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