September-October 2013

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NAVIGATE RESOURCES: Table of Contents InfoNet aila.org Find a Member ? ! Contact a Mentor Shop Agora FOR MORE ON GLOBAL MIGRATION: Going Global: Trends in Outbound Immigration Join AILA's Global Migration Section to connect with colleagues and learn more about migration-related issues. preneurs to set up a business in Spain, provided that Spanish authorities first issue a report approving the activity based on its potential economic benefit for the country. Under certain circumstances, the visa may lead to a resident permit in Spain when the business activity has effectively begun. Intercompany Transfers The bill facilitates the transfer of highly-skilled personnel among companies belonging to the same group of companies (to be defined) more easily than the existing, more rigid immigration regulations do. Highly-Skilled Professionals Currently, there is a fast-track procedure for the managerial or high-skilled personnel of companies to obtain work permits, depending on the number of employees in Spain, the amount of investment in Spain, or net turnover. But the bill is more flexible with respect to the conditions companies must meet to access the fast-track procedure to obtain work per- Purchase > mits. For example, the bill establishes fast-track work permit processing for companies or groups of companies with at least 250 employees. (Currently, companies with more than 500 employees have access to expedited processing.) The bill advances the government's goal of attracting foreign talent to Spain and stimulating necessary foreign investment there. We will have to stand by and await the final law to determine if the proposed measures come to fruition. Pamela Mafuz has more than 20 years of experience in corporate immigration law matters and Spanish nationality law. She is special counsel at Baker & McKenzie's Madrid office and leads the Global Immigration and Mobility (GIM) Group, which she implemented when she joined the firm in January 2000. Becki L. Young co-manages the GIM Group in Baker & McKenzie's Washington, D.C. office. The authors' views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. S EPTEMBER/ O CTOBER 2013 39

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