Non-Lucrative Visa: what is it and what are the requirements to obtain it

Non-lucrative or Passive Income visa is given to non-EU citizens and their family members to live in Spain with their own economic means. Non-lucrative visa has not working permit.

One of its main characteristics is that it does not allow you to carry out any type of economic or professional activity in Spain. In other words, you cannot work for any company operating in the country. It has a non-profit nature during the first year. There’s a possibility to make modification of the residency type at the moment of the renewal process. (Please, check slide 10 for the general information about autonomo/self employed visa and 11 for the modification with the contract from the Spanish company)

  • All those who want to retire in Spain.
  • Foreigners who have sufficient economic funds to support themselves in the country without the need to work.
  • For all those individuals who want to stay during their first year in Spain without working (to visit and discover the country); but after one year they would like to continue with their professional activity. Thus, the non-profit visa is ideal in this sense because it will allow you to modify towards a work permit after your first year.

Sufficient economic means to apply for a Non-Lucrative visa is 2,260 €/monthly or 27,115 €/year for the principal applicant.

It is initially issued for 1 year and you can renew it for 2-year periods afterwards. Along with the main applicant, a spouse or children may be added.


The Golden Visa or Investor Visa is a plan that allows citizens outside the EU to obtain qualified residence permits in exchange for investing in Spanish real estate (and other assets), leading to permanent residence in Spain if certain conditions are met:

  • Real estate assets valued at 500,000 euros or more
  • Bank deposits of 1 million euros or more
  • Public debt of 2 million euros or more
  • Business projects in Spain considered of general interest