Once you’ve found a job in Spain, it is much easier to apply for and receive a work visa. Your visa application must be turned in at the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your home country, in person or by an authorized representative, who must have a notarized authorization.
The following documentation must be submitted:
- A completed application form signed by yourself and signed and stamped by your employer.
- Your passport (which should be valid throughout the duration of your employment) and a photocopy of the personal information and photo page.
- An official full-time job offer for 10 months or longer signed and stamped by the employer.*
- Employer’s original company fiscal identity document (CIF)*
- Employer’s original company social security inscription document and TC-1 and TC-2 documents.*
- Certificates from the Tesoreria General de la Seguridad Social (Social Security) and the Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria (Tax Bureau) proving that the company has made all tax and social security payments.*
- Official documentation that the job has been advertised through the Provincial Unemployment Office and that no suitable European candidate has been found.*
- A document describing the company’s services and why a non-European should be employed.*
- Originals and photocopies of degree transcripts/certifications and credentials, with the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture’s authentication seal.
*These documents must be provided by the employer.
It can take up to 3 months for a work visa request to be processed. As long as all of the documents required have been turned in, work visas generally are not denied. Work visas are usually denied when there are errors in the paperwork. In order for family members to accompany the employee, the family’s visa applications must be filed simultaneously with the employee’s visa application.
Once your visa has been approved, you must pick it up in person. You are then free to go to Spain where you must apply for a work/residency permit to begin working.
For the visa application and additional application information, visit: http://www.mir.es/SGACAVT/modelos/extranjeria/modelos_extranje/ex_02.pdf