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Spain visa and work permit requirements are essential in order to be able as a foreigner to live, work, or study in Spain and many factors should be considered when assessing a case.

EU citizens

Citizens of the European Union do not need visas, but they do need to request an NIE (Foreign Citizen’s Identification Number) once in Spain to be able to carry out certain formalities, such as opening a bank account or having access to public health care.

Work visa in Spain

Foreign citizens wishing to work must be more than 16 (self-employment over 18), having a prior authorization to reside and work in Spain (to be requested by the employer offering the working contract), and having a visa once the residence and work authorization has been issued.

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Spain work permit

In order to get a work permit, an application for residence and work permit for the worker must be submitted to the competent body in the province where the activity will be carried out (Oficinas de Extranjeros). Once the permit is granted, the worker can apply for a visa in person at the Consular Office of his country of origin.

After arriving in Spain, foreign workers must register in the Social Security system and apply for a foreigner identity card.

Self-employed workers

Self-employed workers must apply for a work authorization at Diplomatic Missions or Consular Offices.

Visa and work permit requirements are subject to change. Complete information can be found on the Official Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.


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