Do I need a Spanish residency permit to live in Spain?


The need for a Spanish residence permit depends on several factors, such as nationality, length of stay, and employment status, among others.

EU Citizens / EEA State

In the case of citizens of the European Union or a state that is part of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, they have the right to reside in Spain permanently if they have legally resided in the country for a continuous period of five years. Citizens of countries with which Spain has free movement agreements, such as Switzerland, can also live in Spain without the need for a residency permit.


However, for those who are not EU citizens or do not have a free movement agreement, a residency permit will be required to live in Spain for a certain period or permanently. It is advisable to verify the specific requirements according to each individual’s situation and seek legal advice if necessary.

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