Residency Program for Highly Qualified Professional

On September 27, 2013, the Law to support entrepreneurs and their internationalization was approved, which introduced a new framework for qualified immigration, which favors the international mobility of highly qualified professionals and is intended to attract talent and investment. foreign.

When a company requires the incorporation in Spanish territory of foreign professionals for the development of an employment or professional relationship included in any of the following cases:

Management or highly qualified personnel, when the company or group of companies meets any of the following characteristics:
Average workforce during the three months immediately prior to the presentation of the application greater than 250 workers in Spain, registered in the corresponding Social Security scheme.
Volume of annual net turnover of more than 50 million euros in Spain; or volume of equity or equity higher, in Spain, to 43 million euros.
Average annual gross investment, from abroad, not less than 1 million euros in the three years immediately prior to submitting the application.
Companies with a value of the investment stock or position according to the latest data from the Foreign Investment Registry of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness greater than 3 million euros.
Belonging, in the case of small and medium-sized companies established in Spain, to a sector considered strategic.
Management or highly qualified personnel who are part of a business project that supposes, alternatively and provided that the alleged condition based on this assumption is considered and accredited as being of general interest, in accordance with one or more of the following conditions:
A significant increase in the creation of direct jobs by the company requesting the hiring.
Maintenance of employment.
A significant increase in the creation of jobs in the sector of activity or geographical area in which the work activity is to be carried out.
An extraordinary investment with a relevant socio-economic impact in the geographical area in which the work activity will take place.
The concurrence of reasons of interest for the commercial and investment policy of Spain.
A relevant contribution to scientific and / or technological innovation.
Graduates and postgraduates from prestigious universities and business schools.
Types of permits
Visa: when the applicant is outside of Spain, he will obtain a 1-year permit to reside and work throughout the national territory.
Residence authorization: when the applicant is legally in Spain, he / she will obtain a permit for 2 years or for the duration of the contract if it is less, to reside and work throughout the national territory.
Where to submit the residence application?
Visa: In Diplomatic Missions and Consular Offices. Embassies and Consulates
Residence authorization: in the Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit. UGE-CE
Necessary documents
General documents: consult General Information.
Specific documents for the Highly Qualified Professional Documents that certify compliance with the requirement to which they apply:
Workforce of more than 250 workers.
Business volume of the company.
Foreign investment: Certificate of the Investment Registry.
SMEs belonging to a Strategic Sector: Previous report from the General Directorate of International Trade and Investments.
Companies that develop projects considered of general interest: Previous report from the General Directorate of International Trade and Investments.
University graduates and postgraduates: Degree from the University or Business School of Recognized Prestige.
Documentation accrediting the applicant company.
Copy of the contract or professional relationship between both parties.
Job profile.
Where to request the SME, Strategic Sector or General Interest report?
In the General Directorate of International Trade and Investments. Application form.

Advantage
The accreditation of compliance with the requirements in the Strategic Sector will be carried out only once, being registered in the Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit.
Said registration will be valid for 3 years, renewable if the requirements are maintained.
Any modification of the conditions must be communicated to the Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit within 30 days. In case of not communicating said modification, the company will cease to be registered in the Unit.

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