As published in our previous article, on 4th July 2020 the Spanish Government introduced a new residency recognition process for British Citizens who want to register as residents as in Spain the UK leaves the European Union (EU). Instead of the EU style green residency card Brits will now receive a “Tarjeta de Identificación Extranjero” or TIE.
The new process applies to both first-time applicants and those already resident, In this article, we’ll concentrate on British citizens who have not yet registered in Spain as residents and qualify to do so under the Withdrawal Agreement. Which we like to refer to as Stage 1.
The TIE card application can be started online.
The Spanish authorities are well aware that demand for the new TIE card will be significant, so they have enabled online applications with a Digital Certificate for Stage 1. The government platform experienced a few teething problems to start with, but finally, we were able to complete the first round of TIE residency applications this week. Fantastic news for British citizens who still need to register as residents before the end of December 2020.
How Upsticks can help
Stage 1 of the new process is key and has to be right the first time. While an online process will speed things up, it also means that there’s no room for error. The documents must be correctly presented or you could risk being knocked back and further documents requested. This is where our years of specialist experience presenting residency applications comes into its own and is at your full disposal.
We provide full assistance with Stage 1:
- Completion of the application forms and prepayment of taxes
- Proving you qualify to register as a resident under the Withdrawal Agreement including registering on the Padron and extra requirements if needed.
- Proving you meet the minimum healthcare requirements (either state covered or private)
- Establishing the correct documentation to prove your economic stability. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis with translations organized if required
- The presentation of your application documentation via the Autorizaciones de Extranjería government platform
- Monitoring the status of the application and informing you of the next steps
Once you’ve received your Resolucion Favorable, we go to Stage 2.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do this myself?
Yes, of course, you can apply yourself. You will either need a Digital Certificate to complete the online application or you need to book an appointment to present the documentation in person at the provincial Immigration Office. You will need to speak Spanish and understand the requirements set out in the BOE by the Spanish government and also have a grasp of the requirements set out in the residency law 240/2007 applicable for British citizens until the 31st December 2020.
What is a Digital Certificate and how do I get one?
A way of proving identity online, getting a Digital Certificate is a two-stage process and in most cases requires verification in a public office. The FMNT provides a digital certificate which can be used on the government online platform to apply for Stage 1.
What happens if I move to Spain after 31st December 2020?
As published on the UK Government’s website, If you move to Spain after 31 December 2020, different immigration requirements will apply. The new law published buy the Spanish Government states that British citizens will be subject to the provisions of the general immigration regime, I.e. non-Eu. Also known as third country nationals.
How much do you charge?
We put together bespoke quotes for all our clients, simply because no two residency applications are the same. Our basic Stage 1 application package starts at €95 + IVA per person. Initially, we book in a call to discuss your application. Once we’ve had an initial chat, we’ll send you a full quote with no hidden extras, and we also offer discounts for multiple applicants.
Whatever you decide, there’s no fee for an initial chat, so why not book a call, and we’ll see what we can do to help.
It’s important for British Citizens who want to benefit from the Withdrawal Agreement to get residency before the 31 December 2020, first and foremost to safeguard your right to live in Spain but for many, if they fail to do so, pension rights, healthcare and other benefits could also be in jeopardy.