If you are planning to move to Benidorm here you can find all the info that you need.
Citizens of an EU Member State or of a country within the Agreement of the European Economic Area, have the right to live in Spain for more than three months, provided they meet one of the following requirements:
- Be an employed worker in Spain
- Be a self-employed worker in Spain
- Have enough resources not to become a burden to the Spanish welfare system while in Spain (set at 5,108.60 € for a single, EU citizen).
If meeting at least one of these requirements, a valid health insurance (private or public) issued in Spain or in another EU country should be provided.
The next step it to apply for an foreigners identity card (NIE) within a month-time.
Non-European citizens willing to live and/or be self-employed in Spain will need a startup visa or a resident permit to carry out a business activity. The Spanish embassy or consulate in the country of origin or residence will analyze the business plan by a case by case approach.
There are two main options, among others:
- Residency Visa for Entrepreneurs and Business Activity (REM): for the rest of the cases.
- Residence Visa for Acquisition of Real Estate (RIV): this figure apply when a real estate (house, villa, flat), for at least 500.000 € is bought.
After obtaining a visa, the next step it to apply for an foreigners identity card (NIE) within a month-time.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation plans,provides further information
In order to apply for the NIE, it is required to:
- Rent a house and show the renting contract.
- Obtain the census certificate from the home Town Council.
- Open a bank account with funds enough to meet Spanish requirements.
- Obtain a private insurance with similar coverage to the Spanish National Health Service.
- Go to the National Police Station or the Immigration Office.