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Applying for a Non-Lucrative Visa



A non-lucrative visa, also known as the retirement visa, is for non-EU citizens. This is used if you can financially support yourself without working remote.


You must have full -time residency (more than 3 months) in Spain. Upon arrival to Spain, you must apply for your TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) which is a document that proves your legal status as a foreigner in Spain. You will need a pension, passive income or savings of 28,000 EUR and an additional 7,000 EUR for each dependent. You are also required to have private health insurance and no criminal record.


It is recommended that you apply at least 5 weeks BEFORE arriving at your nearest Spanish consulate in your home country. Requirements include:

  1. Visa application on your Spanish consulate website

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

  3. Valid passport for at least 1 year and must have two blank pages to attach your visa

  4. Two identical passport sized photos

  5. Evidence of income for 1 year. 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. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

  6. Medical certificate confirming no diseases that need to be legalized and translated

  7. Private health insurance valid for one year

  8. Criminal record document showing no crimes for 5 years, no older than 3 months, issued by your home country

  9. NIE number (Número de identidad de extranjero) obtained easily and quickly from a Spanish consulate in your home country

  10. A marriage or birth certificate

  11. Submitting fingerprints and facial recognition

  12. Paying the NLV fee (amount depends on where you are coming from)


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, 6, 7, 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. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

  • In the case of adult children, documents proving financial dependence, the adult child's civil status and that they continue to form part of the family unit. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official 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. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official 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.


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



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