Access to employment
Your family members can work in Spain provided they can prove that they have obtained a work permit.
Your spouse and children older than 16 years are allowed to work without applying for a work permit.
Your spouse and dependent relatives are entitled to obtain an autonomous permit of residence provided they have financial means, one or more work contracts or they fulfil the general conditions to obtain it.
Your children are entitled to obtain an autonomous residence permit when they reach the legal age and they fulfil the general conditions to obtain it.
Your spouse may obtain an autonomous residence permit after five years of residence and children may obtain an autonomous residence permit when they reach adulthood and have spent at least five years in Spain.
Your spouse and children may obtain a work permit without having independent resident status if the proposed work contract is part-time or for the completion of services.
Long-term residence is generally granted after five years of continuous and legal residence.
This status enables the holder to indefinitely reside and work in Spain.
More on long-term residence in Spain (in Spanish)