Moving to another country is a very hectic job. You have to do zillion of things before and after moving and still there are things which can slip from your mind. Same is the case for moving in the Spain. Most important tasks that you need to do for moving is to get NIE number, arrange education from your Children, Sorting bank accounts, look for healthcare and other emergency services, and the list go on. One can do these things comparatively easily as they are very common. But, what about some critical issues like Residencia. Many people never bother about it, however, according to Spanish law if you are living in Spain for more than three months, you must get it.
Spanish Laws about Residencia:
Before 2007, one has to get Foreign EU residence card (Residencia) after six months of stay in Spain. However, according to new laws of Spain foreign living in Spain for 90 days must apply for Residencia. However, if you already have EU residence card, then there is no need to apply until the existing one expires.
Contents of Residencia:
New card policy was applied on 16th February, 2007 and according to the new rules Residencia contain following details:
- Date of registration.
- Card holder names.
- Card holder address.
- Card holder Nationality.
- NIE number (i.e. tax identification number for the foreigners). After this revised policy, there is no need to apply for NIE number separately, as it is now included automatically in this card.
How to Apply for Residential Certificate (Residencia) in Spain:
After the revised policy new system was introduced for getting Residencia, which is much simpler and easy. You’ll need to provide following details for getting your residence card in Spain:
- NIE number.
- Passport of all family members with one copy for each.
- Original census certificate (get it from your local TownHall).
- Two passport size photographs.
- Application fee challan. Submit fees to local National Police station.
- Fill the EX16 application form clearly.
One of the most important thing to remember is that you need to take this pain yourself. Never even think of sending anyone else to get residence card for you. You can face serious consequences in this attempt.
You will get this card immediately after applying, of course if all the things are in order. This card is for life time, which mean there will be no tension of renewing it after specific period of time. You’ll register for “Foreigners Register” after getting this card. In the case of change in your marital status or change, you’ll need to go through above mentioned procedure once again.
Amendments in the System after 2012:
Now, it is obligatory for the foreigners to provide their financial records in order to get Residencia to prove that you can support yourself and dependents. In some cases, you will be asked to show medical insurance certificates. If you are moving to Spain permanently, you may have to provide some additional details to get Residencia.