Residencia and TIE

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Residencias and TIES

A change in September 2020 means when you obtain Residencia now you will be issued with an identity card called a TIE, rather than the previous small green card or certificates. There are two new processes, one for obtaining your first residencia in the form of the TIE, and a further for people who wish to change their current documentation to the new TIE cards. We will deal with changes in a separate post or you can contact us directly regarding changing. Currently there is no formal requirement for this to be done.

What is the TIE?

The TIE is a Tarjeta de Indentificación de Extranjero and is the new residency document for foreigners. The Foreign Office in Alicante are the only office in this region now issuing these for the British. Whilst we are aware of the requirements to obtain this until 31st December 2020, as yet there have been no formal announcements for what the criteria will be after this date.

TIE First Application

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • NIE
  • Padron dated within last 90 days
  • If name has changed – Marriage or Birth Certificate
  • Passport Photo

If you are not working or a pensioner

  • Single amount in bank for last 3 months 9000 euros/joint 12000 euros
  • Private Health Cover for 1 year
  • Pension must be paid into Spanish Bank account and be 850 euros per month minimum, with proof of this going into account for 3 consecutive months.
  • Pensioner proof of S1

Employed

  • Income after tax of around 850 euro per month into your Spanish bank account, with evidence of this amount being paid in for 3 consecutive months
  • Valid signed work contract
  • Payslips
  • SIP card

Self Employed (Autonomo)

  • Self Employed for a minimum of 3 months with proof of contributions, and proof of income of 850 euro per month into Spanish Bank account
  • SIP card or Private Health Care

All of the above are what we have been advised by Alicante on this date but we are aware that these are subject to change, and differ per region, we will always update you when we are completing your application.

Process

  • For the initial application you will attend the Foreign Office with us in Alicante to present all the documents including a form EX20, or we can submit this online on your behalf. After this you will hear within 1 month by post if your application has been successful. If you have a Digital Certificate, then you can also apply online. We can help you with all of this process.
  • The next appointment (which needs to be in person) you will attend the Foreign Office in Alicante, again providing all the documentation including a form EX23. (Don’t worry about this as we will guide you through all the necessary documentation, copies needed etc.) You will have your fingerprints taken and receive a Justificante (a paper document which you must keep for the next appointment).
  • Around 3 weeks later you will take your Justificante and collect your new TIE card (this again has to be in person as fingerprints are taken again). We can assist you through the whole process, making sure you have the right documentation, make the appointments, accompany you etc.

Please contact us with all your enquiries on Residencia/TIE issues. We are experiencing high volumes of enquiries at the moment so please give us a few days to respond, or call our office and we can make an appointment for you to start the process.

Thank you,

The Spanish Solutions Team

(Updated 3rd September 2020)

46 Comments

  • Dorothy

    Will the new TIE have a photo on them, I hope so

    • Ian C.

      Hello Dorothy,

      Yes, the new residencia will have a photo but funnily enough, the authorities have advised us to tell our clients to bring their passport with them for official meetings etc.
      It is all very much up int he air with Brexit!!
      Keep in touch,
      Ian

  • Patrick Perkins

    Hi do I need a six month Rental contract or a 12 month Rental contract in order to apply for residency/ TIE?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Patrick,
      A six month rental contract is fine-Strictly speaking you dont actually need one at all. It is more important to prove purchases in Spain. You only need to live in Spain for three months before you apply.
      We can take care of all of this. regards, ian

  • Garry

    Hi there,

    Is there a different process for Barcelona? I have a job offer but am finding it impossible to figure out the correct steps to be able to start work and to open a bank etc without the option of the NIE. Can you help?

    • Ian C.

      Hi Garry
      The Government process is the same, but different Foreign Offices can sometimes have different interpretations. We have a local contact in Barcelona who can help you further please let us know and we will send you his contact details.
      Regards
      Jane

  • Susan

    I am a resident I now need to include my husband on a family residence card which forms do I need to fill in or does he apply and fill the forms in himself ?

    • Ian C.

      Hi Susan

      We would need more info on your work situation and country of citizenship to respond. I will e mail you for further detail.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Alison Barrass

    Do we need a cita previa to collect NIE in Alicante province? We were given a telephone number.

    • Ian C.

      Hi Alison

      You need a cita previa to request NIE, and you can collect at same appointment. An appointment can be made online.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Hannah

    Hello, I currently have a green card but I am moving to a different area in Spain. I will need to change my address, can I do this with my green card or will I have to make an appointment to get a T.I.E. Card?

    • Jane

      Hi Hannah

      As the TIE process is now implemented you will require to get a TIE card and change address.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Rachel Cunningham

    Hi, I have been advised that at Alicante you can chage from green Residencia to TIE online. Only having to make the second appointment to visit in person for fingerprints and confirmation. Do you know whether this is true and where to send the documents?
    Thank you

    • Jane

      Hi Rachel

      You will need to attend in person the process cannot be completed online. You need to attend twice once for the fingerprints etc and again to collect card. Should you wish us to help you with the process please contact.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Anne Gaunt

    To exchange green residencia for TIE do I need a new padron?
    Thank you

    • Jane

      Hi Anne

      You will require a padron which has been obtained in last three months.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • cady

    Hi,

    is Alicante offering TIE/ Residencia appointments again now to people from the UK?

    • Jane

      Hi Cady

      Yes appointments are available let us know if you wish us to help you with your application.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • cady

    Hi Jane

    Can you advise how much you charge for the appointments? or could someone email me with the price.

    Thanks

    • Jane

      Thanks Cady I will get an e mail sent to you.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Hannah Rose

    Hello I have a green card (nie) and have been living in Spain since January 2016. What are the advantages of ex changing for Tie card? I will be living in Cordoba for the forseeable future and after five years can apply for permanent residency. Is it easier to apply for permanent residency already having the tie card of 5 years. What are the best options for me? Is it advisable to exchange for TIE?

    • Jane

      Hi Hannah

      At the current time there is no advantage of transferring to TIE and as yet no date for this to be done. This may change in the future so please keep an eye on our website for updates.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Chris Jackson

    I’m retired and own a house in Lorca but haven’t applied residencia because I’ve been spending less than six months a year in Spain. I understand that this will become more difficult next year – no EHIC health card, only stay for 90 days etc. – so I’m now considering applying for residencia. Problem is I’ve been stuck in my UK property since lockdown began and it may not be safe for me to return to Spain until November or December. If I came over then, could I start the application process, even though I would not have been continuously living in Spain for three months before the 31 December deadline? Also, how much more difficult would it be if I had to wait until next year before applying? And finally, do you think the S1 health arrangement is likely to be replaced by a similar bilateral UK-Spain health care arrangement. Many thanks.

    • Jane

      Hi Chris

      You can start the application process when you come over if before 31 December 2020, but will need to show 3 months bank statements of living in Spain before appointment. We do not have any details of what the process will be after Brexit on residency or S1 unfortunately at the current time.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Clare Gwynne

    How long a rental agreement is required for residency please? 3 or 6 months? And do you need to prove you have BEEN in Spain for 3 months or can you apply as soon as you have tenancy agreement?

    • Jane

      Hi Clare

      Yes you need proof of living in Spain for 3 months for your application. A 6 months rental agreement is preferred. Please let me know if you need any help from us for your application.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Ashley

    Hi, I’ll be moving to Madrid soon for a year as a language assistant, and will need to apply for a TIE. We’ve been told than one requirement to apply is proof of adequate health insurance. I have an EHIC, but I believe that will no longer be valid after December 31. I’m planning on taking out travel insurance for the year (that should cover all medical costs as well); do you know if that would be suitable to meet the TIE requirement. Many thanks!

    • Jane

      Hi Ashley

      You will either need private healthcare for first year or you can apply for SIP card with your employment contract.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Keira

    Hi , I have my green document and have been living here for over 20 years, Im trying to book an appointment on line to go and change my Residency for a TIE but on the drop down on the web page i dont know what appointment to ask for. is it the one that says appointment for finger print?

    • Jane

      Hi Keira

      For initial appointment it is Policia – Exp tarjets asociada al aluerdo de retirada ciudadanos britanicos y sus familiares.
      For 2nd appointment for fingerprint it is Toma de huellas (expedicion tarjeta) y renovacion de tarjets de larga duracion.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • David Clark

    Does anybody know how long it takes to review the documents?
    Our solicitor uploaded our TIE application on line for us on 21st July, it’s now the 27th August!?!?

    • Jane

      Hi David

      We have been advised between 1 to 3 months, hopefully you should hear shortly. May be worth your solicitor giving the office a call to check current timescales.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Clare Gwynne

    Hi I don’t have any proof of address as I am staying with a friend. My friend is renting… Can she come with me to the office and will that be ok if she brings her tenancy agreement? It says we have to apply WITHIN 3 months of being in Spain so I don’t understand why some are saying we need 3 months proof of BEING in Spain and what proof would that be as I’ve been staying with a friend with no proof? What is the web site that I book appointments? Could you advise me of your fees for helping with the application?

    • Jane

      Hi Clare

      You need to be registered on padron at your friends address, she will need to attend with you. You will also require 3 month Spanish bank statements showing you are living in Spain. Please call the office and we can arrange an appointment and advise you of the charges.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Stephanie Saint Remy

    I had the residency appointment in August (tramite para la documentación de nacionales del Reino Unido EX20) having no form of residency prior to this, and was approved and received a letter stating to book a huellas appointment. I’ve been told by a lawyer that I should be attending a ‘trámite documentación nacionales terceros países familiares de nacionales del Reino Unido’ EX23 appointment first. Surely the official letter is the correct one? I’m confused.
    Also, I’ve been trying all day, every day for a week for a huellas appointment with no avail. I don’t need help at an appointment as I’m fluent but I’d consider paying for someone to get me an appointment quickly if you can send costs for that.

    • Jane

      Hi Stephanie

      Can you call the office and confirm where you live so we can look at how we can assist?

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Bee

    If you live in Alicante Province can you get your TIE in Murcia?

    • Jane

      Hi Bee

      You require to get your TIE in Alicante.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Ashley

    I wasn’t able to receive my TIE due to COVID-19. But, I have a spanish student visa that expires the middle of this month. I am currently in the United States and I have a document that includes my NIE. Would I be able to return to Spain with my NIE?

    • Jane

      Hi Ashley

      Your NIE is nothing to do with travel. Dependant on your country of origin and when you are returning to Spain we can’t fully comment, please provide further information.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Yasmin

    Hello,

    Do you offer your services to people who are applying for residency Lugo or Santiago De Compostela?

    • Jane

      Hi Yasmin

      We can try to find a contact for you, are you looking to obtain residency before end of this year?

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • John Goddard

    I have dual nationality U.K. and Irish if i ener with my Irish nationality and my wife as U.K. what income do we need to obtain a TIE each

    • Jane

      Hi John

      Until the end of the year the criteria is the same for both. After this time the criteria for your wife will change. We cannot comment on amount as it differs between provinces. Please call us if we can be of any further assistance.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • martin

    Do you need 1 appointment per person? The appointment says ”
    POLICE-EXP. CARD ASSOCIATED WITH THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT OF BRITISH CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS (BREXIT)” Which I assume means all Family members can be under one appointment?
    If separate appointments what about minors? We are a family of 2 adults and a child.
    Will be a bit silly if we all have to go on different dates.

    • Jane

      Hi Martin

      You do need one appointment per person, if you go back in quickly you should be able to get appointments on same day.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

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