Spain's invitation to remote workers.
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Spain is the latest European country to hop on the digital nomad train, in company with Portugal, Greece, and Italy.

With a plan to introduce a new visa for remote workers, Spain would allow non-EU citizens to work and stay in the country for up to five years. Just recently, in January, Spain announced visa plans to attract international talents; this shouldn’t be too hard with fast internet speeds and affordable housing on the table.

Interested applicants will need to prove that they have been working remotely for at least a year with a company outside of Spain; this includes contract, freelance, or full-time work. Proof of income of around  €2,000 a month will also need to be documented to qualify. 

Visas will be valid for 12 months, and remote workers can extend their stay for up to five years if interested. Immediate family

For the first four years of their stay, visa holders will be taxed at 15%, rather than the standard 25%.

If Spain had rolled out this plan four weeks ago when I was visiting Barcelona, I would’ve never boarded my return flight. The paella here just doesn’t do it for me. 

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