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Non-working residence visa

Visa to reside in Spain without carrying out any gainful (work or professional) activity, provided that the applicant has sufficient and guaranteed means to live on. This visa does not constitute a work permit and does not allow any type of work, including remote, as this is not a digital nomad visa.

The following family members may also obtain the visa: 

  • The spouse or unmarried partner.
  • Dependent children and dependent relatives in the ascending line who form part of the family unit.
The Consulate General of Spain in Boston will only consider applications if you are a permanent resident in one of the states of our jurisdiction: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.


Required documents​​ 

All the mandatory* requirements must be translated into Spanish. *(#5, 6, 7 and 8).

1. National visa application form​It opens in new window. Each applicant must complete and sign a visa application, filling in each of its sections. 

2. Non working residence visa application formIt opens in new window. ​Each applicant must complete and sign a copy of the EX-01 form, filling in each of its sections. 

3. Photograph. A recent, passport-size, colour photograph, taken against a light background, facing forward, without dark or reflective glasses, or any garments concealing the oval of the face. Photograph must be glued to the form.

4.Valid, unexpired passport. The original and a photocopy of the page or pages of the passport that contain biometric data must be submitted. The passport must have a minimum validity period of 1 year and contain two blank pages. Passports issued more than 10 years ago will not be accepted.  

5. Proof of financial means. The applicant must submit the originals and a copy of the documents proving that they have sufficient financial means to cover the expenses of residing in Spain for the initial year of the residence permit, or accrediting that they have a regular source of income, for themselves and, where applicable, for the family members accompanying them. The minimum required amount is equivalent to 400% of Spain's Public Multiple Effects Income Indicator (IPREM). To this amount must be added 100% of the IPREM for each family member in the applicant's care. These documents are the following:

  • Bank statements of the last 3 months from all your bank accounts (no need to be translated into Spanish).
  • Social Security Benefits, Private of Public retirement benefit other than the Social Security Administration (Army Veteran, Teacher´s union, etc.).
  • Any other source of income totalling the minimum required. 
  • Non officially retired people, the retirement plan (IRA, 401-K) is not admitted as a proof. 
  • Only for non retired people, last 3 years of complete TAX IRS returns (no need to be translated into Spanish).​

6. Health insurance. Original and a copy of the certificate accrediting the public or private health insurance contracted with an insurance entity authorized to operate in Spain. The insurance policy must cover all the risks insured by Spain's public health system, it should not have coverage limits or grace periods for certain benefits, no co-payments or deductible.

Travel insurances and insurance cards are not accepted.​

7. Criminal record check certificate verified by fingerprints. Applicants of legal age must submit both the original and a copy of the criminal record check certificate(s) issued by their country or countries of residence for the past 5 years. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. It cannot be older than 3 months from the application date. 

The certificate must be issued from FBI and Legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention.

Local Police background check will not be accepted. ​​

8.Medical certificate (not older than 3 months in doctor's or medical center's letterhead). Original and a copy of a medical certificate accrediting that the applicant does not suffer from any disease that could cause serious repercussions for public health pursuant to the 2005 International Health Regulations. The medical certificate must have the Doctor's Stamp and signature (in Spanish or translated into Spanish).

9. Proof of residence in the consular district. ​

10.Payment of fees. Only money orders are accepted. No personal checks, no credit cards, no cash.​ 

The applicant must complete all the fields and sign this form 790 code 052​It opens in new window, ticking box 2.1 (initial temporary residence permit).

The processing fee will not be returned even if the visa is not granted or cancelled. 

For nationals of Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom different rates are applied for reasons of reciprocity. In these cases, the amount of the fee must be consulted with the Consular Office. 

11.Proof of accommodation. Provide one of the following documents:

  • Lease (minimum 3 months in Spanish or translated into Spanish) or 

  • Title deed of property (in Spanish or translated into Spanish).

​​When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data and may also ask the applicant to come in for a personal interview. 

Required documents for family members

For each family member it will be necessary to submit:​

  • All the required documents specified in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (except minors), 8, 9 and 10. For minors, the visa application and the residence permit application must be signed by one of their parents. 
  • Documents constituting proof of family relationship with the applicant accrediting financial means: birth or marriage certificates issued by the civil registry, certificate of registration as an unmarried couple or any other document substantiating an unmarried partnership with the applicant (all of them except the birth certificate must be issued in the last 12 months). All documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with a translation into Spanish.
  • In the case of descendants older than 18, documents proving financial dependence, the adult child's civil status and that they still are part of the family unit. All documents must be apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with a translation into Spanish.
  • In the case of relatives in the ascending line, documents proving financial dependence and that they form part of the family unit. All documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with a translation into Spanish. 

When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data and may also ask the applicant to come in for a personal interview.


This Consular Office is competent to accept visa applications only from individuals residing in this consular district.

All non-working residence visas require the obtainment of an initial residence permit, which is processed at the same time as the visa application. 

  • Who can apply for a visa: Visa applications must be submitted in person by the applicant, or by one of their parents if the applicant is a minor. 
  • ​Proof of receipt: The Consular Office will provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link: https://su​tramite​consular.maec.e​s/Home.aspxIt opens in new window. The Consular Office will also provide a copy of the application form (form EX-01) and, where applicable, of the receipt of payment of the fee (form 790-52). 
  • Rectifying the application: The Consular Office may ask the applicant to submit any missing documents, or to provide additional documents or data that are necessary for a decision regarding the application. The applicant may also be called in for a personal interview. 
  • Decision period: The legal period for reaching a decision is of 3 months from the day after the application submission date, but this period may be extended if an interview or additional documents are requested. 
  • Collecting the visa:  The Consulate will inform the applicant regarding the procedure.
  • Refusal of the residence permit or visa: Refusals of the residence permit or visa will always be notified in writing, setting forth the grounds on which the decision adopted was based. 
  • Appeals: If a residence permit or visa is refused, the applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to this Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification of the refusal is received. An application for judicial review may also be filed with the High Court of Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the refusal of the visa or residence permit or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal. 
  • Validity period of the visa: The visa will be valid for 90 days. Once in Spain, a Foreigner Identity Card must be applied for within a period of 1 month from the applicant's entry into Spain, at the Foreign Nationals' Office or the corresponding Police Station.