• Venetia House


Updated: Nov 20

Having Successfully got through 100´s in this past year alone and with the assistance of Linden at Go Spain,no one had been denied so far!

I have decided to Concentrate on this to be able to give 100%, the Consulates are now being strict and more rules and requests are being asked for all the time, so I wish to be updated on this all the time, its what I love to do helping people realize their dream of coming into Spain, its my adoptive country and I love it!


I have decided to put on information on the NLV and the Autónomo Visa, after seeing some confusion and information being given out incorrectly, it is directly from the Consulate,

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for further information and advice.

Although you can apply for the Visa yourself, if you need any help at all, especially if you are unsure of the system once you get to Spain and you need help obtaining the TIE and Empadronamiento( Padrón), please do not hesitate to contact me!

For non-working individuals (with an reliable, ongoing source of income and substantial savings) who wish to reside in Spain for more than 3 months.

VERY IMPORTANT: You must pay the utmost attention to filling out the application and the accompanying information.


What are the advantages of the non-lucrative visa?

  • There is no investment in the Spanish economy required for this visa.

  • The visa is issued for a year but is available to be renewed for 2 x 2-year periods. This means it can meet the 5-year threshold for permanent residency.

  • It can be a pathway to Spanish citizenship and an EU passport.

  • To retain residency you are only allowed 10 months in a total of 5 years out of Spain, with a maximum of 6 months at any one time.

  • The residency allows travel to any of the 26 SCHENGEN member nations without a visa.

  • You can convert the non-lucrative visa to one of Spain’s Work Permits after the first year.

  • Immediate family members can be included on your visa. Your dependents can attend school or study while on the visa.

  • You can study in Spain while on a non-lucrative visa. This includes paid internships.

  • You can make investments. These investments include shares in a business, stocks, and funds in Spain.

  • It makes an effective Spain retirement visa.

  • If you have all your documentation in place and meet the requirements, the visa is almost always approved. In this way, it is an easy visa to get for US citizens as well as other nationalities.

What doesn’t the non-lucrative visa allow?

There are four main restrictions or conditions.

  • You cannot do any work that generates an income while in Spain working for a Spanish company or clients. There is a grey area for remote work, but you must take care in your application if you plan to work for an overseas employer or client. Please see the section on Remote Work for more details.

  • However, paid internships are allowed as they are classified as education.

  • You don’t have access to the public healthcare system. You must have sufficient private healthcare insurance.

  • No benefits are claimable by you or your family members on the visa.

  • You must spend more than 183 days of the first year in Spain to be able to renew the visa. This can make you a legal tax resident in Spain. • The application must be submitted no more than 90 days in advance to the intended travel date • The processing fee will not be returned even if your Visa is denied or cancelled. • Residence Visas must be picked up within one month, starting the following day after receiving the approval notification. Failing to do so within this will invalidate the visa.REQUIREMENTS When applying for a visa, you must submit a photocopy of all the original documents that you want to be returned to you at the end of the procedure. This consulate does not make photocopies.


1. National visa form complete, dated and signed. It can be downloaded free of charge

2. Recent passport photograph with white background. Information on the requirements to be met by photographs can be found in the ICAO document. This Consulate does not accept digital retouching on identity photographs.

3. Valid passport or travel document, recognised as valid in Spain. It must have a minimum validity of one year and at least two blank pages. Photocopy of all passport pages.Updated most accept the Picture and Bio page opposite now

4. Valid UK residence permit and photocopy. Only for non-UK Nationals. Visa applications submitted by non-residents who are in the UK on a C-Visit stay visa will not be accepted.

5. Certificate of criminal record (only in the case of persons over 18 years of age, criminal age in Spain) issued by the country or countries where the applicant has resided within the five years preceding the date of the visa application.

It cannot be older than 3 months, unless the certificate itself specifies a longer expiration. For UK Criminal Records submit ACRO Certificate. These certificates must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised. Sworn translation into Spanish is also required.

6. Public or private health insurance taken out by an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain.

The consulates are now accepting S1 for those coming in on their pensions that enable them to apply for the healthcare provided by the UK.

This must be registered before the appointment, see below

7. Medical certificate, issued by a registered medical practitioner, no later than 3 months prior to the date of application, it must be formulated in the following terms or similarly:

  • If the medical certificate is issued in the United Kingdom: “This health certificate states that Mr./Mrs. (…) does not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with what is stipulated by the International Health Regulations of 2005” Certificates issued in the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish.

  • If the medical certificate is issued in Spain: “Este certificado médico acredita que el Sr./Sra. (…) no padece ninguna de las enfermedades que pueden tener repercusiones para la salud pública graves, de conformidad con lo dispuesto en el reglamento sanitario internacional de 2005” This Consulate does not provide information about medical centres that issue this certificate. The applicant may contact any public or private medical centre duly accredited in the territory of the United Kingdom or Spain.

  • Medical certificates issued in countries other than the United Kingdom or Spain will not be accepted. These certificates must hold the Hague Apostille (except documents issued by Spain, which will not require to be legalised). Actualizado 30/3/2021 Consulado General de España en Londres. REQUISITOS VISADO RESIDENCIA NO LUCRATIVA 6 / 6 MINISTERIO DE ASUNTOS EXTERIORES, UNIÓN EUROPEA Y COOPERACIÓN CONSULADO GENERAL DE ESPAÑA EN LONDRES

8. Financial means required to cover the living expenses and, where appropriate, those of their family members, for one year, in accordance with the following amounts: -

  • For the support of the main applicant, monthly, 400 % of the IPREM (Indicador Público de Renta de Efectos Múltiples), which in 2022 amounts to 579.02 €, being 2316,08€ or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.Savings amount to €27.792,96

  • For the support of each of the family members in charge, monthly, 100% of the IPREM, which in 2022 amounts to 579.02 € or its legal equivalent in foreign currency. The availability of sufficient financial means will be evidenced by the submission of original and stamped documents that verify the perception of a periodic and sufficient income or the holding of an estate that guarantees the perception of that income.

  • If the financial means come from shares or participation's in Spanish companies, mixed or foreign companies, based in Spain, applicants shall prove, by certification thereof, that they don’t carry out any work activity in such companies and will submit an affidavit to that effect.

  • This visa is also a good option for people who intend to live in Spain with passive income. This income can be from pensions, rents or dividends.

  • All of this must be up to date, within 6 months and as close to the appointment date as possible

  • You are now being asked to present the P45 or a cessation notice for the closure of a business/self employment, gathering information from a gateway account at the HMRC, and your paying notice of the NI Stamp.

10. Fill in the EX-01 form ‘Autorización de residencia temporal no lucrativa’.

11. Pay the relevant visa fee at the Consulate on the day your application is accepted.

PLEASE also note all documents that have to be shown, need the apostle or translation will need to be dated within 3 months.

If you are required to get a Marriage or birth certificate then you need to apply for a copy which will be dated once re-signed at the registrar office from the country they was issued, in the uk it will either the local registrar or apply central at

Once you Arrive in Spain

The visa will only be valid for 90 days. During the first month of your stay in Spain, you must make an appointment (CITA) at the Local Immigration Office (Extranjería) and apply for your Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero (in short, Tarjeta TIE). Once receiving your Tarjeta TIE, you will be able to stay for the duration of your programme. Be sure to take the original background check and medical certificate along with their original translations with you to Spain for the process.

Not forgetting to obtain the Padron first from your local town hall, this i always recommend a local gestor for this as all Town halls are different, but i am happy to offer the links and further advise as necessary, some are much easier than others!

Prices which start at GBP 225 for check and change over to Print for the forms if you have already started, so they look neat and tidy on the day

I can do a full package to include the ACRO report, Translations and Apostille, all necessary forms and appointments and include the TIE once in Spain, prices starting at 650 GBP.

I am happy to assist with the S1, this needs registration before the appointment and i do have a step by step guide in my articles on the Website

I am also offering a collaboration with Linden from Go Spain who is offering the Medical certificate *can be obtained separately and the Compulsory Insurance necessary for the Application, and now offering a package for the marriage Certificate if needed.

Prices are age dependent Starting at 1175 GBP, All Included for Single persons and Per Person

Children are less due to different requirements.

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