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If you are considering moving to Barcelona, this site is the perfect source of information for you. Like in any foreign country, it can sometimes be tricky to understand the Spanish bureaucracy. With this is mind, we have summarised all the necessary information regarding the world of work in Barcelona, in the hope that it is useful during your transition to life in a different country. There are many things to take into consideration, so let´s start with the simplest:
Who is allowed to work in Barcelona?
1. European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens
EU/EEA citizens and their family members have the right to live and work in Spain under the same conditions as Spanish citizens.
2. Non-EU and non-EEA citizens
Non-EU/EEA residents need to apply for a visa and a work permit before moving to Spain for work reasons. A work permit can be requested at the Foreigners´ Office in Spain as well as at the Spanish consulate office in the applicant’s home country. There are a few exceptions (Switzerland, for example) so make sure you know how the process works in your country.
Normally you will have to take care of all the paperwork yourself; companies or recruitment agencies generally do not have the time to help, although if you are applying for a specific position they may be able to help you.
(Note: Information on this site is mainly aimed at citizens of the European Union and European Economic Area)