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SPANISH CITIZENS RESIDENT IN THE UK OR FAMILY MEMBERS OF SPANISH CITIZENS RESIDENT IN THE UK BEFORE THE UK's WITHDRAWAL DATE

What will my situation be?

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period until 31 December 2020, which may be extended. During the transition period your rights under EU Law will be maintained, with the following exceptions:

  • The right to vote and stand in elections to the European Parliament.
  • Use of the EU citizens' initiative.

Once the transition period ends, the Withdrawal Agreement stipulates that your rights of residence, work, study and social security will be maintained.

You can consult this European Commission document, which includes questions and answers on who benefits from the Withdrawal Agreement and what their rights are.

For more information on the right to vote and stand in elections, see the La Moncloa website and that of the Ministry of the Interior.

Do I have to act today?

To benefit from the Withdrawal Agreement, it is very important that all citizens are able to prove they are legally resident in the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period.

The United Kingdom has rolled out a registration process called the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens who want to continue to live, work or study in the United Kingdom. For more information see this link.

You can also contact the Brexit Single Window at the Spanish Embassy in London if you have any queries, via the following email: emb.londres.brexit@maec.es.

UK NATIONALS OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS RESIDENT IN SPAIN BEFORE THE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL

  • BEFORE THE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL

1. I am a UK national or family member of a UK national resident in Spain before the withdrawal date, but I have never registered. What do I have to do?

EU citizens, including UK nationals, who want to reside for more than three months in Spain must register at the Central Register of Foreign Nationals (Registro Central de Extranjeros).

If you do not have a registration certificate as an EU citizen (a green certificate), you have to get one by requesting an appointment for the "Certificados UE" (EU Certificates) procedure at a police station in your province.

For more information on this process, and on the documents you must submit, see the Immigration Portal.

2. I have tried to obtain an appointment to obtain a registration certificate, but there are no appointment times available on the internet. How can I obtain one before the withdrawal date?

The Government of Spain has been working for months on further improvements to the system for appointments. Human and material resources have been increased at the Foreigners' Offices (Oficinas de Extranjería) and police stations of the main provinces where British citizens live to respond to the increased demand for certificates.

Bear in mind that not all police stations arrange appointments online and you may contact them by phone. For more information, see: Comisarías de Policía (Police Stations) in your province.

  • AFTER THE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period to be established lasting from the withdrawal date to 31 December 2020. This period may be extended.

During this transition period UK nationals and their family members resident in Spain who are nationals of non-EU countries will maintain their rights derived from the application of EU law (except for the right to vote and stand in elections to the European Parliament and the right to use the EU Citizens Initiative).

Once the transition period ends, the Withdrawal Agreement stipulates that your rights of residence, work, study and social security will be maintained.

You have to bear in mind that the registration certificates (the green certificate) and ID cards of family members of the EU citizen obtained before the end of the transition period will subsequently serve to accredit their legal residence in Spain and benefit from the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. However, the Spanish government is working together with the European Commission to have a Foreign Identity Card that explicitly mentions your condition as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement. The procedure for processing this card in the coming months will be completed soon.

Having a registration certificate in force is a guarantee of your rights as resident in Spain.

You can consult this European Commission document, which includes questions and answers on who benefits from the Withdrawal Agreement and what their rights are.

The rights of British citizens and their family members who begin their legal residence in Spain after the transition period will be those established by the agreement regulating future relations; if there is none, the general arrangements governing foreign residents in Spain will be applicable.

2. I have a registration certificate. Can I continue to reside in Spain?

Yes, you may continue to reside in Spain. Both registration certificates - green certificate - and EU citizen family cards obtained before the end of the transition period, will serve to prove your legal residence in Spain at a later date and benefit from the forecasts of the Withdrawal Agreement.

In addition, both you and your family members may request a Foreigner Identity Card to be issued explicitly mentioning your condition as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement, which will facilitate both administrative procedures and any crossing of the external EU border. The procedure for processing this card in the coming months is being finalized.

3. What is my situation if I arrive in Spain after the withdrawal date but during the transition period (from the withdrawal to 31 December 2020)? What do I have to do?

The Withdrawal Agreement establishes a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which the Withdrawal Agreement will apply, and therefore yours rights will be derived from the application of EU law (except for the law of active suffrage and elections to the European Parliament and the exercise of the EU Citizen Legislative Initiative).

Until the Spanish government has available the issuance of a Foreign Identity Card that explicitly mentions your condition as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement, you may request yours certificate of registration - green certificate - and/or cards of relatives of EU citizens to the Offices of Foreign Affairs and Police Stations.

Having a certificate of registration in force is a guarantee of your rights as a resident in Spain.

If you already have Spanish nationality you will not have to do anything else.

4. Will UK nationals resident in Spain have to obtain a work permit to continue their professional activity in Spain?

No. The Withdrawal Agreement protects the rights of EU citizens and British nationals, as well as their respective family members, to continue living, working or studying as they do now and under the same basic conditions as under EU law. You may therefore continue to work as now without any additional permit.

5. Do family members of a UK national who are nationals of non-EU countries and resident in Spain have a special status?

Family members will retain their rights arising from the application of EU law (except for the law of active and passive suffrage in elections to the European Parliament and the exercise of the EU Citizen Legislative Initiative).

After the end of the transition period, the Withdrawal Agreement provides that your rights of residence, work, studies and Social Security will be mantained.

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