Immigration Lawyers Marbella

At MT Legal Lawyers Marbella we offer comprehensive legal services in all kind of procedures related to immigration.

We have extensive experience in solving legal problems related to immigration. We put at your disposal highly qualified professionals to offer the best solution and achieve a satisfactory result.

Our legal services include the following matters:

  • Legal advice on the application and renewal of all types of residence permits.
  • NIE applications (Spanish tax number for foreigners).
  • Residence registration certificates for EU citizens.
  • Spanish tax residence certificates.
  • Spanish nationality applications.
  • Recognition of foreign qualifications.
  • Asylum and refuge.
  • Exchange of foreign to Spanish driving licence.
  • Registration of foreign vehicles in Spain.
  • Invitation letters.
  • Appeals of all type of resolutions in immigration matters, including litigation.

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Immigration Services

NIE APPLICATION

The NIE (“Número de Identificación de Extranjeros”) is the tax identification number for foreigners in Spain. This document is issued by the Police (although the NIE application can be also submitted at some Spanish Consulates).

The requirements to obtain the NIE number vary depending on whether the applicant is an EU citizen or a non-EU citizen, and also depends on the police station where the application is submitted.

At MT LEGAL Marbella Solicitors, we will assist you with your NIE application. Please contact us for more information.

SPANISH NATIONALITY APPLICATION

Spanish citizenship can be obtained following different routes, but mainly by residing legally and continuously in Spain for 10 years (citizens married to Spanish nationals can apply for Spanish citizenship after 1 year, as well as those who were born in Spain; citizens from former Spanish colonies, Portugal and Brazil, 2 years).

Applicants must prove they are integrated in Spain by passing a Spanish socio-cultural test, and a Spanish language test.

In addition, the applicant must not have a criminal record, and must have financial resources to live in Spain. The Spanish nationality process currently takes about 15-24 months. At MT Legal Lawyers, we will be pleased to assist you in your Spanish nationality application process. For more information, please contact us.

The Non-Lucrative residence permit allows people to live but not work in Spain, also involving the obligation of residing at least 183 days in Spain.

The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is granted for an initial period of one year, and is renewable for subsequent periods of 2 years. After the second renewal, the residence permit is considered a long-term residence permit which has to be renewed every 5 years.
The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is submitted at the Spanish Consulate with jurisdiction at the place of residence of the applicant.

Should you wish to know if you qualify for the Non-Lucrative residence permit, at MT LEGAL SOLICITORS Marbella we can prepare a preliminary study of your case for a reasonable fee. Please contact us for more information.

Here we can find various types of residence permits. The most important ones are the following:

GREAT INVESTOR VISA (GOLDEN VISA)

This sort of residence permit allows investors who intend to make a significant capital investment in Spain, and their families, to get a 1-year residence visa which provides some advantages:

  • The application process is resolved very quickly (10 working days)
  • There is no obligation to reside at least 6 months per year in Spain to keep the residence permit
  • The residence permit allows holders not only to stay in Spain, but also to work legally

REQUIREMENTS

  1. General requirements:
    – Not be in an irregular situation in Spain
    – Be over 18 years of age (with the exception of the applicant’s children)
    – Have no criminal record in Spain or in the countries where they have resided for the past five years, for criminal offences defined in the relevant Spanish legislation
    – Not be subject to an alert issued for the purposes of refusing entry in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement in this regard
    – Have a public or private health insurance policy with an insurance company authorized to operate in Spain
    – Have sufficient financial resources for themselves and for the members of their families during their residence in Spain (2,134 Euros plus another 533 per each additional family member, per month)
    – Have paid the visa or authorization processing fee.
  2. Specific requirements:
    Depending on what sort of investment is intended to be made by the investor, the following will be required:
    – An initial investment with a value equal to or greater than:
    1st. Two million Euros in Spanish public debt securities or
    2nd. One million Euros in company shares or stock of Spanish capital companies with an actual business activity, or
    3rd. One million Euros in investment funds, closed-end investment funds or venture capital funds constituted in Spain, included within the scope of application of Act 35/2003, of 4 November, on Collective Investment Institutions, or of Act 22/2014, of 12 November, regulating venture capital entities, other closed-end collective investment entities and the management companies of closed-end collective investment entities, which amends Act 35/2003, of 4 November, or
    4th. One million Euros in bank deposits in Spanish financial institutions.
    – The acquisition of real estate property in Spain with an investment value equal to or greater than 500,000 Euros per each applicant.
    In any event, the investment of 500,000 Euros qualifies the investor and his/her family (wife/husband and/or children) to obtain this sort of visa.
    Currently, at MT LEGAL SOLICITORS Marbella, this sort of investment is the most common case which qualifies our clients to get the great investor visa or Golden Visa.
    – A business project intended to be carried out in Spain that is deemed and proved to be of general interest, being necessary to be considered as such the fulfilment of at least one of the following conditions:
    1st. The creation of jobs
    2nd. Making an investment with relevant socio-economic impact in the geographic area where the activity will be carried out
    3rd . A relevant contribution to scientific and/or technological innovation.

GREAT INVESTOR RESIDENCE AUTHORIZATION

Similar to the great investor residence visa, but the length (2 years, renewable for subsequent periods of 2 or 5 years) and the application procedure vary slightly (residence authorization/ permit applications for great investors are submitted at the “Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos”, when the residence visa application is submitted at the Spanish Consulate with jurisdiction at the place of residence of the applicant).

MT Legal Solicitors will provide you with the appropriate legal advice adjusted to your personal case to see which option is the most convenient for you.

You can find more information regarding this residence visa and residence permit/authorization at the following links:

Legislation Summary

NON-LUCRATIVE RESIDENCE PERMIT

The Non-Lucrative residence permit allows those non-EU citizens who comply with certain requirements to live in Spain:

  • Not be in an irregular situation in Spain
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Not be subject to an alert issued for the purposes of refusing entry in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement in this regard
  • Have a public or private health insurance policy with an insurance company authorized to operate in Spain
  • Have sufficient financial resources for themselves and for the members of their families during their residence in Spain (2,134 Euros plus another 533 per each additional family member, per month)
  • Not suffer from a disease which could involve eventual risk for Spanish public health according to the 2005 International Sanitary Regulation

The Non-Lucrative residence permit allows people to live but not work in Spain, also involving the obligation of residing at least 183 days in Spain.

The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is granted for an initial period of one year, and is renewable for subsequent periods of 2 years. After the second renewal, the residence permit is considered a long-term residence permit which has to be renewed every 5 years.
The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is submitted at the Spanish Consulate with jurisdiction at the place of residence of the applicant.

Should you wish to know if you qualify for the Non-Lucrative residence permit, at MT LEGAL SOLICITORS Marbella we can prepare a preliminary study of your case for a reasonable fee. Please contact us for more information.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR RELATIVES OF EU-NATIONALS RESIDENT IN SPAIN

There is a specific and privileged procedure available to secure a residence permit in Spain for those non-EU citizens who are relatives of EU citizens who reside in Spain.

The non-EU citizen and the EU citizen can be considered relatives by virtue of marriage, duly registered civil partnership, etc.

Requirements

  • The EU national must be registered as resident in Spain
  • The EU national must have sufficient financial resources for his/her family during their residence in Spain
  • The non-EU citizen must have a health insurance policy in place, or alternatively must be a beneficiary of the public healthcare benefits provided by the Social Security

The “Tarjeta de Residencia de Familiar de Ciudadano de la Unión” allows people to work in Spain, and is valid for 5 years. After that, the cardholder is entitled to apply for a permanent resident permit, which has to be renewed every 5 years.

At MT Legal Lawyers Marbella, we will be pleased to assist you in obtaining this resident permit for your relative. Please contact us to get legal advice about your case.

OTHER RESIDENCE PERMITS

There are many other sorts of resident permit (student visa, “arraigo social”, “arraigo laboral”, etc.). At MT Legal Solicitors Marbella, we will be delighted to study your particular case and provide you with legal advice tailored to your case.

REGISTRATION AS AN EU CITIZEN RESIDENT IN SPAIN

Those EU citizens who intend to stay in Spain over 3 months in a period of 6, must be registered as resident at the police station with jurisdiction in his/her whereabouts in Spain. Although the requirements may vary slightly depending on the police station where the residence registration application is submitted, the applicant must comply with the following:

  • The EU national must have sufficient financial resources during their residence in Spain. This can be proven with bank certificates, work contract, property title deeds and land registry certificates, etc.
  • The EU national must have a health insurance policy in place which offers healthcare in Spain. Alternatively, the applicant can be a beneficiary of the public healthcare benefits provided by the Spanish Social Security, or provided by another EU country’s Social Security (this last case should be proven with the S1 Form provided by the authorities of the appropriate EU country).
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NIE APPLICATION

The NIE (“Número de Identificación de Extranjeros”) is the tax identification number for foreigners in Spain. This document is issued by the Police (although the NIE application can be also submitted at some Spanish Consulates).

The requirements to obtain the NIE number vary depending on whether the applicant is an EU citizen or a non-EU citizen, and also depends on the police station where the application is submitted.

At MT LEGAL Marbella Solicitors, we will assist you with your NIE application. Please contact us for more information.

SPANISH NATIONALITY APPLICATION

Spanish citizenship can be obtained following different routes, but mainly by residing legally and continuously in Spain for 10 years (citizens married to Spanish nationals can apply for Spanish citizenship after 1 year, as well as those who were born in Spain; citizens from former Spanish colonies, Portugal and Brazil, 2 years).

Applicants must prove they are integrated in Spain by passing a Spanish socio-cultural test, and a Spanish language test.

In addition, the applicant must not have a criminal record, and must have financial resources to live in Spain. The Spanish nationality process currently takes about 15-24 months. At MT Legal Lawyers, we will be pleased to assist you in your Spanish nationality application process. For more information, please contact us.

The Non-Lucrative residence permit allows people to live but not work in Spain, also involving the obligation of residing at least 183 days in Spain.

The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is granted for an initial period of one year, and is renewable for subsequent periods of 2 years. After the second renewal, the residence permit is considered a long-term residence permit which has to be renewed every 5 years.
The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is submitted at the Spanish Consulate with jurisdiction at the place of residence of the applicant.

Should you wish to know if you qualify for the Non-Lucrative residence permit, at MT LEGAL SOLICITORS Marbella we can prepare a preliminary study of your case for a reasonable fee. Please contact us for more information.

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Here we can find various types of residence permits. The most important ones are the following:

GREAT INVESTOR VISA (GOLDEN VISA)

This sort of residence permit allows investors who intend to make a significant capital investment in Spain, and their families, to get a 1-year residence visa which provides some advantages:

  • The application process is resolved very quickly (10 working days)
  • There is no obligation to reside at least 6 months per year in Spain to keep the residence permit
  • The residence permit allows holders not only to stay in Spain, but also to work legally

REQUIREMENTS

  1. General requirements:
    – Not be in an irregular situation in Spain
    – Be over 18 years of age (with the exception of the applicant’s children)
    – Have no criminal record in Spain or in the countries where they have resided for the past five years, for criminal offences defined in the relevant Spanish legislation
    – Not be subject to an alert issued for the purposes of refusing entry in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement in this regard
    – Have a public or private health insurance policy with an insurance company authorized to operate in Spain
    – Have sufficient financial resources for themselves and for the members of their families during their residence in Spain (2,134 Euros plus another 533 per each additional family member, per month)
    – Have paid the visa or authorization processing fee.
  2. Specific requirements:
    Depending on what sort of investment is intended to be made by the investor, the following will be required:
    – An initial investment with a value equal to or greater than:
    1st. Two million Euros in Spanish public debt securities or
    2nd. One million Euros in company shares or stock of Spanish capital companies with an actual business activity, or
    3rd. One million Euros in investment funds, closed-end investment funds or venture capital funds constituted in Spain, included within the scope of application of Act 35/2003, of 4 November, on Collective Investment Institutions, or of Act 22/2014, of 12 November, regulating venture capital entities, other closed-end collective investment entities and the management companies of closed-end collective investment entities, which amends Act 35/2003, of 4 November, or
    4th. One million Euros in bank deposits in Spanish financial institutions.
    – The acquisition of real estate property in Spain with an investment value equal to or greater than 500,000 Euros per each applicant.
    In any event, the investment of 500,000 Euros qualifies the investor and his/her family (wife/husband and/or children) to obtain this sort of visa.
    Currently, at MT LEGAL SOLICITORS Marbella, this sort of investment is the most common case which qualifies our clients to get the great investor visa or Golden Visa.
    – A business project intended to be carried out in Spain that is deemed and proved to be of general interest, being necessary to be considered as such the fulfilment of at least one of the following conditions:
    1st. The creation of jobs
    2nd. Making an investment with relevant socio-economic impact in the geographic area where the activity will be carried out
    3rd . A relevant contribution to scientific and/or technological innovation.

GREAT INVESTOR RESIDENCE AUTHORIZATION

Similar to the great investor residence visa, but the length (2 years, renewable for subsequent periods of 2 or 5 years) and the application procedure vary slightly (residence authorization/ permit applications for great investors are submitted at the “Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos”, when the residence visa application is submitted at the Spanish Consulate with jurisdiction at the place of residence of the applicant).

MT Legal Solicitors will provide you with the appropriate legal advice adjusted to your personal case to see which option is the most convenient for you.

You can find more information regarding this residence visa and residence permit/authorization at the following links:

Legislation Summary

NON-LUCRATIVE RESIDENCE PERMIT

The Non-Lucrative residence permit allows those non-EU citizens who comply with certain requirements to live in Spain:

  • Not be in an irregular situation in Spain
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Not be subject to an alert issued for the purposes of refusing entry in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement in this regard
  • Have a public or private health insurance policy with an insurance company authorized to operate in Spain
  • Have sufficient financial resources for themselves and for the members of their families during their residence in Spain (2,134 Euros plus another 533 per each additional family member, per month)
  • Not suffer from a disease which could involve eventual risk for Spanish public health according to the 2005 International Sanitary Regulation

The Non-Lucrative residence permit allows people to live but not work in Spain, also involving the obligation of residing at least 183 days in Spain.

The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is granted for an initial period of one year, and is renewable for subsequent periods of 2 years. After the second renewal, the residence permit is considered a long-term residence permit which has to be renewed every 5 years.
The Non-Lucrative residence permit application is submitted at the Spanish Consulate with jurisdiction at the place of residence of the applicant.

Should you wish to know if you qualify for the Non-Lucrative residence permit, at MT LEGAL SOLICITORS Marbella we can prepare a preliminary study of your case for a reasonable fee. Please contact us for more information.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR RELATIVES OF EU-NATIONALS RESIDENT IN SPAIN

There is a specific and privileged procedure available to secure a residence permit in Spain for those non-EU citizens who are relatives of EU citizens who reside in Spain.

The non-EU citizen and the EU citizen can be considered relatives by virtue of marriage, duly registered civil partnership, etc.

Requirements

  • The EU national must be registered as resident in Spain
  • The EU national must have sufficient financial resources for his/her family during their residence in Spain
  • The non-EU citizen must have a health insurance policy in place, or alternatively must be a beneficiary of the public healthcare benefits provided by the Social Security

The “Tarjeta de Residencia de Familiar de Ciudadano de la Unión” allows people to work in Spain, and is valid for 5 years. After that, the cardholder is entitled to apply for a permanent resident permit, which has to be renewed every 5 years.

At MT Legal Lawyers Marbella, we will be pleased to assist you in obtaining this resident permit for your relative. Please contact us to get legal advice about your case.

OTHER RESIDENCE PERMITS

There are many other sorts of resident permit (student visa, “arraigo social”, “arraigo laboral”, etc.). At MT Legal Solicitors Marbella, we will be delighted to study your particular case and provide you with legal advice tailored to your case.

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REGISTRATION AS AN EU CITIZEN RESIDENT IN SPAIN

Those EU citizens who intend to stay in Spain over 3 months in a period of 6, must be registered as resident at the police station with jurisdiction in his/her whereabouts in Spain. Although the requirements may vary slightly depending on the police station where the residence registration application is submitted, the applicant must comply with the following:

  • The EU national must have sufficient financial resources during their residence in Spain. This can be proven with bank certificates, work contract, property title deeds and land registry certificates, etc.
  • The EU national must have a health insurance policy in place which offers healthcare in Spain. Alternatively, the applicant can be a beneficiary of the public healthcare benefits provided by the Spanish Social Security, or provided by another EU country’s Social Security (this last case should be proven with the S1 Form provided by the authorities of the appropriate EU country).

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