This is often the nitty gritty nasty part of your experience moving to Spain. Working with the consulates to process your visa or residency can be a trial of patience, honesty and even self-reflection (am I not good enough for Spain?). From short term visas (Tourist/Schengen) to long term visas (Nonlucrative/Retirement Visa, Work Visa, Entrepeneurs Visa, etc) to Residency and Citizenship, this is the information critical to keeping your legal status to be in Spain.Explore
"You’re now looking for a way to legally extend your time in Spain. What to do? "
- Arraigo Social: Staying Legal in Spain When All Else Fails
"One-year student visas may be extended. Six-month student visas may not."
- Student Visas for Spain
"...the legalisation procedure is difficult, lengthy, and expensive for everyone, making Spain an illogical choice for those who do not intend to be here for at least 2 to 3 years.""
- Visa for Spain
"To obtain Spanish citizenship you will need to swear loyalty to the King and promise to obey the Spanish Constitution and laws. "
- Spanish Citizenship and Dual Nationality
"You do not need to apply for a Schengen tourist visa to travel to Spain and the Schengen area if you meet the following conditions…"
- Schengen Visa for Spain: The Tourist Visa
"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. "
- Registering as a Non EU Spouse in Spain
"Start looking for jobs. "
- The EU Blue Card in Spain
If it feels like you've spent all your extra time and Friday mornings clicking through to make a cita previa for your TIE or fingerprints appointment, you're not alone. Instead, try emaling your local office to share your grief and ask for an appointment!
How to obtain Spanish residency for EU citizens, their spouses and their non-EU family members: the registration certificate (certificado de registro) and the EU-family member residence card (tarjeta de residencia de familiar de ciudadano de la Unión) revealed