• Olga Pavlovsky

Check you hold the most up to date Residency Documents

Updated: Jul 27

Residency documents in Spain are very important for anyone living in Spain, no matter your nationality. There is often confusion on what a valid residency document looks like. This guide provides several examples of the typical documents that often come up in this topic of discussion, to help you to identify what documents that you, or your family members currently hold.


It is important to ensure you have valid paperwork, as it is these documents that not only entitle us to live in Spain as a resident, but also they all us to continue to access health and social care, should we require it.


We have found that many people do not always have the right residency documents, whether it be because they never applied for a residency document, or their previous documents have expired.


We highly recommend that you clarify which document it is you currently have in your possession, to ensure you have the most up to date documentation, and that your documentation is still valid.


1) Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjera (TIE) - VALID RESIDENCY DOCUMENT

Depending on your route to obtaining your residency, you may hold a standard TIE, perhaps as a result of a visa application as a third country national to the EU. Or, if you are a UK national who was living in Spain before the end of 2020, you may hold a TIE Under the withdrawal Agreement - Article 50.





2) Green Residency Certificates (Certificado de Registro) - VALID RESIDENCY DOCUMENT



EU Nationals: If you are registered as an EU national with the authorities in Spain, then holding one of these residency certificates means you hold a valid residency document. However, you should consider updating your temporary residency certificate after 5 years, to a permanent document, and updating your permanent Green certificate every 10 years, to ensure you are correctly registered on the authorities data base.


UK Nationals: If you have held a Green Residency Certificate for more than 10 years, the expectation from the Spanish state is that you should have updated this document at the point it was 10 years old. If you did not do so, your document may be considered expired. You should consider performing the process to exchange to the TIE as soon as possible, to reduce your chances of experiencing issues when attempting the process.


It is important to note, that the UK Foreign Office and Age in Spain are currently advising all Green Residency Certificate holders, is to perform the exchange to the new TIE document as soon as possible.


3) White A4 NIE Document (not a valid residency document)





This document is not a residency document, and does not provide any residency rights in Spain. If you do not hold any residency documents in Spain, and wish to obtain a residency status in Spain, you must apply for residency. You can read more about how to obtain a residency status in Spain HERE.


4) Old Style Photo Cards (no longer a valid residency document)




This document is no longer a valid residency document, and does not provide any residency rights in Spain. If you do not hold any other valid residency documents in Spain, and wish to obtain a residency status in Spain, you must apply for residency. You can read more about how to obtain a residency status in Spain HERE.


Should you not hold a valid residency document, or you are not sure if you have a valid residency document, please do let us know, and we can speak to you about your options.


5) Empadron Certificates (not a valid residency document)





To obtain this document, you must register with your local town hall. Pictured above, is an example of a certificado de empadrónamiento, for the municipality of Barcelona. This document is not a residency document, and does not provide any residency rights in Spain. If you do not hold any residency documents in Spain, and wish to obtain a residency status in Spain, you must apply for residency. You can read more about how to obtain a residency status in Spain HERE.


Should you not hold a valid residency document, or you are not sure if you have a valid residency document, please do let us know, and we can speak to you about your options.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on our Infoline.


 

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