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Spain FAQs

What is Spanish Residencia?

´Residencia´, meaning residence, is legal permission to stay in Spain, and comes in two forms. Non-EU citizens are granted a blue and pink card which contains their personal details and passport photo, while EU citizens receive a green card containing personal details only.

What application documents do I need for Residencia?

  • A foreigner’s tax number (NIE).
  • Proof of health insurance, or an S1 form in the case of pensioners.
  • A fully and correctly completed residency application form.
  • A valid passport (certified attestation, if required).
  • Proof of income demonstrating sufficient funds.
  • Other documentation, dependent on your application type.

How long can I stay in Spain without applying for Residencia?

If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to apply for Residencia if your stay will exceed 90 days.

Do I need to apply for Residencia if I am an EU citizen?

Any EU national spending more than 90 days within a 180 day period in Spain, or 180 days per calendar year, has the right to apply for Residencia, but is not legally obliged to. Many EU citizens with the right to live and work in Spain obtain only an NIE certificate for general administrative purposes, and which doesn’t provide their status of residency.

How long do I need to be in Spain to be considered a resident?

You are considered a Spanish resident if you spend more than 183 days (approximately 6 months) per calendar year in Spain. These days do not necessarily have to be consecutive.

How do I apply for permanent Spanish residency?

To obtain permanent residency in Spain and apply for Spanish citizenship, you will have to have lived in Spain for a minimum of 5 consecutive years, and meet the 10 years of residence criteria, all immediately prior to the initiation of your permanent residency application.

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