• Age in Spain Team

Working visa - Guide

Updated: Jul 6

On 31 December 2020 the transition period ended and the UK completed the EU exit process. This means that from 1 January 2021 onwards the UK is considered a third country by all EU states. In terms of residency, this means that anyone who wasn’t covered by the Withdrawal Agreement (anyone who wasn’t a resident in an EU state or started the process to become one before the end of 2020) will have to adapt to the new regulations in terms of immigration. In Spain, this means that UK nationals will be subject to the general regime of Immigration (Régimen General).

What is the General Immigration Regime? The General Immigration Regime is a set of migration rules and requirements for third country nationals that wish to live in Spain. Unlike the Community Regime (directed at EU nationals), the General Regime does not grant the right to work or move to Spain based on your nationality. Instead, there is a set of visa requirements you will need to fulfil in order to live in Spain. This, among other things, means you will need to specify in advance what your intentions for moving to Spain are, declare that you have sufficient economic means to do so, or present an employment contract with a company based in Spain. Living and working in Spain To live and work in Spain, you will need to obtain what is known as “Autorización inicial de residencia temporal y trabajo”. This is a temporary authorisation that will let you live and work in Spain. The requirements are the following:

  • You are a third country national (outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland)

  • You are not living in Spain illegally

  • You do not have a criminal record in Spain and in the previous countries of residence

  • You are not banned from the country (not appear as objectionable in Spain, the EU or other third countries)

  • You are not subject to a non-return commitment.

  • You have a contract signed by the employer and employee that guarantees a continued professional activity period for the length of the authorisation.

  • The conditions set in the contract should specify that the salary is equivalent or superior to the minimum professional salary in 2020/SMI (950 euros per month). This SMI also applies even if it is a part-time job.

  • The contract must enroll the worker in the Social Security scheme and comply with the proper tax obligations.

  • The worker should possess professional qualification/training to carry out the job.

If you meet the requirements mentioned above, you can start your application to live and work in Spain. Your employer will have to gather the following documents prior to the application: Documents about the employee (to provide to the employer):

  • Copy of your Passport (all pages)

  • Copy of the document that certifies the professional qualifications/training required to carry out your job.

Documents about the employer or hiring company (to be provided by the employer to the Immigration Office in Spain):

  • Document that identifies the company that requests the authorisation:

If an individual employer:

  • Copy of NIF or NIE, or consent to check the information of the company through the Sistema de Verificación de Datos de Identidad y Residencia.

If legal entity (S.A., S.L., etc.):

  • Copies of the NIF and escritura de constitución adhered to the proper register.

  • Copy of the public document that certifies the signatory of the authorisation holds legal representation of the company.

  • Copy of NIF or NIE, or consent to check the information of the company through the Sistema de Verificación de Datos de Identidad y Residencia.

Also, you will have to provide:

  • Signed employment contract (original and copy). The copy will be sealed by the Immigration Office and returned for its presentation to the consulate along with the visa application.

  • Certificate proving the hiring company is solvent: copy of the IRPF declaration, IVA, Impuesto de Sociedades or VILE (for the last three years). The job description must also be provided.

Tasa 790, code 062 (3 copies and the receipt of payment by the employer). All documents should be presented by the employer or its legal representative at the Immigration Office of the province where the professional activity will be conducted.

Resolution: the resolution of the process will be notified to the employer in no more than 3 months (counting from the day following presentation). If after 3 months you do not receive a notification, it means that the process was rejected (silencio administrativo). If the authorisation is granted, the employee will have a month from the notification to the employer to personally request the visa at the consulate in his/her region. Requesting the visa You will be able to present your application at the Spanish consular office in your region. You can check which office you should attend here. You will need to book an appointment to your consular office. To do so, you will need to send an email to the following email address depending on where you live:

  • cog.londres.residencia@maec.es (London)

  • cog.edimburgo.vis@maec.es (Edinburgh)

  • cog.manchester.vis@maec.es (Manchester)

In the email, write down as subject the type of visa you are looking for (working visa, cuenta propia). On the body of the email, specify the following information:

  • Your personal details: full name, nationality, passport nº and phone number.

  • Type of visa

  • Reason of requesting the visa.

  • Desired date of the appointment you wish to book the appointment (the consular offices only are open for these processes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 09:30 to 12:00), to be confirmed by the consular office.

The process will be individual, so each family member that wants to apply for the visa will require a separate appointment. When requesting the visa, provide the following documents:

  • Completed Model EX-03 (2 copies), signed by your employer

  • Completed national visa form (dated and signed)

  • Recent ID photograph (white background). Check guidelines here.

  • Passport with validity for 1 full year (or the planned stay), and 2 blank pages.

  • Criminal record issued by the authorities of the country you lived in for the past 5 years.

  • Medical certificate (less than 3 months old)

  • Copy of the employment contract presented and sealed by the Immigration Office.

  • Tasa 790, code 052 (3 copies and the receipt of payment). Select section 2.1 (60 euros).

  • Pay the consular fee the day of the appointment. You can consult the different visa fees through this link.

The Consulate should resolve your application within a month. You will be notified of the concession and pick it up personally within a month after the notification. After obtaining your visa you will have 3 months to enter Spain and register to the Spanish Social Security. Note: All official documents (birth certificate/death, marriage certificate/divorce, criminal record) must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union. Obtaining your Residency Card After registering with social security, you will have a month to request the Foreigner’s Identity Card (TIE) at the designated Immigration or Police office. To request the TIE it is necessary to make an appointment online -cita previa-, which can be done by clicking this link. Select the province where you live and the option “Policia-Toma de Huellas (Expedición de tarjeta) y Renovación de Tarjeta de larga duración” -Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía tab-, and follow the further instructions. Completing this process will arrange an appointment at an Immigration Office or your local Police Station for a specific date and time. Once the appointment is arranged, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Completed Model EX-17 form (original and copy)

  • Passport (original and copy) with the Visa attached

  • Receipt of payment of the tax 790 code 012. You can complete and download the form here. Also, find the list of institutions associated with the payment of fees by direct debit system here

  • 3 recent Passport-size photograph 32x26 (ID photograph)

  • Alta to the Social Security.

In the case the police don't inform you about how to pick up your new TIE, you will be able to pick up your card by booking an appointment here. Select the province where you live and the option “Policia-Recogida Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero” -Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía tab-.

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