Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorizations.

It is not known by how long visa applications will be delayed. Processing of residence authorizations is currently taking up to two months, rather than the usual 20 working days.

Applications processed under the Entrepreneurs’ Act, including those for highly-qualified employees and intra-company transferees, are decided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rather than by the consulate where the application is submitted.

Action Items

  • Employers hiring foreign national workers under the Entrepreneurs’ Act should consult an immigration specialist for the latest processing times.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.