BREXIT: How to book a Spanish Resident Appointment

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WITH THE uncertainty of Brexit still looming, if you want to stay in Spain for more than 3 months you need to register as a Spanish Resident.

You will get a green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper from Extranjeria (immigration office) or the police.

The theory sounds easy, but it seems that people are struggling to get residency appointments in some areas.

Please note that the Spanish authorities are aware of the situation and have put extra staff in place to specifically deal with the large volume of UK nationals applying for the appointments.

There are some areas that have had more difficulties in applying for an appointment than others, as is the case in Alicante.

If you don’t yet have a residence certificate, the residency advice on the Moncloa website is to make sure you have proof you were living here before Brexit (such as padrón registration or a rental contract), and to keep checking the online appointment system for new appointments.

You should register in person at the Oficina de Extranjeros (immigration office) or designated police station in the province where you live.

Before going to your local Oficina de Extranjeros or designated police station, you must make an appointment online, which can be done on the Spanish public administration website

Once on the online appointment booking system, you should select the province where you live and then the option “Certificados UE” as in most areas the specific option for UK nationals (exclusivamente para Reino Unido) is not operational, and follow the instructions to select and confirm your appointment time.

If you continue to have problems in booking an appointment, you can contact to Brits in Spain via direct message and inform them you are still unable to book. 

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Cristina Hodgson

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