Online residency application - Guide
Updated: Apr 28
One of the most convenient ways to present your residency application is by doing it electronically. To do so, you will need first to obtain a Digital Certificate. Learn how to obtain a Digital Certificate by visiting our guide here. Once you have obtained the Digital Certificate, you can start your process by visiting the official Sede Electronica website.
Starting the process
The first step is to select " Acceder al Procedimiento", at the bottom of the page.
The second step is to select your province and then select the first option below " Continuar Individual" and it will ask you to choose your Digital Certificate. Creating a new application The next step is to select " Continuar Nueva Solicitud"
To access the next step, you will need to install the software "Auto Firma". You can download this software through this website and follow the installation instructions. Once installed, the software will automatically enable you to continue the process after accessing this step.
Choosing the form
After accessing to the procedure with AutoFirma you will be able to select what type of application you want to start. To start your residency process as a UK national, you will need to select the "EX-20" option.
The next section is " Datos del solicitante", where it will ask you to complete the form with your personal details. In case you are applying on behalf of another person, you will need to fill in also your own personal details on the "Datos del Presentador" tab. You will need to upload later on a representative form together with the rest of the documents.
For the section " Domicilio de Notificación", select "Domicilio de solicitante" to add your address. In case you are applying on behalf of another person, you will need to fill in your own address at the "Domicilio del presentador/a" section. This is the address where all paperwork regarding this process will be sent.
Type of residency
It will then ask you to select which type of application you are making. You need to select the option according to your current status (employed, self-employed, not employed with enough resources, etc.) If you are applying on behalf of a family member, select the last option. In case you are applying for permanent residency, you need to select the option below that adapts to your current situation.
Uploading your documents
It will then prompt you to select which documents in the "Descripción" box and you can browse your computer using the "Examinar" button to upload them. Make sure you upload all the documents required for your application to be successful. You can check the documents you need here. Once you have uploaded all the documents you will hit "Aceptar/Enviar" at the bottom of the page and it will give you your ID/Case number.
When uploading your documents, each file cannot be over 6mb. You can compress the PDF files you present with the help of this website.
Sending your documents
Then you need to select " Firmar y registrar". You will be able to download the form with your information.
You will be able to track the status of your application through this website. Click on the button at the bottom of the page and then select the "Consultar con Formulario" option on the next page. Fill in the three boxes (NIE, date that you submitted your documents and your date of birth), followed by the "Consultar" button at the bottom.