Recently, Spain has implemented Directive 2016/801 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, study, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing. It is effective from 4 September 2018. 

The Entrepreneurs’ Act 14/13 and Royal Decree 557/11 have been amended to include new permits to facilitate foreign nationals’ research activities, their mobility within the EU and the option for researchers and students to seek an employment. 

Ana Garicano, partner at Sagardoy Abogados