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EU Certificate in Spain

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Get immigration assistance for EU nationals who wish to live more than 90 days in Spain.

What is an EU Certificate?

An EU certificate is a mandatory registration for all European citizens who wish to live in Spain for more than 3 months. The certificate is issued by the National Police and gives the holder the right to legally reside in Spain. It is only available to citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland.

This documents allows the holder’s residence in Spain and includes their name, address, nationality and foreign tax ID number, known as a Número de Identificación de Extranjero, or NIE, as well as the date of registration for the Certificate.

The document only requires renewal if the holder seeks permanent residency after five years. This process does not require a police clearance certificate or a medical certificate.

How to obtain the EU Certificate in Spain?

You must apply for a Certificate at the Oficina de Extranjeros or local police station in the province where you plan to live within three months of arriving in Spain. It’s important to schedule this in advance as there are a limited number of appointments.

If all the paperwork is in order, the EU Certificate is issued immediately and is valid indefinitely. However, the relevant police or foreigner’s office should be informed of any changes to your personal status, like marriage, divorce or change of address, with a form EX18 and the documents that support this change of status.

How can a lawyer help me?

Our lawyers regularly work on these procedures and can navigate the bureaucracy to obtain an appointment quickly.

Each police station and region has specific requirements, and our lawyers know how the requirements differ by jurisdiction across Spain. They can also contact local police stations to inquire about the specific requirements.

Our lawyers will file the the application electronically on your behalf so you don’t need to visit any immigration office.

We can also accompany to solve any setbacks or obstacles in the process. Our lawyers offer full assistance in English, French or Italian.

¨We will be with you each step of your journey.¨

– Immigration Team

Process of getting EU certificate

1. Register with the Town Hall

It can take between a day and three weeks to secure an appointment.

2. Gather the right documentation

We estimate this step takes between two and five days,  depending on the client’s needs.

3. Organize an appointment at the Police Station

This step usually takes a week.

4. Submit the application

We can file the application within a day.

5. Obtain the EU Certificate

Typically, the EU certificate is issued on the same day as the application.

What other documents are required for the EU certificate?

For Employed or Self-employed people

  • An employment contract or proof of registration with social security.

For students

  • The proof of enrolment in public or private academic institution or professional education.
  • Health insurance that covers all risks in Spain or EHIC card.
  • Proof of sufficient economic means, like a bank certificate or statement, or a sworn affidavit that declares sufficient funds.

For business owners

  • Proof of Registration with the Census of Economic Activities.
  • Proof of registration with the Mercantile Registry if you are a company administrator.
  • Proof of registration with Spanish Social Security.

For other residents

  • The proof of sufficient economic means, such as a bank certificate or statement depending on the region.
  • Health insurance coverage across Spain that’s  equivalent to that provided by the national health system.

Find your Immigration Lawyer

Laura Fusté - Lexidy TechBoutique

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Department
David Planes - Lexidy TechBoutique

David Planes

Lawyer
Julia

Cristina Negro Vizoso

Lawyer
Mónica López - Lexidy TechBoutique

Mónica Isern López

Associate - Lawyer Immigration Department
Maximiliano Agazzi - Lexidy TechBoutique

Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet

Lawyer
Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly

Lawyer
Francesca Coluccio

Francesca Coluccio

Trainee
Luisa Rivera

Luisa Rivera

Trainee
Paola Cavalleri

Paola Cavalleri

Paralegal

Frequently Asked Questions

An EU Citizen can remain in Spain for 90 days every six months as a tourist. However, if they want to stay for a longer period, they must register as EU citizens residing in Spain and obtain the EU Certificate.

Yes. The EU Certificate for EU citizens is unaffected by Brexit.

British citizens residing in Spain before Brexit may also apply under the EU regime but they will need to prove their regular residence during 2020 or before. If not they will need to follow the general regime and apply from their home country.

If you are a British citizen and you have applied for the residence permit before Brexit you can remain in Spain without any further formalities. If you did not register as a British citizen residing in Spain before Brexit you will need to apply for a regular residence permit in your home country.

Citizens of the European Union, as well as citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

As a European citizen, you can obtain a social security number and receive basic health care in Spain.

Yes but you can only have one European driving license at any time. 

 

Yes and this can be obtained when applying for an EU Certificate.

If you are not working for a Spanish company,  self-employed or have a certificate of registration with the social security in your country, you will need private health insurance.

Depending on the place of application, you may need funds in a Spanish account.

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