ANDORRA: CHANGES IN RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS ANNOUNCED

On September 12, 2022, the session of the General Council (parliamentary chamber of the Principality of Andorra) held the political orientation debate, which began with the intervention of the Head of Government, Xavier Espot.

In this intervention, the Andorran president communicated a series of measures aimed, according to Mr. Espot himself, at moving towards a more harmonious and balanced model of the country with resources and a tourism model. Espot himself, to move towards a more harmonious and balanced model of country with resources and a more sustainable and quality tourism model.

In this programmatic context, the Head of Government announced measures to enable the Principality to opt for value-added foreign investor profiles, in areas such as innovation and sustainability.

Specifically, Mr. Espot announced the increase in the amount of economic investment or deposit to be made by the applicants in the passive or self-employed residence who decide to settle in Andorra.

Thus, in the case of passive residents, the necessary investment would increase from 400,000€ to 800,000€ and in the case of self-employed residents, the deposit to be made would increase from 15,000€ to 50,000€.

The Head of Government clarified that limitations will be introduced in the case of investments in real estate in order not to introduce further tension in the housing market.

It was also announced the intention that these announced legal changes should be imminent and approved through the urgency procedure instead of the ordinary legislative procedure.

At the time of writing, there is no record of any legal initiative having been presented in this regard, so we will be ready to follow up on any developments in this regard. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

HAVE YOU RECENTLY VISITED CUBA AND NEED TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES?

For those foreigners who have been in Cuba as of January 12, 2021, it will no longer be sufficient to present the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), but in any case it will be necessary to apply for a visa at the Consulate General or Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy of the applicant’s place of residence.

To obtain the visa it is necessary to go in person to the consular appointment and currently, the U.S. Embassy in Spain is granting appointments for August 2023.

For this reason it is important to work on the visa application well in advance for those who have to visit the United States even if the trip is not imminent.

At ExpatFeliu we remain at your disposal to support you in the processing of the corresponding visas!

END OF THE COVID PASSPORT AND THE FORM TO SPAIN

The Ministry of Health has eliminated the obligation to present the COVID passport and the traveler’s form to passengers entering Spain by plane or ship.

The elimination comes into force today, Tuesday, September 20, from 00:00. The resolution, published on Monday, September 19, modifies the resolution of April 1 on the sanitary controls to be carried out at the entry points of Spain.

 

Why has it been modified?

The Ministry has considered it appropriate to apply the modification in order to favor the normality of international mobility with the least impact on public health, since the General Directorate of Public Health considered it convenient to modify some aspects of the previous resolution.

 

Spain Travel Health unnecessary

The application required passengers to complete before departure, as a responsible declaration, the health control form through the App or the web.

After validating the document, the App generated an individual Qr for each traveler that had to be presented to the transport company.

Section 9 of the resolution, where cruise-type passenger ships making international voyages and sailing through territorial sea waters will not have to comply with the conditions previously applied, is also left without effect.

 

If you have any doubts about this, you can contact us and our team specialized in internationalization will advise you and give you more information about the entry restrictions to the Spanish state.

REFORM OF THE LAW ON FOREIGNERS

On August 16, 2022, the new Regulation of the Organic Law 4/2000, on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain and their social integration, came into force. The reform aims to simplify and streamline the hiring of foreigners and facilitate the attraction of international talent. The construction of multicultural teams in companies helps internationalization processes

Main novelties introduced:

  1. Broader catalog of occupations that are difficult to cover to facilitate the hiring of foreigners in Spain
  2. Reduced deadlines to encourage the hiring of foreigners in the country of origin.
  3. Longer renewal period for Residence Cards (T.I.E.)
  4. Facilities for foreigners to obtain a self-employment permit
  5. Student visas will allow foreigners to work automatically, for longer hours and without geographical limitations.
  6. Elimination of the previous 3-year time limit required to change the student visa to a work permit.
  7. Improvements in the requirements necessary for family reunification.
  8. Major changes in labor and social roots.
  9.  Facilities for family members of Spaniards to settle in Spain.
  10. Creation of the new figure of «arraigo» for training purposes.
  11. The renewed work permit will allow the foreigner to work both as an employee and self-employed person.

 

From Expat Feliu we can accompany you in the design of your impatriation policies and give you comprehensive advice in the areas of migration, labor, tax and everything related to the needs of relocation and landing of foreign workers to our country.