On completion of your property purchase, (Download our free guide to purchasing property in Spain HERE to read more about the Purchase Process in Spain), you will be presented with the Title Deeds to your new property or properties in Spain and the other documentation that you will need to apply for your final residency.
At this point, our specialist immigration lawyers will help you to complete the visa application process on your behalf. This must be done by yourself at your Spanish consulate in your country of origin. It is an automatic process if all of the requirements and documentation are in place. The time it takes for the residency to be issued will depend on the individual embassy or consulate but do not expect it to be done in a few days !
During this process you are allowed to return to and remain in Spain though as the acceptance of your residency application will be automatic as you will have spent over the minimum level.