When Europe started working from home in March 2020, a lightbulb moment pinged for businesses. It became clear that Zoom sufficed and that people could work in their own space without intervention. Taking a flight for a 3-hour business meeting got scrapped and people generally started to feel more comfortable at home. In December 2022 Spain gave the final approval to the Digital Nomad Visa, and now people from all digital backgrounds are finding sanctuary here, choosing to move out of cities like London and Berlin for a slower pace of life in the Mediterranean.
Here we lay out the basics on how to apply for the Digital Nomad Visa and become part of this thriving international community.
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What is the Digital Nomad Visa?
The Digital Nomad Visa is a residence permit that allows foreign citizens to live in Spain while working remotely. This visa is open to non-EU nationals who work remotely or A non-Spanish company, including self-employed freelancers and remote workers employed by a single company.
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What are the benefits of a Digital Nomad Visa?
Apart from the residency benefits, one of the main appeals of this new visa could be on the tax side. Although anyone who stays in Spain longer than 183 days is considered a tax resident, there are tax breaks available for digital nomads under this visa. The tax rate and conditions that apply vary greatly depending on the individual’s circumstances, so professional advice is highly recommended.
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What do I need to apply for a DNV?
Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a contract of employment or, if freelancing, have been regularly employed by a company outside of Spain. Required documentation includes, amongst others, the application form itself, a copy of your passport, proof of employment and a letter of authorisation from the company to work remotely in Spain.
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How can I apply?
You can apply for residence as a digital nomad during the first 90 days of your tourist visa. If you apply from your home country, you can request a digital nomad visa through a Spanish consulate or embassy. Applicants will benefit from a fast-track resolution period of just 20 days.
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