Saturday, 24 March 2007

European citizens residing in Spain no longer need apply for a residence card

SPAIN - Royal Decree 240/2007, approved by the Council of Ministers on February 16th, establishes that EU citizens will not be issued with residencia cards as from March 28th. However, the decree does require that EU citizens planning to reside in Spain for three months or more must register in person at the Oficina de Extranjeros - usually a section of the National Police headquarters - in their province of residence or at specially designated police stations. They will receive a certificate stating name, address, nationality, NIE number and registration date (photo). Those already possessing residence cards do not have to go through the above procedure until their card comes up for renewal. In any case, it is always advisable - and required by law - to carry identification at all times.

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