Being able to do your paperwork online is undoubtedly a huge advantage.
The General Secretariat of Immigration and Emigration in Spain allows you to carry out a large part of the documentation processing in the Government sub-delegation by telematic means.
In this article you will find all the procedures for foreigners in Spain that can be done online. We will also see what documentation and requirements you will need to meet in order to carry them out correctly without leaving home.
Proceeding with all the immigration formalities you can do online can be very advantageous in most cases.
Obviously we find people who will always prefer the face-to-face path. They want to have a person from the Spanish administration in front of them so they have a chance to ask all their questions. That provides greater confidence.
However, there are two main benefits that you will gain by doing your paperwork online.
Firstly, convenience. You won’t need to make an extra effort to find an appointment with the immigration office, you won’t have to miss a day of work to attend that appointment. In short: you will be able to do everything from home.
But there is another advantage, perhaps not so obvious. As we saw in the case of submitting your Spanish nationality application, doing that online will get you an answer much quicker.
The initiative to create a telematic channel for administrative communications between the government and the foreigner was designed precisely to speed up processing times.
So make sure to take advantage of that!
Which immigration processes can be done online?
Let’s see, one by one, all the procedures with the foreigner’s office that you can do online as a foreigner or expat.
Getting an appointment with the Immigration office
One of the most useful procedures you can formalize from the internet is to request an appointment with the foreigner’s office located in your region.
If you want to present the required documents for your application and need an appointment in person for that reason, you must do so through this link.
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Download and pay the corresponding fee for your procedure
Each procedure requires the payment of a specific fee.
For example, when you enter Spain to get your residence permit, you must pay a small amount of money to get fingerprinted, which you then need to attach and submit together with the rest of documents.
The thing is that this payment can be made online. You can download and pay any of the two existing fees online.
And this is true both for obtaining your residence permit and for renewing it.
There are 2 different fees that you can pay online:
- Fee 052, for residence permits and other documentation for foreign citizens, which you can pay here.
- The fee 062, for work permits for foreign citizens, which you can pay online here.
In order to make this payment online, you must have a Spanish ID (DNI) or a digital certificate. You realize the payment and then send the settlement. It’s that easy!
If you do not have either of these documents, you must make the payment in person at a bank or any other collaborating entity.
Check the status of your file or application
Once you send all the necessary documentation to get your authorization or residence card, you will be able to check the status of your application online.
That is to say, if it has been resolved (approved or denied), or if it is still in process.
Applying for family-related residencies
There are a specific set of residence authorizations that, until now, had to be applied in-person after getting an appointment at the immigration office.
We are talking about:
- Family reunification visa
- Family member of an EU citizen
- Children under 18 years old born or not born in Spain
Submit the renewal of your residency card
During the period between 60 days before and 90 days after the expiration date of your card, you must renew it.
However, this process may be easier than expected. You have the option of doing it online, without the need to leave your home!
Again, you will be requested an ID card or digital certificate to do this.
Which are all the renewals that you can submit online?
Getting your long-run residency
After having lived legally in Spain for 5 years you can apply for your long term card.
We already explained in our article about how to renew the EU family member card that the process can be done online.
But this also includes the procedure for permanent residency.
Thus, you can apply for your long-term card without having to go to the foreigners’ office in person.
Submit remaining documents to a file being processed
Finally, what happens if you forgot to attach a specific document to your application? Should you make get a new appointment with the immigration authorities to submit it again?
It is not necessary. It is possible to submit the documents that are missing from your foreigner’s file online as well.
That is, for procedures that you have in process and that require some extra documentation, it can be uploaded directly from the internet.
Again, you will need the digital certificate to do this.
You just need to access this link to upload the missing documents.
What's a digital certificate and how to get one for your immigration procedures?
As you may have noticed, the digital certificate is something completely necessary in most of the procedures that you can do on the Internet.
We are talking about an electronic certificate that allows you to confirm and prove your identity online in order to carry out any procedure with legal validity.
In other words, it is the “electronic signature” that allows you to carry out procedures securely with the Spanish Public Administration.
If you do not have one and would like to get it, you can find all the information here.
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