An arraigo is the most common way for a foreigner to regularize his or her stay in Spain. What are the different types of arraigo that you can apply for?
- Arraigo social: The basic requirements to apply for this type of residence and work permit are the following: proof of continuous residence in Spain for three consecutive years, proof of no criminal record, documentation accrediting your social integration within Spain by means of a social integration report (informe de inserción social), an employment contract, proof that your employer has sufficient economic and personal means to guarantee your job position.
- Arraigo Familiar: You can apply for this type of residence and work permit if you are a parent of a child under the age of 18 who was born in Spain. It is valid for one year. In order to do this you must be able to prove your relationship to the child and submit a criminal background check showing you have no previous criminal record. When it comes time to renew your residence card, you must then submit proof of required social security contributions.
- Arraigo Laboral: In order to obtain this type of residence and work permit you must submit the following documentation: proof of continuous stay in Spain during the last two years, proof of no criminal record, proof of employment relationship of at least six months either by submitting a work inspection report, a court judgement or judicial settlement where the employer recognizes such employment relationship.
Unfortunately there are a lot of foreigners currently residing and working in Spain without a valid work permit and without being registered in the social security system (ie: those working in hotels, construction or as housemaids), and at any point in time may be fired. However, this does not mean that you do not have rights. If this applies to your current employment situation, please contact our lawyers and we will find a way to help you out! In scenarios such as this it is crucial that you let an experienced professional handle your case, especially one who knows the ins and outs of immigration law. Please visit our office in Madrid for more information.
Translated by: Katherine Pascal