Are you a NON-EU citizen that wants to get a Spanish Residence Permit? Then, if you are the relative of a EU citizen you have constituted marriage or a civil partnership (pareja de hecho) with an EU national, you can easily start to work and live in Spain as if you were a resident.
Avoid a list of long requirements and tedious paperwork. This permit will save you time. Because getting the Spanish Visa trough a EU resident is one of the easiest ways to start living legally in the country for a long period of time.
This procedure grants to non-EU citizens who are relatives of Spanish nationals or citizens of the European Union a residence and work authorization with the same rights as if they were EU nationals. Which are the exact relatives that have right to obtain this residence permit?
The conditions that will allow you to bring a relative to Spain under this residence permit are:
The kinship bond with the European Union citizen that makes it eligible to get this visa will depend on the following two cases.
In the case of being the relative of a student in Spain:
In the rest of the cases, in addition:
After the first 5 years living in the Spanish territory with this permit, you will need to renew. The requirements are basically the same. You must demonstrate that the family tie is still in place, and the possession of sufficient economic means.
Nevertheless, there are some concrete cases you must be aware of. What happens if the EU citizen dies? And what if you get divorced with your European spouse? Will you still be able to renew?
The documents to present to obtain this visa are the following:
The relative of the European Union citizen has 3 months from his/her entry to Spain in order to present all the required documentation to the Immigration Office.
What happens if those 3 months end and you still have not got your residence permit? No problem: you will be given a receipt that will guarantee your legal stay until you finally receive the card.
Not necessarily. As long as you meet the following 2 requirements, you can cancel your partnership and still keep your card as a family member of an EU citizen:
And what happens if you do not reach those three years? There are 4 cases that would allow you to keep your card, and you can find them here.
That entirely depends on the country of origin of the European citizen. That is, if you registered your marriage in a country outside of the EU, you must see if the EU national’s country of origin is within this list.
If that is the case, then the legal union will be totally valid and you will just need to legalize/apostille it. Otherwise, you must register it first in the EU’s relative country.