Questions about Spanish freelance autonomo visa

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1. Posted by 4adamleo (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I am planning to move to Spain in order to work as an autonomo (self-employed). I am a freelance translator with 7 years of experience. Almost all of my clients work with me via UpWork (formerly oDesk).

So I have a few questions that I’d like you to help me answer please:

1. If all of my CURRENT freelance work originates from outside Spain, and I don’ have a particular business reason to travel to Spain (other than my love for the country of course!), am I still eligible to obtain an autonomo visa?

2. I heard that having a viable business plan stamped by an organization approved by the Spanish government (such as Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos (UPTA)) is a crucial step towards getting the visa. Since I am outside Spain and can’t get UPTA’s stamp, is there another way to have my business plan’s viability endorsed? Can I get my business plan approved by an organization similar to UPTA in my home country?

3. I read somewhere that once I am in Spain, I’d need to be able to invoice my clients directly and have them deposit funds directly into my bank account without going through Upwork’s system. Is that true?

Thanks a lot!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2460 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi

With all visa questions a key piece of information is your Nationality - if you tell us this you will enable people to give you better advice.

3. Posted by Alan1950 (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Are You EU Citizen?
Do you believe in self determination for Catalonia?

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Nov-2017, at 05:51 by Alan1950 ]

4. Posted by 4adamleo (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andyf

Hi

With all visa questions a key piece of information is your Nationality - if you tell us this you will enable people to give you better advice.

Thanks Andy for the quick reply.

I am from Kenya.

Alan, I'll let the Spanish people decide that matter. I am confident that they are well-qualified to reach an amicable solution to the issue of Catalonia.

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1748 posts) 4y 1 Star this if you like it!

You, might want to check out this forum:

https://nomadlist.com/forum/c/business/legal-visas

That site specialises in working overseas, so they might have people more knowledgeable in your particular problem than here;) Remember to let them know your nationality.