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Facts & Stats

To hire a foreign national in Spain, you need to ensure that they obtain a work permit. This means they must be employed by a Spanish entity and go through the lengthy immigration process. Our Employer of Record (EOR) model can simplify this process. We take on all liabilities associated with hiring the employee, sponsor their visa, and handle the paperwork for their work permit application.


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Supported visa types High Qualified Worker Permit
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Processing time 3-5 mo.
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Currency EUR (€)
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Capital Madrid
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Languages Spanish

Frequently asked questions

Requirements vary between visa types, refer to our Immigration guide to find more information. 
The estimated timeline to get a work permit in Spain is 3-5 months.
With the EOR model, Deel, as the employer, can sponsor and handle the visa application.

The employee can only start working:

  • When in Spain, holding an entry Visa or
  • With an approval letter from the immigration countries when already in the country.

Employees in need of a change of employer, visa renewal, transfer or extension can be onboarded with the approval letter and do not need the Residence Permit card to be ready.