What are the general hiring practices for companies interested in hiring native English-speaking foreigners who are non-EU members?

QuestionsCategory: Work PermitsWhat are the general hiring practices for companies interested in hiring native English-speaking foreigners who are non-EU members?
Anonymous asked 3 years ago
2 Answers
Christina Samson answered 3 years ago

Hi there, well that really depends on the organization (how big it is, have they been around for a few years and are they financially sound? or are they a start-up that’s brand new? or is it for an individual) and what the specifics of the job are 🙂
Could you give us more information?

Shaheen S. answered 3 years ago

I second Christina, tell us what you mean by “hiring practices.” Really generally, most companies prefer that you already have a work permit. However, if you do the heavy lifting in processing your work permit application on your own, a company that really wants you would often be willing to help you out. 
Large multi-nationals generally have processes in place, and are often willing to sponsor employees for work permits, if it’s for a role they can’t find a local person to fill. 
In general, I find that there are a lot of opportunities for native English speakers in Spain (pay is another issue, though!). 
I hope that helps. If you add more details to your question we might be able to help more!

Jessica replied 3 years ago

Hi! I actually need to ask the same question, but specifically regarding what the norm might be regarding non-EU citizens who wish to teach English in Spain. I’ve heard it’s incredibly difficult, especially in a smaller city (300k people), to get a work visa; instead, ESL/EFL teachers have opted to overstay their tourist visa.

Jessica replied 3 years ago

Hit “post” by accident before saying thank you! I really appreciate it!

Shaheen S. replied 3 years ago

Hi Jessica, I had overlooked your question before. Yep, its difficult to get a work permit for teaching English. Most people start out doing the government sponsored grant program, to be an English teaching assistant. Once you’ve been in Spain for three years, then you can apply for a work permit more easily. Here you have some information about the teaching assistant program: http://www.mecd.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html