Obtain a Spanish Work Permit

Updated on Thursday 14th January 2021

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Many individuals who wish to become employed in the country will need to obtain a Spanish work permit. This document is issued by the appropriate labor authorities and it applies to non-EU individuals who wish to work in the country.
Our Spain immigration experts can help you with all of the details about the process of obtaining this permit which must be applied for not by the worker but by the employer who wishes to hire a foreign individual. We can assist him/her in applying for a residence permit in Spain.

When a work permit is necessary

The work permit in Spain is needed by individuals outside of the EU who wish to come and work in Madrid, Barcelona as well as anywhere else on the territory of the country. EU-member state residents, as well as those individuals from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, are not required to apply for this permit.
The work and residence permit will be required by all other nationals who are interested in working in the country or in Spain immigration and it is applied for by the employer. When the individual receives this document, he/she can apply for the work visa. The deadline for the visa application is one month from the receipt of the permit. 
Our immigration lawyers in Spain can help answer any specific questions you might have about the conditions of working in the country. If necessary, we also offer support in Spanish citizenship applications.

How to apply for the work permit

The steps below are the main ones that need to be fulfilled in order to obtain a work permit in Spain:
  • - submission to the Immigration Office: this is handled by the employer who must notify the intention to hire a foreign employee.
  • - fill in the application form: each individual must fill in the application form for a national visa, must be signed in person by the applicant.
  • - provide identification details: a recent photograph, passport size and with a white background will be needed.
  • - personal documents: passport copy, including photocopies if specified, must be valid for at least one year after the application.
Other documents, like a certificate of no criminal conviction and a medical certificate, may be needed. One of our agents who specialize in Spain immigration can help you with information about sector-specific requirements. The work permit can also lead to Spanish citizenship.
If you would like to know more about emigrating to Spain, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Also, in case you are interested in obtaining a Spanish golden visa, we are at your disposal. You can count on us when applying for a residence permit in Spain.