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Family visa: Residence Card for Family Members of EU Citizens

Our quick and reliable service for helping you to get a family permit and a resident card in Spain for your parents, siblings or partners.

Residence for non-EU family members

If you are not from the EU and are a family member of a Spanish citizen or another EU country, you can apply for a residence and work permit. You must apply for the permit if you plan to reside in Spain for more than three months and that permit is valid for five years.

How do I obtain a Family visa or permit?

The EU citizen must be able to show sufficient economic means to support the non-EU citizen’s application for the permit. They must also possess healthcare coverage, whether it’s through their employment in Spain or as a self-employed professional.

How can a lawyer help me?

The experience of our lawyers can accelerate the process of obtaining this permit by working with officials to secure you an appointment.

Our lawyers know the requirements of each Spanish Consulate or Embassy, and they can also contact a specific Spanish Embassy or Consulate regarding unique circumstances.

Lexidy’s lawyers offer full assistance in English, French or Italian.

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

– Immigration Team

Lexidy is a modern, dynamic, and innovative law firm. We always put customers at the center of our work and do our best to give an exceptional experience. Our expertise in Spain and Portugal allows us to solve complex problems thoroughly and cut all the risks before they may happen.
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Process of getting residence for non-EU family members

  1. Register with the Town Hall, which can take between a day and three weeks.
  2. It takes between two to five days to gather documentation, depending on the client’s situation.
  3. Submitting an application digitally takes less than a day.
  4. The residence permit can take up to three months to be approved.
  5. Schedule an appointment at the police station, which can take 1 week.
  6. Set aside less than a day to apply for a Foreigner ID Card.
  7. Receive a Foreigner ID Card within a month.

Residence for Non-Eu Family Members

  • Residence for parents and direct relatives

The spouse of the EU family member can apply for this permit. Domestic partners are also included as long as they are accredited with a public certificate or sufficient evidence that proves a stable relationship.

  • Residence for spouse

The spouse of the EU family member can apply for this permit. Domestic partners are also included as long as they are accredited with a public certificate or sufficient evidence that proves a stable relationship.

  • Residence for children

Children younger than 21 years of age who are not EU citizens are eligible for a residence card as long as their parents can show sufficient economic means to support them.

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

Yes, you can apply for the Residence Card for family members of EU Citizens even though you have exceeded your legal stay in Spain.

We don’t recommend leaving the Schengen zone if you have overstayed your legal limite as you may face problems upon re-entry.

It depends on the region. Some allow a notary or public official to assess this while others require you to prove your stable relationship through evidence, like rental contracts, bank accounts and correspondence.

Yes. Once approved you will have a five-year residence and work permit

If the EU family member does not work for a Spanish company, you must both have health insurance coverage.

You must prove your economic dependence from your parents despite your age of majority in order to apply under this regime. One way to do this is by enrolling in a Spanish University.

You must prove the medical dependency of your parents and that they have been residing at the same address as you for at least two years prior to the application for the permit.

Yes, in order to apply for the card you must prove that you live in the same address as a EU citizen holding a EU Certificate.

We recommend that sufficient economic funds are in the account of the European citizen.

Depending on the place of application, you may need funds are in a Spanish account. In some cases, they must have been in the account for three months.

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4.9
Based on 446 reviews
Frank Hartigan
Frank Hartigan
03:57 26 Jan 23
Prompt response and plenty of clear information in English. Personable, good-humored fellow. Clear explanations of what would be included and what it would cost.
Gaby Chiha
Gaby Chiha
16:17 03 Jan 23
Eleonore and the Lexidy team were INCREDIBLE in helping me and my family get our visas for France. We tried for weeks to do it on our own and after all of our extensive research, we still had questions about what to do or how to do it successfully. Eleonore was with us every step of the way. She was able to answer every question. We were left feeling confident that Eleonore and her team were giving us the best chance possible of getting the visas we wanted. And it worked! It was great to have a lawyer who was so familiar with the French visa process - they are experts! We didn't want a visa lawyer who was a generalist and didn't specialize in French visas. Thank you so much!
Shaneka Anderson
Shaneka Anderson
14:22 13 Dec 22
I used Lexidy's French Office. I highly recommend working with Eléonore Tavares de Pinho. She is the best! Excellent personalised service, professional and very kind.
Stephen Lisner
Stephen Lisner
09:10 23 Jul 22
ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY - FROM THE TOP DOWNLexidy prepared my taxes for the past two years.Earlier this year, Spanish authorities questioned my 2020 return: their Tax Specialist prepared a response. When I emailed him a subsequent notification, I learned his paternity leave began unexpectedly.With only one staff member out, this “boutique firm” revealed itself - not with care or quality service.The tax specialist’s stand-in, a trainee, ignored two emails requesting help. After four-days, I contacted Managing Director, Joanna Mello. When she did not respond after two more days, I contacted CEO Federico Richardson Alborná. His assurance that the matter would be addressed at the “earliest” was filled by another three days of silence.Contacting him again, using “reply all” activated the accounting manager. He informed me the office was understaffed and suggested I handle the matter on my own.  I replied (with copy to the ever mute CEO), suggesting he speak with his boss about customer service and reliability.The accountant summarily filed some documents, but failed to make good on his promise to phone the authorities. Silence from the CEO: no apology for his staff’s conduct.Another demand has arrived. The tax expert remains on leave. Calls to the Boutique’s CEO Phone go unanswered. Sr. Richardson’s silence could not indicate more clearly the unimportance of service or concern about the reliability of the firm’s work.Run, don’t walk, from Lexidy.
Rick Kleinhans
Rick Kleinhans
13:03 27 Apr 22
Lexidy has been a lifesaver. The entire team has helped us so much on different matters both personal and corporate. Isabel in correcting an error by a previous accountant that was costing us an extra €1000 every month in social security payments! Jose with various matters and tax advice. Diego in helping us get documents notarized in Valencia even though he is based in Madrid. I cannot recommend them enough!
jason B
jason B
11:49 01 Apr 22
Lexidy helped my family with a non-lucrative residence application for Spain. It was a difficult case as I am Australian, my wife Nigerian, and we applied from Ghana, however Lexidy provided an exemplary service and coordinated the application very well. Highly recommended.
Cherifa Imene Maroc
Cherifa Imene Maroc
13:52 20 Dec 21
Quick response, very personal care and great manners and communication! Absolutely the best. They are quite professional and straight up cool people! I want to say thank you again!
Vladimir Kasperovitch
Vladimir Kasperovitch
11:10 23 Sep 21
They're professionals.Son profesionales.Они профессионалы.
Emilie Naples
Emilie Naples
19:10 20 Sep 21
This is the ONLY law firm I recommend to handle whatever immigration needs you may have. They not only give free consultations, but respond to literally every single one of your questions. They were the most informative, responsive, polite, and professional lawyers I have ever been in contact with, and provided peace of mind throughout the entire process I need handled. I highly recommend Cristina who is splendid at her job for all of these reasons. This firm is 100% dependable, reliable, and truly interested in helping. Thank you Lexidy Law!!
Bader Hijji
Bader Hijji
22:25 19 Sep 21
Professional, knowledgeable, personal and quality service. Monica was superb in handling our residency permit renewal and her response to our queries was outstanding. In summery, we are very satisfied customers and would recommend Lexidy for their outstanding service. We will definitely deal with the Lexidy team in the near future or when the need arise for legal service. Thank you very much Monica.
Matias Montero
Matias Montero
15:43 10 Sep 21
Ya hemos trabajado con ellos anteriormente y son super serios, el servicio al cliente de verdad es algo que respetan. Primero siempre te van a ayudar de algun modo o aconsejar. Super recomendables
Don Ellis
Don Ellis
15:16 08 Sep 21
Great full service firm that provided our family professional legal services surrounding our move to Spain. Included assistance with both Visa application and real estate purchase. Highly recommend
ZULFU S.R.O
ZULFU S.R.O
16:40 04 Sep 21
We used Lexidy to help establish our company in Spain. The whole team and especially Samuel, were very helpful and professional. Their customer service is excellent. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommend.
Miguel Rosato
Miguel Rosato
15:31 14 Jul 21
I arrived in Madrid on the last week of June 2021. Two weeks later I already had the NIE for my family and my own, and was already signed in in Madrid Municipality. I strongly recommend Lexidy for their professional work, Specially David Planes, who followed my case before and after arrival.
Cat Johnson
Cat Johnson
17:42 22 Jun 21
We approached a number of sources about assisting with our NL Visa application. Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet not only called us to talk through what we needed but came back with a competitive price tailored to our needs. He has been highly responsive, approachable and his team provided an essential service offering advice and extras that has proved invaluable. Thank you to Max and the team!
Patricia Reyes
Patricia Reyes
12:41 17 May 21
My experience consulting with Lexidy Law Boutique has been very pleasant. They are professional, helpful, their customer service is excellent, and their prompt responses are impressive. I personally dealt with David, Monica, and Jose for visa assistance and they have been above and beyond. I'm truly appreciative because dealing with my process alone was challenging and as soon as I began consulting with them, it helped facilitate it greatly. Thank you Lexidy Law Boutique.***Updated on 5/17/2021***Lexidy Law Boutique exceeded my expectation once again. They are very consistent when providing excellent customer service. They are also experts in their area of specialty. I was dealing with an unexpected litigation matter and worked with Diego Mendizabal for guidance. He helped me immediately, was very knowledgeable, and was able to provide valuable guidance to help me make an informed decision regarding what solutions I wanted to pursue. Also, his response time to your emails and calls are very impressively quick. The entire interaction with Diego was great and stress-free. Thank you Diego.
Teresa Novoa
Teresa Novoa
14:56 24 Feb 21
Inicié un tramite de visado español desde Argentina en Noviembre de 2020 con la ayuda de Lexidy Law Boutique. Desde el primer momento el trato de Laura Fusté Lleixà y todo el equipo fue super profesional. Voy a seguir en contacto con ellos una vez que resida en España ya que son de plena confianza y expeditivos para ayudar a resolver tramites. ¡Gracias!
William Ghormley
William Ghormley
10:47 23 Feb 21
David Pilar and his associates have been welcoming, helpful and timely in their assistance to me. They have done what they promised, and I have found the fees to be reasonable. Addendum: I worked with people at the Barcelona Branch. Somehow the address on my review denotes the Madrid Branch.
Samuel
Samuel
14:43 29 Jan 21
Son personas muy amables, pendientes, respetuosos y rápidos. Muy buen servicio y lo recomiendo
Simon Schauble
Simon Schauble
08:40 22 Jan 21
We are an Australian / German family and David and team at Lexidy did a wonderful job for us. They were very professional and managed the whole process of residency. We would highly recommend them.
Dan Centinello
Dan Centinello
14:26 19 Nov 20
Let me start by saying that I normally do not write reviews - and I am often skeptical of the authenticity of the ones that are left. However, I feel like this law team has earned it and here's why...I am the type of person who will do endless research & contact several people before making a decision. I did the same when looking for a Spanish law firm that would be able to quickly handle my immigration matters and, most recently, help me with my leasing agreement for my apartment.They are extremely responsive (replying within a couple of hours of my messages) and even after office hours.Maximiliano, in particular, has been exceptional. He put a lot of effort to understand all the details of my situation so he can find the best solution.It was quickly evident that he understands that not all people have the same immigration situation and was going to tailor a solution specific to me.What impressed me most though was how he was thoughtful enough to make sure that his immigration solution did not impact my tax or business situation adversely. His focus on the big picture, while not missing the important small details is one of the main reasons why I felt compelled to write a review.Lastly, Max even made himself available during the time I was crossing the border, just in case I had any issues.With all this being said, I have worked with many lawyers in the past - many simply look for "a solution", but the great lawyers look for the "best solution". Everyone I have interacted with thus far at Lexidy seems to understand the latter. I feel very fortunate to have come across them in my research.I know how stressful it can be, especially when dealing with immigration issues. So, I hope this helps others out there that might be in the same situation I was in.
Jennifer Kang
Jennifer Kang
18:56 04 Nov 20
Lexidy Law Boutique offers comprehensive solution to your needs. All their staff are very knowledgeable, speak good English and very helpful. They are reasonably priced as well. High recommended!
Michael Sandoval
Michael Sandoval
16:44 19 Oct 20
I have had the pleasure to work with a lot of Lexidy's departments. Working with Max Aggazi Paulet to achieve everything needed for my residency was incredible. he help endlessly until everything was accomplished. Soon after i began working with their Real estate department. It has been a journey and they have stuck with me every step of the way. They have gone beyond the scope of their duties to help my dreams of purchasing a property in Spain come to fruition. I would like to thank Alejandro Cano and Jordi Aranda for for everything. Last but not least through the entire Process I have had the absolute pleasure to work with Camila Broderson. She is a Gem. She has guided me in every step to work on opening my LLC in Spain and has also gone beyond the scope of her duties to assist and be available at any time. I plan to continue to work with team at Lexidy and would highly recommend them to everyone. Thank you Lexidy team for everything that you have done so far! I look forward to continuing our partnerships and friendships!
Afrodelica
Afrodelica
18:07 17 Sep 20
I would like to explicitly thank Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet for being of tremendous help to myself and to my family. As an American citizen it can be exceedingly difficult to wrestle with the European beaurocratic system let alone in Cataluña in catalan. He accompanied me through the entire process and demistified what seemed insurmountable upon my arrival. I highly recommend anyone who is need of legal advice please seek out Maximiliano as you will not be disappointed
Matias Montero
Matias Montero
14:33 17 Sep 20
El servicio de este estudio de abogados es realmente genial, me comunique con ellos desde América y me han asesorado durante meses sin pedirme realmente un pago temprano antes de ver si era viable la consulta (a diferencia de otros estudios) sumado que son muy cálidos y saben de verdad lo que hacen.Siendo yo abogado tambien, conozco el rubro y me parece excelente que trabajen de la misma manera que lo hago yo, poniendo al cliente primero.Todo el asesoramiento lo recibí durante la situación de COVID-19 y estamos por cerrar pronto la gestión con ellos.Mayormente estuve hablando con Maximiliano tanto por mail como por teléfono y en general son super recomendables, sin duda volvería a a trabajar con ellos.
Scott Mackin
Scott Mackin
13:50 15 Sep 20
We've been return customers of Lexidy Law for over 2 years now and always received the highest level of customer service, professional guidance, and prompt responses in all communication.Specifically, Lexidy helped us successfully extend our visas for a family of 4 (on two different occassions) as well as navigated us through the all the legal requirements of buying a home and securing a mortgage as expats living Spain.You can feel 100% confident hiring Lexidy for your legal needs. We're extremely happy knowing they're available whenever we need them.
Khoa Le
Khoa Le
11:07 28 Aug 20
Lexidy made my relocation from Vietnam to Ibiza, Spain smooth and easy!With proper guidelines provided I was able to get long-term visas for me and my family (my wife, my kid and my newborn). I am very happy and grateful to have them as my legal service. The clear communication and readiness from Max and David are very helpful to foreigners with no knowledge in Spanish like me. I can't say enough thanks for this amazing experience. Thumbs up!
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