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Job Hunting as a Foreigner will be easier: New Migration and Asylum Pact 

Aug 23, 2022 | Working Visas

Since the pandemic, international borders have never been so liquid. The Digital Nomad lifestyle gained popularity and made governments adapt their immigration rules to satisfy growing relocation habits and foreigners’ interest in working abroad. 

Despite this expanding trend to live and work in Europe, countries like the United States and Canada hold the top positions as the favourite destinations to relocate for work opportunities. 

The European Union is lagging in attracting talent, and we’ve noticed. But our political leaders are not backing up.

A New Pact on Migration and Asylum is currently being negotiated to solve this problem. It will create, among other things:

  • New policies for attracting foreign talent.
  • It will make it easier for non-community citizens to obtain their legal documents.
  • Foreigners will be able to relocate effortlessly between EU countries.

The 5 Legislations That Will Simply Your Job Hunt In Spain

1. Simplified procedure to apply for residency and work permit as an employee.

This proposal is crucial for avoiding common delays in the process that lead to the employer’s disinterest in hiring. Particularly in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), this type of authorisation usually takes approximately six (6) to eight (8) months from the time the application is submitted, up until the Foreigner’s Identification Card (TIE) is obtained. However, according to the law, the process should take no more than four (4) to five (5) months.

In short, this measure will be very well received by the employer, given that when the employer decides to hire a worker, it is fundamental that the position gets filled as soon as possible.  In this case, we will have to evaluate the deadlines indicated by the Commission and the instructions to implement this streamlining of the process. 

If you’re interested in applying for a work permit in Spain, get in touch with us for proper guidance in this important step. 

2.      Improvement of the eligibility conditions for obtaining long-term residence.

The regulations in force establish that long-term residence, in addition to giving the holder the right to work and reside, requires a legal and continuous stay in Spanish territory. 

This new update will consider the possibility of taking into account periods of residence in other EU countries, which will reinforce the rights of residents to move between and work in the different Member States.

International mobility, EU agreements and globalization, have made Global Mobility and working abroad the norm. Legislation that succeeds to meet this need will become of great benefit for obtaining a much more stable and permanent residence.

3.  Review of the Single Permit Directive.

We must remember that the single permit establishes a simplified application procedure and one single permit for both the right to work and stay in the EU. The proposal aims to simplify and harmonize procedures for low- and medium-skilled workers.

4.      Creation of a platform called “EU Talent Pool” for the reception of qualified personnel, students and foreign graduates

Facilitate is the keyword and ultimate goal in this draft pact. And this policy wishes to create simplified access to foreign candidates and promote a labour exchange designed to cover the staff shortage in the European labour market in sectors such as health personnel, long-term care, technology, etc.

5.   Creation of Eurodac, a new common database on asylum.

The Eurodac Regulation aims to modernize the database of asylum seekers to better manage applications and fight against irregular movements. This policy aims to provide better control on immigration as EU Members will share this database.

Things like the movements of people who entered the EU and relocated from one Member State to another will be monitored. 

First Phase of the New Migration and Asylum Pact Launched, What’s Next?

On 22 June 2022, the Permanent Representatives to the European Union took the first steps towards approving the New Pact by agreeing on adopting the Eurodac.

After that, our current and upcoming political leaders will discuss a roadmap to take forward all these proposals. It is predicted that an agreement on all proposals will be reached by the end of this European Commission legislature.

Now with this initiative, we see that options are opening up for foreigners to participate in job offers available across different EU countries, especially in areas or sectors that were previously unthinkable to apply for.

To know more about the development of this Regulation and other immigration-related topics, contact our team of experts by clicking here.