Spain wants to become the promised land of start-ups, for which it will establish significant tax breaks, eliminate bureaucracy and adopt measures to attract so-called digital nomads.
Freelancers and other people who can work anywhere will be able to move there for six to 12 months
“This law will put Spain at the forefront in the creation of these companies,” said the second vice-president and minister of the economy, Mrs. Calviño, adding that it comes “at a time when there are more and more digital nomads, entrepreneurs and investors who can work from anywhere in the world”.
What is a digital nomad?
A Digital Nomad is a person who, by means of the internet, can carry out a work or entrepreneurial activity in the right way. Thanks to this way of carrying out their work, they are able to move and travel around the world, thus changing their residence on a regular basis.
New visa for telewortking in Spain
This draft bill includes a new visa for teleworking in Spain.
Specifically, the aim is to introduce a new visa and authorisation for residence and work in Spain through the well-known Law on Entrepreneurs, through which it will be possible to live in Spain and work for companies located outside our country.
It also allows the possibility of teleworking for companies located in Spain, subject to a series of requirements.
Until now, this type of worker was covered by the already known Non-Profit Residence Authorisation, with the characteristic that they could only telework for companies outside Spain, as they only had a residence permit and not a residence and work permit.
This type of authorisation and visa will be available to those who carry out a work or professional activity at a distance for companies located outside Spain, through the exclusive use of computer, telematic and telecommunication means and systems.
In addition, for self-employed teleworkers, they may also work for a company located in Spain as long as the percentage of such work does not exceed 20% of their total professional activity.
Highly qualified professionals may apply for this visa or authorisation to telework if they can prove that they are:
– graduates or postgraduates from universities, vocational training and business schools
– or who have, where applicable, at least 3 years of professional experience.
Processing the visa for teleworking in Spain
Foreigners not resident in Spain who intend to enter Spanish territory in order to telework remotely for a company not located in Spain must apply for an international telework visa, which will be valid for a maximum of one year, unless requested for a shorter period of work.
The visa for international teleworking will constitute sufficient title to reside and work remotely in Spain during its validity.
Once the visa has expired, teleworkers who are interested in residing in Spain may apply for a residence permit for international teleworker, as long as the conditions that generated the right are maintained.
In addition, workers who are already legally in Spain may apply for this authorisation in order to telework remotely for a company located outside Spain.
The authorisation will be valid for two years unless a shorter period is requested.
We understand that this type of authorisation will be processed by the Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit.