Staying in Spain after finishing their studies is the great concern of our international students
When you are in Spain as a student, what to do next is always a big question mark.
Whatever your plans are, it is important to know beforehand what your student visa allows you to do.
In the past, unless you have stayed in Spain as a student for more than 3 years, you couldn’t do much to change your permit.
Gladly, the situation has progressively changed and now there are a few more options. Less than what we would like but still an improvement.
What has changed?
Possibility of applying for a new student visa from Spain.
If you are studying a language course or working as an auxiliar de conversación and would like to enrol in a university degree, for example, in the past you would have had to return to your country to apply for a new visa from there.
Currently, if you are in Spain legally, you can apply for a student visa from here up to 30 days before your permit expires.
E.g.: If your student permit currently expires on December 1st, you have until before November 1st to apply for a student visa from Spain.
Getting a work permit
In the past, to be able to obtain a residence and work authorization from a student visa, it would require the applicant to have stayed as a student in Spain for at least 3 years.
With the entrepreneurs’ law (2013) approval, more options became available and include residence for highly qualified workers, residence for entrepreneurs and residence for internship.
IMPORTANT: The job offers for each one of those residences must meet specific requirements defined by the law and government instructions.
Options without authorization to work
There is also the option to stay in Spain legally but without a work authorization.
Under this category, you can find the non-lucrative visa and the job seeker visa options. Both will enable the student to change their visa, stay in Spain for one more year and apply for a work permit by the end of its duration.
Here are some points that we must keep in mind at all times:
- While changing your student visa to another permit, two legislations can be applicable depending on your own circumstances.
- Most of the options will correlate to your educational background
- The possibility to change from student visa to other residence/permit are time sensitive.
- The job offers matters: the student will be able to change their visa depending on the job and salary offer.
- Not all residence possibilities require having a job offer. Nevertheless, for those cases the residence permit wouldn’t allow you to work.
To better understand your situation and which permit would better suit you, contact us!