Spain Reforms Immigration Route for Foreign Workers

The Spanish government has eased the route to work for undocumented migrants living in Spain. The bill, passed on July 26, reforms existing immigration law, makes it easier for Spanish employers to hire workers, and eases the work permit requirements for workers already resident in Spain.

When in effect, the bill will enable nearly 500,000 undocumented workers to join the official workforce. Workers who have lived in Spain for two or more years can apply for temporary residence by enrolling in job-training courses in industries with the greatest need for workers. International students will be able to work for up to 30 hours per week while in school and may start work at the end of their course of study.

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Spanish government officials say this immigration reform will help regulate migration and make it safer. Erickson Immigration Group will continue to share updates as more news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.