In the global world in which we find ourselves it’s not uncommon for people to change their place of residence or nationality, whether for economic reasons, style of life, or other reasons. Paradoxically, the ever increasing complexity of border regulations, the relationships between countries, and the system of authorizations and permits necessary for travelling to foreign countries, which are sometimes dependent on the nationality or origin of the person in question, make it more necessary than ever to have access to proper advice about such things.

Spain is one of the most attractive countries in the world in terms of destinations for residence. This is due to multiple factors, including the weather, excellent infrastructure on all levels, high levels of access to public healthcare, the fact that it’s part of the community defined by the Schengen Agreement, and the open, tolerant mentality of its people, among many other things.

From a strictly technical point of view, Spain is a country where there are a number of very doable ways to gain access to residency, ways that are being used more and more by different investors and citizens from different parts of the world.

The procedure for transferring residency to Spain should be started at the Spanish Consulate in the country of origin of the applicant and will be completed by different agencies depending on the type of authorization.

Spanish regulations regarding this subject can be found in two fundamental bodies of law: Organic Law 4/2000, January 11 about the rights and liberties of foreigners in Spain and their social integration and their regulation and development, Royal Decree 557/2011, April 20; and Law 14/2003, September 27 about supporting entrepreneurs and internationalization.