Spain to end ‘golden visas’ that allow wealthy foreigners residency for real estate purchases

April 9, 2024 by No Comments

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government said Monday it plans to scrap so-called “golden visas” that allow wealthy people from outside the European Union to obtain residency permits by investing more than half a million euros (dollars) in real estate. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said his minority coalition government would study the reform in the weekly Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Speaking Monday, Sánchez said the reform was part of the government’s push to make housing “a right, not a speculative business.” The government says some 10,000 such visas have been issued since the measure was brought into law in 2013 by a previous right-wing Popular Party government as a means to attract foreign investors. “Golden visas” are strongly criticized for spurring property price hikes and speculation in the housing sector. Soaring house prices have long been a major problem for many Spaniards, particularly in the country’s major cities.