I am a Filipino citizen living in the Philippines. I am working in a BPO (business process outsourcing) company and we currently acquired a new client from Spain. New processes needs to be learned and me and a colleague will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain for the training. We have provided the complete documents, and we indicated in our application for a 90 day period as this would entail the whole duration of the training, however, the consulate has advised us to apply for a work visa and not for a business visa, as our application is under "TPS" category, as mentioned by the consul. Furthermore, the consul mentioned that our application is not a short stay period. Then the consul provided us the copy of the requirements for a business visa application.
My question: is there anyway we can appeal as to application to be a business visa and not a work visa? Can we be able to grant a business visa if we amend the travel period to 30 days (we only apply for a 90 day period so as to provide some leeway or lead time in case the visa process would take some time, wherein the actual training days is really for a 30 day period)?
Note: We sent an email to the embassy appealing to grant us business visa instead of applying for a work visa. We stated on our email that we are traveling to Spain only for training as this knowledge is deem necessary and will be part of our operation here in the Philippines. Also we noted that we are an employee here in the Philippines and are not part of the payroll of the inviting client in Spain, and we won't be either during the duration of the travel.
Hope you can provide us enlightenment on how can we be able to grant a business visa instead of applying for a work visa, or what can we do to grant us business visa.