VISA FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS IN SPAIN

Do you have a job offer from an important company in Spain?

If you are a highly qualified professional with a job offer from company in Spain, our English-speaking immigration lawyers in Spain can help you obtain your Highly Qualified Residency Permit.

Experts in RESIDENCY PERMITS FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS IN SPAIN

Some important companies wishing to incorporate non-EU professionals as management staff or highly qualified professionals in Spain, as well as graduates or postgraduates from universities and prestigious business schools, have the possibility to do so. They can apply for a Spanish Residency Authorization on behalf of these highly qualified professionals.

This type of residency permit was approved by the Entrepreneurial Support Act of 27 September 2013 (Ley 14/2013).
The main advantages of this Spanish Residency and Work Permit is that the national employment rate is not considered, and the visa processing time is only 10 business days from the day the application is submitted and 20 days from when the Residency and Work Authorization is submitted.

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What are the main requirements?

To apply for this residency permit, both the employee and the company need to meet certain requirements.

Employee requirements: 

  1. Be 18 years or older.
  2. Not have a criminal record where they have been living for the last 5 years.
  3. Have a university degree or equivalent professional experience of at least 3 years.

What are the main requirements for the company?

Only Spanish companies that meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Highly Qualified Professional (HQP) residency permit:

  1. Have more than 250 employees in the 3 months prior to applying.
  2. Have an annual net turnover of more than 50,000 euros.
  3. Have an annual net worth in Spain of more than 43,000 euros.
  4. Have annual investments from abroad of no less than 1,000 euros in the three years prior to the application.
  5. Have proof that they belong to a strategic sector, by means of a report from the Directorate-General for Trade and Investment.
  6. Have proof that the highly qualified hire will be part of a business project that is considered to be of public interest, by means of a report from the Directorate-General for Trade and Investment.

Who has to apply for this residency permit?

The company or the entity that wishes to hire the Highly Qualified Professional must apply for the Spanish Residence Permit.

The application can be submitted while the professional is in Spain (during their legal stay as a tourist) or while they are in their country.

In the latter case, the applicant needs to apply for a long-term visa once the residence permit has been guaranteed.

The validity of this permit is established according to the validity of the job contract, with a maximum of two years. This residence permit can be extended for another 2 years if the requirements have been fulfilled.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO RESPOND?

Decisions on Spanish Entrepreneur Visa applications will be made and notified by the Spanish consulate within 10 working days, while the Spanish Entrepreneur Residency authorizations will be made and notified by the Large Companies and Strategic Economic Sectors within a maximum of 20 days from the filing of the application.

Testimonials

Marfour has guided me and my company through the application of my highly qualified professional residence permit. It is a very complex process, that I could not do it without their help. Thank you very much and highly recommended this Law Firm.  

Bernad Loren

Highly Qualified Professional Residence

My company got my highly qualified professional residence card, however I was lost the time I had to make the renewal, but Marfour has offered me the necessary guarantee of to handle my renewal on my behalf.

Marila Tunez

Highly Qualified Professional Residence Permit

MARFOUR IS READY TO HELP YOU WTH YOUR HQP RESIDENCY PERMIT IN SPAIN

Contact us, and Marfour International Law Firm will assist you in obtaining your Visa for Highly Qualified Professionals Residency and Work Authorization in Spain. One of our specialized English-speaking lawyers will contact you immediately. Do not hesitate to send us your enquiry.

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