Freelance Visa for Spain
Posted by Sammie
This article has information about alternative ways to get a working visa for Spain in particular for journalists. It will give you detailed instructions on how to get the visa, what documents you need, who to contact and if you are eligible to get a freelancer's working visa for Spain. It can help set up your visa before you have an actual job in Spain which is often hard to do.
Who said it’s next to impossible to get a working visa in Spain? There’s always two ways around everything and for journalists wanting to work in Spain there’s another option when it comes to getting your Spanish working visa.
Journalists looking to move to Spain can get something called a Freelancer’s visa or Collaborator’s visa.(or a Foreign Press Credit as it’s referred to in the Consulate) Basically this is a visa based on employment from an outside media source employing you as their foreign correspondent. All you have to do is prove to them that you are A) a professional journalist (details below), B) employed full time by this particular media outlet and C) that you are the best person for the job. Sound easy? The visa allows you the same benefits as any other type of visa (once you’re in the country it doesn’t matter what you do) and it’s a great alternative than first trying to get a job in Spain and then applying for the working visa, which is traditionally how it has to be done.
Another great thing about this visa is that your work contract with the outside media source is only an informal contract. This makes it easier to get media outlets on board as they don’t actually have to employ you once you’re in Spain. The contract is only a suggestion - the embassy doesn’t have to know that.
When applying for the Freelancer’s visa you must apply for accreditation with the Spanish Consulate who will then contact the Foreign Affairs Ministry to help further the process. It’s best to ask the embassy in the country of residence to point you in the right direction and have someone facilitate and oversee the process. Doing this will make things easier and give you a point person in case problems arise.
Possessing the correct documentation when applying for any type of working visa is extremely important and there is a lot of paper work needed for the freelancer’s working visa. It’s a good idea to make sure the list is completely checked off before sending anything in, to avoid hassle.
The following are a list of documents needed, to apply for a Freelancer’s accreditation. (Note: All documents can be submitted in English and no translation is needed)
- A Letter from the Director or News Editor where you will be employed indicating:
- That the interested party is a professional journalist who has been appointed to carry out news reporting assignments for this media.
- That there is a permanent working relationship between the interested party and the media indicating the salary to be received.
- That the interested party will work exclusively on the designated news reporting mission.
- If there are other accredited correspondents from the same media specify which of them is the Chief Correspondent.
- Characteristics of the media (type of information, broadcast or circulation or audience, etc.)
Note: The letter from the Director or Editor must be on company letter head and be addressed to:
Director General de Información Internacional
(Director General for International Information).
Secretaría de Estado de Comunicación
(Secretariat of State for Communications)
Complejo de la Moncloa (Moncloa Complex)
Telefax: 91 321 42 31
- The letter must also be on company letter head. The rest of the documents that must be submitted for the accreditation visa consist of the following:
- Copy of the valid passport or National ID
- In the case of journalists residing in Spain who are citizens of a non-European Union country or citizens of expansion countries during the transition period a copy of their residency permit.
- Copy of the employment contract.
- Copy of the certifications that authorize their professional activity in the country of origin.
- Professional background of the applicant (CV or Resume)
- Two ID-sized photos.
- Duly completed accreditation application form (Click hee for accreditation application form)Freelance_Application_Form.pdf
In conjunction with the forms for the Freelancer’s visa you must apply for a general long term visa from the Embassy in your country of residency.
To apply for this working visa (it is not a residency visa that is something different) you will need to submit the following:
Note: (All documentation can be submitted in English with no translation needed)
- Passport valid for a minimum of 180 days prior to your intended arrival date.
- Three recent passport size photos.
- Copy of Residence and Employment authorization notified to the employer
- Letter from your Family Physician indicating the following: General health condition. Absence of quarantine diseases including cholera, plague and yellow fever, according to the regulations of the World Health Organization. Absence of contagious, parasitic and infectious diseases. No psychological disorders, mental illnesses, psychosis, delirium or hallucinations. No addictions to drugs.
- Police Record Clearance Certificate issued by the authorities of the country or countries where you have resided during the last 5 years.
- Visa application form completed, signed and returned along with three additional photocopies.
Click here for Visa Application Form Visa-Schengen.pdf