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.

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– Immigration Team

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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.

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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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