Highly Qualified Professionals

Information for highly qualified foreign professionals

If you are interested in working in a company in Spain as a highly qualified professional (HQP) or you are a graduate or postgraduate from universities and prestigious business schools, and you have a job offer, you may be eligible to apply for a HQP residence permit.

Information for companies in Spain

If you want to hire a third country national as a HQP, you can take advantage of the high qualified professional residence permit. For that, your company:

  • Has to be a large business or corporate group
  • Has to be a SME in strategic sector
  • Has to develop a business project of general interest

In addition to that, if you want to hire a graduate or postgraduate from universities and prestigious business schools as a high qualified professional you can also take advantage of the HQP residence permit regardless of the size of the company, the sector in which you operate or the activity developed.

Who has to apply for the residence permit?

The company which intends to incorporate HQP or legal representative of the company must apply for the residence permit.

Where does the company apply for the residence permit?

At the Large Business and Strategic Groups Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos (UGE-CE)).

What documents have to be provided with the application?

Certification indicating that the company is: 

  • A large business or corporate group 
  • An SME in a strategic sector: Report from? the Directorate-General for Trade and Investment.
  • Developing a business project of general interest. Report from? the Directorate-General for Trade and Investment.

Copy of the contract or professional relationship.

Job description.

HQP´s Resume.

HQP´s passport.

HQP´s Background checks.

In case of graduates or postgraduates: HQP´s university degree or HQP´s qualification from a prestigious business school.

Does the company have to submit supporting documentation every time it requests authorization for a PAC?

The company supporting documentation which must be registered in the UGE-CE, is submitted once. It is valid for 3 years, renewable as long as the requirements are maintained. Registered companies can benefit from a simplified procedure.

We are experts in assisting highly skilled foreign professionals who wish to establish their careers in Spain.

Our team of immigration experts are well versed in the nuances of the requirements and procedures associated with visas for highly skilled professionals. We will provide you with comprehensive support at every stage of your journey, from helping you identify the most appropriate visa category to ensuring the correct submission of your application.

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