Spain modifies its immigration policy

Spain modifies its immigration policy
To answer a serious shortage of manpower, particularly in the tourism, construction, transport and agriculture sectors, the Spanish government voted at the end of July on a reform to facilitate immigration procedures. People already working or studying in Spain as well as people in an illegal situation are mostly concerned.

The reform, as a whole, aims to improve the migration model and procedures, considered unsuitable for the current unemployment rate (13.65% – one of the highest in the euro area), alleviate the shortage of jobs in certain sectors and reduce periods of irregularity generating high social costs.

Foreign citizens already residing in Spain

Any foreign person residing in Spain for at least two years and having worked for at least 6 months during this period, in an irregular situation or not, will have the opportunity to follow a training course on positions linked to a penal sector of activity. Once the training is completed, they will be able to apply for permanent residence.

Foreign students already residing in Spain

Until now, students following a training in Spain had to prove 3 years of residence in the country before being able to exercise a professional activity. From now on, it is possible for them to work up to 30 hours during their studies, and to take a job at the end of their studies.

Family reunification and the issuance of work permits for tense areas should also be facilitated. The Spanish government also plans to standardize procedures for a greater efficiency, and will soon release a list of shortage professions open to foreign citizens.

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