How to employ a foreigner in Spain?

Is it possible to find a job for foreigners in Spain? The best way to find out the job opportunities in Spain is to address to an employment agency. Such agency is usually well aware about the employment situation in Spain and recruitment issues for foreigners.

How European Union citizens can work in Spain?

Is it difficult to find a job in Spain for a EU citizen? If a foreigner is a national of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, he can live and work in Spain without restriction, with the exception of Croatians who will need a permit until 30 June 2020.

How Non-European Union citizens can work in Spain?

Is it hard to find a job in Spain for non-EU citizens?

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. So, a foreigner who wants to work in the Kingdom of Spain must obtain a Spanish work permit before entering the country. Such work permit may be issued to a foreigner if there is lack of specialists in Spain meeting the employer’s requirements.

The conditions and order of issue a work permit in Spain

In order to employ a foreigner, an employer must apply for a work permit to the provincial office of the Ministry of Labour on behalf of the foreigner he wants to employ. While the application is being processed, the foreigner will be given a copy of the application with the stamp from that office and file number. The copy of the application should be submitted to the Spanish embassy or consulate to apply for a work and residence visa. The regional labour office will start to process of the application on receipt of the relevant information from the embassy. It can take up to eight months to process a work permit application. Once the labour office has approved the work permit, the embassy or consulate will issue the work and residence visa.

An application to issue a Spanish work permit is not considered if an employer does not follow the procedure specified in legislation.

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