More than 866,790 migrants received residence and work permits in Spain in 2021

Spain recorded last year more than 866,790 applications for residence and work authorizations by foreigners, reaching the record number of requests per year in the 2012/2021 historical series. This figure represents an increase of 28.57% compared to 2020 and 11.60% compared to 2019.

This was revealed this Tuesday, August 9, by the Ministry of Territorial Policy, which has announced the incorporation of 295 public employees of reinforcement in the different Immigration Offices throughout the country to deal with the increase in applications for residence and work authorization in recent years.

The Government reinforces the Immigration offices to resolve the file of 200,000 migrants

The objective of this reinforcement is, as he explains, to reduce the number of authorizations in process and the resolution times. Thus, the Executive calculates that with this staff approximately 190,000 files will be reduced pending resolution, the regularization of British citizens after Brexit will be completed and the upward trend in applications submitted by citizens of other nationalities will be addressed.

In this way, the 295 new public employees will be distributed as follows between the Immigration Offices of the different communities: Madrid (56), Catalonia (61), Illes Balears (19), País Valencià (38), Andalusia (49 ), Canary Islands (23), Castile-La Mancha (4), Aragon (7), Euskadi (9), Galicia (2), Murcia (15), Navarra (3), Asturias (3), Ceuta (2), Melilla (2), Cantabria (1) and La Rioja (1).

Reform of the regulation

Precisely, the Government approved at the end of July a reform of the Immigration Regulations to facilitate the incorporation of foreigners into the labor market.

With this change, the Executive provides for “streamlining and updating” the figures of social and labor roots, as well as the authorization to reside due to family reunification. Likewise, a new figure of roots by training is incorporated to allow migrants who have been in Spain irregularly for two years and want to train in particularly deficient professions, to be able to do so.

In order to benefit from this last modality, the foreign person must undertake to undertake regulated training for employment, and although you can be trained in the sector or profession you want —the occupational training provided by the State Public Employment Service (SEPE)— will also be valid, you will have more facilities if you do it in sectors where there is more demand for workers. To obtain the residence permit, they must prove that they have signed an employment contract.


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