Work/Employment

Learn about requirements for work visas and permits, including matters such as the application process, documentation and registration. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:

A foreign national providing research, technical assistance, professional services, or any other remunerated activity in Spain generally requires a visa, work permit and a residence permit. Work authorization is generally required for employment of any length of time, unless you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland. EU, EEA and Swiss nationals do not need a visa to work in Spain for any length of time, but do need to register their residence with the local authorities.

Generally, an applicant’s employer receives permission from the local office of the Ministry of Labor (Delegación Provincial del Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración) and Foreigner’s Office to enable the applicant to work. The worker’s employment in the country is tied to the specific employer who is the worker’s sponsor. Your prospective employer must demonstrate that your job is on the shortage list, or that no suitable Spanish or EU citizen can be found to fill the position. The prospective employer should inform you of the documents required. Once authorization has been granted, you will be notified, and you must apply for your visa within one month

Some workers, such as university professors, scientists, foreign journalists, artists and clergy, do not require a work permit, but may still require a visa and residence permit. There are also special work visas available for seasonal workers and au pairs

This is just a brief sample of the extensive information in the GoinGlobal Spain Career Guide, which is carefully researched and regularly updated by a GoinGlobal immigration attorney.

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