Short stay procedure
Short periods: Sum of successive periods, not exceeding 90 days (three months) per six months from the date of first entry onwards.
There are three types of entry procedures that allow short stays in Spain:
Enables the holder to remain in the territory of Member States that are part of the Schengen Area up to a maximum of ninety (90) days per six months, over either one uninterrupted period or successive periods.
This can be applied for by foreigners who meet any of the following conditions:
Technical or scientific personnel invited or contracted by the Government, the Autonomous Regions,. the universities, local entities or organisations who aim to promote and develop research which is mainly promoted or participated in by the above.
Teaching staff or technical personnel, researcher and scientist invited or contracted by a Spanish university.
Senior personnel, teacher or researcher, from cultural or educational institutions dependent on other Countries, or private foreign entities of accredited prestige, officially recognised by Spain, which develop cultural and teaching programmes in their respective countries.
Members of international scientific missions who plan to carry out work and research in Spain, authorised by the competent State or Regional Administration.
The timeframe for resolving the temporary residency with work permit exception will be a maximum of seven days, to which will be added the processing of the visa.
This permit is intended for enterprises established in a State not belonging to the European Union or European Economic Area which intend to send a worker to Spain to whom the community regime does not apply (a researcher), with whom, during the moving period, they maintain and will maintain a working relationship under one of the following circumstances:
When the person is moving on account of, and under the direction of, the foreign company as part of the completion of a contract.
When the person is moving to workplaces in Spain of the same company or group of companies.
When the employees moving are highly qualified and the purpose of the move is to supervise and advise on work or services that companies based in Spain go abroad to undertake.
Other criteria, in addition to the general ones, are that the worker has stable, regular residency in the country or countries in which the company sending him/her to Spain is established, that the professional activity is of a usual nature and that he/she has worked there for at least a year and has served the company for a minimum of nine months.
The authorisation is limited to one occupation and a specific territorial area, and the length of stay shall coincide with the established trip time, up to a maximum of one year.
If a foreign researcher is a resident in Spain, he or she must have the exemption recognised at the Inmigration Office in the province where the work will begin.
If a foreign researcher is not a resident in Spain, he or she must apply for the corresponding short duration stay or residency visa at the Spanish Consular Office in their country of residence.