- The Spanish government is working on new legislation that will allow foreign students to stay in the country for the duration of their studies.
- It also plans to extend their work rights after they graduate.
- These reforms are part of the country’s efforts to address the increasing number of international students.
Students from all over the world, who are planning on studying at one of Spain’s 76 universities may soon have easier access to doing so. The country’s government is currently working on a new legislation (LOSU) that will allow non-EU students to stay in the country for the duration of their studies and will also be able to extend their stay after they graduate.
Currently, non-EU students in the country can only get residence permits for a year. They are also required to apply for an extension to stay in the country to be able to finish their studies. After the culmination of their studies, they are allowed to apply for a post-study work visa, granting them 1 year to stay in the country to find work. However, within this year, they are not permitted to work, which makes it difficult for them to remain in the country.
A legislation, known as the LOSU, is currently undergoing parliamentary approval before it can be implemented. It’s expected to take effect in 2023 if passed.
The number of international students studying in Spain has increased significantly over the past couple of years. The country is regarded as the preferred destination for many students participating in the European Union’s exchange program, known as the Erasmus. In 2021, around 10% of the students in Spain’s universities were from other countries.
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