Lawyer Raymundo Larraín explains how to attain Spanish residency.
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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
1st of February 2019
The following procedure we explain below is only for registration of fellow EU nationals i.e. British national. Any national of a country outwith the EU, cannot follow what we explain below.
British nationals may enter Spanish territory without a visa as we are within the Schengen Area. However, should you remain in Spain for more than 3 consecutive months - by law - you must apply for Spanish residency (residencia, in Spanish). As a EU national, this requires you attain a Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión (Registry for citizens members of the Union). The procedure is extremely easy and straightforward.
You must make an appointment at your local the Oficina de Extranjeros (normally 2 weeks' waiting time) and bring the following with you:
If you meet all the above requirements, you will be issued shortly after with a certificate member of the Union.
So why is all this relevant you may ask? Because post-Brexit, if you did not register yourself as a member of the Union, you will be stripped of a series of rights and entitlements to which you would otherwise be entitled. You may also be regarded as an illegal alien in EU territory by the Authorities, which may even lead to your deportation to your country of origin.
After five years of continued and legal residence, you may apply for permanent residency or residencia permanente. This allows you unconditional residency in Spain.
After ten years of continued and legal residence, you may opt for Spanish nationality (optional).
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