Brexit marks the end of freedom of movement and the right to work for Brits in Europe, meaning finding work as an English teacher is more tricky than before. But if you’re a UK citizen wondering how to get a job in Spain, don’t worry, we’ve got it covered!
The UK is now considered a ‘third country’ in Spain, meaning that Brits will need a visa to be able to stay for longer than 90 days and to gain paid employment. This has long been the case for students from countries such as the USA, Australia and South Africa so at TEFL Iberia we have years of experience helping students navigate the visa process.
For English teachers, by far the best option is to obtain a student visa. This allows you to work for up to 20 hours per week as a paid student intern while honing your skills on a course such as our Developing Teacher programme throughout the year. A student visa can be for up to one year, and can be extended yearly within Spain if you decide you would like to stay on for more time.
It is really important that you have your visa sorted before you arrive in Spain. Firstly, you must get an appointment with your nearest Spanish consulate, which in the UK are situated in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. You can get an appointment by emailing with your personal details, the type of visa you require and the time and date you would like the appointment.
The Spanish consulate pages can be tricky to navigate, so we’ve provided you with some direct links here:
Once you haven an appointment, there are some key requirements that you must meet in order to get your student visa and be able to find paid work.
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Once you have gathered all your documents, make 2 photocopies of each (just in case) and take everything to your appointment at the consulate.
Visa applications can be submitted up to 90 days in advance of the date you plan to arrive in Spain, and it is recommended that you leave at least 30 days for the request to be processed. So if you plan to arrive in Spain on 1st July, you can apply for your visa as early as 2nd April but should definitely have your application submitted by 30th June.
Sadly, the glory days of free movement are over but it is still possible to live and work in Spain! What we have outlined here is exactly the same process all North American, Australian, and South African students have always had to go through. At TEFL Iberia we’ve got years of experience in organising student visas, so you are in safe hands.
If you’re thinking about moving to Spain to teach English and would like more guidance through the visa process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org