If you come from an EEC/EEA country you can stay in Spain for
up to 3 months as a tourist. If you plan on being here more
than 182 days then you must apply for residencia, which is
"permanent living permission".
The new rules say that this applies only if you are not
registered in Seguridad Social. If you wish, you can apply for
a residencia card even if you are registered in SegS, as you
can use the Residencia card as an ID. Retirees are required to
apply for permanent living permission if they wish to stay
over 182 days.
It is usually no problem to acquire a permanent living
permission (Residencia), but the time it takes for processing
is long, up to a year. You will get a temporary permission
when you deliver your application (called Solicitud). If a
family is applying and there is only one income, than you can
apply for your spouse and children at the same time, if the
children are dependent on their parents for support. The same
rule applies for other family members, like parents that one
has responsibility for.
All EEC/EEA residents who have income from work or receive a
pension will automatically receive their Residencia. It will
be valid for five years.
You will be required to renew it before it runs out.
You can go directly to Alicante for your renewal. When you
have your residencia you then have the same rights and
requirements as Spanish citizens.
When you are going to live in Spain more than 182 days and are
not registered with SegS as a student or working here.
What you need;
Application form in 3 copies, your passport plus 2 copies
(minimum) 2 pass photographs with your name on the back, your
original NIE number plus 2 copies.
If you do not have an NIE number, then it would be wise to
deliver an application form for one at the same time. You will
get your NIE number in a few weeks. If you don't than you will
not get your NIE number before your residencia card is ready.
Your application forms are to be delivered to the national
police station in your area. After a time you will get a
letter telling you that your residencia application has been
accepted and you have to go to the police station in Alicante
(C/Ebanisteria No 6) , where you will be fingerprinted and you
will sign papers. You will need to bring your passport plus 2
If you have changed addresses since you applied, you can still
get your correct address on your residencia card if you bring
your new proof of residency. After about 4 weeks your
residencia card can be fetched at the same police station
where you delivered your application.
Price as of Jan. 05; 6.31 euros - renewal 6.07 euros.