Spain open its doors to everyone for issuing residence permits starting May 20

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The Ministry of Immigration in Spain has announced the start of a more favorable application for workers from other countries, as simplified procedures for issuing individual residence and work permits will begin to be issued as of next May 20.

Residence permits according to simplified procedures

It is worth noting that many member states within the European Union will also begin issuing residence and work permits to foreigners according to a simplified procedure.

The Ministry of Immigration in Spain explained that once the new individual permit directive, approved during the Spanish Presidency of the Council, enters into force, a set of equal treatment rights for foreign workers in the bloc will also begin to apply.

Approved during the Spanish Council Presidency, the new Individual Permit Directive will take effect on May 20. Revision of this norm resulted in a set of equal treatment rights for foreign workers and Union nationals as well as a streamlined process for granting residence and work permits.

Apply for a permit

Per the Individual Permit Directive, non-citizens can apply for a permit that doubles as a work and residence permit without going through drawn-out and onerous processes.

A number of changes, beginning with the jobless term and streamlining the processes for granting individual permits, will be implemented once the directive takes effect.

Soon, if they continue to be unemployed, foreign workers will also be permitted to stay longer on EU territory.

Third country nationals will not need to leave the country

An other significant development is that nationals of third countries will not need to leave the EU Member State they are in in order to apply for the permission. If they already live and have a residence permit in an EU nation, they will be eligible to apply for a single permit there as well.

Apart from the aforementioned, the officials underlined that the new order will enhance the safeguarding of foreign workers against exploitation.

Restrictive laws on the rights and working conditions of foreign workers will be mostly unenforceable by member states. Furthermore, they have to make sure that workers from outside the European Union receive the same treatment.

Expanding the rights protected by law

As several civil society organizations have demanded, the rights protected by the law are being broadened and significant action is being done in areas like equitable access to private rental housing.

EU members will have two years from the day the new regulation goes into effect to amend their national legislation if needed.

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