Entrepreneurship law

Highly Qualified Professional

This is a temporary residence and work authorization that may be obtained by a foreign worker to perform a work activity for which a higher education qualification is required or, exceptionally, a minimum of five years of professional experience that can be considered comparable to that qualification.

At the time of the application, the professional can be outside or legally residing in Spain. The procedure will be carried out before the Large Companies and Collectives Unit. The application must be made telematically through the electronic headquarters of the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security; if the worker is abroad, once the company has obtained the residence authorization, he/she must apply for the corresponding visa at the Spanish Consulate in his/her country of residence.

Executives and highly qualified personnel of companies or groups of companies that alternatively meet any of the following requirements:

Executives and highly qualified personnel of SMEs accredited as strategic sector, by means of a report from the Directorate General for Trade and Investment.

The accreditation of compliance with the above requirements will be made once before the Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit and will be valid for three years, renewable, if the requirements are maintained.

Managers and highly qualified personnel who are part of a business project accredited as being of general interest by means of a report from the Directorate General for Trade and Investment, in accordance with any of the following conditions:

Graduates or postgraduates from universities and business schools of recognized prestige, whose salary level reaches €41.070 per year.

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