Permit to reside and work as a researcher, valid for the whole of Spain
What do you need to know?
What do you need to do?
The FEE is € 72.53 (the amount is borne by the company)
The VALIDITY is the same as the duration of the contract or agreement, with a maximum of TWO YEARS
The application must be made PRIOR to obtaining a VISA or IF YOU ARE ALREADY IN SPAIN LEGALLY
It is processed ONLINE by the entity hiring the researcher
This is the document that entitles the holder to reside and work in Spain as a professional researcher at a university, in business entities or in a research body established in Spain. This document must be obtained by foreign nationals from outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
The permit is requested by the university, business entity, R&D&I centre or the research organisation or someone representing those entities and having the necessary accreditation.
- If the citizen is outside Spain, this permit is an indispensable requirement for obtaining the relevant national (long-term) visa.
- If the citizen is in Spanish territory legally, he or she only has to obtain a permit to reside and work in the territory.
In both cases, the permit to allow the residence of family members can also be requested, jointly or subsequently.
The residence permit for research has the duration of the contract or agreement, with a maximum of two years, and may be renewed for successive two-year periods provided that the same conditions are maintained.
Why do you have to apply for it?
It is important, since obtaining it is essential to prove the acquired right to reside and work in Spanish territory, for people who are not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
It applies to people from outside the EU, the EEA or Switzerland who travel to Spain to carry out training, research, development and innovation activities in public or private entities.
Who has to apply for it?
The application must be submitted by the university, business entity, R+D+i centre or the research organisation.
To apply for the permit, both the researcher and the host entity must meet certain requirements.
- Not being in an irregular situation in Spanish territory.
- Being at least 18 years of age.
- Having no criminal record in Spain and in the countries where you have resided during the last five years.
- Not being forbidden to enter Spain or being listed as liable to be refused entry in the territorial area of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement to that effect.
- Having a university degree or equivalent or, where appropriate, at least three years' professional experience.
- Paying the fee for processing the permit.
- Having one of the following profiles:
- Research staff provided for in article 13 and in the first additional provision of Law 14/2011, of 1 June, on science, technology and innovation.
- Scientific and technical staff who carry out scientific research, development and technological innovation in business entities or R+D+i centres established in Spain.
- Researchers hosted as part of an agreement by public or private research organisations, under the conditions laid down in the regulations.
- Teaching staff hired by universities, higher education and research bodies or institutions or business schools established in Spain, in accordance with the criteria laid down in the regulations
Proof of compliance with Article 72 of Law 14/2013 applicable to the entity:
- Body referred to in the Spanish Science Act (public universities, public research bodies, both state and regional; universities and private bodies in accordance with the first additional provision of the Act, etc.).
- Business entity or R&D+i centre established in Spain.
- Public or private research organisation that has signed an agreement.
- Higher education and research body or centre.
- Business school established in Spain.
Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos (UGE). (Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit)
- If, at the time of application, you are outside Spain, you will have to apply for a national visa in order to enter Spain once your residence permit has been granted. If, on the other hand, you are already in Spain legally at the time of application, you will be exempt from this formality.
- Your family members may accompany you on your trip and, at any time, they may jointly apply for a permit or visa or do so at a later stage. This condition applies to:
- Spouse or unmarried partner
- Children who are minors, or who are of legal age, and who are financially dependent on the holder
- Dependent relatives in the ascending line
What do you need to do?
The university, business entity, R&D+i centre or research body is responsible for completing the procedure for obtaining the residence permit.
What steps must you take to apply for the permit?
The university, business entity, R&D+i centre or research body must apply for the residence permit for research. This application is processed at the Large Companies and Strategic Collectives Unit in Spain.
To make it easier for the company to obtain the permit, consult the documentation required to have it prepared in case it is requested.
- When documents are provided in languages other than Spanish, they must be translated into Spanish by means of sworn translation.
- On the other hand, all foreign public documents must be legalised beforehand, except where the document in question has had an apostille certificate attached by the competent authority of the issuing country.
- In the case of standard EU forms, neither their translation nor their legalisation will be necessary, in accordance with the provisions of the EU regulations that relate to them.
- Full copy of his or her passport with minimum validity of six months and at least two blank pages.
- Health insurance taken out with a company operating in Spain.
- Criminal record certificate (if in Spain at the time of application).
- Proof of sufficient financial resources for you and your family members during your period of residence in Spain.
- Accreditation of the university or body that contracts and where the research activity will take place.
- Copy of the contract or professional relationship with the institution.
If you are outside Spain at the time of submitting the application, once the permit has been approved you must apply for a visa in order to be able to enter the territory.
In order to find out about the procedure for obtaining the entry visa, consult the information on the formality, which contains all the details on how to obtain it.