The Job Search Visa is a residence permit granted to non-EU citizens who have finished their studies in Spain so they can extend their time in the country for one additional year.
No, you are NOT allowed to work in Spain with this visa. This visa is only a temporary residence permit for you to look for a job.
Before applying to a university you may want to check if your university is on the list of valid universities for the post-graduate study visas. You can click on this link to find the list of universities that are valid for this kind of visa. If you apply at a uni that is not on the list, your application will get denied.
Once you find a job you need to move from a job seeking visa to a work permit. There are two possible work permits:
- Work permit as self-eymployed worker ("por cuenta propia")
If you want to set up your own business, this will be the path to follow. In that sense, there are two options available: doing it trough the entrepreneur visa (if your project is innovative and involves a high level of technology), or going through the regular way.
- Work permit as an employee ("por cuenta ajena")In this case, the first step will be to find a job offer from a company willing to hire you. It is important that the job you find is related to your previous studies, and require the abilities that correspond to your level of education.
Here you also have two options: applying for a regular work permit, or getting one as a highly qualified worker (if your salary is over 40.000€ per year and we are talking about a technical or managerial position).
In the first case the Entrepreneur’s Law will be the applicable one, and in the latter the General Immigration Law. And this has an important implication. Because if the general Immigration Law is applicable, then the national situation of unemployment will be taken into consideration.
If there is a Spanish national or a legal resident who is willing to take that same job as you, she will have priority.
Only in really specific cases (as when you are the children or spouse of a resident in the country, children of a Spanish citizen by origin, etc.) you will have that priority too. Nevertheless, the government stated that if not getting that specific job would risk your ability to possess enough financial means, then the national situation of employment could be skipped.
But if the general rule applies, you can only get that job if there are no other Spanish citizens suitable or willing to be hired by the company.
If you are interested in working in Spain, then Barcelona Hospitality Academy is the perfect solution for you. In order to obtain a work permit, you will have to obtain a student visa first. In other words, we will offer you an online course where you will be able to work at the same time. Upon receiving your diploma we will help you secure a job and obtain the work permit in Spain. You will get the opportunity to apply for the Spanish residency* upon completion of your degree.
*please contact us in order to obtain more information about your eligibility for the Spanish residency
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