UK Citizens & Family Members

Since July 6th 2020, there is a new regulation in place for UK citizens and their family members who wish to obtain a residence permit for Spain. We are here to assist with UK services in Spain.

Any British citizen who is planning on staying in Spain for more than 3 months has to apply for a residence card at the Immigration Office. This new card was introduced to provide a separate process for British citizens during this transmission of their legal status and can only be applied for until December 31st, 2020. 

NOTE: Since the transition deadline has run out, if you are a UK citizen and have settled in Spain before the end of 2020, you can still try for this process. it is however possible that they require a justification for doing so after December 31st 2020. 

If you are a UK citizen and you have yet to relocate to Spain, you are subject to the general immigration regime and can apply for a residence permit for non-EU citizens.






In order to apply for this residence permit, the UK citizen has to show that they have been (1) registered in Spain before December 31st, 2020, through any means admitted by law, such as the “empadronamiento” (registration with the town hall at an address in Spain). 


Furthermore, they have to accredit that they have underwritten a (2) health insurance policy in Spain and that they dispose of (3) sufficient economic means in order to maintain themselves.



The applications are presented online or in person at the immigration office. After the presentation process has been completed, the administration issues a confirmation that serves as proof that the process has been initiated. This is enough to extend the applicants' legal stay in Spain until they receive a resolution. The immigration office usually comes to a decision on the applications within three months


Once the applicants receive the favourable resolution, they have to apply for their Foreigner Identity Card at the police station within one month. 



Once the UK citizen has obtained their new resident card, their non-EU family members will have until March 31st, 2021 to apply for their Residence Cards for Family Members of British Citizens.

At Artemis Law, we can present your residence application online. Get in touch with us!