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Spain Work Visas & Work Permits

How to get Spain work visas, how to hire foreign workers in Spain, and other information to help you expand into Spain.

If your company is in the process of planning an expansion into Spain, then you’re probably looking at bringing in some employees from outside the country to help. To do this, you’ll need to have valid work visas for each employee.

The process of researching, applying for, and obtaining Spain work visas can be very time-consuming, with unique immigration laws, strict requirements, language barriers, and more all potentially leading to long waits.

At Horizons, our global expansion experts offer specialized Spanish visa services, immigration advice, and tailored support, helping foreign organizations of all kinds to expand into Spain along with their valued employees.

Basic requirements for Spain work visas

Spain has a variety of different visa options for people looking to work in the country, and each visa has different requirements. Nevertheless, there are some basic requirements that generally need to be met for all types of visas. As a starting point, your employees should be prepared to have the following ready:

  • Valid passport
  • Application fees
  • Medical report
  • Criminal record check
  • Job offer

Different types of work visas for Spain

The type of visa your employees will need depends on a number of factors, such as their nationality, how long they intend to stay, and so on. As Spain is an EU member state, nationals of other EU countries can freely visit, live, and work in Spain without visas. However, if your employees are not from another EU country, they may need one of the following commonly used visas:

  • EU Blue Card: allows holders to work in any EU country, including Spain. Similar to a green card in the US.
  • Seasonal visas: for specific types of seasonal work, such as farm work.
  • Self-employed visas: specifically designed for self-employed workers.
  • Fast-track visas: designed for desirable people such as investors, entrepreneurs, highly skilled professionals, and researchers to gain rapid approval to work in Spain. These visas carry more conditions that most so are generally more difficult to acquire.

If a worker wishes to stay in Spain long-term, they can apply for permanent residency after working for five years with a work visa.

The process of obtaining work visas for Spain

Employers handle the majority of the application process, and work visa applications are usually dependent on an official job offer. This can be done at various official sites such as an Oficina de Extranjeros (if the employee is in Spain), or a Spanish embassy/consulate (if the employee is abroad).

Once your employee arrives in Spain, they will need to register with the police or an immigration office within 30 days and obtain an ID card/NIE number.

Other considerations for Spain work visas

The Spanish visa application process can be slow, so you should ideally initiate the process several months in advance if you want to avoid any delays.

If your employees wish to bring family members with them to Spain, it may be possible for them to live and work in the country without their own permits. To qualify for this, certain conditions must be met. For example, the employee must have been working in Spain for at least one year. If the conditions are not met, then the family members will need their own separate visas.

How can Horizons help?

At Horizons, we help employers of all kinds to expand into Spain more effectively, and we’re experts in securing visas for employees and their families. Our Spain work visa specialists offer customized support and outsourcing services to help you through Spain’s work visa process as quickly and simply as possible. We will ensure that you and your workforce are fully compliant with Spain’s unique regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have.

Additionally, we provide extensive outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your business start trading in Spain as quickly and effectively as possible, even if you don’t have a registered entity in the country.

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