Self-employment Work Visa

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SELF-EMPLOYMENT WORK VISA, allows for a foreigner to enter Spain to live and carry out work or professional self-employment activities. ​


1 year













Eligibility Requirements

4 Eligibility Requirements for Self-employment Work Visa

  • This visa must be applied for in person
  • Application must be submitted at the earliest 90 days in advance to the expected date of travel
  • Residence visas must be picked-up within a month, counting from time you received the notification that it was approved. If later than 30 days, visas will be canceled
  • Within the valid time period of the visa business activities must start and you must register with the Spanish Social Security

Document Requirements

18 Document Required for Self-employment Work Visa

  • Visa application form and visa Documents Checklist​ (Original and photocopy): The application form must be filled out in capital letters and signed
  • One passport-type photo. (White Background, 2x2") glued to the form
  • Passport or Travel Document. (Original and photocopy of the main page). Passport should be no older than 10 years. Please make sure your passport has at least one blank page for the new visa
  • I.D. Card that proves your place of residence is within the jurisdiction of the Spanish Consulate of Los Angeles (Original and a photocopy). You can provide one of the following documents: U.S. Driver license, State I.D. card, Voter’s Registration Card, current Student I.D.
  • (Non-US Citizens only) Alien Registration Card or long term U.S. Visa. (Original and a photocopy)
  • - Holders of B-1 and B-2 Visas cannot apply in the United States; they must apply in their country of residence or country of origin. - Applicants holding Student Visas must also submit their I-20 signed by the university on the last page and a copy of their F-1 Visa
  • Business Plan of Activities that will be carried out, with the anticipated investments shown, your projected profits and the possible amount of jobs created
  • Copy of Documentation that proves the respective training needed, in each case, the professional qualification/certification legally required for the appropriate professional tasks
  • Proof of sufficient economic funds, or contracts of investments or loans from financial institutions. There must be evidence of sufficient funds to establish and maintain employment indefinately
  • Work Permits or Licenses that sanction the building, opening and operation of the planned project
  • Certification of “absence of police records” (18 years of age or older) (Original, photocopy, translation into Spanish, photocopy of translation): Obtain a background check verified by fingerprint comparison. This document is valid for 3 months in reference to the date that it was issued. It must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” and then translated into Spanish
  • Medical Certificate: (Original, photocopy and a translation): It must be recent (Issued within the last 3 months)
  • Disclaimer duly signed
  • Payment of the Visa Fees is accepted with money orders. Money orders are to be addressed to the General Consulate of Spain Los Angeles. Money will not be reimbursed even if the visa is not granted or is cancelled.
  • UPTA certificate
  • Form 790-52 including taxes
  • Form 790-62 plus taxes
  • EX 07 Form

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