The visa requirements for working in each of the host countries are detailed below. In general, EMBL will provide every assistance in obtaining the required visas/work permits. It is important that you start the visa process well in advance by contacting EMBL.

Germany

Visa requirements for Staff members and fellows

Due to the special status of EMBL as an intergovernmental organisation you will not need a working visa but, depending on your nationality, you may need an entry visa. Please check with the German Embassy in your place of residence and on the website of the Auswärtiges Amt.

Once in Germany, EMBL will register you with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from which you will receive a special permit (Sonderausweis) which allows you to work at EMBL, to live in Germany and to travel within the Schengen countries. Family members are also entitled to the “Sonderausweis” which includes a work permit for your life companion.

United Kingdom

EMBL-EBI staff and their families (life companions and dependent children) have a special immigration status. Because of this, it is not necessary to go through the usual entry clearance visa procedure. For more information please contact: hr@ebi.ac.uk.

Italy
If you have a non-EU passport, you need to apply for a visa (Visto per Missione) at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your current place of residence. Without the correct visa you will not be permitted to stay in Italy and will have to return to your country to reapply. Once in Italy, non-Italian members of personnel (including their non-working life companion and dependents) receive an ID card from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs instead of having to register with the local Police Authorities, which otherwise would be required under Italian law. For more information, please visit: http://www.esteri.it/visti/home.asp
France
If you have a non-EU passport, you need to apply for a Visa D at the French Embassy/Consulate in your current place of residence. Without this Visa you will not be permitted to stay in France. Once in France, non-French members of personnel (including their non-working life companion and dependents) receive a document called “Titre de Séjour” delivered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information
Spain
Due to the special status of EMBL as an intergovernmental organisation you will not need a working visa but, depending on your nationality, you may need an accreditation visa if you are a national of these countries. Please check with the Spanish Embassy in your place of residence and on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Once in Spain, EMBL will register you with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from which you will receive an accreditation card which allows you to work at EMBL, to live in Spain and to travel within the Schengen countries. Family members are also entitled to this card.