FacePhi will be trying to attract more international talent after getting listed as a “strategic” company by the Spanish government. The designation comes courtesy of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, and will allow FacePhi to issue special visas to Highly Qualified Professionals for the next two years.
The new hires that receive the special visas will immediately be authorized to take up residency in Spain. FacePhi is hoping that the perk will make it easier to attract top-level talent from all over the world, and build on its explosive growth in the past two years. The company doubled in size to reach 60 employees in 2020, and expanded to more than 150 employees as it approaches the end of 2021. FacePhi is based in Alicante, Spain, and currently offers a hybrid work model that allows people to work from the office or from home.
The General Directorate of International Trade and Investments listed FacePhi as a strategic company for its contributions to the fintech sector, and for its digital onboarding and facial recognition technology in particular. Seventy percent of the company’s employees are taking advantage of the hybrid work model, and 70 percent of those employees are engineers and specialists who perform various technical roles within the company.
“This recognition is important to us, both for the opportunity it gives us to continue incorporating highly qualified professionals into our project, and for the support it represents for technological innovation promoted by SMEs,” said FacePhi President and CEO Javier Mira. “Identity verification technology is becoming more and more integrated into our daily lives, and will play a fundamental role in the digital transformation of companies and institutions.”
FacePhi’s staff were recently recognized with a Telecommunications Talent Award from Valencia’s Official College and Association of Graduates and Technical Telecommunications Engineers. The Spanish Chamber of Commerce also presented the company with its National SME Award for 2020.
November 16, 2021 – by Eric Weiss