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[Updated] Spain: Approval of Start-Up Law and Remote Work Visa

This article was originally published on 13 December 2022 and was updated on 26 January 2023 to reflect new information.  

26 January 2023 Update: The government of Spain officially launched its teleworking visa under the Start-Up law on 18 January 2023. The government has clarified that foreign nationals who have renewed their teleworking visa and are employed by a company outside of Spain or self-employed in Spain can apply for a three-year residence permit. 

According to the announcement, eligible applicants must:  

  • Work remotely for a company located outside of Spain within the industry of computer science, telematics, or telecommunication.  
  • Hold a graduate or post-graduate degree, professional training, or a business degree from a recognized university.  
  • Hold at least three years of professional experience.  
  • Provide proof of employment with a company located outside of Spain. The foreign national must have been employed for at least three months before submitting the application and provide proof that the work being performed can be conducted remotely.   

For additional information in Spanish, check here.  

Key Points  

  • Spain approved the Start-Up Law that will help increase entrepreneurial ventures in the country and allow foreign nationals to apply for a remote work visa 


The government of Spain officially approved the Start-Up law that will allow third-country nationals to work remotely in Spain for a company based outside the country. Foreign nationals will be permitted to apply for a remote work visa if they work remotely in Spain for an entity based outside of the country.  

Generally, the visa will permit a maximum stay of one year and can be renewed for an additional two-year period so long as the applicant continues to meet all requirements. Applicants will be required to hold certain academic and professional background requirements.   

What are the Changes?  

The government of Spain officially approved the introduction of a remote work visa. According to the government, the law is intended to facilitate the creation and development of new start-ups in Spain to reform the country’s business climate.  

Looking Ahead  

The measures of the Start-Up law are anticipated to go into effort beginning in January 2023, following the publication of the law in the country’s Official Gazette. Continue to check the government of Spain’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.