Spain has been one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, and one of the consequences has been that Golden Visa investment, specifically in real estate has dropped to half its 2019-level by the end of May 2020. However, it is not all bad news and the results are not as bad as preliminary figures had indicated.
According to the first data shown by the Spain’s Foreign Ministry, only 113 property buyers had been granted golden visas in the first five months of 2020, down from 285 during the same period the year before. However, recently data published by Spain Ministry Labor show that Spain approved an additional 683 golden visas for main applicants during the first half of 2020. That represents a 19% rise in approvals on the preceding six months, but also a 19% drop compared to the first half of 2019, when Spain approved 848 application.
Experts said that there are at least two possible explanations to understand this disparity in numbers. The first one, says that there was a major surge in approvals of backlogged applications when Spain reopened in June. On the other hand, the second explanation says that the number of international investors who pick the real estate route is not as dominant as in previous years.
Despite both explanations, what may have occurred is that Spain has seen normal levels of application during the pandemic months, but were unable to process due to the lockdown situation and office closures, and have been approved by default.
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The Ministry of Labor shows that during the first semester, Chinese and Russian investors were the largest applicant groups, and the total number of Golden Visas issued in Spain by the end of June stood at 6.198, which raise nearly half a billion euros. Since the programme opening in 2014, the Spanish Golden Visa has earned 4.5 billion.
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