Work visas

NOTE: The consular jurisdiction of the Spanish Embassy in Ottawa covers only the National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau).
If you live in a city other than Ottawa and Gatineau, you should apply for your visa at the Spanish Consulate General in Toronto or Montreal according to their consular jurisdictions.​

To request a work visa as an employee, you must first obtain a Residence and Work Authorization issued by the Provincial Department of the Labour Ministry and get an appointment ON-LINE in order to submit PHOTOCOPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, as well as ORIGINALS for verification:

  • A valid passport or travel document recognized by Spain with a minimum validity of 4 months.
  • If the applicant is not a Canadian citizen, he/she must provide documentation proving his/her residence status in Canada (permanent residence permit, working permit, study permit, etc.)
  • Residence and work authorization issued by the Provincial Department of the Labour Ministry.
  • A medical certificate issued by your family doctor worded as follows:

“This medical certificate states that Mr./Mrs. ...... does not suffer from any diseases that may have serious consequences on public health in accordance with the provisions contained in the 2005 International Health Regulations.”

  • A Police Check issued by the authorities of all the countries where an applicant has resided for the last 5 years, including Canada.
    NOTE: The Police Check should be issued by the RCMP and contain the fingerprints of the visa applicant. You can find information on how to obtain one here.
    We will not accept Police Checks issued by local Police Stations.
  • Flight reservation or travel itinerary.
  • A completed and signed visa application form with one (1) recent full-face color photograph taken in person by a commercial photographer or studio no more than six months before the date you submit your application. It should also meet the requirements pictured on this link.
  • Visa fee: CAN $ 87.60 (year 2020), except when reciprocity fee apply to other countries, such as Canada and USA. Visa processing fee for Canadians is $ CAN 150.00. Please refer to the consular fee chart for other nationalities. Only cash, money order or certified cheque payable to the "Embassy of Spain" will be accepted.

Please note that during the examination of a visa application, some additional documents may be requested in order to determine that all requirements to obtain the visa are met.
Also, a Spanish translation of all submitted documents may be required in accordance to the provisions of Section 15 of the Spanish Public Administration and Administrative Procedures Act 39/2015.

In some cases, a personal interview with an applicant may also be required.
This information is not binding and does not alter or replace the relevant regulations, which shall always prevail.

NOTE: Applicants residing in the National Capital Region must come IN PERSON to the Embassy to apply.
For more information please contact the Visa Department at the Spanish Embassy (

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