The immigration reform: what new models of residences without a work permit exist in the Principality of Andorra?

The new models of residences without a work permit in the Principality of Andorra and their characteristics.

At the level of active residence, in Andorra, membership in the Andorran Social Security Fund (CASS) is mandatory for all salaried and assimilated workers and for workers who carry out an activity on their own. The contribution of salaried persons carries a charge ranging from 5.5% to 10.5% for the salaried employee, and 14.5% for the employer; for the self-employed, the load ranges from 20% to 25%.

All foreigners working in the Principality must have a work permit. Once hired by a national company, it must process the corresponding permit at the Ministry of the Interior. The granting of permits by the Ministry is conditional on a fee.

Specific treatment is provided for foreign investors who channel their investments through mercantile companies in which they participate in their chapter and in the management in a significant way. In these cases, they will be able to obtain a residence and stay permit or active residence.


At the level of residence without the right to work, with the legislative changes operated during the current year 2012, what was previously known as passive residence is now considered non-profit residence and two more variants are introduced, all aimed at promoting this type of residency among those known as High Net Worth Individuals. Specific:

  1. The resident without lucrative activity: the natural person who does not have Andorran nationality and who establishes his main and effective residence in the Principality of Andorra for at least 90 days per calendar year without exercising any work or professional activity. The main owner of a residence without lucrative activity must invest an amount of at least four hundred thousand euros (400,000 euros) in any of the types of assets and must cash and deposit in the Andorran National Institute of Finance the amount of fifty thousand euros ( 50,000 euros) unpaid. In addition, the main holder must also deposit the amount of ten thousand euros (10,000 euros) unpaid for each of his dependents who acquire the status of non-profit resident.
  2. The resident for professional reasons with international projection: the natural person who does not have Andorran nationality and who establishes his main and effective residence in the Principality of Andorra for at least 90 days per calendar year to develop a professional activity of international projection. The base from which their professional activity is carried out must be located in the Principality of Andorra, it must have a maximum of one person hired in a labor regime and at least 85% of the services provided by the professional must be used outside Andorran territory.
  3. The resident for reasons of scientific, cultural or sports interest: the foreign natural person who establishes his main and effective residence in the Principality of Andorra for at least 90 days per calendar year, setting his physical base in Andorra for the development of his professional activities related to the scientific, cultural or sports fields. Likewise, you can also have a maximum of one person hired under the labor regime. Furthermore, at least the 85% of the services provided must be used outside Andorran territory.

The main holder of a residence for reasons of professional interest with international projection, or the one subject to the other category of resident for reasons of scientific, cultural, and sports interest, must cash and deposit the amount in the Andorran National Institute of Finance of fifty thousand euros (50,000 euros) unpaid. In addition, the main holder must also deposit the amount of ten thousand euros (10,000 euros) unpaid for each of his dependents who acquire the status of resident. Likewise, in both cases, you must submit a professional activity project (bussinesplan) that must be assessed and approved by the Government.

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The immigration reform: what new models of residences without a work permit exist in the Principality of Andorra?
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