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Highly Qualified Professional Visa

The Highly Qualified Professional Visa (PAC) is a residency permit enabling non-European Union citizens to legally live and work in Spain, particularly in highly skilled positions.

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Individuals eligible for this visa include those with higher education or equivalent professional experience of at least three years, graduates or postgraduates from universities and business schools, and individuals with degrees in regulated professions requiring degree homologation. To be eligible you must be a manager overseeing a sizable team within a company, an individual in a technical or specialized role, or a graduate/postgraduate from a reputable university or business school.

The minimum salary requirement for a management position is €54,142 per year, and for a non-management position, it is €40,077 per year.

The application process involves submission via the Unit for Large Companies and Strategic and Economic Sectors (UGE-CE). Required documentation includes a passport-style photo, original passport, background check, application form, fee payment proof, funds proof, qualifications proof, job description, and CV.

The visa also allows free movement within Schengen member countries and permits obtaining residency for spouses, children and dependent adult children. This residence permit allows them to work in Spain as well.

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Requirements to obtain the HQPV

For the granting of an Initial Authorisation for Temporary Residence and Work of a Highly Qualified Professional it is necessary:

1: On the part of the Highly Qualified Foreign Professional:

2: On the part of the Employer:

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FAQs about the Highly Qualified Professional Visa

The Highly Qualified Professional visa is a type of visa that allows individuals with specialised skills and higher education to work and reside in Spain.

Individuals eligible to apply for this visa are those with higher education, equivalent professional experience of at least three years, graduates or postgraduates from recognised universities and business schools, as well as those with degrees in regulated professions that require degree homologation.

The purpose of the Highly Qualified Professional visa is to attract specialised and qualified talent to Spain to contribute to the economic and business development of the country.

This visa offers several benefits, such as the possibility to reside and work legally in Spain, freedom of movement within the Schengen Area, the option to obtain residence for dependent family members and the opportunity to change employers without the need to apply for a new visa. In addition, it can lead to obtaining permanent residence in Spain?

The validity of the residence permit will be for 3 years, or equal to the duration of the contract if it’s less than 3 years. This residence permit is renewable for two years, and afterward, permanent residence can be requested.

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