Spain Work Visa
Most of the foreign professionals who want to work in Spain need to have received previously a
Work Permit. On the other hand, some professionals need not this permit. Please, check the
information on the Residence Visa with Work Permit Exemption to know which professionals need
not the Work Permit.
What is a Work and Residence Permit?
A Work and Residence Permit is issued by the Labour Authorities in Spain. A work permit relates
to a specific person and a specific job. The Work and Residence Permit lets employers in Spain
recruiting people from outside the European Union (EU). EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and
Switzerland citizens need not any permit or visa to work in Spain.
How do I apply for a Work and Residence Permit?
You cannot apply directly for a work permit. The employer in Spain who wants to employ you must
do this. The employer should contact the Immigration Office
As soon as you receive the Work and Residence Permit (fax is also accepted) from your employer
you can apply in person for a Work Visa. IMPORTANT! Once the work permit is notified to your
employer, you have one month to apply for the visa. After this deadline applications will not be
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- Engineer Professional
- Must be a valid passport holder
- Should be 18 years above
- Minimum Graduate Mandatory
- 1 years of minimum exp mandatory
- Degree / Diploma Mandatory
Minimum Salary Wage
- 1000 to 2000 Euro /Month (Minimum)
- Per week hrs of work - You work for 40 hrs/week
- Experience Letter
- Education Certificate
- Rest all your documentation manager shall guide you.
How to apply for the work visa
Please submit the ‘Application for a National Visa’ form and present it along with the required
documents. Application form must be signed and submitted in person. Every document must be in
Spanish or officially translated into Spanish or English. Documents in Chinese will be also accepted as
long as they are officially translated into Spanish or English. Applicants might be invited for an interview
concerning the visa application.
Working hours: Visa application submission and collection from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday,
excluding bank holidays.
Where should I apply for a Visa?
Only Hong Kong/Macao residents can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Spain in Hong
Kong. Residents in the People’s Republic of China should apply at our Consulate General in
Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai depending on their residence.
Requirements to be completed by applicants: (Original and 1 copy of every document is needed)
- 1 form ‘Application for a National Visa’ duly filled in and signed by the applicant.
- 1 recent colour photograph, 26-35mm width and 32-45mm height, with white background.
- Passport of the applicant which must be valid for at least 120 days, including photocopies of all
- Hong Kong / Macao ID card.
- Work and Residence Permit (Autorización de Residencia inicial y Trabajo por cuenta ajena)
issued by the Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales). As stated above,
no more than 1 month should elapse between the day in which the approval is notified to your
employer and the day you apply for the visa.
- Copy of the employment contract submitted and stamped by the Spanish Immigration Department
(Oficina de Extranjería).
- Certificate of No Criminal Conviction1
from every country that the applicant has lived in the
last 5 years. Hong Kong Police Department:
Macao Direcçao dos Serviços de Identificaçao: no letter of request is needed. Certificates of No Criminal
Conviction issued in other countries must be legalised, i.e. the Clearance Certificate issued in
Philippines must be legalised by the Consulate General of Spain in Manila.
- Medical certificate1
: Letter typed on doctor’s stationery stating that you do not suffer from any
of the diseases which need quarantine under the International Health Regulation 2005. It has
also to state which tests were done and their results
Please note that the Consulate General reserves the right to request additional documents
Processing Time and Fees
A work visa application shall be decided on within 1 month of the date of the lodging of a complete
application. The current visa fee ranges over 500 to 600 HKS and must be settled in cash upon
application. Fees are non-refundable, regardless of the decision taken about your visa application.
Once the applicant collects the visa:
- The worker must enter into Spain during the validity of the visa (3 months). The work visa
allows to enter and to stay in Spain.
- The worker must be registered into the Social Security System (afiliación, alta y posterior
cotización) within 3 months after he/she enters into Spain. Within 1 month from the registration
into the Social Security System the worker must apply in person for an ID card (Tarjeta de
Identidad de Extranjero) at the Oficina de Extranjería or the Police Station (Comisaría de
Policía) where he resides.
- Register as resident (empadronarse) at the city hall.