THE Spanish government has authorised work permits for more than 1,000 Argentine students to enter the country and apply for roles.
The applicants are made up of students between the ages of 25 and 30 years with medium and high qualifications in the technological, research and financial sectors.Out of 3,000 applicants, 1,084 have been selected to receive a three month work visa. In that time they will have chance to have interviews with the companies they organised whilst in Argentina, and once a role has been confirmed, contracts and residencies will be issued.
The scheme is the first implementation of an existing policy that was originally drafted in 2003, however this pioneering authorisation sees the first time it has been used.The scheme was part of President Pedro Sanchez’s plan to open Spain’s doors to legal migration, providing a relief from the bureaucratic minefield involved with migrating and finding work.
Secretary of State for Migration, Consuelo Rumí explained:“The main objective of this project is to consolidate a route of entry for professionals who, being of foreign nationality,maintain a link with Spain through their parents or grandparents,””The selection has taken into account the bes employability profiles and the needs of Spanish companies,” she continued.
Argentina was chosen as the first nation to participate in the initiative due to it’s strong links to Spain. According to the latest INE data, 465,666 Spaniards are currently living in Argentina. The Argentine government has also expressed a strong interest and maximum collaboration in the scheme.