Work Permit in Spain

Obtain your work permit

We offer our advice to all those foreigners who wish to obtain a work permit in Spain that will enable them to carry out work activities in our country.

There are many ways and means of obtaining a work permit in Spain, depending on your country of origin, age, salary, professional qualifications or if you are already a resident in Spain prior to your application. That’s why we will assess your specific case, focusing on your circumstances and needs.

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1.- If you want to work in Spain, we will analyse your case, and conduct a risk and feasibility analysis. Afterwards, we will advise you on the best option according to your specific case.

2.- Should the application be considered feasible, we will gather with you the necessary documentation for the application. In our services you can also ask for a documentary audit, so as to ensure that everything is correct before submitting it.

3.- If you need help for drafting your Business Plan, and thus take fewer risks, our team of economists and financial advisors will help you with it.

4.- Depending on where your work permit application is to be submitted, we either do it ourselves by telematic means as representative lawyers, which speeds up the process, or we will request the corresponding appointment for your personal submission.

5.- We will follow up the process until you obtain your work permit.

6.- If you are not in Spain, we will advise you on entry deadlines once the corresponding visa has been obtained.

7. In Spain, we will request an appointment for you to obtain your foreigner’s identification card. We will accompany you to that appointment and will gather together with you and advise you on the necessary documentation required for this last procedure.

8.- About a month after your Foreigner’s Identification Card application, we will request an appointment to collect it, accompanying you through the process, and thus, finishing your proceedings.

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We take care of the entire proceedings and help you with everything you need, including the translation of the required documentation.

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Our legal and financial team will be at your disposal in order to solve any doubts or queries that may arise throughout the proceeding.

Different ways to obtain a work permit in Spain

1.- General Regime:

  • Initial Authorisation of Residence and Work as an Employee.
  • Initial Authorisation for Residence and Self-Employment.
  • Initial Authorisation of EU Family Member. 

2.- Special Regime: Entrepreneurs Law:

  • Application for Residence Authorisation for investors. 
  • Visa for Entrepreneurs.
  • Initial Authorisation for Highly Skilled Professional.
  • Intra-Corporate Transfer.

General Regime

Initial Authorisation of Residence and Work as an Employee:

General requirements in 2021:

1.- Two situations shall be differentiated: The foreigner is not in Spain at the time of application or has been residing legally and continuously in Spain for more than one year at the time of application.

2.- If the foreigner is not in Spain, you must prove that the national nature of the employment allows you to be hired.

3.- If the foreigner has been legally and continuously residing here for more than one year, he/she does not have to prove that their national nature of the employment allows them to be hired.

4.- The application must be submitted by the contracting company or employer.

5.- The foreigner must hold the skills and, where appropriate, the professional qualification legally required for the profession.

6.- The foreigner must have no criminal record.

7.- Once the authorisation has been granted, the foreigner will be able to reunite his/her family members.

8.- It is granted for an initial period of 1 year, renewable thereafter for 2 more years.

Initial Authorisation for Residence and Self-Employment:

General requirements in 2021:

1.- The interested party may be in another country or in Spain to submit his/her application, as long as they are not here illegally.

2.- The foreigner must hold the required professional qualification or sufficient accredited experience for exercising the professional activity, as well as, where appropriate, be a member of a professional association when required.

3.- The interested party must prove that the planned investment is sufficient, as well as the impact, if any, on job creation.

4.- He/she must prove that owns sufficient economic funds for their  maintenance and accommodation, after deducting those necessary for the maintenance of the activity.

5.- The interested party shall have to draft a comprehensive Business Plan, explaining the project, his/her profile, his/her professional qualifications, the investment to be made, the impact on job creation, the financial resources, etc.

6.- The interested party must send the Business Plan to an autonomous body in Spain, which will issue a Feasibility Report on the Business Project.

7.- Once the authorisation has been granted, the foreigner will be able to reunite his/her family members.

8.- It is granted for an initial period of 1 year, renewable thereafter for 2 more years.

Special Regime

Initial Authorisation for Highly Skilled Professional:

General requirements in 2021:

1.- The interested party may be in another country or in Spain to submit his/her application, as long as they are not here illegally.

2.- The interested party must have no criminal record.

3.- The application must be submitted by the contracting company or employer.

4.- The company must meet one of the following requirements:

  • More than 250 employees.
  • A turnover higher than 50,000,000. EUR.
  • An equity higher than 43,000,000 EUR
  • Over 3,000,000 EUR of foreign investment within the last three years.
  • An investment stock higher than 3,000,000 EUR.
  • To be considered an SME from an strategic sector.
  • To have a project considered to be of general interest.
  • If none of the above is met, the foreign worker must hold a Bachelor’s or Postgraduate Degree.

5.- The foreign worker must hold a university degree, master’s degree or doctorate which entitles him/her to access this residence permit or to accredit a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the same activity and perform similar tasks to those that he/she will perform in the contracting company. 

6.- It is possible to apply for the residence of the holder’s family members when applying for his/her own residence permit.

7.- This permit is linked to the company requesting it, so that if the foreign worker ceases to provide his/her services for that company, he/she will have to notify the company and request a new permit that fits his/her circumstances at that time.

8.- This permit is granted for an initial period of 2 years, extendable for another 2 years.

Entrepreneur visa:

General requirements in 2021:

1.- This type of permit is aimed at all foreigners who wish to start an entrepreneurial activity in Spain that is considered to be of an innovative nature and of special economic interest for Spain. 

2.- It can be submitted by foreigners who are outside Spain (entrepreneur visa) and by those who are already here legally, either with stay or residence (Residence Authorisation for Entrepreneurs). 

3.- As per Entrepreneur Visa, it has an initial duration of one year. As per Residence for Entrepreneurs, it has an initial duration of two years.

4. – As per Entrepreneur Visa, it is processed at the Spanish Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office of the country where the foreigner is located. It is requested via telematic means from the General Directorate for Migration, Large Companies and Strategic Sectors Unit.

5.- Both the visa and the residence authorisation entitle the holder to reside and work in Spain.

6.- The foreigner can apply for the visa or residence of his/her family members when applying for his/her own visa.  

7.- To accredit the innovative nature of the activity and its special economic interest for Spain, a favourable report issued by the Economic and Trade Office of the geographical demarcation area or by the General Directorate for International Trade and Investment must be available. The following will be taken into account:

  • The professional profile of the applicant, their training and professional experience, as well as their involvement in the project. 
  • The business plan containing a description of the project and of the product or service as well as a market analysis and financing.
  • Added value for the Spanish economy, innovation or investment opportunities.