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Looking for a job: Chef Assistant/ Catering

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2024 11:24am
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Harrison34

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Hello there.

I am going to be spending some time in mojacar from March/September and will ideally like to have a job lined up beforehand.

My family have a property in Mojacar village and I have been visiting there since i was 10 years old.

I have extensive experience in catering here in UK and feel a role in a kitchen would be perfect for me.

If anyone knows or needs help in this field please let me know and i would be happy to discuss it in further detail. 

Hope to hear from you soon.  Muchas Gracias!

BCSURFER

Posted: Sat Feb 3, 2024 12:55pm

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Posted: Sat Feb 3, 2024 12:55pm

Hi, best of luck in your search - I'd just emphasise that unless you have a European Passport or a Work Visa and are not just a UK Passport holder you will find it impossible to find work. If you have all the right papers then leap in with your applications to pretty much anywhere you can! 

.Good luck!!!

Harrison34

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 4:21pm

Harrison34

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 4:21pm

BCSURFER wrote on Sat Feb 3, 2024 12:55pm:

Hi, best of luck in your search - I'd just emphasise that unless you have a European Passport or a Work Visa and are not just a UK Passport holder you will find it impossible to find work. If you have all the right papers then leap in with your applications to pretty much anywhere you can! 

.Good luck!!!...

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Hi there. Thanks for the response. Does this apply to English owned businesses also?

BCSURFER

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:25pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:25pm

Harrison34 wrote on Sun Feb 11, 2024 4:21pm:

Hi there. Thanks for the response. Does this apply to English owned businesses also?

Yes, it doesn't matter the nationally of the owner, its the law that determines whether you can work in Spain. After Brexit, UK citizens lost their right to work in Europe.

It sounds like you're actually a UK passport holder, so if you're after seasonal work here in Spain you will not qualify.

DarioMartin

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:19pm

DarioMartin

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:19pm

BCSURFER wrote on Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:25pm:

Yes, it doesn't matter the nationally of the owner, its the law that determines whether you can work in Spain. After Brexit, UK citizens lost their right to work in Europe.

It sounds like you're actually a UK passport holder, so if you're after seasonal work here in Spain you will not qualify.

Correct - no longer possible for UK passport holders to do seasonal work in Europe.  A Work Permit is required which is difficult to obtain and is a pathway to residency.

It’s not even worth considering trying to work “under the radar” because any reputable business will immediately ask for proof of your work status and won’t touch you if you don’t have work rights as the fines for employing illegal workers are quite stiff

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Harrison34

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:28pm

Harrison34

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:28pm

DarioMartin wrote on Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:19pm:

Correct - no longer possible for UK passport holders to do seasonal work in Europe.  A Work Permit is required which is difficult to obtain and is a pathway to residency.

It’s not even worth considering trying to work “under the radar” because any reputable business will immediately ask for proof of your work status and won’t touch you if you don’t have work rights as the fines for employing illegal workers are quite stiff...

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Thank you for your responses.

Any advice regarding obtaining a Nomad visa?

DarioMartin

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 7:07pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 7:07pm

Harrison34 wrote on Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:28pm:

Thank you for your responses.

Any advice regarding obtaining a Nomad visa?

Well, the first qualification I believe is that you have to have been working for the company for 12 months or more and can derive no more than ohhhhh *I THINK* it’s 15% of your income from businesses based in Spain - HOWEVER visa regulations change so quickly that figure may change.

a DNV is again a pathway to residence and only allows you to carry out the work specified - it doesn’t broaden into a general work permit.

For up to date information on all requirements, you’d need to contact your nearest consulate - I can tell you that the Digital Nomad Visa is one of the two visa classes that *CAN* be applied for from within Spain (the other being the so called “Golden” Visa)

BCSURFER

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 7:17pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 7:17pm

Harrison34 wrote on Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:28pm:

Thank you for your responses.

Any advice regarding obtaining a Nomad visa?

Yes, you need a qualification from formal Education , pref University in a subject specifically related to a field that enables you to work remotely, such as a consultant. You cannot apply for a nomad visa as a chef. You must be able to work digitally/remotely.

 Ifyou don't have a qualification then you need at least 3 years proven experience in that digital field.

If you apply as self employed you need to ha clients that you have worked with for at least 1 year and can demonstrate those earnings with bank statements and invoices and letters/contracts from those clients.

Alternatively your UK employer posts you here without any change to the need for the same qualifications or as evidence of experience. Your employer must have been in business for at least 12 months and you will need an A1 from HMRC which takes several months to be granted.

You also need an ACRO which is a current UK police report, which takes about a month.

Proof of income by way of at least 3 months bank statements and payslips, plus financial evidence of savings. I think that's about 30k euros.

Lawyers fees in Spain to handle all of this for you, approximately 2000 euros.

This is merely a very fast guide but there's plenty on Google.

There is no quick fix via nomad visa for you. Sorry, but those are the hard facts. There is no easy route to work in Europe now.

Geordiemark

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:33pm

Geordiemark

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:33pm

Much as I’ve disagreed with Dario, he’s 100% right in this case. A UK Passport is of no use whatsoever for work post Brexit. 

BCSURFER

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:37am

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Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:37am

DarioMartin wrote on Sun Feb 11, 2024 7:07pm:

Well, the first qualification I believe is that you have to have been working for the company for 12 months or more and can derive no more than ohhhhh *I THINK* it’s 15% of your income from businesses based in Spain - HOWEVER visa regulations change so quickly that figure may change.

a DNV is again a pathway to residence and only allows you to carry out the work specified - it doesn’t broaden into a general work permit....

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For up to date information on all requirements, you’d need to contact your nearest consulate - I can tell you that the Digital Nomad Visa is one of the two visa classes that *CAN* be applied for from within Spain (the other being the so called “Golden” Visa)

If you decide to go ahead with a DNV and need any advice based on direct experience let me know and I'll DM my details as we have immediate family here who completed the process this month.m, so the knowledge we can share is based on fresh experience. 

You can apply from within spain, that is absolutely correct, but you need to check that you qualify first and in your case applying as a chef will not qualify, so you'll need another route to entry. 

You need to have your Spanish NIE number. 

You will also need to have all your supporting documents completed for the DNV and ready for submission so applying for you A1 Certificate from HMRC is a priority and will likely take several months. In some cases, 8 months due to HMRC  backlog.

I emphasise this because your intended work period is so imminent you are realistically going to hit some significant road blocks along the way.  The timeframe alone for the A1 will not match your dates for being here in March to September. 

Assuming you did have everything in order, the application takes up to 21 working days for a response. If the response is silent after 21 days a positive resolution can be assumed.  

A lot of uk citizens are applying without the A1and only posting proof of application. The authorities used to let some applications slip through on that assurance but they do not any longer, so trying this will just get you a knock back and the chance to appeal is only warranted if you have the A1. That appeal gives you a month to hope you have the A1 and ammend your application. 

As you have stated such a tight timeline for arriving and hoping to work, I would emphasise the proof of application does not entitle you to work.  

If you have long term aspirations to live here and can apply as what the visa describes as a "Teleworker" with all the conditions I have previously mentioned including employment already in the UK that enables you to work here, a clean criminal record (ACRO) and can prove you meet the financial criteria on your own merit you could apply. Do not think of doing this without the help of an Immigration Lawyer with DNV experience,  and allow 2000 euros for their services.

The Golden Visa mentioned by the other contributor who is also kindly trying to guide allows you residency if you are of significant financial means, such that you do not require employment in Spain. I'm guessing that isn't you.

I'm a passionate advocate for the DNV and creating opportunity for UK citizens suffering from the restrictions of Brexit so please know that my advice about the complications and timelines is not designed to put you off, just to give you the hard facts that the DNV is by no means a walk in the park, especially when one of the biggest things you need, the HMRC A1 Certificate takes months to be granted, and the application is not a guarantee that it will be approved.

Reach out if you need more advice on DNV. Good luck.

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