Expat news in Spain

How does the new real estate law in Spain affect foreign tenants and owners?
Accommodation
How does the new real estate law in Spain affect foreign tenants and owners?
Published in the Official Gazette on June 2, Spain's new real estate law has been in force since June 30. The law was urgently introduced to regulate Spain's strained real estate market and facilitate access to housing, especially in "stressed areas". The new law tightly regulates rents and puts tenants and landlords on an equal footing. So what do you need to keep in mind when buying property in Spain?
From Argentina to Barcelona: A freelancer's adventure
Everyday life
From Argentina to Barcelona: A freelancer's adventure
Born in Argentina, Vanessa has always been passionate about her Italian roots. This led her to Rome in 2015, the same year when she met the love of her life. In 2021, she decided to follow him to Barcelona, where they now enjoy a fulfilling expat life. Being a freelance translator, Vanessa shares her story of why she chose to move to Europe and all that comes with it.
Why the Spanish Golden Visa program could end soon
Visas
Why the Spanish Golden Visa program could end soon
Are we witnessing the last days of the Spanish Golden Visa? While Portugal and Ireland have announced the end of their Golden Visa programs intended for wealthy foreign investors, Spain's political left wing is proposing a law to abolish access to citizenship through real estate investment. How is this going to affect immigration in Spain?

Expat news

Immigration to Spain: What are the prospects in 2023?
Everyday life
Immigration to Spain: What are the prospects in 2023?
As Spain prepares to launch its new Digital Nomad Visa, what should you know about moving there in 2023? The country also has a new Startup Act to encourage entrepreneurship, even from expats, and it boasts of the lowest inflation in the EU and multiple new social welfare policies at the moment. Retirees have historically been a big expat demographic in Spain, but there are now increasingly more young expats in their 20s and 30s.
Andalusia eliminates wealth tax to attract more expats
Tax
Andalusia eliminates wealth tax to attract more expats
The sunny autonomous community of southern Spain, Andalusia, has scrapped the wealth tax that used to be levied on assets. It wants to attract expats and boost the economy with its tax attractiveness. Other autonomous communities, Galicia and Murcia, are following suit, while the central government plans on adopting measures that will cancel out the advantages of Andalusia's fiscal reform.  

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Barcelona: A major hub for startups in Europe
Barcelona City Hall
Barcelona: A major hub for startups in Europe
We had the opportunity to speak with Xavier Mayo Torres, Head of Foreign Economic Promotion, who gives us the keys to understanding the success of a city whose appeal continues to grow.
The Barcelona International Welcome Desk is a success amongst expats and to be-expats
Barcelona City Council
The Barcelona International Welcome Desk is ...
Barcelona International Welcome Desk website has had almost 3,000 visits per month since it was launched in November 2021.
A guide to managing your finances in Spain in this new era
Holborn Wealth Management
A guide to managing your finances in Spain ...
Does the UK leaving Europe mean you have to give up your plans to live, work, retire or invest in Spain? Absolutely not! But financial planning has become just as important as sun cream, after the UK left Europe. So, here is what you need to know about how to manage your finances in Spain right now.

Features

An expat in Valencia talks about his routine during lockdown
Children
An expat in Valencia talks about his routine ...
Expat.com meets Stefano, an Italian expatriate who lives in Valencia with his family. Let's talk about his routine between remote work and managing children during the lockdown.
Barcelona's population is half expatriate !
Barcelona's population is half expatriate !
Almost half of Barcelona's residents are foreign-born and this is a record. This was revealed last week by the Municipal Register of Inhabitants of the city. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous region in Spain, seems to be a haven for expatriates. This is due to two reasons: firstly there is record growth of expats joining Barcelona's multicultural composition that is rapidly changing the face of the city and secondly there are the deliberate efforts by the City Administration to transform the existing multiculturalism into an interconnected, intercultural community for all its citizens.
A glance at Spain's booming startup ecosystem
Work
A glance at Spain's booming startup ecosystem
Spain's pleasant climate, relaxed lifestyle among friendly people, international community, and access to talent are some of the factors that have been attracting foreign entrepreneurs to the country. If you're looking for new business opportunities abroad, Expat.com gives you some good reasons to launch your start up in Spain.

Expat interviews

Being women entrepreneurs in Madrid: two expats share their story
Everyday life
Being women entrepreneurs in Madrid: two ...
Madrid is known to be a land of opportunities, and Alice and Emilie cannot deny it. They both moved to Spain in 2018 as trailing spouses. Today, they are their own boss and are part of a network of women entrepreneurs. Alice and Emilie look back on their expat journey and tell us about their everyday life in the Spanish capital.
Changing countries and career paths: Alicia teaches couture to expats in Barcelona
Everyday life
Changing countries and career paths: Alicia ...
Alicia has lived in different countries on different continents and had a taste of different working cultures -- which made her realize that she needed to work towards something more meaningful. She has always had a passion for couture, so she decided to earn a living from it. Now an expat in Barcelona, she talks to Expat.com about her journey and the challenges of being an entrepreneur in a new country, especially when you don't speak the language perfectly.
Silvana, singing her way from Italy to Spain
Everyday life
Silvana, singing her way from Italy to Spain
Silvana left Sicily to travel the world. And after living in London and Barcelona, it is in Ayamonte that the young singer decided to try her luck at her craft. Navigating between jazz, swing, bossa nova, pop and rock, Silvana tells us about her expat life as a singer.

Global edition articles

Foreign bank accounts and taxes: Can they find you in 2024?
Tax
Foreign bank accounts and taxes: Can they ...
Combating international tax fraud remains a work in progress. Although far from complete, governments are pleased to note significant advancements since cooperation was bolstered. Tax authorities find an unexpected ally in their efforts to monitor foreign bank accounts: social media.
Can I work abroad without a work visa?
Work
Can I work abroad without a work visa?
Having a work visa is often the key to working in another country. However, the ease of obtaining a work visa varies by country. For many expatriates, securing a work visa is crucial for joining the labor market. Nevertheless, there are circumstances where you can work without a work visa. Let's find out how.
H-1B visa updates: New work authorization, Green Cards, and fee hikes
Visas
H-1B visa updates: New work authorization ...
Major changes are on the horizon for the widely-used H-1B visa, with potential impacts on other visa categories. Additionally, significant hikes in visa fees are expected, posing a substantial consideration for those planning to relocate to the United States. Here's what you need to know.