Spain Golden Visa Programme

Spain Golden Visa Programme

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The Spain Golden Visa Programme is aimed at non-EU individuals and families seeking to make an investment in the country, apply and gain residence in Spain. Regulated by the so-called Entrepreneurs Law, the Spain Golden Visa programme is the programme of choice for those seeking lifestyle and accessibility.

Spain Golden Visa Programme 

Diverse Real Estate options to obtain an EU Golden Visa.

Officially known as the Kingdom of Spain, this country is widely known for being a tourist destination and for its cultural diversity and laidback lifestyle. Despite being a successful programme over the past few years, not many know that this country offers the Golden Visa Programme, which comes with a diversity of benefits – namely Spanish Residence.

Spain Golden Visa Programme: The Benefits

Acquiring Spanish Residence through the Spain Golden Visa Programme comes with a vast array of benefits:

  • Work and live legally in Spain, and have Visa-Free access to the Schengen area
  • Residence permit initially valid for 2 years, without the need to live in the country
  • Applying for your entire family and gaining access to top education

The Spanish Golden Visa programme offers advantages aplenty for those individuals or families interested in having a European base with the flexibility of travelling within the Schengen area.

Moreover, Spain is a very sought-after country of residence due to its temperate weather, warm locals, delicious food, and stunning natural beauty.

Spain is the most climatically diverse country in Europe, presenting 5 main climactic zones but the most prominent feature shared by the majority of them remains the temperate climate with dry, warm summers. These are best experienced on the Eastern and Southern shores overlooking the Mediterranean with turquoise waters starkly contrasting the luscious flora found on the rocky seashore.

The Iberian Peninsula also offers amazing treks in the mountainous regions further central to the country with Sierra Nevada taking the crown.

How can you apply for the Golden Visa in Spain?

The Spain Golden Visa Programme is available to individuals and their dependants who want to make an investment in the country to gain Spanish Residency that can take different forms:

  • Making a property investment worth a minimum of €500,000
  • Have an investment in the form of shares in a Spanish company or bank deposit for a minimum of €1M
  • Having bought a minimum of €2M in Spanish Government Debt, or
  • Investing in a business project to be developed on Spanish soil with specific qualifying criteria. This will need to generate employment, contribute to technological and/or scientific innovation, or have a strong socio-economic impact.

The most well-known way of applying for a Spanish Golden Visa is to make a property investment of a minimum value of €500,000. The Spanish property market is vast and offers a vast array of property investment options for applicants interested in applying for a permanent Spanish residence.

Our advisors will assist and provide you with a capital outlay for the Spanish Golden Visa Programme to apply for Spanish residence. That way you can have the full cost associated with the application for residence in Spain.

Our team will guide you through the process of becoming a Spanish Resident through the Spain Golden Visa Programme. Also, the consultants from Sotheby’s International Realty will be able to find the right property for you and your family and investment needs whilst ensuring it fulfils the investment criteria required by the Spain Golden Visa Programme.

The warm locals are sure to welcome you with open arms and introduce you to their mouth-watering delicacies and relaxed lifestyle. 

What is a NIE and what is it used for?

A NIE is a Foreigner’s Identification Number known as a Número de Identificación de Extranjero in Spanish, a unique number used to track all financial and legal activities of a foreigner in Spain. It is mandatory for all foreigners to have one if they wish to carry out such activities within the country, whether they have residence or citizenship in Spain or not.

The NIE is used for a number of things such as paying taxes in Spain, buying or selling property in Spain, opening a bank account, buying or selling a motor vehicle, registering a business in Spain, arranging utilities, amongst many others.

At CSB Group we assist our clients with our partners on the ground throughout all procedures, providing support from start to finish.

Our highly qualified team of experts will aid you in the pursuit of a Spain Golden Visa, providing guidance through the subtleties of steps such as applying for a NIE, ensuring you peace of mind throughout the entire process.

Opening a bank account in Spain

Once in possession of a NIE, one can open a bank account in Spain which will then be used for any transaction including real estate investment. There are a number of accredited banks throughout Spain one can choose from depending on the client’s needs.

CSB Group avails itself of a web of partners on the ground who are ready to help and guide you every step of the process as you apply for a Spanish bank account. Reach out to our experts at [email protected] to find out more.

Spain Golden Visa Eligibility

In order to qualify for Spanish Residence through the Spain Golden Visa, applicants will need to fulfill the qualifying investment criteria and be:

  1. A non-EU national – the Spain Golden Visa is not open for EU Nationals
  2. The main applicant needs to be at least 18 years old
  3. Applicants need to be of good standing, with no criminal records
  4. Applicants cannot apply if they have entered or stayed illegally in Spain
  5. Applicants cannot apply if they have Schengen visas rejected in any other Schengen country
  6. The investor and their family must have health insurance and show proof that they have enough financial means to support themselves.

These are some of the most important points to apply for a Spanish Residence permit under the Spain Golden Visa, but this not meant to be a full legal guide.

These are some of the most important points to apply for a Spanish Residence permit under the Spain Golden Visa, but this not meant to be a full legal guide.

How can CSB Group help you to apply for Spanish residence through the Spanish Golden Visa?

CSB Group provides top-notch services to families worldwide. Having more than 30 years in the Service Industry, CSB Group has been guiding worldwide Private Clients and High-Net-Worth families with their Investment Immigration needs and strategies from the inception of such immigration programmes.

A Streamlined Process

The Spanish Golden Visa Programme has a processing timeframe which ranges between approximately 3-6 months from the purchase of the property to the issuing of the Spanish Residence cards. CSB Group Advisory Team will assist you and your family in every step of the journey to your Spain Golden Visa status.

Also, the Associates from Sotheby’s International Realty will assist you in finding the best properties that are suitable for both your family desires and your investment needs. Sotheby’s International Realty can give you access to the finest and most luxurious properties in the country, guiding you through the process of buying an estate that fulfils the investment criteria required to get a Spanish Golden Visa.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Spanish Golden Visa

Can I get residency in Spain if I buy a house?

You can qualify for a Spanish Golden Visa if you make an investment in Real Estate of minimum 500,000. If you buy a property of that minimum value or over, you will qualify for the Golden Visa in Spain, and an application can be submitted to the Spanish Government.

You will need to satisfy other requirements and submit other documents, like passport copies, police certificates, proof of source of wealth and funds, etc.

How much do I need to invest in Spain to get residency?

The minimum investment to qualify for a Spanish Golden Visa is of €500,000 and that needs to be made in Real Estate.

How long is the Spain Golden Visa valid for?

The Spanish Golden Visa is issued for 2 years and can be renewed for another period. However, in some cases, there is the possibility of renewal and will be granted with a 5-year residence permit.

Key Contacts

Roger A. Strickland Jr.


Malcolm Ferrante

Senior Manager - Immigration and Relocation



Fact File

Full Country Name:
Kingdom of Spain 

Capital City:

46,918,000(As of 2019)

Euro (€)

Member of the EU:
Since 1986

Total Area SQM in KM:

Official Languages:

Mediterranean & Continental Climate - hot summers and rainy winters

Life Expectancy:
Male: 80.3 years - Female: 85.8 years (As of 2016)

Interesting Fact:
The first "modern" novel, "Don Quixote" was written by the Spaniard, Miguel de Cervantes in 1605


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