On 17 May, the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, confirmed in Congress that his department has drawn up a new instruction on training requirements for foreigners to join the labour market, which reduces the requirements initially envisaged in the first instruction issued six months ago.
Specifically, the new regulations concern the figure of “family roots”, which was included in the reform of the regulations on foreigners last July.
According to the regulations, foreigners who can prove they have lived in Spain for at least two years and have no criminal record will be granted a one-year residence permit, extendable for another year, as long as they undertake to “undertake regulated employment training or obtain official accreditation of professional qualifications” in sectors that need labour.
In the six months that have passed between the first and second instruction, 22,000 requests have been registered from foreign applicants who, after spending two years in our country, want to train in order to enter the labour market.
What the Ministry wants to do is to soften the requirements established by the first institution, defined by the Minister himself as “too rigid” and to deepen this figure from a point of view of social sensitivity and including, above all, those people (especially women) whose family situation prevents them from participating in long classroom courses and who, for this reason, have asked to include, through the voice of associations in the sector, the possibility of taking distance courses, during weekends or reducing the number of hours necessary for completion.
Such long periods of training can encourage the black economy because of the impossibility of not being able to earn an income for a long period of time.
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