Business guide

Residence Programme. Entrepreneurs Law


Law 14/2013 on Support of the Entrepreneurship and its Internationalization (September, 27th 2013) introduces a new specific framework for investors, entrepreneurs and qualified non EU nationals based on an agile and specialized system for visa and authorization concessions to attract foreign investment and talent in order to foster economic growth and create jobs.

Law 25/2015 on the Second Opportunity Mechanism (July, 28th 2015), in force since July 30th 2015, has introduced several improvements to this framework.

Download: Act 14/2013 consolidated text: amendment made by Act 25/2015

Main benefits:

• A single authorization for living and working valid anywhere in Spain.

• Freedom of movements within the Schengen member states.

• Streamlined processing: 10 days for visas and 20 days for residence permits, combined processing for spouses and children, procedures can be arranged through a representative.

ICEX-Invest in Spain provides free, professional and confidential immigration information and consultancy services for companies, investors and entrepreneurs to obtain residence and work permits. We act as the institutional contact towards all Spanish entities engaged in the process: Spanish Embassies and Consulates, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Provincial Immigration Offices, etc. For further information and contact:

Download: Presentation Entrepreneurs Law Global Mobility*, Law 14/2013 International mobility section

Web page: Global mobility

Investor Residence

For investors who make significant investments in Spain: Real estate assets (€500,000); Companies shares, Investment funds or Bank deposits (€1 million); Public debt (€2 million), and Business projects of general interest.

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Entrepreneur Residence

For foreigners intending to develop an innovative business or entrepreneurial activity with special economic interest for Spain.

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Highly Skilled Professional Residence

For companies hiring management staff, highly qualified professionals and graduates or postgraduates from universities and prestigious business schools.

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Intra-Corporate Transferee Residence

For companies or corporate groups located in Spain or in another country transferring to Spain one or more foreigners to work or to carry out a professional training.

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R&D&i and Training Residence

Private and public companies and other entities hiring researchers, scientific and technical staff and universities or business schools teachers to carry out training and research activities.

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*Pending updated information on the improvements in force since July 30th 2015, Law 25/2015.



Last updated: 14|09|2017

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