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Residence Programme. Entrepreneurs Law

Researchers

Private and public entities incorporating non EU foreign nationals to carry out training or R&D&i activities in Spain may apply for a residence authorization for researchers.

At the time of application, foreign nationals may be abroad or already in Spain in a regular situation. If they are abroad, they must apply for the relevant visa at the Spanish Consulate once the entity has obtained the residence authorization.

• A single authorization for living and working valid anywhere in Spain including relatives if they meet the expected age labour regulations.

• No labour market test applied.

• Free movement within the Schengen member states.

• Streamlined processing: 20 days for residence authorizations and 10 days for visas, procedures can be arranged through a representative.

• Combined processing for family members.

• The application for a residence permit will extend the validity of the residence or stay of the permit holder until the end of the procedure.

• Residence permit procedures centralised at the Large Business and Strategic Sectors Unit.

REQUIREMENTS

PROCESS

DEADLINES

REQUIREMENTS

General requirements

• Not be in Spain in an irregular situation.

• Be over 18 years of age.

• Have no criminal record in Spain or in the countries where they have resided for the past five years, for offenses defined in the relevant Spanish legislation.

• Not be subject to an alert issued for the purposes of refusing entry in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement in this regard.

• Have a public or private health insurance policy with an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain.

• Have sufficient financial resources for themselves and their families during their residence in Spain.

• Have paid the visa or authorization processing fee.

The spouse or person with analogous affective relatinship and children who are minors of those of legal age who, being financially dependent on the holde, have not formed a separate family unit and parents in their charge, who accompany or join the foreigner, may apply jointly and simultaneously or successively for their authorization and, where appropriate, their visa. In this case, evidence must be provided of being in compliance with the requirements listed in the preceding paragraph.

Specific requirements

Private and public entities incorporating non EU foreign nationals to carry out training or R&D&i activities in Spain may apply for a residence authorization for researchers in the following cases:

• Research staff referred to in Article 13 and the first additional provision of Law 14/2011, of 1 June, on Science, Technology and Innovation.

• Scientific and technological staff to carry out scientific research, development and technological innovation work in business entities or R&D+i centres established in Spain.

• Researchers subject to an agreement with public or private research agencies, under the conditions set out in regulations.

• Lecturers hired by universities, higher education and research centres, or business schools established in Spain, in accordance with the criteria set out in regulations.

PROCESS

1º APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE AUTHORIZATION FOR RESEARCHERS

WHO: Application may be submitted by a representative. 

WHERE: The Large Business and Strategic Sectors Unit [Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos (UGE-CE)]. Application must be made online through the electronic site of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security. Click here to apply online (in Spanish) 

DOCUMENTATION (translated into Spanish):

Application form:

• Application form for the researcher. Click here to download the application form*. Please find translations to help you filling the official Spanish form here

• Application form for family members, if it is the case. Click here to download the application form*. Please find translations to help you filling the official Spanish form here

• Fee. Click here to download the application form.

General documents: Click here to download information.

Specific documents: Click here to download information.

Documents for family members: Click here to download information.

2º APPLICATION FOR A VISA FOR RESEARCHERS

Candidates who are abroad must apply for a one-year visa submitting to the Spanish Consulate the residence authorization for researchers issued by the UGE-CE to the entity in Spain.

WHO: Application may be submitted by a representative.

WHERE: The Spanish consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. Select the Spanish office of representation of your place of residence.

DOCUMENTATION: Information at the Consulate.

3º APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE CARD FOR FOREIGNERS

WHERE: Police station. Select the police station nearest to your address

DOCUMENTATION:

• Application for a residence card for foreigners, for every family member if it is the case. Click here to download the application form(Please find translations to help you filling the official "MI-TIE" Spanish form here.)

• Passport.

• Copy of residence authorization.

• Three photographs.

• Payment of fees: residence card.

4º RENEWAL OF RESIDENCE AUTHORIZATIONS

The renewal may be applied for 60 calendar days prior to the expiration of the permit or within 90 calendar days thereafter, without prejudice to the initiation of the corresponding sanctions proceeding.

WHO: Application may be submitted by a representative.

WHERE: The Large Business and Strategic Sectors Unit [Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos (UGE-CE)]. Application must be made online through the electronic site of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security. Click here to apply online (in Spanish)

DOCUMENTATION:

Application form:

• Application form for the authorization holder: Click here to download the application form *. Please find translations to help you filling the official Spanish form here

• Application form for relatives: Click here to download the application form *. Please find translations to help you filling the official Spanish form here

• Fee: Click here to download the application form.

Documentation required for renewals: Click here to download information.

- Model of sworn statement of maintenance of the family bond: Click here to download model

DEADLINES

Decisions on visa applications will be made and notified within 10 working days, except in the case of applicants subject to prior consultation as provided for in Article 22 of the Visa Code, in which case the decision time period will be that provided for as a general rule in the mentioned Code.

The residence authorizations will be processed by the Unit for Large Companies and Strategic Economic Sectors in a maximum time delay of twenty days from the filing of the application. If after this time period, a decision has not been adopted, the authorization will be deemed to be granted due to administrative silence. 


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Last updated: 08|02|2018

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