Temporary Residency and Work within the Framework of Transnational Work Services
Allows a foreign worker to move into a work center in Spain and work for, through the expressed employment relationship, a company that is not established in the European Union or the European Economic Area in the following cases:
 
1. When the temporary transfer occurs under the guidance and on the behalf of the foreign company for the fulfilment of a contract of services to a company established in Spain.
 
2. When a worker is temporarily transferred to a work center in Spain from the same company or company groups.
 
3. When transferring highly skilled workers to monitor construction and services of companies based in Spain to go abroad.
 
 
VERY IMPORTANT: We cannot overstate the importance of paying the utmost attention to filling out the application and the accompanying information. INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECT APPLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED, REQUIRING THE APPLICANT TO MAKE A NEW APPOINTMENT AT A LATER DATE.
 
• This visa must be applied for in person.
 
• Application must be submitted at the earliest 90 days in advance to the expected date of travel.
 
• Residence visas must be picked-up within a month, counting from time you received the notification that it was approved. If later than 30 days, visas will be canceled.
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOCUMENTATION TO SUBMIT:
 
*Note that all documents for this visa need to be in Spanish. Documents that can only be obtained in English should be translated by a Sworn Translator (click here for more information). Bring originals and photocopies of all documents and translations.
 
1. Visa application form (Original and photocopy): The application form must be filled out and signed.
 
2. One passport-type photo. (White Background, 2x2") glued to the form.
 
3. Passport or Travel Document. (Original and photocopy of the main page). Passport should be no older than 10 years. Please make sure your passport has at least one blank page for the new visa.
 
4. I.D. Card that proves your place of residence is within the jurisdiction of the Spanish Consulate of Los Angeles (Original and a photocopy). You can provide one of the following documents: U.S. Driver license, State I.D. card, Voter’s Registration Card, current Student I.D.
 
5. (Non-US Citizens only) Alien Registration Card or long term U.S. Visa. (Original and a photocopy).
 
- Holders of B-1 and B-2 Visas cannot apply in the United States; they must apply in their country of residence or country of origin. 
 
- Applicants holding Student Visas must also submit their I-20 signed by the university on the last page and a copy of their F-1 Visa.  
 
6. Work and residence permit approval within the framework of transnational work services (comunicación de autorización de trabajo y residencia) issued by the Oficina de Extranjeros o Dirección General de Inmigración of the Ministry of Labor (Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración) in Spain. This document cannot be older than 30 days.
 
7. Work Contract proving the fulfillment of minimal  economic funds during time in Spain (Original and a photocopy).
 
8. Certification of “absence of police records” (18 years of age or older) (Original, photocopy, translation into Spanish, photocopy of translation): Obtain a background check verified . Certification of “absence of police records” (18 years of age or older) (Original, photocopy, translation into Spanish, photocopy of translation): Obtain a background check verified by fingerprint comparison. This document is valid for 3 months in reference to the date that it was issued. It must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” and then translated into Spanish.
 
The background check can be issued by either:
 
(a) The U.S. Justice Department– FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation and must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” by the Secretary of State in Washington D.C.
 
or
 
(b) The State Justice Department (all states where the applicant has resided in the last 5 years) and the document must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” by the Secretary of State of said state.  
See common questions and issues for details about the background check or the Apostille of The Hague.
 
9. Medical Certificate: (Original, photocopy and a translation): It must be recent (Issued within the last 3 months), include letter-head and handwritten signature of a doctor (M.D. or D.O.) with the following format (Please see specifications attached). See common questions and issues for details.
 
10. Disclaimer duly signed.
 
11. Payment of the Visa Fees is accepted with money orders. Money orders are to be addressed to the General Consulate of Spain Los Angeles. Money will not be reimbursed even if the visa is not granted or is cancelled. See common questions and issues for details.
 
• Spouse of the main applicant should submit his/ her own visa application for Residence  visa, with all required documents plus the Marriage certificate authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague  and translated into Spanish.
 
• Children of the main applicant should submit his/ her own visa application for Residence  visa​, with all required documents plus the Birth certificates authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague  and translated into Spanish.
When you have finished gathering the needed documentation, you may use this Check List as a guide to make sure you have everything ready for your appointment.
 
Once you Arrive in Spain
 
The visa from our department will only be valid for 90 days. Don't worry, this is normal. During the first 30 days of your stay in Spain, you must go to the Local Police station to receive your full visa. They will ask for some original documents, which we certify at the Consulate, and then issue you a ''Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero'' (NIE). This card validates your stay until the listed expiration date. Note that the dates will be formated DAY/MONTH/YEAR.
 
The Consulate Administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those listed above. Please be informed that submitting the mentioned documents does NOT guarantee issuance of the visa. Documents presented for the visa application will not be returned.
 
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