The bureaucratic process for foreign university graduates seeking to practice in Spain has posed significant delays, despite new regulations aimed at streamlining the process. The new Royal Decree 889/2022 replaced the previous regulations in an effort to address the accumulation of requests and streamline the approval process to a maximum of six months. However, cases of delay persist, as exemplified by María Paula Iriarte, a Colombian medical graduate who started the homologation process in 2021 and is still awaiting a response as of February 8, 2024.
The discrepancy in the treatment of requests approved under the old and new regulations creates uncertainty for applicants. Although the new decree established a Technical Analysis Commission to propose resolutions and expedite processes, the intended goal has yet to be achieved, leaving individuals like Iriarte facing significant hurdles in their career paths. The delay in obtaining the necessary approvals means she has lost valuable time in pursuing her professional ambitions in Spain and serving patients.