In August 2022, Spain introduced an innovative residency route in its immigration policy – the Arraigo for Training. This pathway provides a new opportunity for non-EU nationals interested in furthering their education in Spain.
Understanding the Arraigo for Training
The inclusion of the Arraigo for Training in Spain’s Reglamento de Extranjería marks a significant change, making it one of the four recognised ‘Arraigo’ or roots-based residency categories:
- Social Roots
- Labor Roots
- Family Roots
- The recently added Training Roots
The Core of Arraigo for Training
Governed by Article 124 of the Immigration Regulations, this pathway grants a 12-month residency to non-EU nationals who:
- Can demonstrate a continuous two-year stay in Spain.
- Show a commitment to engage in formal employment training, university courses for skill enhancement, or programs leading to professional certifications.
- Maintain a clean record, with no criminal convictions in Spain or their previous countries of residence for the last five years.
Upon successful completion of the training, it is possible to transition to a work permit, provided there is a job offer that complies with Spain’s minimum wage guidelines.
Key criteria to keep in mind include:
- A demonstrable continuous two-year stay in Spain.
- No criminal record in Spain or in one’s home country or any other country of residence during the preceding five years.
- Prompt enrollment in an approved training program within three months of receiving residency.
- Furnishing proof of enrollment is crucial; failure to comply could result in the revocation of residency.
For a smooth application process, ensure you have:
- A correctly filled EX-10 form.
- An up-to-date passport.
- Evidence of your consistent presence in Spain.
- A written commitment to your chosen training or course.
- Clean criminal record certificates.
- Any non-Spanish documents should be appropriately legalised and translated by certified translators.
Application Procedure & Future Possibilities
All applications should be submitted to the local Immigration Office. Once your training is completed and you have a relevant job offer, you can easily transition this type of residency to a full-fledged work permit.
The “Work” Aspect of Arraigo for Training Residency
A common question in this context is about the possibility of working. The primary focus of this residency is on training and skill enhancement, and direct employment under it is not an option. However, once the training phase concludes, there is potential to switch to a work-oriented permit if you have a suitable job offer.
The underlying idea is to facilitate a transition from an irregular status to a regular one, equipped with the right skills and ready to contribute to Spain’s job market.
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