A couple of articles before, I said that I was going to investigate that rumour about having to renew the Spanish residency every 5 years.
Whether you are living in Spain or thinking about moving here, you will find some valuable information in this article.
In the last three years, I have seen the following versions of the Spanish residency (called “residencia” in Spanish):
1. Card with photo. If you still have this one it will need to be renewed at some point, since it expires. It looks like this:
2. A4 green paper. They are not giving this version anymore, although it’s still valid. It looks as follows:
3. Card with no photo. This is the very last version, the one my clients have been getting approximately for the last year.
All three are independent Spanish residencies. You don’t need to have them all, but just one.
I’ve been doing residencias for 3 years. They have always told me at police stations that the A4 green paper and the card with no photo (image number 2 & 3) don’t expire. What about the rumour then?
Before I go to the final result, let me tell you something I found during my research. I already knew this, which I’m sure will be interesting for you. Authorities say that people holding a Spanish residency must renew it if they change their address, nationality or marital status. All this comes specified at the Spanish National Police official Website (in Spanish, sorry):
The previous source warns residents they will lose their Spanish residencies if they stay out of Spain for longer periods than 6 months. However, there are some exceptions as serious illness, pregnancy, professional training, etc.
Anyway, getting back to the 5-year rumour. In order to try to clarify that, I set up my very first target: Ministerio del Interior, the national organisation in charge of providing documents to people from other nationalities in Spain, which would also be above the people who physically issue your Spanish residency: the National Police.
I was at home. I prepared some cinnamon tea with milk (love it!) and sat down with my computer on my lap. The “Ministerio del Interior” official Website was not too hard to find. I wrote a short email. Clicked on the send button and thought for a few seconds about how many weeks it would take them to answer (in case they did).
What I surprise. A few hours later I come back from doing several translations and realize I have received an email from this people! Unbelievable.
Well, bad news. The email comes with three huge paragraphs full of articles and regulations that, as it probably happens to you when you receive similar things in your own language, say nothing to me.
The funny thing is that this incredibly big email finishes saying: “for further information, please, contact the National Police station assigned to your area”. Aren’t you people supposed to be above the National Police?
Spanish residency: 1 – David: 0
Or should I say “draw” instead?
To be continued…
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