There are two problems involved when US citizen wants to stay in Spain
(and other EU) countries long term: residence visa and work permit.
They are related. Since you are not planning to wotk for a large corporation,
(which would take care of the paperwork) you may want to look at the general
terms: US citizens can enter EU vithout visa - and stay for 90 days. While
extensions are possible, and often granted, to ignore the rules may lead to
problems on leaving and re-entry.
Non-EU Nationals: Non-EU nationals must obtain a visa for the purpose
of employment before arriving in Spain, the granting of which is
subject to the approval of the work permit. When applying for a visa,
a copy of the application form, passport and medical certificate
certified by the consulate are returned to the applicant as proof of
his application. These must be sent by the applicant to the
prospective employer in Spain with other relevant documentation, who
then applies for a work permit to the provincial office of the
Ministry of Labor (Delagación Provincial del Ministerio de Trabajo).
Rules are summarized here:
1) Teaching in Spain
There are two basic types of initial work permits in Spain: ?Cuenta
Ajena? (for those who are employed by a company, with a contract and
social security) and ?Cuenta Propia? (for those who are
self-employed--also called ?autónomo?--and paying their own social
2) Official info is available here
Residents non-EU who wish to work in Spain must obtain a work permit.
They must also obtain a visa before moving to work in Spain.
A foreign national employee may NOT convert his or her immigration
status from a Visitor status to Work status while remaining in Spain.
RESIDENT INFORMATION GUIDE FOR U.S. CITIZENS RESIDING IN THE BARCELONA
Here is detailed procedure
While I do not argue with the comment, GA Terms_of_Service (see at
the bottom of the page) prohibit
giving legal advice and suggesting or condoning any illegal activity.
To evaluate what could be
a penalty fro illegal activity seems to confilct with at least one of
Nevetrtless, i can suggest this:
3) Learn from experience of others:
The Expatriate Café>Teaching English in Spain>Finding work in Spain
Form a company: (in many EU) countries is easy and allows company to
to own property and engage in busniess (in some cases subject to licence)
In requires some documents and
?3,006 Authorised Share Capital.
5) Consult a lawyer
Work permits shall be applied to the Foreigners' Office (Oficinas de
Extranjeros) or to the provincial office of the Ministry of Labor
(Delegación Provincial del Ministerio de Trabajo), if the foreign
applicant is in Spanish territory...