Spain: Heightened Degree Requirements for Work Permits in Fast-Track Processing
Work permit applicants are now required to hold the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree or a three-year degree plus a graduate-level degree in order to qualify for expedited immigration processing through Spain’s Large Business Immigration Unit.
The Spanish government is imposing a heightened degree requirement on highly skilled work permit applicants using fast-track processing through the Large Business Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas). Foreign nationals seeking fast-track processing for their intracompany transferee, local hire or EU Blue Card work permit applications are now required to hold the Spanish licenciatura degree or a foreign equivalent degree. The new requirement applies to all pending and newly filed applications.
In practice, the new requirement means that applicants must possess the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree or a three-year degree plus a graduate-level degree. Applicants must submit additional documentation to demonstrate they meet the new requirement, including documents demonstrating the duration of their studies and legalized or apostilled academic transcripts and degrees or diplomas. Currently, this new requirement is being particularly strictly enforced for applicants with three-year degrees from institutions in India.
What the New Requirement Means for Employers
The new degree requirement will add to the hurdles employers have faced over the past several months when seeking to transfer foreign workers to Spain. The new requirement may be of less concern for local hires applying for the EU Blue Card with fast-track processing, because in some exceptional cases, authorities are authorized to consider five years of professional work experience as the equivalent of the required educational qualification.
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