Immigrants with six-month contracts 'will get legal status'

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22 October 2004, MADRID – The Spanish government will offer legal status to immigrants who have contracts for six months, it was reported Friday.

22 October 2004

MADRID – The Spanish government will offer legal status to immigrants who have contracts for six months, it was reported Friday.

Immigrants could arrange legal status in Spain from outside the country, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported.

They will also be allowed 'three months grace' while they apply for legal status once they are living inside Spain.

Government sources told the newspaper that the revised Foreigners Law will include clauses which mean immigrants who work in the agriculture or building sectors will only need a contract of just three months to be able to apply for legal status.

If they can show that they have had a series of short-term contracts this would also entitle them to apply for legal status.

Domestic workers will be able to apply to become legal workers if they can pay social security.

They need to demonstrate that they work for up to 30 hours a week and can get a six-month contract from their employers.

The government will close its round of consultation talks next Tuesday with various unions and business groups over the proposed changes.

Almudena Fontecha, immigration spokeswoman of the UGT union, said: "Now there will exist a guarantee for those immigrants who have a contract and have enrolled in the social system and who support the system."

But critics have said the system is not practical and many employers will be reluctant to provide contracts as it will cost them more.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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