1. Workers belonging to countries where a convention exists with Spain: Chile and Peru.

In certain circumstances, the national employment situation is not taken into account when incorporating foreign workers into the Spanish labour market, such as if a convention exists between Spain and the worker’s country of origin….

 

2. Hiring Highly Qualified Personnel

Spain is committed to incorporating highly qualified personnel into the labour market, and in doing this, facilitates the inclusion of those workers from countries outside the European Union who have a highly qualified profile, have obtained a master’s or bachelor’s degree from a recognised learning centre, and have extensive experience in the field. …

 

3. EU Blue Card

The Blue Card is an authorisation of temporary residence and work that may be requested by a foreign worker residing outside of Spain in order to carry out a labour activity.  Higher education qualifications or, exceptionally, at least five years of comparable professional experience are required. …

 

4. Intra-company transfer work permit for non-EU workers

Worker mobility between companies belonging to the same group is becoming increasingly common…

 

5. Workers belonging to countries where a convention exists with Spain: Chile and Peru

The national employment situation is taken into account when incorporating foreign workers into the Spanish labour market, except in the following three circumstances: when hiring a student who has spent three years studying in Spain, when hiring highly qualified personnel, and finally, when hiring citizens of Chile and Peru….

 

6. Authorisation of residence and work permit for self-employment

There are other ways for entrepreneurs to legalise their stay in Spain if they plan to carry out an entrepreneurial activity either as an independent worker or through the Constitution of the Society…

 

7. Entrepreneurs

Foreigners from outside the EU who plan to develop an entrepreneurial activity that is innovative in nature with special interest to Spain must request an express authorisation of residence for entrepreneurs, which is renewable for two years and allows the applicant to carry out the entrepreneurial activity….

 

8. Other options

The aforementioned situations are the most common ways to enter the Spanish labour market; however, more possibilities do exist.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you find that your particular situation is different from those that have been previously covered.  We would be happy to work with you.

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Sterna Abogados es una empresa de servicios legales para la movilidad internacional de empleados. Sterna Lawyers is a legal services company for international employee mobility.