On 8 November 2022, Royal Decree number 889/2022 of 18 October came into force, which introduced a new “express” system of recognition and declaration of equivalence of officially valid degrees or diplomas obtained in the framework of foreign higher education systems.

Prior to this law, the procedure for recognition of foreign degrees could take up to 2 years, but now, following this reform, the public administration is obliged to issue a decision within a maximum period of 6 months from the receipt of the application (hence the name “express”).

If the homologation and equivalence procedures were initiated under the provisions of the previous Law, Royal Decree 967/2014, of 21 November, it will be possible to submit a new application as provided for in the reform, provided that you have not yet been notified of the hearing procedure in the previous file and that the new application includes a request for withdrawal of the previous procedure.

In these cases, it will not be necessary to pay the corresponding administrative fees again, provided that the previous fees have been paid correctly.

Finally, it is important to note that this Law only applies to official university degrees that correspond to studies already completed and that it only covers those professions regulated in Spain and contained in the annex of the Law itself.

If you need more information about the new “express” recognition and declaration of equivalence procedure, do not hesitate to contact us!


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