Immigration Lawyers in Spain

What do Manzanares immigration lawyers deal with?

Planning on immigrating to Spain soon? We understand why you’d want to move to this wonderful country. After all, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, and immigration to Spain has always been an appealing prospect to those based in less idyllic surroundings. It’s a popular destination for not only migrants from fellow European countries, but for people from all around the globe. Around 5 million non-Spanish nationals currently live in Spain.

However, before you can start relaxing into the Spanish way of life, you need to complete all of the important legal paperwork. Spanish immigration lawyers from Manzanares Lawyers are on hand to ensure that you can legally live in Spain. Our expertise is crucial during this process, as it can be quite difficult to do it alone – especially if you’re unfamiliar with how the Spanish immigration system works, as many hopeful immigrants are at first.


Spanish Immigration Documents

If you’re a prospective immigrant, it’s advisable for you to have the support of an expert team of Spain immigration lawyers behind you if you intend to make Spain your new home. Whether you’re an EU citizen or non-EU citizen, our immigration lawyers in Marbella will use their extensive experience to make the process a smooth one.

At Manzanares Lawyers, our team of immigration lawyers in Spain is here to assist you every step of the way. We can help you to understand the variety of visa options that will allow you to legally reside in this lovely country. These options include:

⦿ Work visas      ⦿ Lucrative visas     ⦿ Non-lucrative visas      ⦿ Tourist visas      ⦿ Golden visas      ⦿ Family reunions      ⦿ & Many more.

Would you like further information about Spain’s immigration laws? We have extensive knowledge of immigration laws in this country and can help you to apply for all of the relevant permits with ease. If you need advice on legally immigrating to Spain, feel free to contact our friendly team today.

You can do this via email at or you can call our offices in Alhaurin or Marbella on +34 952 59 50 42 (Alhaurin) or +34 952 82 41 12 (Marbella). You can also request a free consultation on our website now.

Can immigration lawyers in Spain help if I’m from the EU?

Our experts work with Spanish immigration laws all the time, so you can trust our judgement and rely on us to complete every step of the process properly.

If you are from a country within the EU, it’s much more straightforward to gain a residence permit in Spain within 90 days of entering the country.

You’ll still have to carry out certain registrations, confirm your personal information, and obtain a foreign identity number to gain the legal right to live and work in Spain.

Manzanares Lawyers can help you to acquire the correct legal documents as quickly as possible for a smooth international move within the EU.

If you live in Europe and your country is not a member of the EU, but it is part of the Schengen Agreement or has a special treaty with the EU, then you may still have access to the immigration and movement rights of an EU citizen.

Contact Manzanares Lawyers using the phone numbers or email address above if you need advice on moving to Spain from elsewhere in Europe.

EU immigration lawyers in Spain

Non EU immigration lawyers in Spain

Can immigration lawyers in Spain help me if I am not an EU citizen?

If you are not from Europe and would like to live in Spain, the process is a little different and slightly more complicated than it is for EU citizens.

There are a number of permits that will allow you to move to the country – these depend on whether you are going alone or with your family, and whether your purpose in moving to Spain is to live, work, or set up your own business.

You may also need a permit if you’re planning to make financial investments in Spain or intend to study at an institute of higher education in the country.

While citizens from EU member countries don’t need to apply for a TIE residence card upon arrival, it’s compulsory for non-EU citizens to obtain this registration document within 30 days of entering Spain.

Contact our immigration lawyers in Spain using the details above if you need guidance on immigrating to Spain from a country outside of Europe.

Spanish Immigration FAQs

If you don’t live in Spain and you’re looking to move here, the laws surrounding immigration can prove quite challenging, as they differ so much from country to country. This is why it’s important to speak to solicitors that specialise in this area, like Manzanares Lawyers.

Spain immigration laws can be quite complex initially, but Manzanares Lawyers could be by your side to help you make sense of the legislation, allowing you to complete the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We’ll explain every applicable regulation and how to complete each procedure to the standards of Spanish law, so you don’t have to go through the difficult process by yourself. This should provide you with all the crucial information you need to deal with your enquiry.

If you want to move to Spain from another country, vital paperwork and legal procedures need to be taken care of first. This will confirm your residency and your entitlement to the same benefits as all other Spanish nationals.

Without said paperwork, you can incur legal penalties, as you won’t officially be a Spanish resident. It’s important to thoroughly carry out the necessary checks to ensure that you won’t experience any legal troubles once you move here, which can be time-consuming and expensive to resolve.

At Manzanares Lawyers, we’re able to provide all the legal help you need to quickly complete the required procedures to live in Spain. Our multi-lingual solicitors can speak your language, giving you confidence in our abilities.

Spain is a very welcoming country, and there are now more options than ever for people from other countries to immigrate and become Spanish residents. These are the most common eligible grounds for someone to apply for residency in Spain:

    ⦿ Commencing an employment contract with a registered company in Spain
    ⦿ Purchasing an existing business or opening a new business in Spain
    ⦿ Investing in Spanish real estate or government bonds
    ⦿ Undertaking an education course or research with a Spanish institution

However, it’s not as simple as just having a valid reason to be in Spain. You must apply for a visa in advance if you plan to stay in the country long-term, so that your entry and settlement is legally approved.

This is where Spanish immigration lawyers can help, making sure you submit a thorough application and receive the documents you need beforehand so that you can securely take the next step towards living in Spain.

Here at Manzanares Lawyers, we often receive contact from people that are currently living in a country other than Spain, but are looking to immigrate here in the future. They often get in touch with us through our online enquiry form to arrange a consultation with one of the team.

We aim to respond in a swift and efficient manner, contacting you either through email, Skype, or Zoom to discuss your legal requirements. This way, we can quickly get started on helping you with any Spanish immigration laws you need assistance with before you move to our country.

The process is almost as seamless as if you were here in person. Our Spanish immigration lawyers use modern technology to our advantage to help as many clients as possible, providing legal services you can trust, no matter how far away you may be.

Spanish immigration law can seem convoluted from the outset, which is why Manzanares Lawyers is happy to guide you through it. Here’s a helpful summary of what you can expect from the process when you apply to immigrate:

    ⦿ Submit a complete visa application at a Spanish embassy or consulate in your country
    ⦿ If approved, the embassy will contact you and give you 30 days to collect the visa in person
    ⦿ You must travel to Spain within 90 days of your visa being issued
    ⦿ Once in Spain, you must apply for a Foreigners’ Identification Number (NIE certificate) within 30 days
    ⦿ If you are not from an EU member state, you must then apply for a TIE residency card within 30 days
    ⦿ The initial permit allows you to remain in Spain for 1 year and must be renewed after that
    ⦿ When you’ve lived in Spain for 5 years, you can apply for permanent residence
    ⦿ After 10 years in Spain, you can apply for Spanish nationality if you choose, though you may want to check the dual citizenship laws in your country of origin

The immigration process requires providing extensive documents proving your identity, profession, income level, and absence of a criminal record, among many more. If you need assistance with completing the strongest possible visa application and ensuring that all your documents are in order, our Spanish immigration lawyers will gladly assist you.

There are so many types of visas for immigration in Spain that understanding which one applies to your situation can be complicated. These are some of the most popular Spanish immigration visas people apply for:

    ⦿ Work Visa – Employer in Spain will submit application on your behalf
    ⦿ Self-Employed Residence Authorisation – opening a qualified professional practice and bringing immediate family to live in Spain
    ⦿ Non-Lucrative Residency Visa – retiring in Spain with enough assets to support yourself without working
    ⦿ Student Visa – attending a study course in Spain for longer than 3 months or taking up a research or apprenticeship position with a Spanish education facility
    ⦿ Golden Visa – investing in luxury property in Spain to fast-track residency
    ⦿ Family Visa – bringing relatives to live with you in Spain through the family reunification process

Manzanares Lawyers can help you find the best path to residency and complete the most appropriate visa application for your circumstances. Even if your situation is irregular, get in touch to see what we can do for you to find an adequate route to Spanish residency.

The processing time can vary depending on the type of visa you’re applying for, and the amount of documentation required, but the legal maximum is 90 days (3 months). Average resolution times are between 1-6 weeks – generally, you should be informed whether your application is successful within 15 working days after your appointment at the embassy or consulate.

Of course, the preparation time for completing the form and attending the appointment can be much longer while you get your documents in order. If you submit an incomplete application without all the required documents or with incorrect information, this could cause processing delays and may even result in an immediate rejection of your application.

Failing to bring the correct documents on the day of the appointment could also result in having to re-book another appointment at the next available date, which could be months away. You are responsible for factoring in potential delays that could affect your intended travel dates to Spain.

Just as visa processing time depends on the type of Spanish visa and the documentation required, so does the application fee. These fees are usually payable by cash or cheque at the consulate or embassy on the day of your appointment. It’s important to note that this fee will not be refunded if your application is rejected due to missing documents or incorrect details.

On top of the application fee itself, you also have to consider the costs of acquiring the necessary documents. For example, you may need to pay for a new passport or ID card, copies of birth and marriage certificates, police reports, medical certificates, proof of insurance, etc. Then there is also the cost of legalising your application documents with an apostille stamp.

Additionally, your documents must be translated by a Spanish government-approved sworn translator in order to be accepted in Spain. Even after obtaining a visa, you’ll have to travel to Spain and apply for an NIE certificate, plus a TIE residency card if you’re a non-EU citizen.

The costs of Spanish visas and immigration can quickly add up, so it’s a good idea to get a Spanish solicitor on board to oversee your applications and appraise the costs in advance. This will give you a better understanding of how much money you’ll have to spend and which documents you need, and improve your chances of successfully applying for a visa.

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