If your school is looking to hire teachers from overseas, you must take the following actions to ensure that both you and your prospective hires satisfy the relevant requirements.
There is a growing need for bilingual teachers who can teach English as a second language to students in Spanish schools. Additionally, many private schools in Spain also have a high demand for teachers with specific subject matter expertise and/or experience in international education.
Guidelines in obtaining Visas for foreign teachers in Spain.
- Determine the type of visa required for the teacher: Depending on the length of stay and the purpose of the visit, the teacher may require a short-term or long-term visa.
- Gather necessary documents: Teachers will need to provide documentation such as a valid passport, a letter of invitation from the school or organization in Spain, proof of financial stability, and a criminal background check.
- Submit the visa application: The teacher should apply for the visa at the nearest Spanish consulate or embassy in their home country. It is important to submit the application well in advance of the planned travel date to allow for processing time.
- Provide proof of health insurance: Teachers will need to provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage while in Spain.
- Wait for the visa to be processed: The processing time for a visa can vary, but it is important to plan accordingly and allow enough time for the visa to be issued before the intended travel date.
- Prepare for the interview: If an interview is required as part of the visa application process, the teacher should be prepared to answer questions about their qualifications, the purpose of their visit, and their plans while in Spain.
- Follow up: If there are any delays or issues with the visa application, it is important to follow up with the consulate or embassy to ensure the process is moving forward.
Types of visa for foreign teachers in Spain
- Short-term Visa: If a foreign teacher is coming to Spain for a short period of time (less than 90 days), they will need a Short-term Visa, also known as a Schengen Visa.
- Long-term Visa: For foreign teachers planning to stay in Spain for a longer period, they will need to apply for a Long-term Visa, also known as the “Visa de Residencia y Trabajo.” This visa is valid for one year and allows the holder to live and work in Spain for the duration of the visa.
- Work Visa: A Work Visa is required for foreign teachers who have a job offer from a Spanish school or organization. This type of visa is issued for the specific purpose of working in Spain and allows the holder to live and work in the country for the duration of the visa.
- Residence Visa: A Residence Visa is required for foreign teachers who have a long-term or permanent job offer in Spain. This type of visa is valid for one year and allows the holder to live and work in Spain for the duration of the visa.
- Student Visa: If a foreign teacher is coming to Spain to study, they will need a Student Visa, which allows the holder to live and study in Spain for the duration of the visa.
It’s important to note that the visa requirements may change depending on the country of origin of the individual and the length of the stay. It’s advisable to contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in the teacher’s home country for the most up-to-date information on the visa process.
Apply to become a licensed worker sponsor
- Gather necessary documents: In order to apply to become a licensed worker sponsor in Spain, you will need to gather the following documents:
- A copy of your business registration and tax information
- A copy of your personal identification or passport
- A certificate of good standing from your bank
- A detailed business plans
- A list of the foreign employees you plan to sponsor
- A copy of your current work and residence permit if you are a foreign national
- Submit the application: Once you have all the necessary documents, you can submit your application to the Spanish Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
- Wait for the application to be processed: The processing time for the application can vary, but it is important to plan accordingly and allow enough time for the application to be reviewed and approved.
- Attend an inspection: Once your application is approved, you will be required to attend an inspection by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security to ensure that your business follows all relevant regulations.
- Obtain the sponsor license: After the inspection is completed and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security determines that your business complies, you will be issued with a sponsor license.
- Renew the license: Worker sponsor licenses must be renewed every two years, and you will need to provide updated documentation and attend another inspection to ensure your business is still in compliance.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and the process of becoming a licensed worker sponsor in Spain may vary depending on the company and location. It’s advisable to consult with a legal advisor or immigration lawyer to ensure compliance with the latest regulations.