Spanish Residence Permit

Are you planning to live, work or study in Spain? The chances are that you will need a Spanish residence permit in order to do so, so it is best to be aware of the variety of permits and visas and why you may need one to avoid any difficulties whilst carrying out your errands in Spain.

Working in Spain

In most cases, you will have to have a job lined up before you can apply for a Spanish residence permit. Typically if you live within the EU/EEA or Switzerland you will not need a visa in order to work in Spain. However, non-EU citizens generally will need to obtain a work permit to live and work in Spain, unless they are academics or scientists carrying out projects, or they have close family or relatives who have been living in Spain for more than a year. Some people look to come and work in Spain independently or as an ‘autonomo’. In this case the person in question will have to apply for a work permit from the Spanish embassy in their home country.

Golden Visa in Spain

If you are looking at investing more than €500,000 in real estate in Spain you will be entitled to a special Spanish residence permit called a Golden Visa.

Studying in Spain and Student Visas

Generally if you are from the EU/EEA you will not need a Spanish residence permit to come and study in Spain, however if you are not from these member states you will have to apply for a student visa. Before you are able to apply for this particular residence permit, you will need to be accepted on the course of your choice in order for your application to be accepted.Once you have been accepted on your course, you will need to go to the Spanish embassy in your home country and apply for the visa. Carbray recommends that you apply for your visa 2-3 months before you plan to leave in order to give time to process your application in case there are any problems.

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Why choose Carbray for your Spanish residence permit?

Carbray offers many benefits to all customers who need help with their Spanish residence permit, including over 20 years of experience, a dedicated English speaking team with a wealth of knowledge in law, competitive prices and a hands on approach making sure we always deliver results.

Carbray Lawyers have spent years, and solved numerous cases gaining the respect and trust of our clients.

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Our dedicated team is proud to have many experienced lawyers from all around the world. Our team can speak many languages including Russian, English, Spanish, French and Italian to name a few

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When managing your documentation, it´s important have a clear idea of the fees, what to pay and why. Our Immigration Lawyers in Spain can offer the best prices to suit you, because we believe clarity is key to building strong relationships.

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We know that planning your move to Spain can often lead to unforeseen obstacles and unplanned complications, but Carbray will make sure to provide complete assistance throughout. We will always complete your request quickly and efficiently.

Carbray´s Testimonials

A few words of appreciation from a few happy clients



“We contacted this company to help us settle in Spain. I am from an European Union country, whereas my partner from a non European Union Country. Mr Guarneri – the lawyer who guided us – explained us clearly ( from the first online session – which was free of charge) all the steps we need to follow along the process and made us feel that we can handle all the bureaucratic steps in a smooth manner. Along the way, whenever we encountered an obstacle, he solved it in prompt and efficient way. Any concern we raised was immediately addressed. We highly recommend him if you wish to settle in Spain with your partner.”

Garrett Fisher


“I was completely satisfied with services provided by your firm.

I would also like to acknowledge that Ms. Yanimar Hernandez tried her utmost to assist me through out the entire process and I really appreciated her veracity. She was always forthcoming and took care of any and all issues in a timely manner.

I will continue to recommend your firm and Ms. Hernandez to others.”

Jane Craft


“I´m from America and wanted to come to Spain to study for a year. I knew I had to get a Student Visa in order to study, but had no idea about the processes in order to do so. A friend recommended Carbray to me, resulting in me getting the best immigration lawyer in Spain! I was talked through everything, and they arranged all of the paperwork for me. I´m can´t believe I´m coming to Barcelona to study in September!”

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