Residing in Spain
Foreigners wishing to reside in Spain must have prior authorization to do so. Once said authorization has been obtained, it shall be necessary to obtain the corresponding visa allowing entry into Spain.
01/01/2013

Residence in Spain can be temporary or permanent.
Temporary residence is the situation authorizing a stay in Spain for a period longer than 90 days and shorter than five years. Authorizations for a period not exceeding five years may be renewed regularly, at the request of the person concerned, depending on the circumstances leading to their issuance.
 
Initial authorization for temporary residence not involving a work permit shall be granted to foreigners who have sufficient means of subsistence for themselves and, when applicable, for their family members.
 
Current regulations set forth the procedure and requirements for obtaining an authorization for residence and work in Spain in order to engage in gainful activity, whether self-employed or as an employee.

 
Long-term residence is the situation authorizing indefinite residence and work in Spain, under the same conditions as Spaniards.
 
Foreigners who have been temporary residents in Spain for five uninterrupted years and meet the conditions established by regulation shall be entitled to long-term residence. Prior periods of uninterrupted residence in other Member States, as an EU Blue Card holder, shall be counted for the purpose of obtaining long-term residence. Residence shall be considered uninterrupted even if for holidays or other reasons established by regulation the foreigner has left national territory temporarily.
 
EU Citizens
Citizens of the European Union and their family members, provided that the latter travel with or meet said citizens, are subject to a specific legal system based on the rights recognized in the Treaties.

Twitter@SpainMFA

  • 25 Apr @SpainMFA * @JosepBorrellF @IsabelStMalo @CancilleriaPma @EmbEspPan 🇵🇦 🇪🇸 During the meeting, both ministers reviewed the main… https://t.co/CpvPyZX3YK
  • 25 Apr @SpainMFA * 🇵🇦 🇪🇸 #Spains's FM @JosepBorrellF held a meeting yesterday in #Madrid with the Vice President and Minister of Forei… https://t.co/8ZYtJznw6O
  • 25 Apr @SpainMFA * RT @SpainInTheUSA: Last night, Amb. Cabanas welcomed the @HRC's 2019 Global Innovators to his Residence, where they awarded him with the #H…
  • 25 Apr @SpainMFA * More than 10 million people in the 🌍 suffer from #statelessness. #Spain will cooperate with #UNHCR @Refugees and o… https://t.co/6jKPAIyUYj
  • 25 Apr @SpainMFA * The Under-Secretary of @SpainMFA opens today in #Madrid with @Refugees Special Advisor @CarolBatchelo12 the Int. Co… https://t.co/CitSmAyFrX
  • 24 Apr @SpainMFA * RT @GlobalSpain: Spain🇪🇸 is one of the main backdrops for the acclaimed series #GameofThrones Before this, famous film directors such as Or…
  • 23 Apr @SpainMFA * Happy Saint George's Day🐉 and happy Day of #Aragon to all the Aragonese people! Join us in celebrating this Spanis… https://t.co/0JVoNnQffR
  • 23 Apr @SpainMFA * Today, the King and Queen of #Spain have presented Uruguayan poet #IdaVitale with the 2018 #CervantesPrize. This a… https://t.co/wJPOmZM8W5
  • 23 Apr @SpainMFA * Today we wish a happy Day of #CastillayLeón to all the lucky ones who call this beautiful land their home! 🏰🏞️ Tha… https://t.co/s2Rc1HzR6S
  • 23 Apr @SpainMFA * RT @GlobalSpain: Books, roses and 'senyeras' flood the Catalan streets today. Sant Jordi is one of the most recognised Catalonian celebrati…
  • 23 Apr @SpainMFA * 🌹📚 Happy #WorldBookDay and feliç #SantJordi2019! 📖 #Literature is a fundamental part of our cultural heritage, and… https://t.co/lAkpA6yKLJ
  • 23 Apr @SpainMFA * We celebrate #SpanishLanguageDay on April 23, coinciding with Miguel de #Cervantes's death. 🌐 With over 577 millio… https://t.co/eUiU4XfvgD
  • 22 Apr @SpainMFA * RT @SpainInTheUSA: #Spain is a world and European leader in #RenewableEnergy and #sustainably. We are firmly committed to the #2030Agenda,…
  • 22 Apr @SpainMFA * 📚On the occasion of #WorldBookDay, the @InstCervantes organizes the #Cervantes Week ✒️Recitals, exhibitions or con… https://t.co/zSHJdTp5pN
  • 22 Apr @SpainMFA * 🏞️ The Courel Mountains, in #Lugo, have been added to the List of @UNESCO Global Geoparks ↪️ With 13 geoparks,… https://t.co/NzlUrxWFC4

Featured

  • Inscríbete en el Registro de Viajeros
  • Recomendaciones de Viaje
  • Fichas por país
  • Cuenta de Twitter del Ministerio en Inglés
  • Blog del Ministerio
  • ATLAS
  • Página de Participación Ciudadana
  • Página Portal de Transparencia
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Santa Cruz
    Plaza de la Provincia, 1
    28012 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Viana
    Duque de Rivas, 1
    28071 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Torres Ágora
    Serrano Galvache, 26
    28033 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • AECID
    Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4
    28040 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 583 81 00 / 01
    Fax: 91 583 83 10 / 11
  • Dirección General de Españoles en el Exterior y de Asuntos Consulares
    C/ Pechuán, 1
    28002 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 17 00
Gobierno de España
©Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación
Portal gestionado por la Dirección General de Comunicación e Información Diplomática
Premio Ciudadanía 2016
Premio Ciudadanía 2016