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This article was originally published on December 13, 2022, and was updated on January 27, 2023, to reflect new information.

January 27, 2023, Update: The government of Spain officially launched its teleworking visa under the Start-Up law on January 18, 2023. The government has clarified that foreign nationals who have renewed their teleworking visa and are employed by a company outside of Spain or self-employed in Spain can apply for a three-year residence permit.

According to the announcement, eligible applicants must:

  • Work remotely for a company outside of Spain within the computer science, telematics, or telecommunication industry
  • Hold a graduate or post-graduate degree, professional training, or a business degree from a recognized university
  • Hold at least three years of professional experience
  • Provide proof of employment with a company located outside of Spain. The foreign national must have been employed for at least three months before applying and provide proof that the work being performed can be conducted remotely

For additional information in Spanish, check here.

Original Post From December 13, 2022:

Key Points

  • Spain approved the Start-Up Law that will help increase entrepreneurial ventures in the country and allow foreign nationals to apply for a remote work visa

Overview

The government of Spain officially approved the Start-Up law that will allow third-country nationals to work remotely in Spain for a company based outside the country. Foreign nationals will be permitted to apply for a remote work visa if they work remotely in Spain for an entity established outside the country.

Generally, the visa will permit a maximum stay of one year and can be renewed for an additional two-year period as long as the applicant meets all requirements. Applicants will be required to hold specific academic and professional background requirements.

What are the Changes?

The government of Spain officially approved the introduction of a remote work visa. According to the government, the law is intended to facilitate the creation and development of new start-ups in Spain to reform the country’s business climate.

Looking Ahead

The measures of the Start-Up law are anticipated to go into effort beginning in January 2023, following the publication of the law in the country’s Official Gazette. Continue to check the government of Spain’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The High Commissioner for Spain Entrepreneurial Nation

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