I will be applying for Spanish residency once I move to Spain with my Spanish wife in the next month or so. From reading others’ posts it is clear that some extranjeria offices approve residency applications extremely quickly while others can take ages to approve and issue the tarjeta de residencia. It looks to be luck of the draw in some cases, but I’d guess that if you put in your application at a “good” office that it will be done swiftly with little wait or obstacles.
We are worried that going to one of the extranjeria offices in a big city will ensure that an approval could take many months. We are not sure yet where we are going to settle in Spain so we were thinking that it might be good to rent an apartment initially in a place that is known to have a fast and efficient extranjeria office to speed up getting my tarjeta.
Does anyone out there know of any cities with extranjeria offices which are known for being particularly fast and not very busy so that things are processed quickly?