SPAIN – Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations

The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration.

At the same time, immigration officers are working on clarifying the criteria for approval of applications under the Entrepreneur’s Act.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Management.

SPAIN – Delay in Processing of Applications Under Entrepreneurs’ Act

Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorisations.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados and Visa Management.

SPAIN – Stricter salary criteria for highly-qualified workers under the Entrepreneur’s Act

Effective immediately, the Spanish authorities appear to be requiring a higher minimum salary for residence authorisations for highly-qualified workers under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013).

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados.

SPAIN – Company Signatory Must Prove Residence in Spain or EU

Effective immediately, company representatives acting as signatories for employment contracts for residence permit applications for Highly Qualified Professionals and Intra-Company Transferees must be legally resident in Spain or in another European Union (EU) member state.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados and ERES Relocation Services.

SPAIN – Higher Risk of Denial of Residence Authorisation Application

The Spanish authorities are currently adopting much more restrictive criteria to decide applications for residence permits for Highly Qualified Employees under the “Entrepreneurs’ Act” (Ley 14/2013).

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados.