It is possible to seek permanent residency in Spain after five years of residence. Citizenship can be obtained after ten years of full-time residence. Although the temporary resident permit (the golden visa) may be easily extended without the investor and their family living in Spain, the road to permanent residency and citizenship is more difficult. Citizenship necessitates the investor and their family remaining in Spain. As a result, the Spanish Golden Visa program is popular among candidates who want to live in Spain full-time or just maintain a second residency in Europe but do not have a road to citizenship.