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How to Apply for Residencia

How to Apply for Residencia

How to Apply for  Residencia

23rd October – Important updates There are NO longer appointment in Benidorm even for all of those who have online appointments booked.  All appointments are now in ALICANTE. The consulate are hopefully looking into the matter.  This as you can imagine is causing even more frustration and outrage.

If you are planning on living in Spain for 3 months or more then you must apply for your residencia. Please NOTE – New rules and regulations are constantly being introduced.  Nevertheless, at the time of writing this information is correct (2019)

Obviously new rules will apply depending upon what happens with Brexit such as the amount of money needed to apply for Residencia – Non EU need a Minimum of 26,000€ in the bank, with a further 6,000€ per family member for residence certificates.  Will will try and keep everything as updated as possible.

You now need to make an appointment on line before coming in person; otherwise you will not be served  Use this link – https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html   Please NOTE, this link does not work correctly from mobile devices.

Top tip right click and translate these pages into English.

In this area UK nationals are currently unable to register as a resident as appointments are not available. If you don’t yet have a residence certificate, the advice is to make sure you have proof you were living here before we leave the EU (eg padrón registration or utility bills), and to keep checking the online appointment system for new appointments.

*9th October 2019 British Consulate Alicante Updates

We have received a number of emails and calls from frustrated customers regarding the lack of residency appointments available in their area and rumours that appointments are being turned away.

We have confirmed that all residency appointments for the month of October will be seen and EU residency certificates issued. However, people have to make sure they book their appointments using the correct nationality (UK) and with all their correct personal details. If there are any details that do not match, the applicant will be turned away.*

  • NOTE – Please note the drop down menu options for above are constantly changing

We understand that at some point in October, appointments under the POLICIA – CERTIFICADO UE (EXCLUSIVAMENTE PARA REINO UNIDO) will become available, only for UK nationals who want to get their residency certificate before the end of October. This is to allow as many people as possible to get residency before we leave the EU.

However, until this happens, British nationals can continue to look and book appointments using the normal POLICIA – CERTIFICADO UE option.

If there is nothing available until after the end of October, a message will appear stating that it is not possible to book due to EU Exit. If this happens, please do keep trying as most offices unblock some appointments early each morning.

  • Click Aceptar
  • Click Entrar
  • Fill in your information:
    • Choose PASAPORTE and enter your passport number below
    • Nombre y apellidos = name and surname
    • País de nacionalidad = your nationality
    • In Caracteres enter what you see on the picture above
    • Click Aceptar
    • choose your date and time
    • add your email address, you will get a confirmation email sent to you with the time and date, print this off and take it with you

PAY THE FEE

Fill in form 790 HERE 

Print all 4 pages and pay the necessary fee at the bank. Take your passport with you in case they ask for extra ID.

Top tip, DO NOT pay this until a couple of days before your appointment in case the price changes and you have to go through this part of the process again.

This form can now only be filled in online and printed out to take to the bank. It is no longer given out at police stations nor immigration offices and cannot be filled in by hand.

The form is very quick to complete and can be filled in by clicking here. You complete it then press the blue button at the end to get a copy you can print out and sign.

Guidance notes: As the form is in Spanish, below  is some advice in English for guidance only (as at March 2018 and subject to change).

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

*Update 9th October 2019 – The supporting documentation required has not yet changed and if any British national is missing any paperwork, the police station should allow applicants to bring these back within a few days without the need to book an additional appointment.*

Completed EX18 form N.I.E certificate, Passport Old residencia card if you have one If employed an employer certificate or statement of employment from your employer. If self employed you will need evidence that you are self employed by your registration on the Economic Activities List (Censo de Actividade Economicos) or proof of your registration in the Mercantile Registry (Registro Mercantil). 2 coloured passport size photos.

25th February 2019 – This week, the National Police have changed the criteria to issue a Residency Card and they would not issue any without the following information due to BREXIT.

If you are an EMPLOYEE in Spain, you will need to provide a Vida Laboral showing you have been working at least, in the last 3 months more than 20 hours per week.

If you are SELF EMPLOYED in Spain, you will need to show the Vida Laboral for 3 months plus your registration for 036 or 037.

If you are a PENSIONER living in Spain you will need the Certificate S1, a certificate of the pension you do receive and a bank statements of the account where the pension is paid for the last 12 months.

If none of the above apply, you will need to show you have enough resources to live by yourself with a minimum income of 7,000 € if you are alone, 14,000€ if it is yourself and partner, If there are 3 people in your family you will need 17,500€, for 4 members in your family it would need to be 21,000€ … You will also need health insurance including the words “El seguro médico contratado incluye asistencia primaria, especialidades, ingresos hospitalarios e intervenciones quirúrgicas”. You will also need to show the receipt of the payment or a certificate from the insurance company as proof the insurance has been paid.

The supporting documentation required has not yet changed and if any British national is missing any paperwork, the police station should allow applicants to bring these back within a few days without the need to book an additional appointment.

IN CASE YOU WANT TO RENEW YOUR RESIDENCY CARD TO HAVE A  PERMANENT ONE, ie you have held a residency card for 5 years or more –  you will need  bank statements from your Spanish Bank account showing all the expenses you had for the last 24 months to demonstrate you really have been in Spain for that period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will need to speak to the Social Security office (INSS) If you are not in work then you will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient health coverage, such as private health care or your S1 form from the UK (apply for your form via the Overseas Healthcare Team in the Department for Work and Pensions on 0191 218 1999)

29th January – Important updates, S1 certificate (formerly known as E106)

An S1 certificate helps you and your dependents access healthcare in the EU/EEA country where you live. If you have an S1 certificate, it will be valid until end of October 2019.

After this date, the certificate may not be valid, depending on decisions by member states. You should go to the NHS website for the latest information on each country.

You will also need to provide evidence that you are not going to be a burden on the Spanish State by providing you have sufficient income to support yourselves. Normally a bank statement showing your regular income or your assets to be able to support yourself should be sufficient.  The figure required seems to vary depending upon who you talk to, we have been advised of 6,000€, 7,000€ and 8,000 Euros.

Non EU need a Minimum of 26,000€ in the bank, with a further 6,000€ per family member for residence certificates

Do not forget to take 2 copies of everything with you. In the majority of cases you will only need 1, however, its always best to be on the safe side as they will not provide copying services so it will mean a return trip.

WHERE TO GO – if you appointment is in Benidorm

Police Station of Benidorm C/ Apolo XI, 36. C.P. 03500 – Benidorm. Tel. 965855308 Open to the public from Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 14:00

How To Change Details On Id/nie Registro De Extranjeros

To communicate change of address, nationality or civil status, you can download this form, fill it out and take it with your passport and copies, original padron not more than three months old to Foreigners Office (Extranjeria) desk at Policia Nacional.

Once you have had your residencia for a period of 5 years you can change it to a Permanent status.

Residencia – All your questions answered

 

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Jackie Knapp
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Jackie Knapp

Benidorm Police station last week said a monthly figure of €700 per month into a Spanish Bank account was not sufficient. They now insist on a balance no less than €7,000

Jill Shail
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We were advised yesterday by a Jestoria that you now need to have 8000e in your bank account if this this applies to your application. If its a joint account then its 16000e. Seems everybody is being told something different.

Carol Bevan
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Carol Bevan

Do you know why the waiting list is suddenly so long to get appointment at Police Staition for NIE. I tried yesterday and 1st appointment in Benidorm is June!!

Jill Shail
Admin

The demand for appointments has been very high over recent months due to Brexit. If you are applying ultimately for Residencia then you don’t need to get the NIE first at the moment. It will be allocated as part of Residencia. Appointments for Residencia also have a long wait at the moment. No appointments before end of March now. xx

Nicola Weaver
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Nicola Weaver

Hi Jill, I’ve just moved to Altea. I know I have to change my address on my Residencia card. Do I need a previa cita? Or can I take it with the correct paperwork to the Foreigners Office (Extranjeria) desk at Policia Nacional like it says above.
Many thanks
Nicola

Tracy Ann
Admin

take as much paperwork as you can, also change the address on your padron, remember you wont be seen without an appointment as they are very very busy, appointments are taking months at the moment

Nicola Weaver
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Nicola Weaver

Many thanks

Nicola Weaver
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Nicola Weaver

Hi Tracy Ann, do you know if I can I make a joint appointment with my husband or do I have to do them separately ?

Jill Shail
Admin

No option for joint appointments you need to make them separately but you should be able to get them on the same day. x

David Redshaw
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David Redshaw

With regards to proving you have enough money to support yourself, does this have to be in a spanish bank or will sufficient funds in an english bank and/or peersion fund suffice?

Tracy
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Tracy

Can you advise without residency but with a holiday home here in Spain, I have read that we can visit for 3 months in any six month period, is that correct?

Rory Newell-Brown
VIP Member
Rory Newell-Brown

Expect chaos and to be in there a few hours waiting, and to be screamed at half a dozen times by a foul tempered police man who clearly has mental health issues 🤦🏻‍♂️
Go with the flow though, take a drink as well like a bottle of water as it gets hot in there. As long as you have everything in order you will be fine

Tracy Ann
Admin

Having difficulty getting an appointment – “The British Consulate in Alicante say that they continue to check appointment availability regularly. They have seen availability for British nationals in both Murcia and Alicante provinces, which would imply that the nationality block for these two provinces has been removed. However, there is very little appointment availability and it is advisable to check daily and as early in the morning as possible. If anyone applies for residency and it is rejected for reasons that do not seem to fit within the documentation that is normally requested (proof of income and proof of healthcare… Read more »

Lee Farrington
VIP Member
Lee Farrington

Is the minimum €26,000 in the bank account the only amount you need or do you still have to have a regular monthly income?

Tracy Ann
Admin

The information provided is as up to date as possible, but changes can happen and do all the time, without notice. a regular income will obviously be a good advantage. Unfortunately we can only provide the information we are provided with and that should be the same which ever area you are applying in, but this is not the case and different offices seem to have different requirements even though that should not happen, they seem to make the rules up as they go along, and it can even vary depending upon who you see on the day. Frustrating we… Read more »

Lee Farrington
VIP Member
Lee Farrington

Very informative thank you.

Tracy Ann
Admin

your welcome, keep an eye on this page, as if we are officially informed of any changes, it will be updated.

Phillip
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Phillip

Perhaps a dumb question but is the info on this page basically for UK residents? We are from the US and no other website is talking about supplying documentation of finances and insurance. We went through all that to get our non-lucrative visa already, and already have our NIE number… any heads-up would be appreciated! thanks for all your efforts…

Tracy Ann
Admin

Hi Yes, the information provide is for UK residents, for information for the US you would need to contact the US Embassy which will be different advice and requirements you should find the information you require here https://es.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ I hope this is of some help.

Phillip
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Phillip

Fantastic thx!

Steve
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Steve

I have my S1 certificate but my wife will only get hers in April 2020. Firstly, do I need private health insurance? Secondly, does she?

Tracy Ann
Admin

Contact the Brexit health care team https://www.benidormseriously.com/polifani-expats/