Visas

Visas

MOBILITY: PERMITS AND VISAS

  1. Authorizations to work and reside in Spain
  2. Authorizations for workers in audiovisual productions in Spain
  3. The case of the United Kingdom after Brexit
  4. Limitations to mobility due to the COVID-19 pandemic

1.- AUTHORIZATIONS TO WORK AND LIVE IN SPAIN

The authorizations required to reside and work in Spain depend on the worker's country of origin:

The procedures vary depending on the length of stay in Spain, whether you are a self-employed worker or an employed person, and in this case, whether you work for a Spanish company or a foreign company.

2.- AUTHORIZATIONS FOR WORKERS IN AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTIONS IN SPAIN BY INTRA-BUSINESS TRANSFER

 The Council of Ministers approved the instructions that establish a new entry and stay procedure for professionals from third countries who carry out an activity in the audiovisual sector, under the umbrella of Law 14/2013, of 27 September, to support entrepreneurs and their internationalization.

With this initiative, progress is being made in the development of the “Spain, Audiovisual Hub of Europe” included in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, which includes the need to adopt the necessary regulatory measures to simplify the administrative procedure for authorizations and visas in this sector derived from the economic interest of this sector.

Three routes of entry and permanence for foreign professionals who carry out an activity in the audiovisual sector

first route is established for professionals in the audiovisual sector who are going to stay in Spain for up to 90 days in any 180 days period, who will be exempt from the obligation to obtain a work authorization and a visa if they come from those visa-exempt countries according to community regulations.

The second route is intended for those professionals in the audiovisual sector who are going to stay in Spain for more than 90 days, up to a maximum of 180 days. In these cases, foreigners will be able to obtain a visa that will be sufficient to remain and exercise their activity in Spain during its validity. In addition, it is foreseen that those foreigners who initially had come to Spain for a period of 90 days of stay in any period of 180 days may, exceptionally, request a stay authorization for the audiovisual sector for a maximum period of 180 days

Finally for the third way; A residence permit is developed, configured as a single permit for foreigners who are going to reside and work in the audiovisual sector for more than 180 days

For these three routes of entry and permanence, the possibility is enabled for artists or professionals to remain in Spain with their direct relatives.

This new procedure also allows underage artists or professionals to arrive in Spain and carry out their activity in the audiovisual sector accompanied by their parents, in order to preserve the interest of the minor. 

REGULATIONS – INSTRUCTION

https://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2021-18582

3.-  THE CASE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AFTER BREXIT

The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union has led to important changes in immigration policy and specifically in the working conditions of British workers in the film industry.

Currently, British workers, like the rest of the workers from non-EU countries, need a visa to enter Spain for work reasons.

4.- COVID - AUTHORIZATION OF ENTRY INTO SPAIN FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES

The pandemic COVID 19 has affected displacement around the world. The European Union and Spain have limited entry from some countries to carry out certain activities.

This link includes updated information on entry requirements in Spain.