How to stay to live legally in Spain, Portugal and Poland, if there is only tourist Schengen: all possible options

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How to stay to live legally in Spain, Portugal and Poland, if there is only tourist Schengen: all possible options

Marriage with a foreigner or temporary protection is not the only option to stay and live in the dream state. Some European countries have special conditions for migrants. Learn more about how to legalize in Spain, Portugal and Poland if there is only tourist Schengen

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Often, foreigners who travel in Europe on the basis of a tourist Schengen visa have the desire to extend their stay in EU countries. Marriage with a foreigner or asylum is not the only option to stay in the states. In some countries, quite favorable conditions have been developed for the legalization of foreigners.


Spain


Entrepreneur's visa

A residence permit based on an entrepreneur's visa is issued for 2 years. When making a decision, professional training and experience, participation in projects and the possible impact of the entrepreneur's activities on the Spanish economy are taken into account. When applying for a permit, you must provide a business plan.

You can also add a spouse, minor children and parents to the application, if they are financially dependent on the applicant.


Digital nomad visa

Spain recently announced its intention to introduce a digital nomad visa. The program is expected to be implemented by the end of January 2023. With this permit, it will be possible to stay in the country for up to 5 years. More details at the link.


Student visa

Issuance of this type of visa has many advantages and a low percentage of refusals. It can be obtained on the territory of Spain, to submit documents it is not necessary to return to the country of residence or to issue a category D visa. The main advantage is the absence of age restrictions.

The easiest way is language courses. The average cost is from 3,500 to 6,000 euros/year, depending on the city and school where you plan to study.

You can also enter a university, for example, for a master's degree.

A student visa in Spain gives the right to travel to EU countries and work up to 30 hours a week.


List of documents:

- Foreign passport valid for more than 1 year;

- Certificate of criminal record with apostille (valid for 3 months from the date of issue);

- An account in a Spanish bank with a minimum balance of €8,500.

- After 3 years, the student will be able to issue a residence permit in Spain with the right to work, if studying for a master's degree, then after 1.5-2 years.


Golden visa

In Spain, the "golden visa" program has been developed, which allows you to obtain a residence permit in the country on the basis of investments in the state's economy:

- purchase real estate for the amount of €500,000 or more;

- government bonds from €2,000,000;

- contribution to the bank from €1,000,000;

- create a socially important project (jobs, contribution to scientific and technological innovations, etc.).

Read about changes to the "golden visa" investment citizenship program in Spain in 2023 here.

The term of consideration of an application for a visa for permanent residence is from 30 to 45 days. Consider this when submitting documents.

We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the 5 best cities for expats to live in Spain.


Portugal


Entrepreneur's visa

The most affordable way to stay in Portugal permanently is to issue an entrepreneur visa. However, this process has its nuances, for example, the applicant cannot leave Portugal for about 2 years.

The list of fields of activity that can be chosen is quite large. The main thing is to have an income of at least €705 per month and pay taxes.

Registration procedure:

- get a fiscal identification number (NIF);

- open an account;

- open Actividade on the Financas portal;

- find a tax representative;

- choose a code for the activity (an analogue of KVED);

- issue a social insurance number (NISS);

- show an income of at least €705 per month for at least 2 months;

- submit an electronic application on the portal;

- wait for the invitation to submit documents in person to SEF, while working and issuing Recibo Verde.

The waiting process takes several years. The countdown to the issuance of the Portuguese passport will begin after receiving the residence permit. Your family will be able to live with you in Portugal, and then get a residence permit on the basis of family reunification.


Poland


Study visa

Foreigners who arrived in Poland on the basis of a Schengen visa can apply for a student visa in the country.

The visa gives the right to live in Poland for the entire period of study, move around EU countries and work.

List of documents:

- original foreign passport;

- social insurance in Poland;

- health insurance policy;

- certificate from the educational institution that you are studying there;

- bank account statement.






Igor Usyk is the Head of Legal at VisitWorld


If you are looking for a job in a new country, I suggest getting advice from an international employment specialist. He or she will advise you on how to properly conclude an agreement with your employer, resolve disputes, and help you resign.

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