New residency card process
On July 6th, UK citizens registering as residents in Spain started to be issued with the highly anticipated TIE residence cards.
A TIE is a “Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero”, an identity card for foreigners which is issued to non-EU residents in Spain.
Although the document may be a reminder for Britons in Spain that they will soon cease to be EU citizens, the TIE also acts as a guarantee that they will hold on to the same rights relating to residency, free movement and social security in the country they've made their home.
These rights will be guaranteed for their family members, even those from non-EU countries, as long as they are already registered or do so before December 31st 2020.
It has become increasingly difficult to secure an appointment at the extranjeria or foreigners office to begin the process to formalise residency.
There is also a certain amount of confusion around whether or it is best to swap your green resident certificates for the new TIE.
But here's a reminder that for UK citizens who have registered as residents in Spain and are already in possession of a green A4 residency certificate or a small green residency card, the TIE card is optional.
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We have created a series of articles around the issue of residency in Spain and we are also happy to answer questions from our members on specific topics.
If we don't already know the answer then we will do our best to find out.
You can also find a lot more detail on residency, healthcare, travel and pensions in our Preparing for Brexit section.
The British government has provided funding to three organisations in Spain to offer help and support Brits with the process. If you don't have internet access or don't feel confident completing the form online they can even do it for you if you don't have friends or family who would be able to help.
If you or someone you know may have difficulty completing the paperwork, you can contact them using the details below to discuss how they may be able to help you.
These organisations are:
IOM – The International Organisation for Migration (Andalusia, Madrid and Murcia). You can visit the IOM Spain website here, email them at [email protected] or call one of their helplines: Andalusia: +34 650 339 754, Madrid: +34 699 581 855, Murcia: +34 648 642 543, all available Mon to Thurs, 3.30pm to 5pm
Age in Spain are helping those in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Visit the Age in Spain website hereor email: [email protected], fill out the contact form hereor call the helpline: +34 932 20 97 41 available Mon to Fri, 11am to 1pm
Additionally if you’d rather see someone in person then Age in Catalonia is running three pop up events at A Taste of Home shops in Barcelona, Sitges and Cubelles at the end of October and into November.
The British Embassy has also been running information and support campaigns for British people living in Spain. Due to the coronavirus situation the Embassy's roadshows have had to cease, but they are still doing live Q&A sessions via their Facebook page and remain available for help.
The Embassy can also take up cases if anyone has been turned down for residency and needs help in appealing.
If you really can't face the process and just want someone else to do it for you then many gestors offer residency card/visa services and are often able to secure appointments when it’s seemingly impossible for everyone else.
Be warned however, you will have to pay extra for their help and will still have to find all the relevant paperwork yourself so that the agent can make the application on your behalf.