Spain is expected to announce the official rollout of their own Digital Nomad Visa towards the end of Quarter 1 of 2022, according to reports on the matter.
The country is in the middle of an attempt to attract talent, investment, and labor inside their borders to keep up with their falling population and labor market.
“The digital nomad visa will attract and retain international and national talents by helping remote workers and digital nomads set up in Spain,” the Ministry of Economy stated before, as the idea was first being tossed around for Spain.
As it will be proposed to Parliament in the Startup Act, foreign nationals that work remotely for non-Spanish companies will be able to live in the country without having to go through the process of getting a full work visa.
The visa, if passed as-is, will allow digital nomads to spend between 6 and 12 months in Spain on their digital nomad visas. There is also a possibility to extend their visas twice, meaning that someone could realistically spend 3 years living in Spain without having to get residency or even a full work visa.
Currently, there are only a handful of nationalities allowed to spend much time in Spain visa-free. Included on the list are countries like the United States and United Kingdom, which are allowed to stay for 90 days within a 180-day period.
The proposal for the new visa will be presented to the Spanish Parliament, where it will need to get a majority vote to pass. This could take until sometime in the Spring of 2022 to be voted on, and if passed, will likely take several weeks or months until it comes into force.