Spain is Introducing a Digital Nomad Visa

Working remotely
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COVID-19 may have rocked the world in an awful way, but it did open up the game when it comes to how we work. With people unable to leave their homes, remote working became a real thing. The world has opened up once again, but remote working has remained a part of our culture. And for some people, that means traveling to exotic locales as long as there is a working internet connection. 

Spain is known for having some of the best internet speeds in Europe, as well as wonderful weather and a fairly low cost of living. This is why it has become a hotspot for digital nomads. 

Now, the Spanish government is set to make it even easier to work remotely from the country, thanks to the introduction of a digital work visa that is expected to be implemented in January 2023.

Under what is known as the Startup Act, individuals will be allowed to apply as long as they work remotely for non-Spanish companies, have done so for at least a year, and come from outside of the European Economic Area. Applicants will also need to earn at least €2,000 per month and must have an address in Spain to which documents can be sent.

If approved, they will be granted a digital nomad visa that allows them to stay in the country for 12 months, after which they can extend it for up to five years and apply for permanent residency.