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Which ministry has overall responsibility?

Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations

The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration is the ministerial department with responsibility for social security and passive classes, as well as the elaboration and development of the Government's policy on foreigners, immigration and emigration and inclusion policies.

The Secretariat of State for Migration is the body in charge of developing the migration policy defined by the government in matters of immigration, integration of immigrants and Spaniards abroad.

Are there other ministries involved?

Ministry of Labour and Social Economy

The Ministry of Labour and Social Economy is the ministerial department with competences in employment, social economy and corporate social responsibility.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation is responsible for foreign policy.

Diplomatic missions abroad

Missions abroad issue visas

Ministry of the Interior

The Ministry of the Interior has been entrusted with specific management functions for security, migratory control and asylum policies.

Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Service

The Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Administration is responsible for the Provincial Foreign Affairs Offices.

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice Is responsible for granting Spanish Citizenship.

What are the implementing agencies?

Provincial Aliens Affairs Offices

The Provincial Aliens Affairs Offices are in charge of granting residence and work permits.

Public Employment Service (SEPE, Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal)

The Public Employment Service is the national employment service and relates to immigrants in their capacity as workers.

Are there general immigration policy papers?

Yes. See: general Information

Are there impact assessments, studies and reports available?

Statistical Bulletin on foreigners and immigration, Permanent Observatory for Immigration (Periodic Report).

Consult the publications from the Permanent Observatory for Immigration (in Spanish).

What is the key legislation?

Organic Law 4/2000 of 11 January on the Rights and Freedoms of Aliens in Spain and their Social Integration amended by: Organic Law 8/2000 of 22 December, Organic Law 14/2003 of 20 November and Organic Law 2/2009 of 11 December.

Implementing Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000 by Royal Decree 557/2011.

Organic Law 11/2003 of 29 September on specific measures on civil security, domestic violence and alien social integration.

Law 14/2013, of 27 September 2013, on support for entrepreneurs and their internationalisation.

Consult Spanish immigration law online

What are the national scientific research and statistical offices on immigration?

Statistics, Permanent Observatory for Immigration, Secretary of State for Immigration and Emigration

National Institute of Statistics