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13.06.2024 - Artikel


Online application for work visas

New regulations for skilled workers and their families

Who needs a visa?

Depending on the duration of your stay, your nationality and your residence status in Spain you may need a short-term or a long-term visa:

Short-term visas are also called „Schengen-Visa“ as they allow a stay up to 90 days in a 180-day timeframe in the Schengen area.

If you intend to stay longer than 90 days, you would need a long-term visa (also called „national visa“).

For short stays (up to 90 days), you do not need a visa if

  • You are a citizen of an EU member state
  • You hold a valid Spanish residence permit. Note: a „autorización de regreso“ is not sufficient
  • You do not want to work

For stays of more than 90 days, you do not need a visa if

  • You are a citizen of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the USA or the UK
  • You are a citizen of Andorra, Brazil, Honduras, Monaco or San Marino and do not want to work
  • You are in possession of the Spanish residence permit „residencia de larga duración UE“ / „RE larga DU UE“ (autorización de residencia de larga duración UE de conformidad con la Directiva 2003/109/CE de 25 de noviembre 2003)

You are allowed to enter Germany without a visa and apply for the residence and/or work permit at the local Alien Authority. We suggest, you contact them previously to consult all requirements and necessary documents. In any case you are not allowed to initiate any professional activity until you are in possession of the corresponding working permit.

Additional general information can be found here.

How do I apply for a visa?

You need an appoitment to submit your visa application. Appointments can only be arranged through our online appointment system.

At the moment the German Embassy in Spain does only provide information on the visa procedure and the required documents in German and Spanish. You may also consult the website of the German mission in your home country as the visa process is similar at all German missions abroad.

For any additional question, please contact us via the contact form.

What are the requirements for a health insurance for a national visa (type D)?

Please see the information provided here.



Can I apply for a jobseeker visa or a Chancenkarte?

An opportunity card was introduced on 1 June for a stay to look for a job. Further information and a test to see whether you fulfil the requirements can be found on the official website of the Federal Government for skilled workers:

Information in English

Information in German

Information in Spanish

Soon the application for a „Chancenkarte“ is possible through our online system.

What can I do in case my visa application has been rejected?

Find out more

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