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  • kstenchoi
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    4 April, 2013 at 21:55
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    Hi All!

    I recently got my TEFL certificate and am hoping to find a job in Spain (Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, or Barcelona). I’m an American citizen without a work visa/NIE. I’m a native English speaker who also taught a few classes this past month while studying to get my certificate so I feel confident in my skills as a teacher even though the experience isn’t necessarily there.

    I’m trying to look for work but don’t know how to go about doing it and what places would hire me with my restrictions. Does anyone have any advice or know any schools/institutions who would be willing to hire me? I’d want to stay and teach for 1-3 years so I’d be willing to sign a contract of course, as long as the school could help me out with a visa.

    Please let me know. Any advice would be wonderful!

    Kristen

    Briona
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    5 April, 2013 at 13:27
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    Reply To: Looking for jobs in Spain- American Citizen w/o work visa

    Hi there,

    The bad news is that without a passport from an EU member state, your chances of finding legal work in Spain, or indeed anywhere else in Western Europe, are slim to none. Law dictates that employers in the EU cannot just hire non-EU citizens – they have to first prove that there were not suitably-qualified EU citizens who could do the job. As you can imagine, that’s not a very likely proposition.

    To add to the complications, as a non-EU citizen, you would be entering Spain on a Schengen (tourist) visa, which gives you 90 days in the zone, after which, you have to leave not just Spain, but the entire zone for a further 90 days. To find out more, see http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/schengen/index_en.htm.

    If you are keen to work (legally) in Spain, your best bet, assuming you meet the criteria, would be to apply to one of the auxiliares programmes. Note that as an EU citizen I am merely aware of these programmes – I cannot vouch for any of them so please DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH before applying.

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    North American Language and Culture Assistants Programme: A very popular programme offering teaching assistant placements in Spain. Applications for the 2013/14 academic year opened on 10 January 2013. Note that early application is essential. See: http://www.educacion.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html

    Bilingual English Development and Assessment (BEDA): A private organisation that places language assistants in Catholic schools primarily in Madrid, Spain, but also in the a few other places in Spain. Note that this programme is also open to Australians and New Zealanders. Applications for the 2013/14 academic year closed on 31 January 2013. See: http://www.ecmadrid.org/beda/Auxiliares%20de%20conversacion/iwant.html

    Unión de Cooperativas de Enseñanza de Trabajo Asociado de Madrid (UCETAM): Programme placing US citizens as English Teaching Assistants in schools in Madrid. Their website is in Spanish (so language proficiency is definitely required) and is fairly light on information but there are at least contact details. See: http://www.ucetam.org/

    Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE): This programme offers teaching assistant placements in Spain. The deadline for applications for the 2013/14 academic year is 15 April 2013. See: http://www.ciee.org/teach/spain/

    Fulbright: Programme placing US citizens as English Teaching Assistants all over Europe. Language proficiency may be required. See: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/eta-program-charts (click on Europe to see placements, grants and language requirements).

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    Hope that helps.

    Briona

    ICAL TEFL
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    6 April, 2013 at 9:19
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    Reply To: Looking for jobs in Spain- American Citizen w/o work visa

    I’d agree. It is hard for non-EU teachers to find work in Europe but not impossible. There are quite a number about but getting a start is the big difficulty.

    This may help: Non-EU Teachers in the EU.

    Usually it’s a matter of being able to offer a school something extra either in terms of skills or experience and then giving the school a reason to go through the paperwork to get you. In reality if a school wants to employ an American (for example) then it’s pretty straightforward but it’s just far easier to employ a British or Irish teacher.


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    kstenchoi
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    6 April, 2013 at 11:24
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    Reply To: Looking for jobs in Spain- American Citizen w/o work visa

    Thank you both for your helpful responses.

    I was getting very discouraged at my prospects of finding a job here. I got my TEFL certificate in London so I’m still here trying to find a job since I thought would it be easier to move from London to Spain/France/Italy when I found a job. However, now I see that going back to New York and getting a visa from the embassy would be easiest.

    I was wondering if it mattered where I got a work visa from and which embassy might be quicker/easier with a visa. If I got a work visa from the Spanish embassy could I still use that visa to work in other countries or would that just be for Spain? Not sure how it all works…

    Also how possible is it to get a work visa back in the US for a EU country without a job offer? Wouldn’t I need a sponsor?

    Thank you so much again for your help. I really appreciate it!

    Briona
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    6 April, 2013 at 18:33
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    Reply To: Looking for jobs in Spain- American Citizen w/o work visa

    Also how possible is it to get a work visa back in the US for a EU country without a job offer? Wouldn’t I need a sponsor?

    It’s not possible. To qualify for the work visa you need to have a job offer, which you are most unlikely to get thanks to EU hiring laws.

    As I said above, your best bet, should you meet the criteria, is to apply for one of the auxiliar programmes. Alternatively, you could enrol on a course at a Spanish school or university for a minimum of 20hrs pw and apply for a study visa, which I believe allows you to work for up to 20hrs pw.

    Briona

    Nativecreative
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    9 November, 2013 at 13:08
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    Reply To: Looking for jobs in Spain- American Citizen w/o work visa

    Let me say that the above posts are not entirely accurate.
    It IS possible to get employed in the EU as a US citizen, at least as an EFL teacher in Spain. We are a small school and have previously employed Americans and gone through the paper work to get them their work visa.
    What you need to do is be someone that it is worth employing, like any other job application. If you are someone who is committed to the work, bright and qualified, then you can find employers who will want you and hire you, inspite of the paperwork (which you can mostly take off the hands of your employer, so it is actually not that big a deal).
    So dont be disheartened, and just be proactive and come with a great work ethic, and you will stand out!

    Anoula
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    21 August, 2015 at 10:04
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    Hi, everyone,

    do you maybe know what is the situation for getting the job in Spain for the citizens of European countries (but not EU members)?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Regards

    BillSandi
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    24 September, 2017 at 8:05
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    Hi, maybe someone knows how can I get Spain residence permit if I live in Poland? Need a company name or something. Actually, thinking about this one http://www.bizbon.com/services-in-spain/temporary-residence-permit/ but I still need your advice. I appreciate all recommendations.

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