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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
The Spanish Solutions Team
(Updated 3rd September 2020)