European citizens are legally free to live and work in Catalonia while residence and work permits for non-EU citizens are easily arranged
Non-EU citizens wishing to work, or carry out any professional or for-profit activity must be over 16 years of age with a visa and a work and residence permit. Generally speaking, residence permits are awarded together with work permits and may be:
- Temporary: valid for a period of more than 90 days and fewer than five years.
- Permanent: this authorises the individual to live and work in Spain indefinitely and is obtained after having lived legally and continually in Spain for five years.
The most commonly used type of permit for living and working as self-employed is the initial permit, which can be renewed at a later date.
International mobility - Act 14/2013
Act 14/2013 establishes a new legal framework on highly qualified immigrants. The aim of the law is to attract investments and talent, and to promote an entrepreneurial spirit. We deal with four types of visas covered by the law:
- Highly qualified employees
- Intra-company transfers