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GOV.UK Guidance: Living in Spain

Official information for UK nationals moving to or living in Spain, including guidance on residency, healthcare, passports and the Withdrawal Agreement.

Published 22 March 2013
Last updated 7 September 2020

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From: Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Contents

  1. What you should do
  2. Coronavirus
  3. Stay up to date
  4. The Withdrawal Agreement
  5. Visas and residency
  6. Healthcare
  7. Passports and travel
  8. Driving in Spain
  9. Working in Spain
  10. Money and tax
  11. Pensions
  12. Benefits
  13. Voting
  14. Births, deaths and getting married
  15. Accommodation and buying property
  16. Pets
  17. Emergencies
  18. Returning to the UK

What you should do

You should:

Coronavirus

You should follow the advice of the Spanish Government and your local authority. You can also read our Spain travel advice for our latest guidance.

Stay up to date

You should:

Attend a citizen outreach meeting

Attend one of our citizen outreach meetings to keep up to date on working and living in Spain. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the majority of our outreach will be taking place online.

You can also:

The Withdrawal Agreement

The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.

If you are resident in Spain at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Spain.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations. Read this guidance page for more information

In the meantime, make sure you are registered as a resident in Spain. We will update this guidance as soon as more information becomes available.

You should also read our guidance on living in Europe.

Visas and residency

Residency

If you are legally resident in Spain before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay. You must register as a Spanish resident if you want to stay in Spain for more than 3 months. Children must also be registered with their own residency document.

If you are living in Spain before 1 January 2021 and register as a resident after 6 July 2020, you will be issued with a biometric residence card called a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE). This card will prove your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

If you registered as a resident before 6 July 2020, you will have a green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper from Extranjeria or the police. This is still a valid document and will prove your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, including after the transition period ends.

You can exchange your paper residence document for the new TIE but you are not obliged to.

The green paper residence certificate and the new biometric TIE card will continue to be equally valid in proving your residence status and rights in Spain. But, the Spanish government advises that the biometric card is more durable and may simplify some administrative processes.

Read the Spanish government’s guidance on how to apply for the new TIE.

If you move to Spain after 31 December 2020, different immigration requirements will apply. We will update this page when further information is available.

For more information:

UK Nationals Support Fund

The government has announced funding for organisations to provide practical support to UK nationals who may have difficulty completing their residency application or registration.

This support is available only to those who need additional help. This may include pensioners, disabled people, people living in remote areas or who have mobility difficulties.

The services available for people who need this additional support include:

  • answering questions about residency applications, such as the documents required and application procedure
  • guiding individuals through the process, if necessary
  • supporting people facing language barriers or difficulty accessing technology

In Spain, this support is being provided by three organisations: The International Organisation for Migration will cover: Andalusia, Madrid and Murcia; Babelia will cover Alicante, Valencia and Castellon; and Age in Spain will cover Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

If you or someone you know may have difficulty completing the paperwork, you can contact them using the details below to discuss how they may be able to help you.

IOM – The International Organisation for Migration (Andalusia, Madrid and Murcia)

Visit the IOM Spain website

Email: UKnationalsSP@iom.int

Helplines: Andalusia: +34 650 339 754, Madrid: +34 699 581 855, Murcia: +34 648 642 543, all available Mon to Thurs, 3.30pm to 5pm

Babelia (Alicante, Valencia and Castellon)

Visit the Babelia website

Email: info@asociacionbabelia.org

Helpline: +34 865 820 229 available Mon to Fri, 9am to 2pm

Babelia contact form

Age in Spain (Catalonia and Balearic Islands)

Visit the Age in Spain website

Email: residency@ageinspain.org

Age in Spain contact form

Helpline: +34 932 20 97 41 available Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm

Healthcare

If you are living in Spain or move there permanently before 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Spain as you do now, provided you remain resident.

Read our guidance on who can access healthcare in Spain and how to register.

State healthcare: S1

If you live in Spain and receive an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or another exportable benefit, you may currently be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for a certificate of entitlement known as an S1 certificate.

Read our guidance on how to get an S1 form

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

If you are entitled to an S1, you are also entitled to apply for a UK-issued EHIC.

If you are not an S1 holder, but are registered for public healthcare in Spain in another way and are travelling outside of Spain, you must apply for a Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea (TSE – a Spanish-issued EHIC) online (in Spanish), or go to your nearest social security office (Insitituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social).

You must also buy comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your TSE, EHIC or for travel to countries outside the EU.

If you are resident in Spain, you must not use your EHIC from the UK to access healthcare in Spain, unless you are a student or posted worker.

When you travel from Spain for a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, you can use your UK or Spanish-issued EHIC to access state-provided healthcare in the country. During that short stay:

There will be no changes to your healthcare access before 31 December 2020. You can also continue to use your EHIC, as you did before, during this time.

Read the Spanish government’s guidance on access to healthcare.

You should also read guidance on:

Passports and travel

The rules on travel will stay the same until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to travel to countries in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU with your UK passport.

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

You can apply for or renew your British passport from Spain.

Passports from 1 January 2021

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip.

From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). This requirement does not apply if you are entering or transiting to Spain, and you are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

As a non-EEA national, different border checks will apply when travelling to other EU or Schengen area countries. You may need to show a return or onward ticket and that you have enough money for your stay. You may also have to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped for visits to these countries.

Entry requirements

From 1 January 2021, you will be able to travel to other Schengen area countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for purposes such as tourism. This is a rolling 180-day period.

To stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel, you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by the country to which you are travelling. This could mean applying for a visa or work permit. You may also need to get a visa if your visit would take you over the 90 days in 180 days limit.

Periods of stay authorised under a visa or permit will not count against the 90-day limit. Travel to the UK and Ireland will not change.

Different rules will apply to EU countries that are not part of the Schengen Area. Check each country’s travel advice page for information on entry requirements.

Children travelling from Spain

On 1 September 2019, the Spanish authorities implemented a new regulation. Children (under 18 years old) resident in Spain, who travel out of Spain without a person who has parental responsibility, may need a certified authorisation by that person. This is required in addition to a valid travel document.

The Spanish authorities have confirmed that the regulation does not apply to foreign children resident in Spain who are subject to the law of their country of nationality, or to non-resident foreign children visiting Spain.

We have notified the Spanish immigration authorities that there is no similar standard regulation in the UK, so British consulates do not provide travel authorisation documents. British children do not need written permission to travel unless they are subject to a court order which states that written permission is required from those holding parental responsibility. If the child is subject to such a court order, or to ensure that an unaccompanied child will be able to leave Spain without delay, you must obtain a certified authorisation from a public notary in Spain.

If you have parental responsibility for Spanish children in Spain, you can obtain a certified authorisation at a notary, national police station (in Spanish), or at the Guardia Civil (in Spanish).

Driving in Spain

Driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

If you are resident in Spain, exchange your UK licence for a Spanish one. If you do this before 31 December 2020 you will not need to take a driving test.

You will need a valid residence document to exchange your licence.

To start the exchange process, book an appointment with the Spanish Traffic Authority (DGT) online or by calling 060 (Spanish language only). You can request an appointment to exchange your driving licence in a different province to the one you live in.

Make sure you request the correct appointment option:

  • if your licence has expired or is due to expire in the next few months, you should choose ‘renovación’
  • if you have lost your licence or it has been stolen you should choose ‘sustitución’
  • for all other instances choose ‘canje’

You should get a photocopy of your UK licence certified by a notary prior to initiating this process in case there are any delays. You will have to hand over your UK licence to the Spanish Traffic Authority when applying to exchange it for a Spanish one.

You will be issued a temporary driving permit (“Autorización temporal para conducir”) to use until your Spanish licence is processed. This document is only recognised by traffic authorities in Spain and is not a valid document in any other country.

You can instruct a registered ‘gestor’ to carry out this exchange process on your behalf if you wish.

These rules may change from 1 January 2021. We will update this guidance once more information is available.

Driving in the UK with a Spanish licence

Until the end of the transition period, you can still use your Spanish licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test.

These rules may change from 1 January 2021. We will update this page once more information is available.

Lost, stolen or expired UK licences

If you live in Spain and your UK driving licence is lost, or stolen, or if it expires, you will not be able to renew it with the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You will need to apply to the DVLA for a ‘certificate of entitlement’ in Spanish to be able to apply for a Spanish driving licence.

For information on driving in Spain, read our guidance on:

Bringing a UK-registered vehicle to Spain

Read our guidance on taking a vehicle out of the UK.

If you register as a resident or spend longer than 6 months of the year in Spain, you must register your vehicle with the Spanish authorities and you may need to pay some taxes.

You may be exempt from some of these taxes. If so you will need certificates of exemption.

Working in Spain

If you are resident in Spain on or before 31 December 2020, your right to work will stay the same, as long as you remain resident in Spain.

Read our guidance on working in an EU country.

To apply for a job, you may need to provide a:

Money and tax

The UK has a double taxation agreement with Spain to make sure that you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. You can ask the relevant tax authority about double taxation relief.

Existing double taxation arrangements for UK nationals living in Spain have not changed.

As a Spanish resident, you must declare your global income to the Spanish authorities, no matter which country it came from. If you are not a resident, you will only pay tax on income that came from Spain.

Read guidance about:

You should get professional advice on paying tax in Spain. You can use a registered ‘gestor’ or find an English-speaking lawyer.

Declaration of overseas assets

You may need to file an annual declaration of overseas assets called a Modelo 720. There are severe penalties if you do not file, or give incorrect or incomplete information.

National Insurance

Find out if you can pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

If you are employed or self-employed in the EU or EEA and you have a UK-issued A1/E101 form, you will remain subject to UK legislation until the end date on the form.

Pensions

You will need to tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad.

If you retire in Spain, you can claim:

Life Certificates for UK State Pensions

If you get a life certificate from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible. Your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Pensions after 31 December 2020

There will be no changes before 31 December 2020 to the rules on claiming the UK State Pension in the EU, EEA or Switzerland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

If you are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020 you will get your UK State Pension uprated every year for as long as you continue to live there. This will happen even if you start claiming your pension on or after 1 January 2021, as long as you meet the qualifying conditions explained in the new State Pension guidance.

If you are living in Spain by 31 December 2020, you will be able to count future social security contributions towards meeting the qualifying conditions for your UK State Pension.

If you work and pay social security contributions in Spain, you will still be able to add your UK social security contributions towards your Spanish pension. This will happen even if you claim your pension after 31 December 2020.

If you are considering moving to Spain on or after 1 January 2021 and you are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, the rules depend on negotiations with the EU and may change. Check our guidance on benefits and pensions in the EU.

You can continue to receive your UK State Pension if you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you can still claim your UK State Pension.

Benefits

You will need to tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad.

You may still be able to claim some UK benefits like child and disability benefits if you live in Spain.

Many income-related benefits such as pension credit and housing benefit cannot be paid to you if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

Spanish benefits

You may be entitled to Spanish benefits. To find out if you are entitled to Spanish benefits and how to claim, you can:

You can request proof of the time you’ve worked in the UK from HMRC if you are asked for this.

Benefits after 31 December 2020

There will be no changes before 31 December 2020 to the rules on claiming UK benefits in the EU, EEA or Switzerland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

If you are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020, you will continue to receive any UK benefits you already receive. This will continue for as long as you live there and meet all other eligibility requirements.

If you work and pay social security contributions in Spain, your UK social security contributions will be taken into account when applying for Spanish contributions-based benefits. This will happen even if you claim contributions-based benefits after 31 December 2020.

If you are considering moving to Spain on or after 1 January 2021 and you are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, the rules depend on negotiations with the EU and may change. Check our guidance on benefits and pensions in the EU.

Voting

You can vote and stand in local elections. To do so, you must:

  • register on the municipal register where you live (padrón municipal)
  • formally declare your intention to vote and register on the local electoral roll
  • confirm your padrón status every 2 to 5 years to remain registered and be able to vote

You can go to your local town hall and check your padrón status and the municipal electoral roll at any time.

You cannot vote in general or regional elections in Spain or European Parliamentary elections.

You may be able to vote in some UK elections. You can:

Births, deaths and getting married

If your child is born in Spain, you will need to register the birth abroad.

If someone dies in Spain you can:

Find out how you can get married abroad.

Find out about notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Spain.

Accommodation and buying property

Read guidance on how to buy or let property in Spain.

Pets

Current pet travel rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you must visit your vet to get a pet passport.

Read guidance on bringing your pet to the UK.

Emergencies

You can dial the European emergency number on 112 or:

  • 091 for police
  • 061 for health emergencies
  • 080 for firefighters
  • 092 for local police

If you’re the victim of crime, have been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.

Returning to the UK

Tell the UK and Spanish authorities if you are returning to the UK permanently. To help prove you are now living in the UK, you must deregister with your:

  • local town hall (padrón)
  • the Spanish National Police (Residencia)
  • your local health centre

Check if your tax status will change if you return to the UK.

If you get UK State Pension or benefits payments, you must tell the International Pension Centre and the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social.

If you get healthcare in Spain through the S1 form, you must contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 (0)191 218 1999 or Seguridad Social to make sure your S1 is cancelled at the right time.

Read the guidance on returning to the UK permanently which includes information on, amongst other things, tax, access to services and bringing family members.

Disclaimer

Please note this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Spanish authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is not liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

You may also want to view this list of useful websites for UK nationals living in Spain.


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BREXIT: INDEX QUESTIONS FOR UK NATIONALS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS RESIDING IN SPAIN

Summary

  • General questions
  • Questions for UK Nationals
  • Questions for family members, third-country Nationals, of a UK National
  • I already have my residence document

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is Brexit?

Brexit is the name given to the process of departure of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter “United Kingdom”) from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (hereinafter referred to as “EU”).

The UK’s exit from the EU took place on 31 January 2020 and the terms of the departure are defined in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU negotiated by both parties (hereinafter Withdrawal Agreement). The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020 and provides for an orderly departure of the UK from the EU.

To this end, the Withdrawal Agreement foresees a transition or implementation period which expires on 31 December 2020. Residence rights are regulated in Title II of the Withdrawal Agreement.

What do I have to do to be recognised as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement in Spain?

To address the documentation process, the Withdrawal Agreement offers two possibilities:

(1) lay down a procedure of a constituent nature, in which a new residence status must be applied for in the host State (Article   18.1);

(2) Not to apply this procedure meaning that UK nationals will not have to ask for a new residence status as a condition for legal residence. In this case, those eligible for residence rights under the Withdrawal Agreement shall have the right to receive a residence document expressly identifying them as beneficiaries of the Agreement (18.4).

Spain has opted for this second option and it is therefore not mandatory to apply for a new residence document.

It should be kept in mind that registration certificates and residence card to family members of a Union citizen obtained before the end of the transition period will serve to prove their legal residence in Spain afterwards and to benefit from the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. However, as from 6 July, you may apply for the issuance of a residence document explicitly mentioning your status as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.

For those arriving in Spain after 6 July and in order to avoid double requests (certificate of registration of a citizen of the EU and residence document) a procedure for issuing residence documents under the Agreement during the transition period has been designed. Once this procedure is operational (6 July), applications for registration certificates or residence cards for the family member of the Union citizen submitted by the beneficiaries of the Agreement shall be processed as applications for the residence document referred to in Article 18.4 of the Agreement.

What will be my situation during the transition period?

The Withdrawal Agreement provides a transition period until 31 December 2020.

During this transition period, United Kingdom  nationals  and  their family members who are nationals of third countries residing in Spain shall maintain their rights arising from the application of EU law.

After the end of the transition period, the Withdrawal Agreement sets out that their rights of residence, work, studies and social security will be maintained.

It should be kept in mind that registration certificates and residence card to family members of a Union citizen obtained before the end of the transition period will serve to prove legal residence in Spain afterwards and to benefit from the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. However, as from 6 July, you may apply for the issuance of a residence document explicitly mentioning your status as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Having a certificate of registration in force is a guarantee of your rights as a resident in Spain.

You can consult this European Commission document containing questions and answers on who benefits from the Withdrawal Agreement and what their rights are.

Who is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement?

The Withdrawal Agreement protects United Kingdom nationals residing in Spain at the end of the transition period, as well as their third-country relatives, being members of the family before the end of the transition period (except for future children) (see question 3.3).

What are the advantages of being recognised as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement?

Both Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement make it necessary to know which UK nationals reside in Spain before the end of the transition period and which ones arrive after that date.

This is because the former, those who reside in Spain before 31 December 2020, will have the rights of residence, free movement and social security recognised by the Withdrawal Agreement. While those who arrive after that date will have different rights, either those that recognise the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, or, in its absence, those recognised by Spanish law.

I have a registration certificate, can I still reside in Spain?

Yes, you can continue to reside in Spain. In addition, you and your family members may apply as from 6 July 2020 for the issuance of a residence document explicitly mentioning your status as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement, which will facilitate both administrative formalities and the crossing of the external border.

What is my situation if I arrive in Spain after the date of withdrawal (31 January 2020) and in the middle of the transition period (1 February 2020-31 December 2020)? What do I have to do?

The Withdrawal Agreement provides a transition period until 31 December 2020.

As from 6 July, the procedure for obtaining the residence document of Article 18.4 of the Agreement will be enabled. Therefore, if you arrive from that date on, you must apply directly for the residence document at the Inmigration Offices of the province in which you reside. It will be verified that you meet the same requirements demanded for obtaining the Union citizen registration certificate. Once this residence document has been obtained, it will be issued (in format Foreigner’s IdentityCard (TIE)) which will explicitly mention your status as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.

If you have already obtained Spanish nationality you will not need to do any formalities.

Will United Kingdom nationals residing in Spain obtain a work permit to continue their professional activity in Spain?

No. The Withdrawal Agreement protects the rights of EU citizens and British nationals, as well as their respective relatives, to continue to live, work or study as they do today and under the same essential conditions as under Union law. As a result, you will be able to continue working as before without any additional permission.

Family members of a UK national, third-country nationals, resident in Spain, do they have a special status?

Family members will maintain their family status throughout the transition period and thereafter.

I tried to get an appointment to get the residence document, but there are no appointments available online, what can I do?

Due to the various phases associated with the Plan for the Transition to a New Normality after the COVID crisis19, the number of available appointments is gradually expanding.

Remember that, if you did not have a previous registration certificate or   a Union citizen’s family card, the procedure may be requested here.

What will my situation be if I arrive in Spain after 1 January 2021? What foreign legislation applies to me?

Unless covered by the subjective scope of the Withdrawal Agreement , United Kingdom nationals entering Spain after 1 January 2021 shall be considered as third-country nationals. Therefore, the general immigration regime will apply to them, unless a  future  mobility  scheme  is  negotiated  within  the framework of the future relationship being negotiated between the UK and the EU.

If I am a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement, I am in possession of a residence document issued on the basis of that agreement and want to move to reside in another EU country, can I do so?

The Withdrawal Agreement recognises the right to reside in the host country, however future mobility will be subject to negotiations within the framework of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Should there be a lack of agreement in this matter:

For short stays: the rules for short stays within the Schengen area apply

For stays longer than 3 months, the national legislation of each EEA shall apply.

If I have doubts, where can I get more information ?

Herehttp://www.mitramiss.gob.es/es/brexit/index.htm

Here https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta- political/files/2018-11-26_qa_citizens_rights_es_1.pdf

HereGuidance note on the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community


QUESTIONS FOR UK NATIONALS

1) I HAVE A REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

How do I get the residence document?

In order to obtain the residence document, you must request a prior appointment and submit your application personally to the police establishments. The certificate will be replaced by the new residence document that will be given to you within the time indicated by the office that processed the card.

To request your prior appointment: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html

→ choose provincia trámites cuerpo nacional de policía (if it is posible tochoose) → choose Policia Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares.

Should I request it before 31 December 2020?

The procedure shall be operational from 6 July 2020, the date on which you may obtain a prior appointment to request the issue of this document.

Applications for the replacement of the registration certificate already in your possession may be raised at any time, including once the transition period is over.

2) I DON’T HAVE A REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

Can I continue to reside in Spain?

Yes, but in order to facilitate administrative arrangements and border crossings and your recognition as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement, it is appropriate that you are in possession of the residence document. It is recalled that, as from 6 July, in order to avoid double requests, registration certificates will no longer be issued to United Kingdom nationals and applications for such certificates will be understood and processed as applications for the residence document.

If I arrive in Spain after 6 July and before the end of the transition period, can I continue to apply for the EU registration certificate? Or should I apply directly for this new residence document?

To avoid double requests, a system has been set up in which applications for registration certificates will be understood and processed as applications for this residence document identifying them as beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement.

How do I get the residence document?

In order to obtain the residence document, you may have access to the new procedure established for this purpose by personally presenting the application, you or your representative, at the Immigration Office of the province (Oficina de Extranjería) in which you reside, or electronically.

Among other requirements, you must prove that you resided in Spain before the end of the transition period (e.g. through your registration certificate, rental contracts, property ownership, employment contract, registration at a school). This element will be more important if your application is submitted after the transition period.

The procedures are as follows:

first

You shall apply for the residence document at the Immigration Office of the province (Oficina de Extranjería) where you reside or will establish your residence. You can request it in person at the office (personally  or  through  a  representative)  but  you  must  obtain  a     prior appointment.  Go      here→  choose  provincia  →  trámites  oficinas  deextranjería (if it is posible to choose) → Trámite para la documentación   de nacionales de Reino Unido (Brexit)

And you may also request it electronically. → click “continuar” → choose provincia and how you are requesting (for example: acceso individual) → click “continuar nueva solicitud” → choose “EX20 – Documento de residencia Artículo 50 TUE para nacionales del Reino Unido (emitido de conformidad con el artículo 18.4 del Acuerdo de retirada).

Second

Once granted, you must request its dispatch to the appropriate police unit. This procedure is face-to-face and personal.

To request your prior appointment: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html   → choose provincia → trámites cuerpo nacional de policía (if it is posible to choose) → choose Policia Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares.

Should I request it within a maximum period of time?

The deadline for submitting the application will be 3 months from your arrival in Spain.

How long will it take to get the residence document?

The deadline for deciding on your concession is three months. And after that, you must request its dispatch within one month of notification.

Can I apply for a residence document at any Immigration office?

The application for the residence document must be made to the Immigration Office of the province (Oficina de Extranjería) in which you reside or where you are planning to establish your residence. Remember that you can make the request electronically.

Can another person file the residence document application in my place?

Requests to Immigration offices may be made by a duly accredited representative.

On the other hand, the application for the issuance of the residence document (the physical card) to the police units must be made personally by the person concerned. Similarly, the collection  must be carried out by the person concerned and presenting a valid and current passport.

INFORMATION ON DOCUMENTATION AND PROCEDURE

Should the required documents be originals or copies (compulsed)?

The documents must be original.

If you apply electronically for the residence document (procedure to be authorised for those who have not obtained a prior registration certificate) you will provide copies of it. It is recalled that an electronic signature system must be in place in order to make the electronic application.

Is it necessary for me to prove my income?

Proof of sufficient income will only be required if you do not have a previous registration certificate and do not perform a professional or work activity in Spain.

Is it necessary for you to provide a criminal record certificate?

You must not provide it together with your request. However, the competent authority may verify the existence of a criminal record and, where appropriate, refuse documentation on this ground considering it would affect public policy.

If I arrive in Spain after 6 July, I must request the document within 3 months of the entry date, what happens if I submit the request later?

A sufficient additional time limit will be granted only if sufficiently serious reasons (e.g. serious illness) are established. These cases will be assessed individually by the Immigration Office.

While I get the new residence document, can I continue working or studying in Spain?

Yes, I can.

What will be the cost of the new residence document?

The card fee must be paid, which can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

During the procedure, will I be able to access the processing status?

Yes, and if it is necessary to provide any additional documentation, it will be the administration itself that will contact you electronically or at your postal address. If you have provided an e-mail for notification purposes, please be aware of it.

What happens if an application is rejected? What will be the deadlines for filing an appeal?

If your application is rejected, you may file a complaint through administrative channels. The decision itself will tell you the formalities relating to the appeal, deadlines, and to whom you must submit it. After this analysis in administrative proceedings, you will be able to go to court.

Have I been residing in Spain for more than 5 years, will I be able to maintain or have access to permanent residence?

Yes, you will. However, obtaining a permanent residence document will require a procedure before the police unit (if you already have a temporary or permanent registration certificate) or taking two steps (if there is no registration certificate) at the Immigration Office and the police unit. Remember that procedures with Immigration offices (Oficinas de Extranjería) can be done electronically. Periods of residence prior to departure from the United Kingdom from the EU shall be taken into consideration.



QUESTIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS, OF A UK NATIONAL

Do family members of a United Kingdom national, third-country nationals, resident in Spain, have a special status?

Family members are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement and are therefore entitled to obtain the residence document under article 18.4.

If they are in possession of a residence card for a family member of the EU citizen, they may apply to the police authorities for it to be replaced by the residence document.

If, on the other hand, they do not have a family member’s card of a citizen of the Union or have had it, but they have been resident in Spain for more than five years without having access to the permanent card, they may apply to the Immigration office (Oficina de Extranjería) in the province where they reside for the residence document, which will be assessed individually and which, if resolved positively, will allow them to request the issuance of the document.

What are the conditions for members of the UK family?

Family members of United Kingdom nationals shall be beneficiaries provided that they satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • Have resided in Spain before the end of the transition period and continue to reside here after this period;
  • Have not resided in Spain before the end of the transition period, but have a direct link with a national of the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period and, at the time when they are to be reunited with them, (e.g. with regard to spouses, dependent ascendants.
  • To  be  a first-degree  consanguineous  or  adoptive  descendant of  a national of the United Kingdom and that the birth or adoption took place before or after the end of the transition period, in Spain or in a different place, provided that, at the time they are reunited with him, they are members of the nuclear or direct family as described in question 3.3 and meet one of the following conditions:
  1. Both parents are nationals of the United Kingdom
  2. One of the parents is a national of the United Kingdom and the other of Spanish nationality, or one of the parents is a national of the United Kingdom and has the right of joint or exclusive custody of the child.
  • Family members who have resided in Spain in accordance with Articles 12 and 13, Article 16(2) and Articles 17 and 18 of Directive 2004/38/EC before the end of the transition period and who continue to reside there after that period.

Who are considered family members?

According to the definitions of the Withdrawal Agreement, both the so- called nuclear family and the so-called extended family should be taken into account provided that the family relationship (marriage, registered partner, long-term relationship, etc.) has been established before the end of the transition period and is maintained when the right of residence is to be exercised.

It is considered nuclear family as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement:

  • The spouse
  • The partner with whom the UK  citizen is    in  a union analogous to a conjugal union entered in a public register established for that purpose in a Member State of the European Union or in a State party to the European Economic Area, provided that such entry has not been cancelled.
  • Their direct descendants, and those of their spouse or registered partner
  • Their  direct  ascendants,  and  those  of  their  spouse  or  registered partner living in their care

It will also apply to the extended family, in the framework of the withdrawal agreement as follows:

  1. Another member of the family, regardless of nationality, who does not fall within the above definitions and who, in the country of origin, is dependent on or lives with the EU citizen who has the right of residence on a principal basis, or where, for serious health reasons, it is strictly necessary for the citizen of the EU to take care of the family member’s personal care;
  2. The  couple  with   whom   the  citizen  of  the  Union  has  a      stable relationship, duly proven.

However, this will apply to members of the extended family whose application for entry and residence under the Withdrawal Agreement was submitted before the end of the transition period and whose procedure is pending after the transition period.

Are there other cases where other people can enjoy the right of residence, for example, to care for a minor EU citizen?

Yes, there are. In addition, Article 9(a)(ii) of the Withdrawal Agreement goes beyond the reference to persons actually caring for another person (such as a parent caring for a minor) and is worded more openly, to allow its application also to persons other than those actually caring for another person (e.g. also minor siblings who are actually cared for by the same person or persons as the minor EU citizen).

Can future family members benefit from the Withdrawal Agreement?

Future family members do not have residence rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, with the sole exception of future children (born or legally adopted by European Union citizens or UK nationals).

I HAVE A RESIDENCE CARD TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF A UNION CITIZEN

How do I get the residence document?

In order to obtain the residence document, you must request a prior appointment and submit your application personally to the police establishments. Your temporary or permanent residence card to family members of a Union citizen shall be replaced by the new residence document which will be given to you within a period specified by the office that processed the card.

To request your prior appointment:

https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html      →choose   provincia → trámites cuerpo nacional de policía  (if it  is  posible  to choose)  →choose  Policia  Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares.

If you have a temporary residence card to family members of a Union citizen, but have already reached 5 years of residence in Spain, you will be able to access the new procedure established for this purpose, by personally submitting the application, you or your representative, at the Immigration office of the province in which you reside (Oficina de Extranjería), or electronically.

The procedures are as follows:

FIRST

You shall apply for the residence document at the Immigration office of the province where you reside or are going to establish your residence.  You  can  request  it  in  person  at  the  office  (personally  or through a representative) but you must obtain a prior appointment. Go here →choose provincia →trámites oficinas de extranjería (if it is posible to   choose)   →  Trámite   documentación   nacionales   terceros   países familiares de nacionales de Reino Unido (Brexit)

—or electronically. →click “continuar” → choose provincia and how you are requesting (for example: acceso individual) → click “continuar nueva solicitud” → choose ““EX21 – Documento de residencia Artículo 50 TUEpara familiares de nacionales del Reino Unido (emitido de   conformidad con el artículo 18.4 del Acuerdo de retirada)”

SECOND

Once  granted,  you  must  request  its  dispatch     to  the appropriate police unit. This procedure is face-to-face and personal.

To request your prior appointment: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html→choose provincia trámites cuerpo nacional de policía (if it is   posible to choose) →choose Policia Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de  retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares.

Should I request it before 31 December 2020?

The procedure will be operational from 6 July 2020, when an appointment can be made for the issue of this document.

Applications for the replacement of the residence card to family members of a Union citizen that you already hold may be raised at any time, including at the end of the transition period.

Remember, however, that your residence card to family members of a Union citizen will remain valid until it expires and serves to prove your legal residence in Spain after the end of the transition period and therefore benefit from the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. Therefore, please apply for this residence document when your card is about to expire.

I DON’T HAVE A RESIDENCE CARD TO FAMILY MEMBERS OF A UNION CITIZEN

If I arrive in Spain after 6 July and before the end of the transition period, can I continue by applying for the residence card to family members of a Union citizen? Or should I apply directly for this new residence document?

To avoid double requests, a system has been deployed in which applications for residence card to family members of a Union citizen for beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement will be understood and processed as applications for this residence document identifying them as beneficiaries of the Agreement.

How do I get the residence document?

To obtain the residence document, you can access the new procedure established for this purpose, personally presenting the application, you or your representative, at the Immigration office (Oficina de Extranjería) of the province in which you reside,  or electronically

The procedures are as follows:

FIRST

You shall apply for the residence document at the Immigration office of the province where you reside or are going to establish your residence.

You can request it in person at the office (personally or through a representative) but you must obtain a prior appointment. Go here →choose provincia →trámites oficinas de extranjería (if it is posible to choose) → Trámite documentación nacionales terceros países familiares de nacionales de Reino Unido (Brexit)

or electronically. → click “continuar” → choose provincia and how you are requesting (for example: acceso individual) → click “continuar nueva solicitud” → choose ““EX21 – Documento de residencia Artículo 50 TUE para familiares de nacionales del Reino Unido (emitido de conformidad con el artículo 18.4 del Acuerdo de retirada)”

SECOND

Once granted, you must request its dispatch to the appropriate police unit. This procedure is face-to-face and personal.

To request your prior appointment: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html                →choose provincia → trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (if it is posible to choose) → choose Policia Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares.

Should I request it within a maximum period of time?

If you arrive from July 6, the deadline for submitting the application will be 3 months from your arrival in Spain.

A sufficient additional time limit will be granted only if sufficiently serious reasons (e.g. serious illness) are established. These cases will be assessed individually by the foreign office.

How long will it take to get the residence document?

The deadline for deciding on your concession is three months. And after that, it must request its dispatch within one month of notification.

Can I apply for a residence document at any foreigner’s office?

The application for the residence document must be made to the Immigration Office of the province (Oficina de Extranjería) in which you reside or where you are to establish your residence. Remember that you can make the request electronically.

Can another person file the residence document application in my place?

Requests to foreign offices may be made by a duly accredited representative.

On the other hand, the application for the issuance of the residence document (the physical card) to the police units must be made personally by the person concerned. Similarly, the collection of the same must be carried out by the interested party himself.


I ALREADY HAVE MY RESIDENCE DOCUMENT

Where can I renew the residence document that identifies me as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement?

Residence documents that identify you as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement may be renewed before the police units authorised to do so when they have expired.

When should I renew the residence document that identifies me as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement?

The residence document of beneficiary of the Agreement must be renewed 30 days before the document expires or within 90 days of the expiry date of the Agreement.

How long can I renew the residence document?

In cases where a temporary residence document is in possession, a residence document shall be issued for 10 years, automatically renewable every 10 years, and the term “Permanent” shall be entered in the field corresponding to the Permission Type.

In cases where the person concerned holds a permanent residence document, a residence document shall be issued for 10 years, automatically renewable every 10 years. Failure to submit an application for renewal of the residence document within the time limits laid down in paragraph 2 shall in no case entail a loss of the right of permanent residence.

What documentation do I have to provide?

  • Application form EX23.
  • Passport in force or copy of expired. If the passport is expired, a copy of the passport and the renewal application must be provided.
  • Proof-of-charge   form   (Model   790.    Code   012).   The    paragraph “Certificate of Community resident registration or residence card of a family member of a Union citizen” should be marked.
  • 1  photograph  according  to  the  requirements  established  in    the regulations on national identity document.

Once I have a temporary residence document that identifies me as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement, I have reached 5 years of legal residence in Spain before the document expires. Can I apply for the permanent residence document?

Yes. Those persons who have reached 5 years of legal residence in Spain may access permanent residence (as established in Article 15 of the Withdrawal Agreement) before the validity of the residence document issued expires.

If you started with a registration certificate or family member card of a Union   citizen,   you   may   request  theissuance of a new residence document from the police departments that are authorized to issue it after verifying the duration of residence.

If, on the other hand, you did not have such a previous certificate or card, the application will be addressed to the Immigration office in the place where you reside (Oficina de Extranjería), which, after assessing the application and if it is approved, will allow you to apply for the issue of the document.

This new residence document will be valid for 10 years and the term “Permanent” will be entered in the field corresponding to the Type of Permit.