Have you ever heard of Costa Brava? If you usually do tourism in Spain, possibly yes. Being the coastal area that covers the entire stretch from Blanes to PortBou, border with France, it is one of the most visited destinations for its delicious climate and fabulous maritime environment.
Until recently, its immeasurable growth was welcomed with open arms by locals and local business owners. However, in recent months, the opposite has happened. Bars, hotels and other establishments have had to reduce their operations.
The reason? Far from facing a problem of low tourism, they face the opposite: a terrible lack of workers. This scenario, as well as many others throughout the country, has driven government policies aimed at repopulation.
And no, we are not only talking about these “programs” where they seek to mobilize the population to the periphery in exchange for benefits. We are talking about real changes in immigration policies, which encourage a young and capable workforce to move to that country.
WHERE DO THE CHANGES START?
Let’s look at the statistics. According to official sources, approximately five million foreigners live in Spain. Most of them, from Latin America and with an irregular migratory situation or, at least, unfavorable. Let’s remember that this is an official number, which may well be insufficient compared to the real number.
Most of these immigrants find themselves in vicious legal circles xnxx, which do not allow them to establish themselves legally to start enjoying the benefits that the country could offer them as citizens. That is where the new Immigration Law Reform comes in.
Its main objective is the due process of those who are in an irregular situation, providing an opportunity to obtain residence and work permits, hoping to fill the vacancies with the greatest demand in the country.
MAIN CASES OF APPLICATION
One of the main foreign groups that will benefit will be foreign students enrolled in Spanish education centers.
One of the main problems so far with the Spanish student visa was the work limitation. While they were studying, they could not work legally to pay for them. This situation gave rise to underhanded hiring, often under unfavorable conditions for the worker.
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The new reform, among other things, will give them access to legal work for 30 hours a week. Likewise, once the studies are completed, the student may stay up to one more year without requesting an extension of their visa. Even, under certain specific criteria, said student may access a work authorization. This legal figure is specially designed for profiles with high demand and low supply in the country.
ROOTED THROUGH TRAINING
Another of the cases contemplated in the reform is access to a temporary residence of up to 12 months if the foreigner acquires a commitment with the state to train in a high-demand labor area.
This modality is incorporated into the list of roots that were already contemplated in the Immigration Law:
- Social roots.
- Labor roots.
HIRING AT ORIGIN
The function of the reform in this space is to make existing conditions more flexible, both for temporary and regular workers.
Let us remember that, until recently, it was possible to access a temporary residence after hiring a Spanish company or organization in your country of origin. The idea is to provide the best and most demanded profiles with benefits that allow them to access temporary or permanent residence more quickly and efficiently.
As a last key point, the reform supposes an improvement in the general conditions to achieve a family reunification of foreign units in Spain.
One of the key elements is the immediate obtaining of work and residence permits at the time of entering the Spanish dream. Likewise, considerable flexibility is observed when the cases involve minors, people with disabilities or in any situation of vulnerability.
And you, what do you think of these measures? Do you consider that they can be seen as an improvement for the life of foreigners in Spain?