Registering as a Non EU Spouse in Spain

However, it isn’t a lost cause, as the rights of an EU citizen are extended to their family members. So even if the process can be somewhat long and frustrating at times, keep your head up and don’t lose hope.

Posted by Sammie

Tagged: foreign, marriage, non-eu, residencia, work visa, spouse, spouse, register, register, residence card

Information about how to get a residence and work visa in Spain as a non EU Spouse.

Like getting anything done in Spain, when it comes to registering as a Non EU spouse, it’s never a direct route. However, it isn’t a lost cause, as the rights of an EU citizen are extended to their family members. So even if the process can be somewhat long and frustrating at times, keep your head up and don’t lose hope.

In general, within three months of arriving in Spain, a non EU spouse must apply for an EU Family-member Residence Card (Tarjeta de Residencia de Familiar de Cuidadano de la Union). The Schengen agreement allows someone to go to Spain for 90 days within a 6 month time period. So you can stay 3 consecutive months, or go a month and a half, return to your native county and go another month and a half around the wedding (the total amount in 180 days cannot exceed 90 days). Lots of people stay in Spain illegally, however it can often be a bit of a hassle when flying in and out of the country, if you don’t have the right paperwork or if they deem you to be slightly suspicious. A bit of advice, if you get a one-way ticket, try to fly directly into Spain from the US as the UK and the Netherlands are a bit stricter about visa requirements and it is better to avoid layovers there.

So if you’re looking to obtain your EU residency, here’s are a few pointers that will help with the process.

Step 1:

  1. The first thing you have to do is register your marriage with the EU country where your spouse is from. This can’t be done at an embassy it has to be sent to the actual county and it will require your spouse’s birth certificate, your birth certificate with an Apostil stamp along with copies of both your passports.
  2. Next step is to register you and your spouse with City Hall. This is called Empadronamiento. Basically all you need for this is your passport or ID card as well as a bill or bank statement with your home address on it.
  3. What you should then do, or even prior, as it takes a few weeks to get an appointment, is go to this web site http://www.mpr.es and make an appointment with “Servicio de Cita Previa.” Select, “Residence Permit For Relatives of EU Nationals” (tarjeta de residencia de familiar de ciudadano de la Unión) and go to the Oficina de Extranjeros located at: c/Murcia 42. The documents you should have include…and take note: ALWAYS bring at least 3 photocopies of each document you have:
  • Your spouse’s NIE document
  • Both Passports
  • Work contract if you have one
  • A completed EX16 form (download form EX 16)
  • 2 copies of both you and your spouse’s passports
  • The marriage certificate from your EU spouse’s country
  • A copy of both of your registrations with City Hall (Empadronamientos)
  • Three passport-sized photographs in color

After you’ve completed step one, you should expect a letter in the mail (can take a few months) where they’ll tell you to go to the police station (in Barcelona that’s on c/Guadalajara and c/Bosch) to complete step two.

 

The first thing you have to do is register your marriage with the EU country where your spouse is from.

Step 2:
For this step you’ll need:

  • The letter from the Oficina de Extranjeros (the one they’ll be sending you in the mail)
  • Three recent passport sized pictures
  • Your registration with City Hall
  • You’ll also receive a form to take to your bank where you need to transfer 10 euros to the Police

Once you’ve completed step two, you’re pretty much set and all you have to do is wait for another letter telling you that your card is ready (usually a month later). Once you receive the letter, go pick up your NIE and then as they say in Spanish… Ya Está! You’re a Spanish resident…until the next batch of paperwork!!

 

Last updated 15 03 2011

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21/Apr/2011:
brettpiron said:

Can you please help,

I get all of that but I was told my American spouse needs to get an FBI background check that can take up to three months to acquire. I am not hearing people saying anything about that. I would like to know if it is absolutely necessary for a non-eu spouse, in Barcelona?

 
11/Sep/2011:
pb said:

Hi there

I have a related question I cannot fathom out. I hope you guys can help:

I am a UK citizen recently returned to the UK form Asia and now living in the UK

I want to move to Spain which is easy enough for me and for my 3 year old son who also holds a UK passport...

But... My wife is Thai. She is here in the UK on a visitor visa as we never intended staying for more than six months.

Now her visa expires in 6 weeks so what is the easiest and quickest way to get us all to Barcelona as residents?

Thanks in advance for your help...

Cheers

Paul

 
23/Sep/2011:
Robert Giles said:

Hi folks,

I am a New Zea lander on a New Zealand passport staying in Spain with my English wife who works here with a working contract and NIE and is registered with the city hall. We married in England 11 years ago. I would like to get a residence and work visa in Spain as a non EU Spouse.

I have read your advice above but I cannot find the “Servicio de Cita Previa.” to select on the website http://www.mpr.es nor can I find the “Residence Permit For Relatives of EU Nationals” (tarjeta de residencia de familiar de ciudadano de la Unión) It would be GREATLY appreciated if you had some instructions on how to navigate this site to find these options as its all in Spanish and I couldn't find anything that was mentioned above, are there other headings that I need to go into first e.g. servicio etc? Confused.

Do marriage certificate need to be translated to Spanish and need to have an Apostil If so where do I get these things done?Thanks a bunch.Robert

Thank you

 
10/Nov/2011:
maansoffia said:

Hi,

"as the rights of an EU citizen are extended to their family members."

But when it come to the flights discounts or fred olsen and armas being non European even you are married to one and have a residency card doesn't apply. I was sent away because my husband book the flight or resident discount. shame ...

Thank you!

 
10/Nov/2011:
maansoffia said:

Hi,

I am a non EU but a resident here in Spain and married to a British, we booked our holiday for Christmas this year in Germany. I am not sure if I still need to get a Visa or the residency card is enough to get me through. I always got problem for being non EU so I don't want it to happen to me this time with me and my Family for our holiday. Please anybody got some experience or knowledge about entering Germany for non EU with Spanish residencia.


Thank you!

 
29/Dec/2011:
fstop83 said:

Hey Robert,

I too was looking for the info for Residence Permit For Relatives of EU Nationals on the spanish site and gave up. But found this useful article here that explains how to get the card.

http://www.spainexpat.com/spain/information/eu_residency_in_spain_for_eu_citizens_and_their_family_members/

cheers
Mark

 
20/Jan/2012:
maansoffia said:

Hi,

As non EU but a holder of Spanish resident card you are entitled to enter schiengen countries using your residence card. Just an update about my earlier question.

Thank you!

 

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