa), please do not hesitate to contact us. We will offer you expert advice on the subject.

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Carlos Baos (Lawyer)

White & Bao.

Tel: +34 966 426 185

E-mail: [email protected]

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