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EU Registration Certificate to live in Spain – Requirements and How to Apply

Discover the charm of living in Spain as an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen with the comprehensive support of Consult Immigration.

Spain warmly welcomes citizens from these regions, offering streamlined processes for obtaining residency through the Registry Certificate and Residence Card for family members.

Our experienced team is dedicated to guiding you through every step, ensuring a smooth transition and successful integration into Spanish life.

Understanding the Registration Certificate for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

The Registry Certificate serves as a temporary residence permit for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals planning to reside in Spain for more than three months.

Obtainable at the immigration office in your local residence area in Spain, this certificate is a testament to your rights and intentions to integrate into Spanish society.

Valid for five years, it marks the beginning of your journey towards permanent residency and, potentially, Spanish nationality.

Process and Eligibility

The application process is swift, with certificates typically issued on the same day, following a three-month preparation period to gather necessary documents.

Eligibility extends to all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who:

  • Are employed or self-employed within Spain.
  • Possess sufficient economic means and comprehensive health insurance coverage in Spain.
  • Are students with adequate financial support and health insurance.
  • Are family members joining or accompanying an EU citizen in Spain, meeting the above criteria.

Residence Card for Family Members of EU Citizens

For non-EU family members of EU citizens, Spain offers the Residence Card for Family Members of EU Citizens, facilitating their right to live, work, and study in Spain.

Eligible family members include spouses, registered partners, direct descendants, and ascendants under the care of the EU citizen.

Benefits of EU Registry Certificate

Holders of the EU Registry Certificate and Residence Card for family members enjoy a host of benefits in Spain, including the right to work, access to public services, freedom to travel within the Schengen Area, and participation in the Spanish Social Security system.

After five years, you may qualify for permanent residency, further solidifying your place in the vibrant Spanish community.

How We Can Help

From the initial application for the EU Registry Certificate to obtaining the Residence Card for family members, Consult Immigration is here to ensure a hassle-free process.

Our services include:

  • Guidance in preparing and submitting applications at the immigration office.
  • Assistance with tax representation in Spain, obtaining a NIF, and setting up a local bank account.
  • Support in securing comprehensive travel and health insurance.
  • Help in acquiring or renting property in Spain.

Contact Us and Begin Your Path to Residency in Spain

With Consult Immigration, the path to establishing residency in Spain as an EU citizen or family member is clear and straightforward. Fill out the contact form below to start your journey.

Our dedicated team of Qualified Attorneys and Legal Advisors is ready to provide you with expert, tailored guidance and support throughout your residency application process, ensuring your Spanish dream becomes a reality.

What our Consult Clients have to say

I was hesitant to take this big step and apply for citizenship through descent, but I took the plunge and paid for an appointment with Consult Immigration. I am so happy I did this. David and Ines answered all my questions and were extremely helpful with their extensive knowledge of the process and they asked questions for me that opened my mind to many other possibilities that would lead me to my new destination. I really liked both of them and I felt they truly earned my trust. Great service. I got so much more out of our meeting than I expected. Nice surprise!

Shannon RossCalifornia, USA

Dear David, thank you so much for the assistance and professional service I received from you during my immigration process to Portugal. If it was not for your sound advice, I could have made a disastrous choice as to which country to relocate to, given the technical nature of immigration laws and how they are applied to foreigners. The support I received from you while dealing with the local officials was also very beneficial. Thanks for going the extra mile!

Schalk Badenhorst

David, Pina and his team at Consult assisted me in my residency permit application for Mallorca, Spain through their tireless efforts in SA and Spain, from initial interest through to making appointments with the relevant authorities in Palma and were highly knowledgeable and patient throughout the process. Highly recommended!

Maira KoutsoudakisCEO LIFE Group of Companies

We would like to thank you once again for your very professional assistance in making this move possible. Your support during the process in South Africa was invaluable and your associates here in Portugal were very professional in dealing with the local procedures. This would be a daunting process without professional help and we can strongly recommend your services to anybody interested in relocating to Portugal.

Pieter Steyn & Márcia Camargo

I have had the pleasure of dealing with David at Consult and have been highly impressed with his professionalism. Pina, his partner in Spain, has also been extremely helpful and prompt to reply. I would highly recommend their immigration services to anyone looking to have the bureaucracy streamlined.

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