The GOLDEN VISA – Important facts!
Many People have never heard of the GOLDEN VISA in Spain or heard about it but do not know anything about it.
With this article we want to answer the most important questions about the GOLDEN VISA.
HOW DO I GET THE GOLDEN VISA? INVEST!
An investment of €500.000 is required in real estate in Spain.
The property, either residential or commercial, can be rented for income. Any number of properties can combine to make up the €500.000 minimum investment.
Joint buyers can combine investments into one property. The property can be mortgaged for any investment exceeding the minimum.
ARE THERE ANY MORE REQUIREMENTS?
In addition to the real estate investment applicants will need a clear criminal record, medical insurance and sufficient economic means to cover any stay in Spain.
Also applicants must not have previously been refused visas or entry into the Schengen zone.
IS MY FAMILY INCLUDED IN THE GOLDEN VISA?
Qualifying family members include spouse and all children under 18. Children 18 and over and parents can qualify if dependent.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR A GOLDEN VISA?
Lawyer fees will apply for the processing of the golden visa for the applicant and family. Such fees will vary depending on family make up and situation.
We recommend providing around €8,000 for a family application. In addition a government processing fee applies of 70 Euros per applicant.
DO I HAVE TO PAY ANY SPECIAL TAXES?
Investors will only be taxed on their worldwide income if they are resident in Spain for over 183 days in any year. For those non-resident individuals tax is charged at 24.75% on income derived in the country, such as rental income. This can be reduced with expenses.
Capital gains tax (CGT) applies to any profit on the sale of a property. CGT starts at 24% rising to 27% for gains over €50.000. There are allowances and deductions that can be made.
The annual property taxes (IBI) are payable to the local authority, typically €200 – €400 per year for an apartment.
AM I FREE TO TRAVEL?
The Spanish residence permit gained through the golden visa allows freedom of travel throughout the EU Schengen zone.
WHAT IF I WANT TO LIVE IN SPAIN FULL TIME?
Applicants deciding to live full time in Spain will require medical insurance. However families will have access to all public services including state medical care and schooling. State schooling follows the Spanish curriculum but there are many English international schools also.
WHAT ABOUT SPANISH CITIZENSHIP AND PASSPORT?
Permanent Residency can be gained after five years in Spain provided the applicant has lived in the country for more than six months each year.
Citizenship in Spain can be applied for after 10 years. However applicants will need to have been resident throughout that period in order to gain citizenship and a Spanish passport.
Once applicants have either permanent residency or citizenship then they are free to dispose of their investment as further golden visa renewals are not necessary.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Applicants gain the right to live in Spain with the golden visa although there is no requirement to do this. There is no minimum stay requirement.
With the residency card all family members will have freedom to travel to and throughout the EU Schengen visa zone with ease and without further visa applications.
Gaining a passport in Spain is a long process and requires the applicant to live in the country.
However, eventual passport holders gain European residency, meaning the ability to live, work, study and travel freely anywhere within the European Union.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A GOLDEN VISA?
The applicant needs to have committed to the investment prior to applying for the visa. An application can be made once a contract for sale has been signed and prior to completion of the sale at the notary. However the funds must be ready for investment in a bank account in Spain. The application for the residency visa then takes just 10 – 15 days. It is issued for two years, if applied for in Spain, and can then be renewed for a further five years provided the investment is maintained.
If you have any questions about the GOLDEN VISA, please get in touch with us.
We also can advise you to one of our lawyers to get further information about the GOLDEN VISA process.