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Work Visa


Certain nationalities require a Spanish work visa to legally live and work in Spain. There are a number of different types of Spanish work permits, as well as exemptions, depending on your employment situation in Spain. The Spanish work permit is closely linked to your residence status in Spain, and in most cases, a job will need to be arranged before you can apply for a permit to move to Spain.

Do you need a work visa for Spain?

If you’re from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you can live and work in Spain without restriction, with the exception of Croatians who will need a permit until 30 June 2020. 

Most non-EU citizens will need a work permit to live and work in Spain although there are some exceptions, such as academics or scientists working on specific projects, or close relatives who are joining family members who have been working in Spain for a year or more. 

Working in Spain as an employee

In most cases, you’ll need to get a work permit if you are hired as an employee in Spain; see below for exceptions to this rule.

The work permit is valid for one year and is renewable as long as you still fulfill the conditions. 

Permits are granted for specific sectors so it’s usually possible to change jobs as long as you’ll be working in the same field. After five years you can apply for long-term residence. Before you can get a work permit, you must first get a job.


For detailed information contact Competent Careers we offer the most comprehensive guidance solutions for any kind of visa that Spain immigration offers.


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