Working and living in Spain

General Information for Blue Card EU Spain

The blue card is for those foreign workers who are not residents in Spain and who will start working in a qualified job that requires specific accreditation.

That is, we are talking about non-EU citizens who meet the same requirements to get a regular work permit. But, in addition to meeting all the requirements, the applicant must demonstrate that she has the qualifications and experience necessary to develop her new job.

How is that demonstrated? Basically in two different ways:

  • Through the accreditation of a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the same sector of activity in which the job offer is categorized. That is, you must have worked during those required years in that same field.
  • Show higher education qualifications for a minimum of 3 years. These qualifications must provide the necessary knowledge to pursue a high-level training profession or to be able to participate in a research program.

It is very important that the applicant is not in an irregular situation in Spain. You must remain in your home country while the employer begins the process.

The applicant can hold a prior work authorization, or be hired from the country of origin. Both options are valid here. You must hold a university or college diploma from an educational programme that lasted three years or more. Alternatively you can prove your qualifications by showing at least five years of professional experience.

Procedure for Blue Card EU Spain

Employers who wish to contract a foreign professional, non-resident, in Spain must submit, or via their legal representative, the application for an initial permit to the competent authorities in the province in which the job is to take place.

If the work and residence permit (blue card) is granted, the migrant must apply in person (notwithstanding exceptions), for the correct entry visa at the diplomatic mission or consulate where they live, within a month of the employer being notified.  The Spanish department of immigration published a handy leaflet on the blue card. More labor management information regulations.

You can also publish your job search profile here on and present yourself to employers looking for staff

CV-Resume-BCJ wish you all the best for the immigration process in Spain.

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