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Self-employed work visa


Visa for people aged 16 or over who seek to engage in self-employed activity in Spain. 

To obtain a self-employed work visa, it is first necessary to obtain an initial residence and self-employed work permit. For this reason, the procedure comprises two stages.

 

Obtaining an initial residence and self-employed work permit​​

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Required documents​​ 

1. Application form for an initial residence and self-employe​d work permitIt opens in new window.  Each applicant must complete and sign two visa application forms, having filled in each section of the EX–07 form. If the applicant is a minor, one of their parents must sign the application. 

2. Passport. A photocopy of every page of a valid, unexpired passport or travel document. 

3. Activity permits and licences. List of permits or licences required for the installation, opening or operation of the planned activity or professional practice, indicating the status of the procedures for obtaining them. Certification of applications to the corresponding bodies must be attached. 

4. Professional training and qualifications. Original and a copy of the documents accrediting the legally required training, and where applicable, qualifications, for the professional practice. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

5. Plan for the establishment or activity. Plan for the establishment or activity to be carried out, indicating the planned investment, the expected return, and, where applicable, the jobs that will be created. Documents written in a foreign language must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

6. Financial means. Original and a copy of the documents accrediting that the applicant has sufficient financial means to carry out the planned investment, or a commitment by financial or other institutions to provide support. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

7. Payment of fees. To pay the fees at the Consular Office, the applicant must complete all the fields of, and sign, two copies of form 790 ​code 052It opens in new window, ticking box 2.1 (initial temporary residence permit) and of form 790, code 062,It opens in new window ticking box 1.5 (self-employed work permits).

The fee can also be paid online, through the links to forms 790-052 and 790-062. In this case, the proof of payment obtained from the same webpage must be attached. 

Nationals of Ibero-American countries, nationals of the Philippines, nationals of Andorra, nationals of Equatorial Guinea, Sephardim, children and grandchildren of persons of Spanish origin, and foreigners born in Spain are exempt from paying the fee for self-employed work permits. 

If a work permit is applied for in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, the fee must be paid directly to that Autonomous Community

When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data and may also ask the applicant to come in for a personal interview.

Procedure​ 

This Consular Office is competent to accept applications from individuals residing in the consular district. 

  • Who can apply for a permit: The application for an initial residence and self-employed work permit must be submitted in person by the applicant, or by one of their parents if the applicant is a minor.  
  • Place of submission: Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office. An appointment is necessary.   

Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office. An appointment is necessary.

To book an appointment at this Consulate please send an email to the address cog.londres.viscp@maec.es. In the SUBJECT you must specify the type of residence visa you wish to apply for. The text of the message must state:

  • Given name and surname
  • Passport number
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Place of residence in the UK
  • Type of residence visa you wish to apply for

Please attach to your e-mail the EX-07 form duly filled.

Each appointment is only for one person and passport, therefore, family members accompanying the applicant who wish to apply for a visa need to book an additional appointment, even if they are minors.

Once your document had been verified by our staff, you will receive an e-mail with a username and password to complete the process.

Once you receive the confirmation e-mail with your password you could choose the date and time of your appointment, and modify or cancel if needed. The Consulate cannot book another appointment or modify the dates in case of cancellation.

Applicants who do not intend to attend their appointment are kindly requested to cancel it as soon as possible. Appointments must be cancelled at least 4 days in advance. The applicants who do not cancel the appointment within the established timeframe and do not attend the appointment will be placed in a waiting list to book a new appointment.

No appointments will be given to mediators. Applicants must book appointments personally. Passport details and email address on your must match the information provided in the appointment request.

  • Proof of receipt: The Consular Office will provide the applicant with a copy of the application form (form EX-07) and, where applicable, of the receipts of payment of the fees (forms 790-52 and 790-62) and will forward the dossier to the corresponding Foreign Nationals' Office. Said Office will have a period of 3 months, from the day after the date on which the application is received, to reach a decision. 
  • Notification: The Consular Office will inform the applicant of the decision issued by the corresponding Delegation or Sub-delegation of the Government. 
    • If the decision is favourable, the Consular Office will invite the applicant to submit a visa application. 
    • If the decision is unfavourable, the applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to the Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification is received. An application for judicial review may also be filed with the High Court Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the permit refusal or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal.

Obtaining a self-employed work visa​​

Required documents​ 

1. National visa​ application formIt opens in new window. Each applicant must complete and sign a visa application form, filling in each of its sections. If the applicant is a minor, one of their parents must sign the application. 

2. Photograph. A recent, passport-size, colour photograph, taken against a light background, facing forward, without dark or reflective glasses, or any garments concealing the oval of the face. 

3. Valid, unexpired passport. Original and a photocopy of the page or pages of the passport that contain biometric data. The passport must have a minimum validity period of 4 months and contain two blank pages. Passports issued more than 10 years ago will not be accepted.  

APPLICANTS MUST LEAVE THEIR PASSPORTS IN THE CONSULATE DURING VISA PROCESSING TIME. Applicant’s passport is kept by the Consulate and​ it is posted back to the holder at the end of the procedure. Applicants must provide a pre-paid Special Delivery envelope (with full name and address), along with the visa application documents, and to fill in this form.It opens in new window

4. Criminal record check certificate. Applicants of legal age must submit both the original and a copy of the criminal record check certificate(s) issued by their country or countries of residence for the past 5 years. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

This certificate cannot be older than 3 months, unless the certificate itself specifies a longer expiration.

For UK Criminal Records submit ACRO Certificate.

These certificates must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised.

Sworn translation into Spanish is also required.

5. Medical certificate. Original and a copy of a medical certificate accrediting that the applicant does not suffer from any disease that could cause serious health repercussions for public health pursuant to the 2005 International Health Regulations. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

This certificate must be issued by a registered medical practitioner no later than 3 months prior to the date of application, it must be formulated in the following terms or similarly:

•       If the medical certificate is issued in the United Kingdom: “This health certificate states that Mr./Mrs. (…) does not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with what is stipulated by the International Health Regulations of 2005”

Certificates issued in a language different from Spanish must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish.

•       If the medical certificate is issued in Spain: “Este certificado médico acredita que el Sr./Sra. (…) no padece ninguna de las enfermedades que pueden tener repercusiones para la salud pública graves, de conformidad con lo dispuesto en el reglamento sanitario internacional de 2005”

This Consulate does not provide information about medical centres that issue this certificate. The applicant may contact any public or private medical centre duly accredited in the territory of the United Kingdom or Spain. Medical certificates issued in countries other than the United Kingdom or Spain will not be accepted.

These certificates must hold the Hague Apostille (except documents issued by Spain, which will not require to be legalised).

6. Proof of residence in the consular district. The applicant must provide proof of their legal residence in the consular district or that they are attending classes, in person, in the consular district. To verify your consular district, please visit the relevant web section of this Consulate.

7. Proof of the representative's identity and capacity. If the applicant is a minor, it will be necessary to present originals and submit copies of the identity document or passport of one of their parents, as well as of the document constituting proof of kinship. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

8. Payment of the visa fee. Visa fee payment is compulsory and has to be made at the same time when submitting a visa application. The fee has to be paid in local currency and it is subject to regular changes due to the currency fluctuations. Please check the list of Consular fees.It opens in new window  

When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data and may also ask the applicant to come in for a personal interview.

Procedure​ 

  • Individual with the necessary legal standing: Visa applications must be submitted in person by the applicant, or by one of their parents if the applicant is a minor. 
  • Visa application period: Visas must be applied for within 1 month of the day following the date on which the notification of a favourable decision regarding the initial residence and self-employed work permit is received. 
  • Place of submission: Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office. An appointment is necessary. 

  

Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office. An appointment is necessary.

To book an appointment at this Consulate please send an email to the address cog.londres.viscp@maec.es . In the SUBJECT you must specify the type of residence visa you wish to apply for. The text of the message must state:

  • Given name and surname
  • Passport number
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Place of residence in the UK
  • Type of residence visa you wish to apply for

Please attach to your e-mail the permit for self-employed work issued by the competent authority in Spain.

Each appointment is only for one person and passport, therefore, family members accompanying the applicant who wish to apply for a visa need to book an additional appointment, even if they are minors.

Once your document had been verified by our staff, you will receive an e-mail with a username and password to complete the process.

Once you receive the confirmation e-mail with your password you could choose the date and time of your appointment, and modify or cancel if needed. The Consulate cannot book another appointment or modify the dates in case of cancellation.

Applicants who do not intend to attend their appointment are kindly requested to cancel it as soon as possible. Appointments must be cancelled at least 4 days in advance. The applicants who do not cancel the appointment within the established timeframe and do not attend the appointment will be placed in a waiting list to book a new appointment.

No appointments will be given to mediators. Applicants must book appointments personally. Passport details and email address on your must match the information provided in the appointment request.

  • Proof of receipt: The Consular Office will provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link: https://sutramiteconsular​.maec.es/Ho​me.aspxIt opens in new window 
  • Rectifying the application: The Consular Office may ask the applicant to submit any missing documents, or to provide additional documents or data that are necessary for a decision regarding the application. The applicant may also be called in for a personal interview. 
  • Decision period: The legal period for reaching a decision is 1 month as of the day after the submission date of the application, but this period may be extended if an interview or additional documents are requested. 
  • Collecting the visa: The visa must be collected in person by the applicant or by their representative (if the applicant is a minor) within a maximum period of 1 month, counted as of the day after the date on which the favourable decision is notified. The Consular Office will inform the applicant regarding the procedure for the return of the passport and any other original documentation.  
  • Visa refusal: Visa refusals will always be notified in writing, setting forth the grounds on which the decision adopted was based. 
  • Appeals: If a visa is refused, the applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to this Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification of the refusal is received.

    The appeal addressed to the Visa Department must be posted by Royal Mail or other courrier service provider to this Consulate.

    An application for   judicial review may also be filed with the High Court Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the visa refusal or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal. 
  • Validity period of the visa: The visa will be valid for 90 days. Once in Spain, workers must register with the Social Security system within a period of 3 months and before beginning their employment activity. They must also apply for a Foreigner Identity Card at the Foreign Nationals' Office or the corresponding Police Station within a period of 1 month from their registration with the Social Security system. ​

SWORN TRANSLATIONS AND LEGALISATIONS

For all the sworn translations into Spanish you must use a Sworn Translator-Interpreter duly registered in Spain. Please visit the relevant web section of this Consulate for the list of sworn translators-interpreters.

The legalisations and Hague Apostilles must legalise the signatures of the signatories of the certificates: registered medical practitioners, police officers, etc. and not the signature of notaries or solicitors who did not issue those certificates.

The Hague Apostille does not need to be translated into Spanish if one of the languages of issuance is Spanish.