| Spanish Residence Permit
to live indefinitely, study, work in Spain must apply for a Spanish
residence permit within 15 days of arriving in Spain. If you have
any thought that you might wish to reside in Spain, it
is best to contact the Spanish consulate or embassy
country about the requirements before traveling to
Spain, as otherwise you may have to travel home again to obtain the
necessary documents and correct visa.
you are planning a short stay (on a short-term contract perhaps) then
be issued with a temporary residence card for the period required.
Children under 18 years of age can be included on the parents' residence
Residence cards are
issued by the foreign nationals office or provincial central police
where the applicant is resident. Applications must also be made in
person to the nearest national police station with a foreigners department.
Contact officials to find out the exact paperwork that is required (usually
accompanied by one or two copies of each).
This list for a Spanish residency permit usually includes:
Passport valid for at least six months and a photocopy of the pages. Note: If
you are coming from the United States, you must get a visa of sufficient
duration from the Spanish
consulate before you leave the United States. The
passport that allows you travel to Spain as a tourist from the US, without
more, does not suffice for a residency permit.
Official papers relating to your marital status plus a Spanish translation;
Completed application forms (e.g. form 037 for EU citizens, form 120 for non-EU
employed persons and form 140 for non-EU, non-employed persons);
Passport-size photographs (one for each application form);
Proof of residence, e.g. your property contract, a rental contract or receipts
Fees, which must be paid via a bank (you will be given a paying-in slip).
Medical certificate obtainable from any Spanish doctor.
Official certificate of criminal record declaring that you don't have a
criminal record in your home. This can be a statement requested through your
Certificate of registration confirming that you are resident in Spain, available
from your country's local consulate in Spain;.
Retired persons, and some others, require proof that they belong to a private
health insurance scheme that's valid in Spain or that they have the right to
under the Spanish public health scheme.
Employees require a job contract or an offer of employment in the form of a
pre-contract stamped and signed by both.
Self-employed persons require evidence that they meet the requirements to operate
a business or perform a particular profession in Spain.
When you have
approval for a Spanish residence card, you're issued with a receipt
as proof of your
application. This is valid for two months and renewable until your
residencia is ready. When your residencia is ready to be collected,
you will be summoned to the local police station and have a print of
right index finger taken. Carry your residence card with you at all
times as this is mandatory in Spain.
of time for your residency permit to percolate through the different
levels of the Spanish bureacracy. It has happened that year long stays
have expired, and the applicant returned home, before the Spanish residency
permit process was completed.
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