Spanish Digital Nomad Visa: Can I Apply as a W-2 Employee Planning to Become a Contractor?


I’m a W-2 employee in the US, and my company will allow me to work remotely from Spain as an independent contractor under the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa.

A lawyer suggested I switch to contractor status before applying for the DNV, but my company says they can’t do that until I move. Can I apply with my current full-time contract and indicate the upcoming change to autonomo? Thanks for any advice!


These are the answers of Spainguru’s Facebook group members:

“At the time of application, you need to have already been working as a contractor for 3 months.”

“I was in the same situation and applied after a few weeks of being a contractor for my company, and they rejected my DNV application. Once I waited 3 months I was approved.”


To apply for the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa, it is essential to have already transitioned to and been working as a contractor for at least three months.

Applications submitted with a W-2 employment status without this prior contracting period appear to be unsuccessful. Potential applicants should plan accordingly and ensure they meet this requirement to avoid rejection.