Permanent EU Citizens Residence Certificate
Citizens of countries that are members of the European Union, that are party to the EEA Agreement or Switzerland, and that meet the criteria requirements described in continuation have the right to reside in Spain.
Countries that are members of the European Union or party to the EEA Agreement:
Austria – Belgium – Bulgaria – Cyprus – Croatia – Czech Republic - Denmark – Eire - Estonia – Finland – France - Germany– Greece – Holland – Iceland – Latvia – Liechtenstein* - Luxembourg – Malta – Norway* – Poland – Portugal – Rumania - Slovakia – Slovenia – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland** – United Kingdom*
* States that are party to the EEA Agreement:
** Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation regarding the free movement of persons was reached on 21st June 1999,.
- Persons that can validate one of the following conditions:
CASE 1:Persons that have resided legally in Spain for an uninterrupted period of five years. To this end legal residency shall be considered as that in which, during the last five years, the person can validate:
- Having worked in paid employment in Spain.
- Having been self-employed in Spain.
- Having sufficient financial means, both for themselves and their family members,not to become a burden on the public finances of Spain during their period of residency. They must also confirm that they have public or private health insurance, contracted either in Spain or in another country that during their residency will provide cover in Spain that is equivalent to that provided by the Spanish National Health System. The appraisal of sufficient financial means will be conducted on a case-by-case basis and will take into account both the applicant´s personal and family situation. Sufficient supporting documentation shall be considered in order to fulfil this requirement; if the possession of the applicant’s resources is higher than the annual amount indicated in the Budget of the Spanish state to establish the right to receive non-contributory benefit, bearing in mind the applicant´s personal and familiar situation.
- Having been a student enrolled in a public or private centre, either recognized or funded by the Education Authorities, for studies or professional training, with public or private health insurance contracted either in Spain or in another country that provides complete coverage in Spain, and sufficient means for the applicant and for his/her family members not to become a burden to the Spanish Social Security system during their period of residence.
- Being an EU citizen and a family member accompanying a citizen of an EU member country, or a country that is party to the EEA Agreement,and meets one of the aforementioned conditions. Categories to whichthis applies:
- As the relative of a student, or his/her spouse or civil partner, direct descendants of the student, or those of his/her spouse or civil partner,that are under 21 years of age or disabled, or over 21 years of age but dependent thereon.
- In all other cases, the spouse or civil partner, the student’s direct descendants or those of his/her spouse or civil partner, that are under 21 years of age or disabled, or over 21 years of age but dependent thereon, or direct ascendants of the student, or his/her spouse or civil partner who are dependent thereon.
- To this end, direct ascendants and/or descendants over 21 years of age considered to be dependent, are those that are either economically or physically dependant on an EU citizen. Financial dependence is considered to existwhen it can be validated that the person is living exclusively and effectively dependant on the EU citizen. Physical dependence is considered to exist when, for serious health reasons, it is strictly necessary that the EU Union citizen take charge of the person’s personal care.CASE 3:Persons that, having either been in paid employment or self-employed, have ceased to be in gainful employment as a result of early retirement, insofar as they have previously worked in Spain for at least twelve months and have resided in Spain uninterruptedly for more than three years. This three-year residence period will not be requiredshould his/her spouse (or civil partner) be either a Spanish citizen or should he/she haveapplied for Spanish nationality, following either marriage or the registration of the civil partnership.
- CASE 4:Persons that, having either been in paid employment or self-employed, have ceased to be in gainful employment as a result ofpermanent disability, having resided in Spain for at least two years uninterruptedly. This two-year period requires that:
- CASE 2:Persons that, having been either a paid employee or self-employed, have now ceased their activity, having reached the retirement age established in Spanish legislation, and having the right to a pension.
- Such a disability bethe consequence of a work-related accident or professional illness that gives the person the right to a pension for which a Spanish body is either fully or partially liable.
- The person’s spouse or civil partner is a Spanish citizen, be either a Spanish citizen or should he/she have applied for Spanish nationality, following either marriage or the registration of the civil partnership.CASE 6:Persons that, being citizensof an EU country and being the family member(spouse or civil partner, direct descendant thereof, or descendent of his/her spouse or civil partner, and being under 21 years of age, or disabled, or over 21 years of age but dependant thereon, or a direct ascendant, or the direct ascendant of his/her spouse or civil partner, and dependent thereon) of a worker in paid employment or self-employed who has acquired permanent residency, as a result of meeting the criteria indicated in CASES 2, 3, 4 or 5 above. Required Documentation:firstname.lastname@example.org- Legal standing for Submission of the Application: citizen of an EU country, or country party to the EEA Agreement, in person.http://www.seap.minhap.gob.es/web/servicios/extranjeria/extranjeria_ddgg.html.- Issuance of Registration Certificate:When the corresponding fee has been paid and, subject to compliance with the verification of the corresponding criteria, EU citizens will,as soon as possible, be issued with a Certificate indicating their right to Permanent Residence. This certificate will indicate the EU citizen’s full name, nationality and registered address, and will also indicate the permanent nature of their residence.
- - Fees:10.60 Euros.
- - Place of Submission: The Office of Immigration of the province in which the applicant resides or the corresponding Police Station. Information on the address, phone nos. and office hours can be consulted at:
- PMF Advocats will provide you with an updated list of the documents that you will have to present. You can acquire this list by calling 972 22 04 75 or by sending an email to:
- In this sense, any periods of involuntary unemployment, duly justified by the competent public employment service,will be considered asperiods of employment, along with any periods of suspension,for reasons beyond the control of the interested party, and any absences from work due to sick leave or accident.
- CASE 5:Persons that, having either been in paid employment or self-employed and, following three continuous years of gainful employment and uninterrupted residence in Spain, have worked in another member country, while maintaining their residence in Spain and returning to Spain on a daily basis, or at least once a week.