The Spanish Ministry of Migrations on 7 July relaxed the requirements and shortened the deadlines for certain immigration matters concerning the audio-visual sector in order to attract foreign professionals in that sector.1   Among other things, deadlines for work permits are now 20 working days and 10 working days for visas.


These permits are now governed under Law 14/2013 with more flexible timing and procedures, instead of Law 4/2000.2  The procedures needed to be updated to address the new reality, which is aimed at creating important opportunities for this sector in Spain.

Work Permit Procedures for Audio-Visual Sector

Before the new instructions, the immigration procedures for audio-visual professionals were covered under a law from 2000 that did not address the streaming productions of today.

With the approval of the plan to promote the audio-visual sector presented on 24 March 2021, and its inclusion in the Action Plan for the Internationalisation of the Spanish Economy 2021-2022, the cinema industry is now a key, strategic sector.

Therefore, it is now possible to apply for immigration under the procedures and requirements established in Law 14/2013, of 27 September, to support entrepreneurs and their internationalisation.  On 7 July, the Spanish Ministry of Migrations published the new criteria for that law’s application.

The 2013 law addresses work and resident permits for highly-skilled professionals, including intra-company movements and the well-known permit for investors, the Golden Visa.  Law 14/2013 enables shortened procedures and now, for the cinema industry, it allows applying for work permits for the entire staff at the same time.


Any questions or concerns should be directed to your qualified professional adviser or a member of the GMS/People Services team with the KPMG International member firm in Spain.


1  See (in Spanish): Instrucción 1/2021 de la Dirección General de Migraciones relativa a residencia en España del personal, nacional de tercer país, que forme parte del equipo de producciones en el sector audiovisual. ( 

2  See Ley 14/2013, de 27 de septiembre, de apoyo a los emprendedores y su internacionalización published in Boletín Oficial del Estado, núm. 233, de 28 de septiembre de 2013, páginas 78787 a 78882 (96 págs.) at: .  And Ley Orgánica 4/2000, de 11 de enero, sobre derechos y libertades de los extranjeros en España y su integración social published in Boletín Oficial del Estado, núm. 10, de 12/01/2000 at: .

*  Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services.  However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.   


The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Spain.


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