On December 22nd, 2022, the BOE (Spanish State Official Gazette) published the new approved Law n. 28/2022, of December 21, promoting the system of emerging companies, also known as the “Startups Law”. The law came into force on 23rd December 2022.
The law will not only affect companies, but will also introduce a new kind of visa for so-called “Digital Nomad Visa”, i.e. third-country nationals (non EU), for example United Kingdom, Canada, United States etc who will be authorised to stay in Spain to carry out a professional activity at a distance for companies located outside the national territory, through the use of computer systems, telematics and telecommunications. What could be termed very loosely as working from home in Spain for a company located outside of Spain for example in the United Kingdom or any other non EU country.
The new type visa, will have a new type of residence permit connected to it, valid initially for 1 year and extendable for 2 or 3 year periods, depending on your circumstances, there is no limit to the number of extensions, of course provided that the conditions and requirements required by law remain.
Finally, the rule also regulates in a new way income revenues and tax declarations of this type of workers and enterprises.
If you are a non-EU country worker, again for example the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, both self-employed or a dependent of a foreign company, and your work can be carried out mainly at a distance by computer or telematic means, we can give you advice and help you get your new visa as Digital Nomad as well as your next residence in Spain, so that you can continue your work, enjoying the climate and quality of life of the Costa del Sol or Spain in general.
Remember if you are in Spain on a Non Lucrative Visa (NLV) you can change to the Digital Nomad Visa.
Once you’ve decided that the digital nomad visa is for you take advice from a qualified Spanish lawyer. Not only can we help with this but we can help with buying a property in Spain and we can give advice on taxes and prepare accounts with our dedicated Spanish qualified team.
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Thanks to one of our lawyers Roberto Franzoso for preparing this article.