New Law for Foreigner Students in Spain Looking for a Job

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE “LOOKING FOR A JOB AS A STUDENT” RESIDENCY PERMIT?

Those foreign students who have finished an undergraduate degree, Master or PhD, and who do not wish to renew their student visas anymore.

HOW LONG DOES THIS TYPE OF RESIDENCY LAST?

It lasts a maximum of 12 months, without extending it. This means that you have a full year to look for a job in the country or to start your own company. Given that this permit is for students with higher education, the granted time is sufficient enough to regularize the situation.

In the case that you want to start your company, we advise you to contact us so we can speed the whole process as we help you with all the legal aspects of constituting a company in Spain.

WHEN CAN YOU APPLY FOR THIS TRANSITORY RESIDENCY?

During the 60 days before your student residency has expired, or during the 90 days after your card expires.

You really need to be time conscious with immigration issues, as deadlines are really strict!

HOW CAN YOU APPLY FOR IT?

The immigration offices in Spain(Oficina de Extranjería) will require from you the “looking for a job” residency authorization from the province you are going to reside in.

WHICH DOCUMENTS SHOULD YOU SUBMIT?

The 4 main documents you will need to submit as a student or researcher in Spain who wants to look for a job are:

  • University certificate that shows you have finished your studies
  • Health insurance
  • Accreditation of sufficient economic means to support it
  • Document certifying that you have paid the corresponding fee

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE AN ANSWER FROM THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE?

Once you have submitted your application, the Immigration Office in Spain has 20 working days to resolve it. In the case that you don’t receive any answer during this period, your application will be considered as approved, and you will get your permit.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE FAMILY OF THE STUDENT OR RESEARCHER?

One of the most positive aspects of this kind of permit is the possibilities it opens for the family of the individual studying in Spain.

Once the student gets the permit, Her family will be able to stay with her during the time she is looking for a job. This means that they have their residency granted for 12 months.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DECIDE TO START A BUSINESS?

If you consider that you are an entrepreneur and would like to embark on the process of constituting your own company, you will need to incur into the following two steps:

First of all, you will need to apply for the initial residency authorization to work as cuenta propia”

Once you have that legal situation resolved, you will start your entrepreneur visa application.

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