đŸ„‡ Long-term Residency in Spain: A Complete Guide (2021)

The renewal of the long-term card is very simple, and must be done every 5 years.

Especially if we compare it with the renewal of the rest of the residence permits that you have been doing as a foreigner in Spain, this is half the hassle.

What is the reason behind this?

The simple fact that you are not renewing your legal status or right to reside in the country. This is already guaranteed indefinitely. You only have to renew the card or plastic that contains your data and photograph. Nothing else. It’s a simple process.

In fact, even if you do not renew this TIE, you will still have the right to live legally in Spain.

Let’s think about the renewal of the ID card that any Spanish citizen holds, the DNI. If she does not renew it in time, she does not lose her status as a Spanish citizen. You only have an expired document (although this may be a monetary sanction since by law it must be valid and up to date at all times).

Thus, the two main requirements for renewal are totally simple: not to have been outside the EU for more than 12 consecutive months, nor to have a serious criminal record, nothing more!

Another point you should bear in mind is that you cannot renew when the card is still within its validity period. The police office will not let you do it. You must renew when it has already expired.

That is why our recommendation is that a little before its expiration date you make an appointment online with the police station, so that just the following day you can go there in person and renew.

To do so, you’ll need to submit:

  • Application form EX-17
  • Registration certificate (“padrĂłn”) if you have changed your address
  • Original card and photocopy (the one that has now expired)
  • Original passport and copy of it
  • Proof of payment of the corresponding fees (790-012), with a value of 20.60

In addition, it is very likely that you will be asked to provide some proof that you have not left the EU for more than 1 consecutive year; although your passport and its stamps will suffice in this regard.

Once you have the documentation, you will register your fingerprints, and after 25-30 days you will be able to pick up the card again. During this time, your residence permit is totally valid, although if you want to travel outside Spain you will have to request for the so-called return authorization.

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