Coming to Spain to Join Your Family (Immigration/Visas)

There are a number of reasons why you might wish to join a family member in Spain: for example, to join a parent following your divorce, to re-join a spouse after a separation or to live with one of your children in your old age.

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This guide looks briefly at what’s involved in joining a close family member in Spain. Joining a family member in another country is usually an expensive and complex process – and, sadly, Spain is no different.

How can you join a family member in Spain?

You’ll need a ‘family of a settled person’ visa. In essence, a person who is a citizen of Spain or of a country of the European Union or a foreigner who has been permanently and legally settled in Spain for at least one year (“the sponsor”) may apply for their parent, spouse or children to join them.

They need to show that they can afford to keep those people and that they have adequate accommodation for them – which need not be in the sponsor’s own home.

Which family members can get a visa?

  • Any children (under 18) of the settled person
  • Any children (over 18) of the settled person who are still dependent due to disabilities
  • A spouse
  • A person in a ‘similar relationship to that of marriage’ with the settled person (e.g. a civil union).
  • Parents of the settled person, if they are over 65

Can you work or study on a ‘family of a settled person’ visa?

Yes, but depending on the individual case there might be some restrictions.

Can you claim social security on a ‘family of a settled person’ visa?

Only in certain cases. Talk to a lawyer to find out if it’s possible in your case.

How much does it cost?


How long does it take?

Applications take about three months to process.


Joining a family member in Spain can take a while and cost quite a lot of money, but it is possible in many cases. A lawyer who specialises in visas and immigration will be able to tell you if it’s possible for you.

You can get more information from our long video interview about emigrating to Spain.

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