Once you find a job you need to move from a job seeking visa to a work permit. There are two possible work permits:
- Work permit as self-eymployed worker ("por cuenta propia")
If you want to set up your own business, this will be the path to follow. In that sense, there are two options available: doing it trough the entrepreneur visa (if your project is innovative and involves a high level of technology), or going through the regular way.
- Work permit as an employee ("por cuenta ajena")In this case, the first step will be to find a job offer from a company willing to hire you. It is important that the job you find is related to your previous studies, and require the abilities that correspond to your level of education.
Here you also have two options: applying for a regular work permit, or getting one as a highly qualified worker (if your salary is over 40.000€ per year and we are talking about a technical or managerial position).
In the first case the Entrepreneur’s Law will be the applicable one, and in the latter the General Immigration Law. And this has an important implication. Because if the general Immigration Law is applicable, then the national situation of unemployment will be taken into consideration.
If there is a Spanish national or a legal resident who is willing to take that same job as you, she will have priority.
Only in really specific cases (as when you are the children or spouse of a resident in the country, children of a Spanish citizen by origin, etc.) you will have that priority too. Nevertheless, the government stated that if not getting that specific job would risk your ability to possess enough financial means, then the national situation of employment could be skipped.
But if the general rule applies, you can only get that job if there are no other Spanish citizens suitable or willing to be hired by the company.