Amnesty brings 130,000 into legal fold

10th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 March 2005, MADRID- Nearly 130,000 foreigners have applied for legal status the government's major reform of the immigration system started last month.

10 March 2005

MADRID- Nearly 130,000 foreigners have applied for legal status the government's major reform of the immigration system started last month.

Under new rules adopted by Spain's Socialist government late last year, an undocumented immigrant may attain legal status by producing a work contract of more than six months' duration, evidence of residing in Spain at least half a year and proof of no criminal record.

The measure requires employers to start the regularization process, though exceptions apply.

Spanish Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jesus Caldera said the highest number of applications by nationality - over 41,000 - were filed on behalf of Ecuadorians, followed by Moroccans, Colombians and Romanians. Several other nationalities make up the remainder.

Caldera said at the beginning of the amnesty period, which closes in April, "we asked employers not to bunch up their requests in the first few days, but now I think we have to insist they start filing them.

"The administration is working fine, and it would be best not to leave the petitions for the last minute."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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