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Below you can find the requirements to start a company in Spain whether you are European or not

You can see it is a meticulous and complicated task, it is very easy to make mistakes, therefore we recommend hiring a specialized lawyer in this field


Requirements to start a company if you are not a citizen or resident

You can see it is a meticulous and complicated task, it is very easy to make mistakes, therefore we recommend hiring a specialized lawyer in this field

  • Be a legal resident in Spain

  • The idea for the company has to have the ability to create jobs and be of economic interest for Spain

  • Be of legal age

  • Have no criminal record in the last five years

  • Not to be listed as "rejectable" in Spain or in any country with which it has agreements

  • Need to have health insurance in Spain

  • Prove that you have sufficient resources for your food and accommodation, as well as having the necessary investment to start operatin

  • Have the required training and experience for the project

  • Comply with the current regulations of the necessary opening requirements, depending on the type of business

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Requirements to start a company in Spain if your are not a citizen of a country within the EU

If you are an alien and do NOT belong to the European Union you need an entrepreneur visa and a residence permit for entrepreneurs

  • The first thing is to open a bank account in Spain

  • Have a report of interest of the entrepreneurial activity and a business plan. In addition to proving the interest of the project for the Spanish economy, it will be indicated whether the project is viable or not

  • Submit the application form in official form (EX-07) in duplicate, duly completed and signed

  • Register with the Treasury and register the company in the Mercantile Registry

  • In cases where the business is a retail trade, and needs commercial area equal to or less than 300 square meters, the corresponding tax must be paid, as well as the declaration of responsibility

  • In the rest of the activities it is mandatory to certify the licenses required for the development of the activity, indicating the necessary procedures and certifications

  • Present a valid passport

  • Pay residence and work fees. These will accrue at the time of admission to processing of the application, and must be paid within ten working days


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