We explain everything you need to renew your non-lucrative permit without problems
As we mentioned in our previous post about non lucrative visas, the initial residency is granted for a period of one year after which, if you want to remain in Spain with the same type of permit, you must apply for the renewal.
CONDITIONS FOR RENEWING A NON-LUCRATIVE PERMIT
While the initial permit is granted for a year period with the renewal this temporary residency will be valid for 2 years.
To be able to renew a non-lucrative residency, the applicant must fulfil all the requirements initially met, for the duration of the new residency term of two years.
Mainly, the requirements are:
- No criminal records
- Sufficient economic means
- Health insurance
- Live in Spain continuously
- Children of school age enrolled
- Administrative fees paid
Below you have some considerations for each one of these items:
SUFFICIENT ECONOMIC MEANS
For the initial residency, the amount requested is 400% IPREM. For the two-year period, the amount will double to 800% IPREM.
If the proof of economic means is done by savings or credits, the amount must cover the whole amount required for the two year period. Whereas, if the proof is provided from pensions, dividend, rent or other regular payments, not originated from a lucrative activity, the requirement is to have a monthly amount of 400%.
In 2022 the monthly IPREM amount will be 579.02€.
To be considered continuously residing in Spain, you cannot leave the country for more than 6 months in a year period.
In case of being out of Spain for more than 6 months, your residency can be revoked and therefore you cannot renew it.
The annulment is not automatic, and the process starts at the moment the immigration office realizes that the renewal applicant has been out of the country for more than what is allowed. This would prevent the renewal process moving forward.
As a rule, health insurance is requested for the residency permit, when the applicant is not a beneficiary of the Spanish public health system.
The main requirement is to have health insurance with similar coverage as the services provided by the National Health System. Commonly, the health insurance will be private, but there are exceptions to this rule.
Ideally, care services including all primary attention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation activities as well as emergency health transport as part of basic care are preferable considering that those are the services included in the common portfolio of basic care of the SNS.
CHILDREN OF SCHOOL AGE
If as a resident you have children in your family unit also living in Spain of school age, they must attend school.
Proof of schooling will be requested at your renewal.
Every residency process has a correspondent fee to be paid as a requirement.
If those fees are not presented with the application, they will be requested by the administration.
VERY IMPORTANT: After 180 days in Spain, you become a fiscal resident. Compliance with your tax obligations might have an impact on your application in case you are not up to date with it.
The renewal request is addressed to the immigration office from the locality the applicant lives in.
It can be requested online, in person or in a public register.
The timeline to submit this application is 60 days before the permit expires and 90 days after.
Documents to be presented in the renewal are mainly:
- EX01 form signed
- Complete passport
- Proof of economic means
- Health insurance
- Paid fees
Those documents will vary depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant. E.g.: If they have family members, children, change their home address, etc.
CHANGING YOUR STATUS
In the case of not meeting the requirements for the renewal, what can be done?
The immigration act allows you to modify your non-lucrative permit to another type of residency once the initial year is due.
In case you cannot meet the requirements for renewing but have a job offer or a business plan meeting all the needed requirements, you can request a modification of your status and change your residence authorization to a residency and work authorization.
You can consult the requirements for each one of the residencies on the links below:
- WORKING IN SPAIN: Work Employment Visa
- Working in Spain: Self-employed visa
- Student visa- Spain
- EU CERTIFICATE IN SPAIN, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- Spanish Residence permit for family of EU nationals
- Non-Lucrative visa (NLV)
- RESIDENCE FOR INTERNSHIP
- Highly Qualified Professionals Visa