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British nationals: Changes to Spanish Residency

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Example Spanish residency permit – TIE card

Solicitor Raymundo Larraín explains to us the new sweeping changes in Spanish residency for British nationals that came into force as from the 6th July 2020. These changes apply nationwide.

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DISCLAIMER: the new residency procedure has some grey areas that still require official confirmation. Until such time, some of the below-listed points are subject to change. This post will be edided accordingly as new information becomes available.

EDIT (06-07-2020): new residency changes apply to all of Spain as from 06-07-2020

EDIT (07-07-2020): added 3-month deadline for existing residency permit holders to swap green cards for new TIE cards

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
Friday 3rd of July 2020

The following blog post applies only to UK nationals.

There was a bit of a commotion early on this week when all appointments made by UK nationals were cancelled on Wednesday across all police stations on the CDS.

Due to Brexit, a new two-tier system has been brought into place on applying for Spanish residency.

The changes listed below apply nationwide.

  1. New applicants

Newly arrived applicants will have all their residency applications handled directly from the capital of each province they wish to relocate to i.e. on the Costa del Sol they will all be handled directly from Malaga. Going forward, police stations and Centros de Extranjeria no longer deal with new applications. Any appointment made will be cancelled.

The requirements new applicants need to meet vary depending on each individual case, which is why we won’t go into specifics. You will receive a TIE card (see inset photo above).

We strongly advise all UK nationals applying for a residency permit in Spain for the first time, to take full advantage of the transition period and apply now before year’s end. The application requirements will change drastically as from the 01/01/2021, becoming very stringent, as you will be treated as a non-EU national. Many will not qualify as from 2021.

  1. Existing residency permit holders: Swap you green cards for new TIE cards

We must distinguish between those that hold a 2 or 5-year residency permit. In both cases, their residency applications and renewals work the same as before – no changes until the 31/12/20. The new TIE card supersedes previous green cards.

They are regarded, for the time being, as EU nationals until the 31st December 2020.

It is strongly advised that all UK nationals who are already on a two or five-year residency permit, take full advantage of the transition period, and apply now for a new TIE card before the end of this year. After 31/12/2021, you only have a 3-month deadline to apply for your new TIE card and you must be able to justify why you did not apply for it during the transition period.

TIE cards and Transition Period

Last June, Spain abolished its four-tier system for TIE cards and has now simplified it down to only two cards. All UK nationals on applying for Spanish residency, or for renewal, will be given a card for nationals of third countries (see inset photo).

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