Non Lucrative Visa Spain

If you want to live in Spain, but don’t have an employer who hires you you still can get a Non Lucrative Visa.

In this post we will explain step by step how to obtain the non lucrative visa.

This residency permit will allow you to settle with your family in Spain by demonstrating the availability of sufficient economic means.

If you want to make sure you submit your application successfully, contact us. 

We can give you personalized advice based on the particularities of your case

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Non Lucrative visa requirements

The requirements for the non lucrative residence permit are laid down in Article 46 of the Foreigner Regulations.

The no lucrative visa requirements are:

  1. Not to be irregularly in Spanish territory: The vast majority of residence permits must be applied for at the country of origin. The application begins in the country where the foreigner resides and not in Spain. In this case, the temporary non-lucrative residence authorization is not the exception and therefore, it must be applied for in the foreigner’s country of origin / residence.
  2. No criminal record. If the applicant is of legal age, he/she must have no criminal record both in Spain and in the countries where he/she has previously resided during the last 5 years, for crimes foreseen in the Spanish legislation. The lack of a criminal record in Spain will be checked by the corresponding Government Delegation or Sub-delegation through the reports of the General Directorate of the Police, the Civil Guard and the Central Penitentiary Register.  On the other hand, the lack of criminal records in the country of origin or in those where the foreigner has resided within the last 5 years must be demonstrated through the corresponding criminal record certificate
  3.  Not having an entry ban to the Schengen territory. Not to appear as rejectable in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement in this sense. This requirement basically translates into not having an entry ban in the countries that make up the Schengen territory, of which Spain is a part. According to article 58 of the Aliens Act, any expulsion (deportation) entails a ban on entry (normally 3 to 5 years, but in exceptional cases it can last 10 years). Therefore, if the applicant has previously been expelled from a member country of the Schengen territory and the entry ban is still in force, that foreigner will not comply with this requirement and will not be able to obtain non-profit residence. Entry bans are recorded in a database called SIRENE (Supplementary Information Request at the National Entries), through which the authorities of the countries forming part of the Schengen territory can verify whether an entry ban is still in force. The problem is that years of entry bans have often passed, but the foreigner’s data have not been removed from the database, with the result that his application for non-profit residence is unfairly rejected. In order to avoid what is indicated in the previous paragraph, it is best to request the right of access to the aforementioned database. If your data is still erroneously included, you must request the deletion because the entry ban is no longer in force. 
  4. Sufficient Economic Means. You must have sufficient economic means to cover your maintenance and stay expenses, including, if applicable, those of your family, during the period of time for which you wish to reside in Spain, without the need to carry out any work or professional activity. Without a doubt, this is the core requirement to obtain the non-lucrative visa in Spain. In addition, it is the one that has caused the most legal controversies. Consequently, and considering its importance, we will explain it in detail in point number.
  5. Private health insurance. You must have private health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain.

    Health insurance is a very important requirement. Therefore, this insurance must provide coverage equivalent to that provided by the Spanish National Public Health System for the entire duration of the residence, in aspects such as: Health care, diagnostic tests, surgical intention and hospitalization. It is also recommended that the insurance be free of copayment (also known as deductible or excess).

  6. They are not within the period of commitment not to return to Spain that the foreigner has assumed when voluntarily returning to their country of origin. Voluntary return is “determined by the person who returns to live in their country of origin” (LID Dictionary of Immigration and Aliens). Normally, the foreigner who returns voluntarily does so because of some incentive foreseen in some return plan designed by the Spanish authorities. For example, receive the unemployment benefit (colloquially called “unemployment”) through a single payment if the foreigner decides to return to his country of origin.

    These voluntary return schemes are accompanied by non-return commitments, which usually last for 3 years. As a result, foreigners who have availed themselves of one of these plans will not be able to obtain a non-profit residence for the duration of the non-return commitment.

  7. Not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with the provisions of the International Health Regulations of 2005.

    The way to obtain the certificate demonstrating compliance with this requirement may vary depending on the country in which the Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office is located. However, it is customary for the applicant to go to any doctor so that he or she can certify that his or her patient does not suffer from any of the diseases that may have public health repercussions.

    Many embassies and consulates have a pre-established model of this proof. Therefore, it is advisable to find out from these bodies whether they have this model so that the examining physician can use it that way.

    If you would like to read more about diseases that may have public health implications, you will find more information at the following link: International Health Regulations 2005.

  8. To have paid the non-profit residency fee.

    The fee for an initial temporary residence permit is 10.61 euros. However, as the temporary non-profit residence begins in the country where the foreigner resides, this fee will be paid in the legal tender of that country.

Steps to get the non lucrative visa

Everything related to the procedure for obtaining the initial non-lucrative visa is regulated in article 49 of the Foreigners Regulations. This procedure can be summarized as follows:

  1. Application for non-lucrative visa before the Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office; The form to be used for the application for temporary non-profit residence is model Ex-01.
  2. Decision on the authorisation of non-profit visa by the Government Delegation or Sub-delegation;
  3. Decision on the non-lucrative residence visa by the Spanish diplomatic mission or consular post;
  4. Collection of the visa at the Spanish consular post.
  5. Entry into Spanish territory and;
  6. Application for the Foreigner Identity Card.

Required documents to obtain the Non Lucrative Visa

Based on Article 48.2 of the foreigners Regulations, the application must be accompanied by these documents:

  • Valid passport or travel document, recognized as valid in Spain, with a minimum validity of 1 year.
  • Criminal record certificate, or equivalent document, if the applicant is of legal age, issued by the authorities of the country of origin or of the countries where he/she has resided in the last 5 years.
  • Documentation accrediting that sufficient economic means are available, as studied in point 5.2.
  • Documentation demonstrating that you have a private or public health insurance taken out with an insurance company authorized to operate in Spain.
  • Medical certificate that proves that you do not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with the International Health Regulations of 2005.

How long does it take for the Government Delegation to decide?

In accordance with Article 48.4 of the Foreigner Regulations, the Government Delegation or Sub-delegation must decide within a maximum period of 1 month from receipt of the request.

If the month passes without the Government Delegation or Sub-delegation having pronounced on the authorisation of temporary non-lucrative visa, the application will be understood as rejected, in other words, the negative administrative silence operates.

Once the diplomatic mission or consular post has notified the granting of the visa, the applicant must collect the visa in person within a maximum period of one month.

If the applicant does not collect the visa within this period, the visa granted will be deemed to have been surrendered and it will be archived.

What happens if your application for non lucrative visa is denied

The grounds on which the consular post may refuse a non-lucrative visa application are:

  • When the fulfillment of the requirements indicated in the previous point is not accredited;
  • When false documents have been presented or inaccurate allegations have been made, or there is bad faith and;
  • When there is a cause for inadmissibility to a legally foreseen procedure that had not been assessed at the time of receipt of the application.

The ground for refusal indicated in the third point must be concatenated with the established in the Foreigners Act, since said Act provides the reasons for inadmissibility of applications in matters relating to foreigners. These are:

  • Lack of legitimacy of the applicant, or insufficient accreditation of representation;
  • Submission of the application outside the legally established time limit;
  • Repetition of an application that has already been rejected, provided that the circumstances that led to the rejection have not changed;
  • When there is an administrative sanctioning procedure against the applicant in which expulsion may be proposed or when an expulsion order has been issued against the applicant, unless the expulsion order has been revoked;
  • When the applicant is prohibited from entering Spain;
  • In the case of manifestly unfounded applications;
  • When they refer to foreigners who are in Spain in an irregular situation and;
  • When the request is not made personally and such circumstance is required by law.

In the event that your application is inadmissible or denied, you may contact us. We will help you as expert foreign lawyers by challenging this decision through the interposition of the corresponding administrative and judicial appeals.

Non Lucrative Visa in Spain FAQs

How do I demonstrate the possession of enough economic funds?

You have to show that you have 400% of the IPREM in your bank account annually. The IPREM is 537,84 € for a month for this year 2020.

How long does it take to get a non lucrative visa for Spain?

It may take the Spanish authorities up to three months to process your application for a non-lucrative residency visa. If the Spanish authorities in your country accept a number of applications for Spain, while most countries handle the visa from two to five weeks, so the processing can be extended to three months.

Is it possible to submit a new Non Lucrative Visa application if the first on got rejected?

We strongly advise against submitting another application without the help of a specialised legal team, that advises you along the process.

Could I apply for a Non Lucrative Visa if my family is already in Spain and they have enough fund to support me?

Yes! If your family has got enough funds to support you, you should be able to apply for a Non Lucrative Visa. Nevertheless, you could also look into other options for obtaining a residency permit, like for example Familiar Arraigo.

I ‘m dreaming about moving from the UK to Spain in a few years and could have savings of around £ 100,000. Will I be able to get a visa that is not lucrative?

The answer is yes, you will comfortably get your non-lucrative visa as you keep a sum that is over 400 percent of the IPREM. Additionally, for that number, you may also make a joint request for your relatives.

May I apply for a non-lucrative visa from Spain (and stay while 
I wait) if I’ve been on a student visa for 3 consecutive years?

No, you can’t, really. You will have to leave the country first and begin the non-lucrative visa process from abroad.

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