Applying for Residency Under the Withdrawal Agreement - Individual
Updated: Mar 29
Up until December 31st 2021, Age in Spain has been one of three UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office funded organisations to help British Nationals in Spain with their residency applications under the scope of the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement. Each organisation covered different geographical regions, and therefore provided specific guidance in relation to the regions. Age in Spain will no longer be able to provide the same level of residency support as has previously been provided. This service is no longer available to new enquirers but you are welcome to use our residency information guides at any time, and contact us on our infoline service, if you have any questions.
If you are a UK National who has been living in Spain since before 2021, you are still entitled to register or confirm your residency under the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement (which gives you enhanced rights and less onerous financial criteria over those who move to Spain from 2021). There is no time limit for applications under the Withdrawal Agreement but there are strict requirements in respect of the evidence you need to show in order to confirm your eligibility. Please read our Guide to help you decide whether this option is available to you.
Age in Spain’s residency support project covered the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Catalonia and the North of Spain. For region specific information relating to other parts of Spain, use the links below to access the information resources provided by the other two UKNSF funded organisations:
Alicante, Castellon and Valencia: https://asociacionbabelia.org/en/applying-for-residency-in-spain-under-the-withdrawal-agreement-after-2020/
For all other regions, please feel free to reach out to us on our info line.
Am I eligible to apply for the TIE under the scope of the withdrawal agreement?
Please be aware that to apply for residency using the process listed below (under the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement) you must be able to prove that you were legally living in Spain before December 31st, 2020. To prove this you must provide official documentation such as:
Padron registration certificate,
Rental contracts/property ownership,
Employment contract/registration at a school.
Other supporting documents (utility bills, medical appointments, other)
ESSENTIAL: Proof of healthcare cover dated within the first 90 days of arrival (if you do not have evidence of this, your application is very likely to be rejected).
The Immigration Office will do an overall evaluation of your case based on the documents you present. What they are looking for is that Spain was your home in 2020, and you complied with all the requirements to become a resident before the end of 2020. This includes:
having sufficient healthcare cover within 90 days of arrival (for example, having private medical insurance, the S1 for pensioners, or if you were working in Spain, social security registration)
being registered in your Town Hall (empadronamiento) and
being able to provide the supporting documents such as those listed above
The Immigration Office considers residency on a case by case basis and can reject your application unless you have conclusive documentary evidence that you were living legally in Spain before 1st January 2021. Submitting an application in 2022, would mean you would also need to show continued residency throughout 2021.
How do I get the TIE?
Since 6 July 2020 the Spanish government has introduced a new residency document aimed to substitute the current EU Residency Certificate previoulsy issued to UK Nationals. This document is a foreigner’s identity card (TIE, or Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) which confirms that the holder is a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU, and therefore may reside in Spain and continue enjoying their rights after the end of the transition period in the same way as before.
The process to acquire the TIE can be a 2-step process depending on whether you already hold a residency certificate. If you don't have the EU Residency Certificate, you will first have to complete Step 1 and Step 2.
Step 1 - Registering your documents (only if you don’t have a Green Card - EU Residence Certificate)
If you don't have an EU Residence Certificate (green card), you must first provide the administration proof of residency and apply for the residency status (similar to the former EU Resident Certificate application process) at the designated Immigration Office of your region.
To arrange an appointment in your province, you will have to arrange an appointment here. Choose the province you live in and after choose the option Trámite para la documentación de ciudadanos del Reino Unido (Brexit) -Trámites Oficinas Extranjería tab -. If this option does not appear in your province, choose the "Solicitud de Autorizaciones" option instead. Then, follow the further instructions. (If you do not have any of the above options, you may need to contact your local extranjeria office directly to organise an appointment.)
Completing this process will arrange an appointment at an Immigration Office for a specific date and time.
If you have a Digital Certificate, the documents can be presented online through the sede electrónica via this link. To learn how to obtain a digital certificate, visit our guide. To see a step by step guide to uploading your documents online click here.
The documents you will have to present for the first step are as follows (for more information, you can also refer to our Routes to Residency guides:
Passport (copy of all pages).
A document stating when you started living in Spain. (applicable documents listed above)
If employed, provide any of the following documents:
Certificate of employment with the name and address of the company, as well as the tax identification and contribution account, or;
Work contract registered at the Public Service of Employment -Servicio Público de Empleo-, or the contracting confirmation and its conditions through the CONTRAT@ platform, or;
Social Security affiliation document.
If self-employed, provide any of the following documents:
Registration in the census of economic activities, or;
Inscription in the Mercantile Registry, or;
Social Security affiliation document.
If not employed, provide both documents:
Public or private health insurance with coverage in Spain equivalent to that provided by the National Health System, dated within the first 90 days of arrival. (Pensioners: the authorities and the Foreigner's Office should accept the S1 form as proof of health coverage.) EHIC cards are not sufficient for residency.
Proof of sufficient means (usually in the form of a bank statement and certificate). More information here.
Step 1 of the application process can be performed by a representative of the applicant. The representative will need to present the documents in person together with a Representative Designation document signed by the applicant.
After completing this process, a receipt of presentation of the application will be provided to you, allowing you to legally stay in Spain until the resolution is issued (this usually takes up to 3 months, but can take longer in some regions).
If the resolution is marked as “favorable”, you will be able to request the TIE with the EX-23 form. If you receive a “requerimiento”, you will have 10 days to provide the missing documents to the Immigration Office. If the resolution is marked as "No favorable", your application has been rejected, and you must review your resolution letter.
You can find how to track your application using our guide HERE.
Step 2 - Applying for the TIE
Once you have obtained a favorable resolution after presenting the EX-20 application, you can then apply for the TIE. To request the TIE it is necessary to make an appointment online with the Oficina de Extranjeros -cita previa-, which can be done by clicking this link.
Currently, the Spanish administration has created a special option for the new TIE. Select the province where you live and the option “Policia-Exp. Tarjeta Asociada al Acuerdo de Retirada Ciudadanos Británicos y sus familiares (Brexit)” -Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía tab-, and follow the further instructions. Completing this process will arrange an appointment at an Immigration Office or your local Police Station for a specific date and time.
Once the appointment is arranged, you will need to provide the following documents:
Residence certificate//Resolution of Extranjería (if presented model EX-20).
Passport (original and copy).
Passport-size photograph 32x26 (ID photograph).
Padrón (if you changed your address). Original and copy, issued within the last 3 months.
In the case the police don't inform you about how to pick up your new TIE, you will be able to pick up your card by booking an appointment here. Select the province where you live and the option “Policia-Recogida Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero” -Trámites Cuerpo Nacional de Policía tab-.
Unlike Step 1, this process can't be done by a representative and the applicant must present the documents and pick up the card in person. If you have mobility concerns, and do not feel you can attend an in person appointment, you could look to request a mobility unit to be dispatched. Please contact us for more details on this process.
The new TIE will be valid for a period of 5 years and you will be allowed to leave Spain up to 6 months per year without losing your residency. After its validity is expired, it can be renewed to a permanent-type permit, which will have its validity extended to 10 years, and your allowed leave will be extended to 5 years.