Spanish Golden Visa: 10 reasons to apply

Raymundo LarraĆ­n Nesbitt, June, 13. 2023

Lawyer Raymundo Larraín highlights the main advantages of attaining a Spanish Golden Visa.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
8th of June 2023


  1. Golden Visas do not automatically make you tax resident in Spain upon renewal, unlike every other visa in Spain. This is a unique tax advantage exclusive only to GVs. No other visa in Spain shares this unique trait. Only for this reason, affluent investors will find it most appealing if they do not fancy paying taxes in Spain.
  2. Allows you to (legally) override the 90/180-day that limits stay in Spain (and by extension in the Schengen Area/EU). This visa allows you unfettered access to Spain. You can enter and leave the country when and as you please, even overriding Covid flight bans, as you will hold a select residency permit that (very) few people hold.
  3. Clear rules. Initially granted for 3 years, then renewable every 5 years.
  4. No minimum stay is required. You can spend as little as only one day in Spain, or the full year-round, at your choice.
  5. Fast-tracked. Golden visa applications are greatly expedited by rapport to standard visa applications. Golden visas are granted in only 3 weeks.
  6. Streamlined. Golden Visa applications are (greatly) streamlined, removing all the unnecessary admin red tape normally associated to standard visa applications, making applicant’s lives easier.
  7. The whole family is included as dependents, even ascendants (such as grandparents).*
  8. You can work in Spain (optional).
  9. Leads to permanent residency (optional).
  10. Leads to Spanish citizenship (optional).

*(subject to criteria)


The European Commission does not like golden visas.

The Spanish government doesn’t like golden visas either (although it greatly benefits from them).

Several countries in Europe don’t like them either and have already scrapped them in a trend that is growing and gathering pace throughout all the Union (Ireland, Portugal, etc).

On the back of this burgeoning trend, several political parties have piled pressure on the government to suppress them altogether registering proposals at congress (Mas Pais, Podemos, etc). The Spanish government jumped on the bandwagon last month, and made public it will either scrap golden visas, or raise the cap to €1,000,000. It seems they are leaning towards the latter (raising the cap, meaning doubling the required minimum investment).

So, what does all this mean for applicants? It means the window of opportunity to attain a golden visa in Spain, by way of investing €500,000 in real estate, is waning by the day. Over the next months, the Spanish government will approve to raise the cap, as reported by El Pais, in effect doubling the minimum investment to 1mn. Anyone who cannot afford to spend a minimum of one million euros in real estate, will be left out in the cold.

We strongly advise all non-EUs – who are considering filing for a golden visa in Spain – to do so immediately, before the window of opportunity closes. Obviously, if you are a multi-millionaire, this change does not concern you. But there is also the distinct possibility of the government caving into the political pressure and shutting down golden visas for good, in line with other fellow EU countries.

In any event, all would-be golden visa applicants, affluent or not, are strongly advised to act sooner rather than regret it later.

At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados, we have made true the dreams of hundreds of non-EU investors, and their families, assisting them to attain a Golden Visa since its inception in 2013. You can browse our clients’ visa testimonials here.

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Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 20 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speakinglawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

You can review here our client’s testimonials.

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