Learn about work visas in Spain thanks to Horizons’ up-to-date guide.
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There are two main types of work visas in Spain
It should be noted that EU citizens do not need a work permit to work in Spain. The Right of Residence allows EU citizens to live and work in any EU country.
Similarly, foreign nationals holding permanent residency in Spain (and holding a social insurance card), or foreign nationals holding an EU Blue card are considered local nationals for the purposes of employment opportunity. As such, they do not need a work visa to work in Spain.
Employment visas for Spain include several categories of visas including:
Self-employment visas for Spain are mostly for establishing a new company in Spain, investing in an already-established country in Spain, or working as a freelancer in Spain.
Most people applying for a work visa in Spain, and nearly all of those who are applying under an EOR model, will be applying under the Spain Highly Qualified Professional/Worker Visa (HQW).
For the HQW visa, the commonly required documents are:
The process for getting a work visa in Spain when the applicant is based outside of the country is:
The process for getting a work visa in Spain when the applicant is based inside of the country is:
There are several special notes about work visas in Spain:
The EU Blue Card allows holders to work and reside in any EU Country. Applicants of the EU Blue Card must have spent 3 years completing higher education in the EU, or have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the EU. Holders of the EU Blue Card must have a salary that is 20%-50% higher than the average.
Spain work visa holders must work a minimum of one year in Spain before bringing their family members to Spain. EU Blue card holders do not need to wait one year to bring their family members.
How long you can stay in Spain depends on the type of work visa you have. For the Spain High Value Worker visa, the duration is 2 years, renewable for 2 years at a time.
A global EOR in Spain is legally able to provide a work visa to foreign nationals in Spain. However, successful application for a visa will depend on the hiring project specifics. In cases of global mobility, our global mobilitly and legal team will always check for feasibliity before engaging the project. Contact us for a free conslutation on your EOR + visa project in Spain.
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