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Sweden to Facilitate Procedures for Validation of Third Country Nationals’ Skills & Competencies

Third-country nationals will be able to check their skills more easily, as Swedish authorities plan to facilitate procedures for assessing their skills and education so that new arrivals can meet the needs that exist in the labor market and among individuals.

According to a bill proposed by the Swedish Ministry of Education, such a law would increase the possibility for third-country nationals to use the knowledge they acquired before coming to Sweden, TheSchengen.com reports.

The press release issued by the Ministry of Education explains that “this contributes to a more efficient provision of skills, faster creation in the labor market and greater opportunities for adaptation during working life,” also noting that the proposed law amendments could become effective as of January 1, 2023.

Furthermore, this law includes the following proposals:

All third-country nationals who wish to assign their knowledge prior to education or examination in adult education in the municipality are required to undergo a preliminary survey provided by the local municipality, which is mandatory. What is included in the validation Clarification is required on the documents required after validation The authority appointed by governments to issue regulations regarding the validation of third country nationals is also given broad authority.

On the other hand, last year the Swedish Ministry of Justice announced a proposal to tighten existing regulations on labor migration. More specifically, this proposal aims to combat the exploitation of foreign workers in the country.

“It is important to tackle the problem of foreign workers being exploited in the Swedish labor market. The legality of labor migration can only be maintained if fraud and injustice are prevented. At the same time, labor migration to Sweden is important for business growth and development,” the ministry said in a statement.

The proposal suggests that a third-country national should ensure and present a valid employment contract before the work permit is issued; A dependency requirement will be introduced for immigration of family members associated with foreign employment, and permits issued on false grounds should be considered an offence.

Furthermore, the Swedish Migration Agency must be able to seek from the employer to provide information about the working conditions of migrant workers and those who do not provide such information may be charged a fee.

If the legislature gives the green light to the government’s proposal, the legislative amendments will enter into force on June 1, 2022.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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