After that many international audiovisual projects came to Spain in order to record TV series or important and huge film projects, such as the last seasons of Game of Thrones or Terminator: Dark Fate, Spanish Government has issued an Instruction which regulates the residence of third-country nationals who are part of the production team in the audiovisual sector in Spain.

Audiovisual sector in Spain

Nowadays, Spain is booming as a filming location, being selected by important corporations, such as Netflix or HBO, to develop huge and international audiovisual projects, due to our incomparable environment and the money savings for those productions.

This can be a significant sector for Spanish economic market, which can contribute to job creation and improve our economic activity.

The existing data do not lie: In 2019, world expenses in the audiovisual sector were 177 billion dollars, highlighting the United States as the country with the highest investment, but just the 40% of American projects are developed in The US.

Besides, it is noteworthy that 67% of production costs are invested in different sectors than audiovisual one, such as hospitality, travel, security, construction, etc.

The idea

Based on the Promotion of the Audiovisual Sector Plan, Spanish Government aims to simplify the procedure to obtain residence authorizations for the audiovisual production staff, and thus helps to promote and attract international audiovisual productions to Spain, taking into consideration that these visas are integrated into the national residence authorization for intra-company transfers.

Simplified procedure

Audiovisual companies that, within the framework of services provision between different companies, are going to carry out an audiovisual production in Spain with social and economic impact, but do not belong to the same business group, may also apply for the simplified procedure for intra-company transfers provided by our special immigration law regard, which is a very simplified procedure which allows to bring workers to Spain just in 1-2 months.

Moreover, this new regulation allows corporates to apply for the residence permits of the whole project team at once, filing out a collective processing form that will be available on the website of our Immigration Office, and the requirements of the applicant company will be accredited by submitting their documentation just once. All these measures will help to save time and a very tedious and bureaucratic process.

Summing up, this new approach will allow to draw international audiovisual projects to Spain, which will create different job vacancies at the same time our economy grows, with huge foreigner investment that will impact in multiple sectors.