Spanish Visas FAQs

Now the the UK is no longer part of the EU, British Nationals no longer have the right of freedom of movement. But what does this exactly mean? Here we go through some of the questions I see repeatedly posted on Facebook almost every day.

No. The UK and EU have an agreement that British Nationals can holiday within the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 days without the need for a visa.

No. There is no visa available for holidays. If you are caught overstaying your 90/180 day allowance, it is possible you will be deported and may not be allowed back into Spain, and even any other Schengen country.

If you wish to move permanently to Spain (see also Moving to Fuerteventura) the easiest visa to allow you to apply for permission to reside is a Non-Lucrative Visa. With this visa you are not allowed to work. Note that the cost of applying for a visa is non-refundable.

You can no longer just arrive and work, and it is now very difficult to obtain a visa for working. Before you can apply for any of the work visas you must have a contract of employment. But for any employer to be able to offer a job to a non-EU national, they must first be able to prove that the job can not be fulfilled by a local person.

If you wish to be self-employed you must have a complete business plan, including anticipated investments, your projected profits and the possible amount of jobs created and proof of sufficient economic funds, or contracts of investments or loans from financial institutions. You must also have proof of the necessary qualification or sufficient experience in order to perform your professional activity. Plus, of course, proof of having sufficient economic funds for covering maintenance and accommodation costs. Also, you must look into the legal requirements here for becoming self-employed. Autonomo allows you to join the system and register on the health system, and carries a hefty monthly fee, whether or not you earn any money.

Click here for a detailed list of visas. You will find links to all the different visas available at the bottom of the page.

Click here for the cost of applying for a visa

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