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Spanish residency through social integration

Application, procedures and requirements

After having been in Spain continuously for at least three years, you can access legal residency through social integration.

The main requirement is to have an offer of a full-time employment contract for at least one year. You can also have several part-time pre-contracts, provided they are for the same type of work.

The requirements for this process include:

  • Having stayed in Spain continuously for three years and not having legal residency at the time of application.
  • Criminal record certificate from your country of origin or countries where you have resided during the last 5 years (duly legalized and translated where appropriate) and lack of criminal records in Spain.
  • Having family ties with other foreign residents, as long as they are parents, children or spouse/domestic partner with legal residency. In the case of not having direct family members with legal residency, a report must be presented proving sufficient social integration in Spain.

This report is prepared by a local corporation authorized by the Autonomous Community where you are. For this report you will be required to attend a talk called "Know your laws" (“Conoce tus leyes”) where you will be introduced to the Spanish legal system, your rights and duties as a foreign citizen.

if I do not have a job offer...

When you do not have a job offer, you can apply for residency (without authorization to work), with the financial means of the spouse/domestic partner, ascendants or descendants, who are a legal resident in Spain. That is, they must meet the requirement of having stayed for three years and provide a report that proves the family link and that the family unit has sufficient means for both.

It is also possible to work for oneself or as self-employed (cuenta propia) because you will carry out a professional activity on our own or because you want to start a business in Spain. In this situation, the viability of the project as outlined in your business plan is of vital importance showing that you have clients interested in your services or products and accounts with sufficient economic means to undertake this endeavor.