How to do Pareja de Hecho in Spain

Established by the BOE (Boletín Oficial del Estado) nearly a decade ago, pareja de hecho is becoming a popular way for non-Europeans to extend their time in Spain without returning to their country of origin for a visa. Once approved, non-European or extracomunitario civil union partners are given the right to live and work in Spain legally for five years.

This sort of legislation is open to local interpretation and even has different names in different regions, so please note that requirements and steps may vary slightly depending on your comunidad autónoma (and whether or not the person you’re speaking to has had their morning coffee).

What is pareja de hecho?

Technically speaking, a pareja de hecho or civil union constitutes a stable heterosexual or homosexual couple who wish to officially register their relationship. As fewer couples in Spain are choosing to marry through the church, the Ley de Parejas de Hechos entitles couples to tax benefits, rights to widow pensions and, of course, the benefit of long-term residency in Spain should one member of the couple be a foreigner.

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Paperwork and other requirements may differ, though the national law states that a successful pareja de hecho:

  • will be between two people who live together and help one another
  • must be formed by two single people (i.e. not married or currently registered in a civil union)
  • will be inscribed in the local civil registry through a notary

In some cases, couples may be required to do an interview to prove that they are in fact a couple or  speak about their financial situation and plans for the future.

What rights will I have with pareja de hecho?

For a non-European, the most important benefit to registering as pareja de hecho is the tarjeta comunitaria, or residency card, which is valid for five years. This card allows holders to move about Europe and in and out of Spain hassle free.

The tarjeta comunitaria also grants the right to work. Once your civil union has been registered, non-EU members can apply for a social security number and begin earning days towards a pension and unemployment, as well as buy property. Essentially, the tarjeta comunitaria gives holders the same rights as a non-European married to a Spanish citizen or European resident, which includes maternity or paternity leave or disability leave.

Note that your finances will be considered separate for tax purposes, save shared property or joint bank accounts. This is called separación de bienes. If you file taxes in Spain, mark that you are single on your tax forms until you have children in common.

What are the steps to registering for pareja de hecho?

While you can gather the majority of the documents yourself, a few of the documents are only available at the registries themselves. Also, remember that any documents not printed in Spanish will need to be translated by a state-approved translator and, in some cases, get a legalization through the Apostille of the Hague or the Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación in Madrid.

 

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As we’ve mentioned before, requirements in each autonomous region, and even some cities, vary slightly. Any EU applicant will have to present the following, minimum, plus exact photocopies:

  • DNI or residency card and/or passport from an EU member state
  • certificate of residence, called a certificado de empadronamiento  
  • Fé de Vida y Soltería, a document stating that you are single and not registered in another civil union or married. For Spanish citizens this document can be printed at your nearest Registro Civil. Those from outside of Spain should consulate their nearest consulate or embassy.

Non-EU citizens will need to present the following:

  • passport and NIE (if you have one)
  • certificate of residence, called a certificado de empadronamiento
  • Fé de Vida y Soltería or equivalent document issued by an official government body. Your country’s local embassy or consulate should be aware of the need for such a document and be able to provide you with one for a small fee or free of charge.

The couple must also

  • not be cousins or blood relatives – yep, that’s an actual requirement
  • swear and sign a statement showing willingness to constitute a pareja de hecho
  • fill in an official solicitud or form
  • in some cases, pay a fee for registration

Our advice is to gather all of your paperwork immediately and turn it in to the office that deals with pareja de hecho registration nearest you. Depending on where you live, this will either be your local Registro Civil or a larger office designated as a registry with the explicit purpose of registering and maintaining records of civil unions. Most documents will have to have been issued in the last 90 days to be valid.

Your documents will be stamped and registered… and then begins the waiting game. Nothing is official until your documents have been revised and you are sworn in as a legal, bonafide couple. Expect to be contacted via mail with an appointment to return and complete registration in most cases. And remember that you must go together.

How long will it take for my paperwork to go through?

Like most things bureau-crazy related in Spain, there’s no telling how long it will take your paperwork to be approved. By rule of thumb, smaller cities and towns have shorter wait times than larger capital cities, which are rumored to take anywhere from three months to a year!

What’s the next step?

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After the local extranjería has granted you the alta and you’ve been registered in the Registro de Uniones de Hecho, you can apply for your tarjeta comunitaria, which will be valid for five years.

Curious about becoming pareja de hecho? We’ve just completed an all-encompassing eBook about the hows, whys and cómo!?s to pareja de hecho.

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We walk you through the beginning stages of gathering and legalizing your documentation to priming you on the vocabulary you’ll need to understand the process. What’s more, we include comunidad-specific information on where to go, what to expect and exactly what you’ll need to bring with you, plus add an extensive list of FAQs we’ve gotten over the past few years. Think of it as your paperback lawyer.

You can read more about the book and its contents on our Digital Resources for Expats page.

Author: Como Consulting Spain

Cat and Hayley are relocation specialists who can help you move to, live in and work in Spain. We'd love to hear from you! hola@comoconsultingspain.com

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  1. When in pareja de hecho can apply spanish passport

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    • If your residency in Spain is based on Pareja de Hecho, you will have to wait until you have lived in Spain for 10 years before you can apply for a Spanish passport.

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    • Hi
      Me and my partner did the civil partnership and recently I have applied for Residency. When I applied for the residency they gave me a letter with my NIE number. Can I start working while waiting for the residency card or permit?

      Thanks Susheel

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      • Hi Susheel, congrats! You can now apply for social security and health care, in most cases, though working depends on your future employer. Start interviewing and get your social security number, and you likely won’t have problems getting hired. Good luck!

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  2. I’m not sure if there is a definite answer to this, but if I lost my passport that showed when I originally entered Spain (Aug 2013) and had to get a new one, do you know what kinds of documents I would need to show to prove that I’ve been here since then? Or would it be best to wait until I can prove a full year in my new passport?

    Thanks so much in advance!
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    • Hi Christina,
      Good question. Your passport is not the best way to prove how long you’ve been living in Spain – a padrón is. Empadronamiento is the process of registering yourself at an address in Spain with the local town hall. This can be done regardless of your legal status and should be renewed once a year or any time you move to a new house or flat. If your plan is to live in Spain long term, you will need to empadronarte.

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  3. Hi, Do you know if we can still apply for pareja de hecho if our NIE has expired? Or must we be legal to apply?

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  4. I’m in the process of doing this now in Sevilla to get the all-elusive tarjeta comunitaria – so, quick question – what was the turnover time between handing in your tarjeta form and getting the actual card? I already have an NIE – would that speed up the process? And are you legal to work before actually receiving the physical card?

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    • Hi Dani,
      Guessing how long it might take for you to get your card approved would be an exercise in absurdity, much like Spanish bureaucracy is in general! However, the good news is, it doesn’t matter how long it takes because from the day your Pareja de Hecho status is approved you can apply for your Spanish social security number and begin working legally. Just go to any social security office and they’ll have all of the paperwork to fill in there. Bring copies of your Passport, your PdH certificate and copies of your partners DNI. We’d also recommend bringing your Spanish partner along with as in our experience, both personal and working with clients, the funcionarios don’t take kindly to processing this paperwork for foreigners and you might have to get firm with them. Just know that it is your legal right and don’t leave without that number!

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      • Absolutely brilliant! Thanks a tonne

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        • Thank you for this information! Really helpful! Can I just get this clear in my head. I am an EU citizen, not Spanish. My girlfriend is non EU. We will apply for Pareja de Hecho together.

          Once the Pareja de Hecho is approved, my girlfriend who is non-EU can apply for an NIE number and begin working immediately? Even while she waits for tarjeta comunitaria (5 year residency)? Is this true?

          Also can you tell me where I would go to get my Fé de Vida y Soltería from my country translated? Do I need to translate my birth cert?

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          • Hi Gerry, you can apply for pareja de hecho so long as one of you is a resident in good legal standing.

            Let us know where you’re planning to apply, and we can give you further help! Congratulations on taking this step.

  5. Can I do apply for pareja de hecho in Bilbao(vasco country) and get a card(social security number) in Madrid?
    Because my boyfriend and I live in Bilbao now and we will do pareja de hecho soon but we have plan to move to Madrid in few months.

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    • Hi Jenifer, congratulations on your PdH! The social security card is national, though your health card associated with it would be given by your nearest médico de cabecera wherever you live in Madrid. Though it will likely have no effect, PdH laws are regulated by autonomías, so you may run into an issue there in Madrid, which has their own set of rules. Again, it’s lkely not a big deal, but better to know!

      Depending on the timeline on when you plan to apply for PdH, you may no longer be living in Bilbao, though you’d have to finish the trámite there. We’d also suggest you get the health care card ASAP, just in case. After all, it’s your right to have one!

      We’re here if you have more issues or concerns. Good luck!

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  6. I understand that you have to be living with your partner for a full year to be elegibile for the pareja de hecho. What is the best option to come back to Spain to do so if I’ve already exhausted my time as an auxiliar de conversación? Do you need to be legal the entire time?

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    • Hi John, the minimum time depends on where you live and are planning on applying. In Andalucía, there is non minimum, and you don’t have to be legal at the time. Shoot us an email, and we can help you on your individual case: hola@comoconsultingspain.com

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      • How much time must you have lived together in Galicia? Thanks.

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        • Maya, we’re in the process of writing a comprehensive ebook on doing PDH all throughout Spain and we think it will answer all of your questions. It goes into specifics for each comunidad. Stay tuned!

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  7. My partner and I have NIE and are buying a property in Mallorca. We are both english and with have properties in both countries. Can we apply or do you have to be a full time resident?

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    • Hi Nikki, to apply for pareja de hecho, just one of you needs to be an EU citizen, though you should be full-time residents. As we understand, there’s no equivalent in the UK. Do either of you happen to have a Spanish passport or relatives?

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  8. Hi,i am living with my spanish girl from january2015,now we want to do pareja de hecho,is it posible for us,what can i do??after short time living together we can do pareja,please let me know

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  9. I’ve read that the pareja de hecho needs to be renewed; however, I just met with someone who did the pdh and she said that it doesn’t have to be renewed and that it is as solid as a regular marriage (I’m from America, she’s from Canada). I’ve read so many forums, government websites, etc that say it has to be renewed (every five years? I know the residence card needs it every 5, separately), but after hearing a first person experience I’m confused! Also, she didn’t need her birth certificate to register as a pareja..

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    • Hi Jessica, your friend is correct in that the pareja de hecho does not need to be renewed (the only way a status would change is if you solicited a baja for breaking the union, death or marriage). What would need to be renewed is the residency card every five years. Mine will be up soon, though the requirements for extending the TIE are not difficult to obtain.

      As for the birth certificate, I didn’t need one in Andalusia in 2010, btu it’s now required. Where are you planning to do PdH?

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    • Hi is it okay to apply for a pareja de hecho even if no one from us is a EU resident? Im from Philippines and my partner is a Canadian Citizen. Any advice please. Thank You!

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      • Jessica,
        You can definitely register as a pareja de hecho even if neither you nor your partner is an EU citizen. However, if you are hoping that by registering you could then apply for a tarjeta comunitaria to live and work in Spain – you would not be elegible as that is only granted to family members of EU citizens and neither member of your partnership is an EU citizen.

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  10. Hi! my boyfriend lives in ciudad real and i live in madrid. it is impossible for us to live together based on jobs. because we do not live together, is a PdH still possible?

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    • Hi, Elizabeth. One of the main requirements for pareja de hecho (and the tarjeta comunitaria in many provinces) is to present a ‘padrón colectivo’ that states you’ve been living together under one roof. This, of course, could mean you’re empadronado together but not necessarily living together, but, YES, it’s a requirement.

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  11. Hi! Thanks for publishing this article- it’s the best explanation I’ve seen so far about pareja de hecho.
    One question– If my European boyfriend and I were to move to another EU country within the Schengen zone (Germany), do you know if the tarjeta comunitaria would be valid? Or is it only for Spain?

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    • Hi Paty, we’re glad you found the article helpful.

      There’s been some debate about this question, but I myself looked into it a few years past. Every country has its own legislation, and some countries don’t recognize pareja de hecho in the same capacity, so your Spanish card would be invalid. You can, however, register in local bureaus for the residency, at the very least. Work permission depends on the country. If memory serves, Germany did allow residency (at least in 2011 when we considered a move). Good luck!

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      • Thank you! I think I will focus my efforts on getting a residence permit in Germany, rather than pareja de hecho while I’m in Spain.

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        • Hi Patty! I am also looking into moving to Germany with my partner (I am American, he is Spanish) and am wondering about the validity of a pareja de hecho in Germany. Have you found any useful information in your searches? I guess my question is whether or not it’s worth going through the process here in Spain if there’s something similar we could apply for in Germany. Any information you could share would be great!

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          • Hi Kelly! Sorry for the slow reply! From what I’ve read it seems that the pareja de hecho status might grant you residency in Germany, but not necessarily work permission. I’d check out one of those expat group pages on Facebook and try to get in contact with Americans living in Germany who might be in a similar situation as you. I’ve changed my plans since I posted here; otherwise, I’d probably have the answer by now. Good luck!!

      • Hi

        I’m wondering whether this might be a way to get my NIE and social security number? My partner (who is irish) has a full time job at a spanish company in Barcelona, he has a NIE and will be registering himself and children for social security when we move over. I am english, we have lived in the UK together for 7 years and have two children. At the moment I’m struggling to get my NIE or be attached to his social security because we are not married. Would a Pareja de Hecho be a good solution to this?

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        • Hi Nancy – sorry for the slight delay. The comment didn’t publish on Thursday as it should have!

          As an EU citizen, you should have no problems getting a NIE, especially if your partner is working and you can prove that with a copy of his contract. You won’t have any issues doing it once you get to Barcelona. Unfortunately, pareja de hecho will not be an outright option for you, as you need to be living in Catalonia for a minimum of two years to do so.

          If you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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  12. Hi! I am in Madrid and trying to figure out how to get the documentation proving that I am single. I am from the states (CT if that matters) and keep hearing conflicting information on where I need to go to get that.

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    • You’ll need to sign a sworn statement in front of a consular agent at the American Embassy in Madrid (or an American Consulate for anyone else reading). There is usually a fee (around $50) – in Madrid C/ Serrano, 75 – call between 09:00 and 13:00, Tel.: 91587-2240 to make an appointment.

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  13. Hi
    I am an Indian national. We got a date to register our civil partnership, which is Oct 30th. I am currently living in UK and planning to move to Madrid in June to live with my partner. I have tourist visa, can I apply for work-permit while waiting to register and can I live legally till October as duration of my stay is just 90 days. Thanks

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    • Hi Susheel, congratulations on your next step! Unfortunately, you could only get a work permit by returning to your country and waiting on a visa or once your pareja de hecho status has been approved and you’re assigned a social security number. Tourist visas are only able to be converted after a change in status (such as getting married), several years of illegal residency or by obtaining a work permit and returning to your home country.

      Good luck!

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  14. Hi,
    I currently receive a widows pension from the Spanish government. I now have a new partner and would like to register her as my pareja de hecho so she can get health cover here in Spain. Do you know if this will effect my entitlement to my widow’s pension?
    Cheers
    Shaun

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    • Hi Shaun,
      Thanks for reading. We’re not sure whether or not that would change your status per your widows pension – those sorts of questions are best sorted with a lawyer. Or, if any of our readers have experience in this area we’ll leave it open for comments.

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    • I think this would affect your widows pension. I know my suegra didn’t marry her partner of ten years for this reason.

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      • And because pareja de hecho law is processed by region, it’s best to ask. The registry would have the most concrete answer for you.

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  15. Hi,
    If I use my original US birth certificate, does it have to have an Apostille stamp? Thanks!

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    • Hi Liz,

      You’ll need a birth certificate that was printed within 90 days of turning in all of your documentation. And yes, the Apostille in necessary. Good luck!

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  16. Hi! I have been padronado en the same address with my partner since last year so it’s like 13 months already and then I change it yo my working address. And we have schedule to do pareja de hecho this coming November, so we need to give all the requiremenys needed before the date schedule.Will it affect it or not? Thank you

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    • Hi Lorrie,
      Not knowing where you live or more about your situation it’s difficult to say, but in general, if you are applying for Pareja de Hecho you should have a pardon colectivo stating that you live with your partner.

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  17. Hi,
    My partner is Venezuelan and I am Canadian, he has residency and a work permit in Spain and in the process of applying for nationality. My question is if it’s possible to obtain residency being pareja de hecho with him or is it only a valid option with EU nationals?
    Thanks

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    • Hi John, depending on your autonomous region, you are eligible for pareja de hecho. Your best source of information is your local registry to see if you’re able with his status. Good luck, and let us know if you need anything else on our end!

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  18. I have already got my 5 year resident card due to pareja de hecho last month and my partner is a Spanish citizen,what time can I apply for Spanish nationality.
    Thanks

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    • Prince,
      Thanks for your questions. Marriage and civil unions do not carry the same rights in Spain, so a civil union or pareja de hecho does not qualify you to apply any earlier for Spanish nationality. In you case, you must have been a legal resident of Spain for 10 years before you can apply for citizenship. If you were married, you could apply for citizenship after 1 year of marriage but two years of legal residency.

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  19. Hey! This article on PDH has been very informative. I do have a question though. I am a non EU citizen and I had lived in Madrid from 2011-2014. This past year I decided to come back to the U.S. to work. Me and my spanish partner who lives in madrid have decided it might be a good option to come back. I guess I am wondering…if it will be an issue for us to do pdh in terms of the living together for xx amount of time requirement. We will be living together once i get there in the fall and I have been empadronado in Madrid all this time (he is empadronado en Castilla la Mancha…student in Madrid)

    Any information or insight would be helpful..thanks.

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    • Hi Joseph,
      Thanks for your question. In Madrid you have to prove that you have lived together for a year, usually by being empadronado in the same house *or* bring two witnesses to your appointment who can swear you are a couple. If you’d like more information on the procedure, feel free to schedule a Skype session with us – http://comoconsultingspain.com/what-we-do/

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  20. I have one question I’m American and he’s from Spain. I’ve lived in Spain for a year now which technically I’m illegal now and we’ve decided to do “pareja de hecho”if I want to go to my country will I have a problem coming back? How long will it take to get approved?

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    • Hi Tilly,
      Thanks for your inquiry. Depending on where you present your paperwork will determine how long it takes to process your petition. We recently helped clients in Sevilla who were able to complete the entire process in around 3 months however in other comunidades and in larger cities it can take much longer. As for whether or not you will be allowed back into Spain if you leave the country depends entirely on the person who scans your passport at border control. Some officers are more strict than others. If you´re worried about being banned from returning your best bet is to avoid leaving until all of your paperwork is resolved. Best of luck!

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  21. Hi, do I need visa to go to UK with my Pareja de hecho documents?

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    • Hi Henry,
      Without more information we can’t really tell you what documents you’ll need to enter the UK. That depends on how long you are planning to stay, if you are there as a tourist or plan to work and finally what country you are from. With these sorts of questions it’s always best to ask at an embassy or consulate as we specialize in paperwork for Spain, not other European countries.

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      • Hi, My name us Marvel, thanks for this great info.

        I have my boyfriend who I lived with in Germany for over 2yrs before I came to Spain to stay close to my family. I reside in Murcia and my boyfriend wants to come down to Spain for us to file for pdh(His a German citizen) is it possible I can get a resident permit without my boyfriend being self employed and pays tax or must he have a job contract before I can be issued a resid permit. Secondly how long do I need to live here before applying for pdh.

        Thanks for your anticipated reply.

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        • Hi Marbel,
          Thanks for your questions regarding PdH. The requirements to apply for Pareja de Hecho are different for each comunidad, so you’re best bet is to go in person and ask if there is any minimum length of time you must have lived in Murcia or time you and your partner have lived together in order to qualify.

          As for your resident permit, you need to show that you won’t be a burden on the system, so you are required to submit work contract, proof that you are a freelancer and pay your taxes or even a bank balance. As far as we know, there is no published minimum amount that one must earn or have in order to get residency via PdH, we believe each situation is assessed individually.

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  22. Was wondering if you could point me in the right direction of how to start the process of applying for the tarjeta comunitaria. Everything useful I find stops at once you get pareja de hecho.

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  23. Hi “Como Consulting Spain”!

    I sent this (long) question via e-mail, but I went on to read the comments and thought I’d post it here so that any answer can benefit anyone else.

    Basically, I’m a U.S. citizen who’s dating an awesome Uruguayo – and he happens to have lived in Spain for the past 13 years. I live in Los Angeles, CA and he lives in Sanxenxo in Galicia. While he has residency, he hasn’t gone through the naturalization process yet. We’re considering a couple of options for me to come back to Spain – either I apply for the Auxiliar de Conversacion program again, meaning I’d leave in August/September 2016…or sooner, which would be through a pareja de hecho so that I can work legally.

    Question: Is the pareja de hecho strictly limited to the civil union of (1) a non-EU citizen and (2) an EU citizen or permanent resident?

    I read a comment above regarding a Venezuelan and Canadian, so I think that your answer may point me to the comunidad autonoma in Spain where we’d plan to live to find out. I just wanted to hear your perspective on a general rule (the answer to the question above) as opposed to something particular to my boyfriend and I.

    Thanks so much!

    MB

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    • For clarification about the question I’m asking above, I mean the union of (1) a non-EU citizen with either an EU citizen or Spaniard. I don’t know if cases like my boyfriend – who is neither a Spaniard nor an EU citizen – would fit the guidelines, unless the pareja de hecho is also open to permanent residents of Spain and their non-EU/Spanish partners.

      Thanks!

      MB

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    • Hi Morgyn,

      If your boyfriend is not an EU citizen, I believe you can apply for pareja de hecho, but that does not then qualify you for residency based on a familial tie to an EU citizen, so you would not be eligible for a target comunitaria.

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      • Hola:)

        Thanks for this useful information.

        I am a Non-EU student in Valencia. I am planning to apply for Pareja de Hecho with my Spanish partner. How long do we have to live together in order to apply for it? (We live in Valencia) Do we have to provide any documents, like bank statement, payslips or work contract? Both of us are students, we do not have works.

        We are planning to work in the UK after we graduate, does UK recognise Pareja de Hecho? Do I have to apply for residence card or will I just need to hold tarjeta comunitaria in order to work?

        I would like to thank you in advance for your helps and advises!

        Sheng

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  24. My boyfriend and I will be applying for pareja de hecho soon in Valencia but we’re interested in moving to Madrid in the future. Would I be able to work in Madrid after receiving pareja de hecho in Valencia or would I only be able to work in Valencia? We keep getting mixed answers. Thanks for your help.

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    • Ariana,
      As soon as you have your tarjeta comunitaria you are free to work anywhere in Spain. However, you should apply in Valencia and wait until you are approved and have the physical card before you move to Madrid. Good luck!

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      • Thank you so much for your quick response. Your website has been such a help.

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  25. Hello! My partner who is Spanish and I, American are looking into doing a Union de Hecho in Almería, Andalucía. I read on a reply made by A) ComoConsulting that there is no minimum for living together in Andalucía, is this still so? Also, since I visit my BF every summer and winter I am unable to stay more than my tourist visa which is why I’m concerned.
    B) When/If I receive the tarjeta will I be able to live in France if they recognize Covil Union (which they do)? C) Will the tarjeta allow me to come whenever I want to Spain within the five years (will the tourist visa be eliminated for me?)

    I plan on going to France for studying abroad for a while and perhaps an internship after but would like to visit my boyfriend in Spain during that time as well.

    Thank you so much!

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    • Hi Sabrina,
      Cat and I are on holiday for the next two weeks with limited internet access so we can’t quite tackle your many questions here. I’d encourage you to check back on our website next week and schedule a Residency Consultation session for the last week of August to talk over the details of your situation.

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  26. Hola:)

    Thanks for the useful information.

    I am a Non-EU student in Valencia, I am planning to apply for Pareja de Hecho with my Spanish partner. How long do we have to live together in order to apply for it? (we live in Valencia) Do we need any other documents like bank statements, payslips or work contracts Both of us are students, we don´t have works now.

    As mentioned on the article, tarjeta comunitaria allows holders to move about Europe. We are actually planning to work in the UK after we graduate, does UK recognise Pareja de Hecho? Will I be able to apply for residence card with tarjeta comunitaria? or having tarjeta comunitaria is ok for me to work in the UK?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your helps and advises.

    Best regards.

    Sheng

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    • Hi Sheng,

      Let’s break this down a bit: pareja de hecho and the tarjeta comunitaria (and thus work permission) are two different things. Pareja de hecho means you are registered as a couple, whereas the tarjeta is your residency card that permits you to work and move about the EU freely. Pareja de hecho rights change between comunidades; the residency card is issued by Spain. Pareja de hecho is not recognized in the UK in the same way as it is in Spain, so you may have to look for another alternative (your partner can live there without a problem). You will also have to apply for a residency card in the UK, as the Spanish card will be rendered invalid after six months from what we can tell.

      For pareja de hecho, your partner will have to prove s/he has lived in the Comunitat Valenciana for 10+ years.

      For the tarjeta comunitaria, you will have to prove that one of you is able to work and support the other. We advise you to call or visit the registries for the most up-to-date information.

      Congratulations and good luck!

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      • HI,

        Many thanks for your reply.

        I would like to know if tarjeta comunitaria means Tarjeta de Residencia de Familiar Comunitario?

        Is Pareja de Hecho a Civil Partnership in Spain?

        Thank you

        Sheng

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        • Hi Sheng:

          Yes, you will be issued a Tarjeta Comunitaria and categorized as Familiar de Ciudadano de un Miembro de la UE. Remember that pareja de hecho laws are regional, whereas the tarjeta laws are national.

          Pareja de hecho has different meanings in different parts of Spain. As an American who did pareja de hecho in Andalucia, it was recognizes as a civil partnership both in Spain and in the US, though we would have had to jump through a few hoops in the US to get that status.

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          • Thanks for your information again. I have talked with a friend who was planning to get Pareja de Hecho before, but he said that the spanish partner has to have a work to prove that he/she has a minimum wage a month. I live in Valencia, I have been searching about it, but I haven’t seen any of that information. So I would like to know if it is true that the spanish partner has to have a minimum paymen from works in order to apply for Pareja de Hecho.

            Thank you

            Sheng

          • Hi Sheng,

            We just answered a similar question above, but we’ll repeat the info here for anyone who is curious – you will need to show that you aren’t a burden on Spain, so you are required to submit proof of means. That might mean a work contract, proof that you are a freelancer who pays taxes or even a bank balance. As far as we know, there is no published minimum amount that one must earn or have in order to get residency via PdH, we believe each situation is assessed individually.

            Remember PdH requirements are set by each comunidad, but the tarjeta comunitaria is assed on a national level.

    • Hi Tim,
      It’s definitely easier to do PdH in some comunidades compared to others, but it certainly does get you on the fast track. Thanks for reading!

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  27. Hi! I’m sorry if this question was published above, but there were so many comments I figured I’d ask anyway. . .

    My bf has an Italian passport and has been living in Madrid for the past two years (and then before a two year break, for about seven years). However, since he’s been back he hasn’t bothered to enter the system in Spain as he works freelance for a foreign company. I have been here on a legal student visa for three years (from the USA) and am wondering if we can apply for PdH even if he only presents his Italian passport and I present my NIE & passport?

    Let me know because this would be a lifesaver if we can!

    Thanks in advance!
    Sagan

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  28. Hi

    So with Barcelona, is it true that you can only apply for the Pareja de hecho if you can prove you have been living together for at least 2 years?

    Thanks

    Jason

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  29. Hallo my name is Roop Lal from India
    My girl friend is from German (passport)
    we are live together since around 3 years in Valenencia spain.
    can someone tell us please what should be do

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  30. Hi guys:

    I haven’t been a legal resident of Spain for a couple years, and my partner has been in the states with me. We plan on coming back to Spain and doing pareja de hecho. Can I file for pareja without having legal residency? It looks like i could empadronarme relatively easily – but I’m not sure if a passport will fly as the only valid form of ID. No NIE or whatever.

    Thanks

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    • Hi Ryan, unless we know more about where your partner is from and whether or not that person is still empadronado in Spain, we can’t give you a solid answer. Feel free to email us and we can better help you.

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  31. After 5 year we need to renew residence. …

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    • Yes, you will have to renew your TIE, but a pareja de hecho cannot be deemed invalid unless the couple marries, decides to end the partnership or one member passes away.

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  32. Hola!
    Queria saber si hay un tiempo minimo de permanencia en España para poder aplicar a la pareja de hecho. No soy de la UE y estoy ahora hasta que se me acaben los 90 dias de mi visa de turista.
    Salgo de la UE por 90 dias mas hasta poder entrar y ya para entonces cuando vuelva, puedo aplicar? Empadronandome y siguiendo los pasos que explican aqui?
    Mi novio es de Barcelona.
    Muchas gracias!!

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    • Hola Magdalena, en caso de querer hacer pareja de hecho en Cataluña, hay que cohabitar juntos un mínimo de dos años. No tienes que tener un NIE válido para hacerlo, pero importante el detalle de los dos años.

      Bien puedes contratar a un abogado por Barcelona también para poder acelerar el proceso. Suerte!!

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      • Muchas gracias por su respuesta! Conocen a alguien que pueda ayudarme con el proceso? Gracias otra vez,

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  33. Hi Guys,

    Thank you for this post.The information has been really helpful.I have question.My girlfriend and I are currently living in Cape Town.She is Spanish and I am South African.We would like to move back to Spain next year.

    Being the non-eu applicant, one of the requirements or documents I need to submit is a “certificate of residence”/ certificado de empadronamiento.I am not quite sure what they mean by this.Do I need to prove my residency in South Africa.We going to Spain in December and would like to apply for the pareja-de-hecho then.

    Thanks again for any assistance
    Matt

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  34. Hi

    Im now in Pareja de hecho and got Filipino citizenship its fine to apply for Citizenship? because i read something theres an Excemption

    “Refugees only wait five years and nationals from Spanish-American countries, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal and those of Sephardic origin wait only for two.”

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    • Hi Isabella,

      We’re not sure whether or not you qualify for citizenship, your best bet would be to enquire with your nearest extranjería office. All the best!

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  35. Am a non Eu but did pareja de hecho with an Eu citizen which made me a family member of communario now the relationship is not working. Can it the pareja de hecho be disloved? How long does it take, and would it affect my residency as a non EU?

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    • Hi Nikki,

      You can dissolve your pareja de hecho whenever you like, but your residency will be affected. If your civil union has lasted more than 3 years then all you have to do is take a copy of the resolution to extranjería and apply for a new card (within 6 months of the “baja”). If it has been less than three years then your residency is no longer valid.

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  36. I’ve registered pareja de hecho with my partner and got the certificate as well, do I need private insurance to apply for residency card or seguridad social? What can I do to obtain tarjeta comunitaria?

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    • Hi Isaac, if you are eligible for social security and have a job, you will not need private insurance. As far as a tarjeta comunitaria, there are different requirements for each comunidad (and often province!), so a trip to the office is usually your safest bet. At the most basic, copies of both passports, proof of financial means and the pareja de hecho paperwork. Good luck!

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  37. Hi, I did pareja de hecho with my partner about a year ago and I’ve heard the rumours that I can apply for spanish passport after another year. how true is that?

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    • Hi Norton, no true sadly. After one year of marriage to a Spanish national, you can apply for a passport, though pareja de hecho is three to five years, depending on the comunidad.

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      • Hi
        I read another reply of yours above in which you stated that you need to wait 10 years after PdH to apply for a passport. Can you please confirm which one it is?

        Thank You in advance.

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        • Hi Oz, this depends largely on your nationality. If you are not EU, it is 10 years of legal, uninterrupted residence, regardless of pareja de hecho or not. If you marry, it’s just one.

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          • Thank you for your prompt reply. This page has been a blessing for us, thank you for all the help. Just one more question, I have heard there is an interview after you apply for PdH. Do you have any information what kind of questions we might expect in that interview? Should we be worried about it?

            Thank You again.

  38. HI GOOD AFTERNOOON
    my name is raj am from india but live in spain from last 5 years
    me and my girlfriend we are going to do apply for curtificato de pareja de hecho . my girlfriend is little confuesed bescous we are thinkingh after pareja de hecho if i get resident permit than i can work or not ,,or if she lose her work and i lose my work too than what happen ,
    govermemnte help us somethimng or any way to go up from this situation ? plea reaply as you can thank you aso much………

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    • Hi Raj,
      Thanks for reading and for your comments. Whether or not you can work depends entirely on your girlfriend and if she is a European Union citizen. As per losing work, you will need to show that you will not “burden” Spain by showing you have sufficient means to support yourself at the time of your application for your tarjeta comunitaria. However, once it is approved your residency will not be revoked should you or your girlfriend lose your jobs.

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  39. Hi there,

    First of all thank you so much for this article. I’m an american and bf is spanish. We’re trying to figure out how it would be possible for me to live in spain ( since I’m bilingual, and he’s not) and thanks to this article I think we’re onto something. He’s from la comunidad valenciana and I’ve never lived in spain for more than 6 months so could we do what you had suggested earlier about bringing 2 witnesses? Thank you so much once again!

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    • Hi Yajaira,
      Each comunidad autonoma has its own set of rules of requirements for Pareja de Hecho. If you’re bilingual, you should be able to Google Pareja de Hecho en Valencia and read what rules apply specifically to your case. We’re based in Andalusia and know that here there is no minimum requirement that a couple must prove that they have been living together in order to apply.

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  40. Hello there,

    My boyfriend (Spanish) and I (Japanese) are going to do pareja de hecho in Madrid and we have already booked an appointment for March 2016.
    We are supposed to submit all the necessary documents a month before the day of our appointment, but we are thinking about submitting them as soon as they are ready, which will be in a few weeks.
    According to the website of the Comunidad de Madrid, certificate of residence and Fe de Vida y Solteria are only valid for 90 days.
    Does that mean the certificates have to be valid until the appointment day, or they just have to be valid when we submit them?

    Also, will we be registered as a pareja de hecho on the same day of our appointment if the application is successful, or do we have to wait for the result until the decision is made?
    If the latter is the case, how long will we have to wait for the result?

    Finally, I would also like to know if I will become a legal resident of Spain as soon as we are registered as a pareja de hecho, or I will not be until I get my tarjeta comunitaria.
    I am asking you this because I can stay in Spain only for three months without a visa and if I cannot get an appointment to apply for the card within three months from the day I enter the country (which is very likely, given that we booked an appointment for PDH a week ago and the earliest date available was in March), I will have to go back to Japan and wait for another three months before I can enter Spain again.

    Sorry for the long post and thank you for your help in advance!

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  41. Hi there, could you please advise on how to terminate the pareja de hecho? I know there is specific paperwork to submit, but where does it need to be submitted? Is it a difficult process? Thanks so much.

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    • Hi May, we’re sorry to hear things didn’t work out. Terminating a pareja de hecho really only requires you to make an appointment at the registro, bring in the paperwork and both sign the original forms, thus rendering the pareja de hecho invalid. Or, you can let the five years on your TIE pass and not renew as a cuidadano de familiar de la UE, though this would only cause a problem if either of you wanted to enter into another pareja de hecho or get married.

      Good luck!

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      • Thank you so much for the speedy reply! Follow up question…I have left the country now, but still want to terminate this for personal reasons. My ex-pareja and I are on very good terms, and he is happy to complete this paperwork, but doesn’t know where to do it. Can he go to the office at Plaza St Jaume? Does he have to make an appointment or can he just arrive with the paperwork?
        I’ve been looking online to complete it myself (there is an online option!?) but there seem to be some complicated verification processes to go through. Any suggestions for how best to go about it? Thank you again, I really appreciate the help as a limited Spanish speaker from out of the country!!!

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  42. Hi I’m from India, I have tarjeta comunitaria and nie..can I travel to the UK and Russia or do I need a visa for those counties?

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    • Hi Raj, because you possess a tarjeta comunitaria, you can move about freely. However, you are considered a resident of the EU and not a national, so you will still have to apply for a visa. Happens to us, too.

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  43. Hi, what’s the difference between papers you get after doing pareja de hecho and papers you get after marrying a Spanish citizen?

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    • Kean,
      The legal differences between marriage and pareja de hecho are very specific, but if what you’re interested in is residency in Spain with the right to work, both are valid so that you can then apply for a tarjeta comunitaria.

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  44. Dear Sir/Madam ,my question is how long duration padronamiento required to do pareja de hecho and can i change my regimen communitaria once i get it?

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      • Thanks for your reply.by the way i live in communidad de Madrid.how long i should be here or how long padronamiento required for eligible to apply pareja de hecho.i heard 1 year is necessary.is it true? And can i change regimen communitario in to temporal de cuena ajena.please let me know.i would be greatful for your answer.

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  45. Hi there!
    I hope you can help me with the following situation =)
    My boyfriend (Italian) and I (Non-EU) planning to register as PDH in Barcelona. We are together for about 4 years, but actually lived together only for 2 years in Australia.
    – Since he is EU citizen how can he get a residency in Barcelona? I heard simple rent contract for longer than 3 months can allow him to register as a resident – is it true?
    – I have read that to register pareja there is a long wait, who do we call/or where do we go to make an appointment?
    – In Barcelona there is a minimum of 2 years living together requirement, would our rent agreement from Australia be enough to prove that?

    Thank you so much!

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    • Hi Victoria,

      PdH as it is explained in this article does not currently exist in Barcelona / Cataluyna. If you are seeking residency in Spain and wish to continue living in Barcelona you will might need to consider a different path – a different residency permit or marriage.

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      • Thank you so much for your answer!

        So sad to hear that, I actually called 012 and they said that they are waiting for new law about PDH for Barcelona, which are going to be announced July 2016…. Hopefully they will be legalised again!
        Best Regards,
        Vikki

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  46. Hi. I was wondering how long the Fe de vida y solteria usually takes to process at the American consulate here in Spain (specifically Seville) and how much it costs to get one? Also can we turn in a copy of our birth certificate? Thank you so much for all of the information you’ve provided! It’s such a big help

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    • Hi Jacqueline,

      A Fe de Vida is processed same day at the consulate, but you’ll need to call for an appointment. They can inform you about any fees you’ll need to pay. What do you mean by “can we turn in” – a birth certificate is usually required, but it must have been printed, apostilled and translated within 90 days of submission.

      Good Luck!

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  47. My visa expires very soon. Can i applt for pareja de hecho while my student visa is expired?

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  48. Need to know .My friend NIE expired in july 2015 end and he wants to apply for pareja de hecho while in our home country which a non EU country.He has stayed with his partner in a relationship for 10 to 11 months in spain and then left spain and came back home.Now can he apply for pare de hencho without being in spain?

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    • Hi Rajeev, both partners must be present to apply for pareja de hecho, and there are some residency requirements depending on the autonomous community. Stay tuned for our forthcoming ebook with specifics for each of the 17 comunidades.

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  49. I’d lived with my Spanish girlfriend in the US for almost 3 years. We were planning on moving to her home town of Peralada, but I read in the comments that the pdh is not offered in Catalunya. Is that true?

    If so, are there any other alternatives to live and work in Catalunya without getting married?

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    • Joe, it’s true that pareja de hecho registries no longer exist, but being from a small town should help. Ask her to get in touch with someone at the registro civil in her town and see if they recognize pareja de hecho, and they may be able to help you.

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  50. Hi,
    Does one the two people need to be an EU citizen or can I just present my residency card? I’m American and I’ve been in Spain for six years and have my residency card and everything. Can I get a pareja de hecho with my partner who is from the USA?

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    • Hi Christina,

      If you are applying for Pareja de Hecho as a means of getting your American partner the right to live and work in Spain, then no – you do not qualify and your NIE is not enough. We assume your partner is interested in the Tarjeta Comunitaria but if neither of you is already a comunitario (from the EU) then it is not a path to legality. However, if you are solely interested in formalizing your relationship, we believe you can do PdH, but you’ll have to check what you’ll need to present at your local Registro Civil.

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  51. Hi! I did pareja de hecho with my Spanish girlfriend which got me tarjeta comunitaria and now we’re having some financial problems we’re currently living in Extremadura would it be alright if I move to barcelona for some time for work purpose..not actually living with her but staying in contact with her.. would that cause us any trouble because we won’t be living together? And what if we cancelled pareja de hecho would I lose my tarjeta comunitaria? If not then what would be my status?

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    • Hi Allen, pareja de hecho law is different from region to region, and Barcelona recognizes pareja de hecho in a different way. If you’re moving temporarily, you’d likely not have issues, but the problems would arise if you wanted to renew your TIE and you have not been living together.

      Here’s how to go about canceling a pareja de hecho but staying in Spain: http://comoconsultingspain.com/modifying-spanish-residency-after-divorce-or-disolution-of-a-civil-union/

      Good luck!

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      • Hi, above you said pareja de hecho is not valid in Barcelona anymore but here you make it seem like it is. Which one is it?

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        • It’s a little bit of both. No centralized registry for Pareja de Hecho currently exists in Catalyuna, but they’re working on reopening one (only time will tell if that will happen and when). In the meantime, certain cities still have a process for registration, but the requirements vary. It’s a lot more complicated than can be explained in a blog comment, but you’re welcome to buy the book if you’re curious!

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  52. Hi I have tarjeta comunitaria can I travel to Europe without my girlfriend without being investigated?

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      • Thank you very much! This site is very helpful. .one more question, do I need to fill out some form to be able to travel or do I just book flight and hotel and travel with my tarjeta comunitaria and passport?

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        • There are no extra forms to fill out as long as you are traveling within European / Schengen countries. Just make sure to carry both your passport and your tarjeta comunitaria! The only reason you would need to fill out any extra forms would be if you were traveling to a country (say India, for example) which requires a visa for a European citizen to enter.

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  53. Hola!
    Muchas gracias de antemano por vuestro tiempo y ayuda.
    Mi novio (nepalí) y yo (española) hemos estado viviendo juntos en Australia durante un año. Quiero volver a España (a Álava) con él y me gustaría saber cuál es la mejor manera de hacerlo. Podemos solicitar un visado de turista para él y registrarnos como pareja de hecho una vez estemos en España? O hay otra mejor opción?
    Qué papeles necesitaríamos ir recopilando?
    Muchas gracias! Namaste!

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  54. Firstly, thank you so much for your website. It is incredibly helpful. My question is regarding the birth certificate – my appointment for PdH is for May 2016 in Madrid. I am currently in the US and would like to get the birth certificate process going so that I have it done on time. If I request a copy now (January) but do not get the translated copy with the seal until March, I am concerned that by the time I reach my May appointment, it will be well past the 90 days. If I turn it in as soon as I have the final copy and it is within the 90 days, is it still valid for the May appointment?

    Also – do they approve you for PdH on the spot or do you have to wait to be approved? I know there is a waiting period for the tarjeta but wasn’t sure if you leave the office an official PdH.

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  55. Hi I’m having a real problem getting the martial status certificate and getting translated into spanish. Can you help me

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  56. Hello.how can you help me?l put in for my targeta de comunitario since February 2015@ Registry civil but I have not called.I am married to a man who has a Spanish passport with two children that were born here too, have passports. I,myself have NIE which is going to expire this year.l can’t check it on Internet b’cos I don’t know any refers number to use. Please, help me.

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    • Hi Bimzy, sorry to hear you’re having problems. Unfortunately, we can’t help you until we know a little more about you. The easiest and most direct answer you can get is by asking at the Registro Civil, though they do not issue residency cards. The tarjeta comunitaria can only be issued at an oficina de extranjeros. Good luck!

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  57. Hello. i must say that this website has been of help to most people, thanks for that.
    I’m Nigerian and i want to apply for Pareja de Hecho with my spanish girlfriend and we had a son together. i need to do Pareja de Hecho in order to get my targeta de comunitario in pamplona.
    we have the following documents ready, a family book issued in pamplona, my sons birth certificate, a copy of our previous padron together in Malaga for 1 year.
    please advise me on what to do. she have been in Pamplona now for 9 months and we hvae put our padrons together in pamplona. please advise.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Uche, thanks for reaching out, and congratulations on your newborn! When the couple shares a child, there are no minimum ‘convivencia’ times, so you shouldn’t have any problems.

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      • thanks very much for the reply, but i would like to know if the extranjeria will grant me a tarjeta de communitario without taking too much of time because. i was told it would not take more than half a year in Pamplona.
        please could you trow more light on the issue for me and things i would need to present to request for the permit.
        Thanks in advance

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        • Hi Uche, extranjería, unfortunately, takes a very long time, and it can be three months before you’ve been given an answer! The good news is that, once pareja de hecho is granted, you can apply for a social security card and start working. But you must do pareja de hecho before the tarjeta comunitario.

          We’re finishing up an ebook all about pareja de hecho requirements for every comunidad, so stay tunes!

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  58. My and my Bf are going to make Parecha de hecho. He is spanish and I am Georgian. I have viza,and during applying process I got the invitation letter from my other friend where is indicated where I will live the following 3 month and it is not the same address where my and my boyfriend are gonna to stay. Is it an obstacle for me during the applying process? During this process I will have to travel a lot in Spain and are they going to check us at home?
    Thanks in Advance

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  59. Hello
    i was reading your post and i saw it was helpful, i’m a non EU and i live in Navarra spain, i did my pdh in Navarra and i have my certificate, now i want to apply for targeta communitario, and i was told to show a prove that i will not be a burding, my wife deos not work, we survive through a family company of my father in Africa because i’m a share holder and its a family business. please advise me on what to do. i have the paper work of the company that shows i’m a manager and i have about 1200 as my salary every month. please advise me what to do.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Frank, you should be able to show your work contract and any paycheck stubs, plus bank accounts, as proof. The best place to ask for information is your oficina de extranjeros, as PDH laws are regional, and to remember that anything not in Spanish but be translated into Spanish. Good luck!

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      • Thanks but what if my partner is working under contract, can that be used as a prove to ask for my tajetar communitaria? because i dont have any document that permits me to work, i dont even have the NIE. please advise.
        Thanks

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        • Hi Frank. So long as it’s a legal contract and she’s earning enough money (about 700€), you’ll be able to submit a copy of your partner’s contract or recent paycheck stubs. Remember that you’ll need to apply for botht he NIE and the residency card, which are two seperate operations. Good luck!

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  60. Hi, must first thank you for this page. So very helpful! I’m American (been here on a student visa for the last 2 years and had a NIE which expired just last week). My Spanish partner and I applied for the Pareja de Hecho today in Málaga and they told us the paperwork looks right so we should have the “alta” in two weeks. Somehow I already have a social security number that I got in Madrid last year (where I was living then) but haven’t used it for anything at all. My question is: – After we get the alta, I’ll just need to apply for the Tarjeta Comunitaria, right? At what point can I ask for a Tarjeta Sanitaria/health insurance? As soon as I have the Tarjeta Comunitaria, we will likely head over to the UK. If you have any useful info./links on being able to work there with my tarjeta comunitaria, would greatly appreciate it. Many, many thanks in advance.

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    • Hi Kate, as a partnership in Andalucía, you have the legal right to health care as long as you are given the alta and your partner is working under the social security scheme. From there, you can apply for your health card at your nearest clinic or ambulatorio, and then apply for the tarjeta comunitaria. Your social security number will be the same, though you won’t be given an alta in social security until you work.

      Just be aware that the UK has different rules and does not recognize pareja de hecho in the same way that Spain does – you’ll have to contact an embassy or consulate to check what your rights as a worker there are. Good luck!

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  61. Good day
    please sir i would like to enquire if i can relocate to Germany with my parther, we did living together and i was giving 5 years permit so i would like to know the possibilities of relocating to Germany.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Tom, Germany accepts paperwork for pareja de hecho, albeit with a bit of hoop jumping once in Germany. You’d be better off asking the German authorities directly, as we’re not positive about the requirements! Good luck.

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  62. thanks for all the help you have been giving.
    please i would like to know.
    i’m from Ghana and i reside in Navarra.
    i was giving 1 year document because of my son, and i and my partner just did PDH last week and have received the alta, i would like to apply for the 5 years communitario, so i would like to know if i will be granted or if there are issues that might arrise. but my 1 year permit is still valid, please can you tell me how this works.
    please i would look forward for the best advise from you.
    thanks in advance

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    • Hi Andrew, congratulations on your growing family! What sort of permission are you currently on? Please send us an email with some more particulars, and we can help you out with a more accurate answer. hola @ comoconsultingspain.com

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  63. Hi, I’m a french citizen recently moved to Spain, and my girlfriend is a Russian citizen. I’d like to know if the PDH is still valid and so if my gf will get a visa to stay with me here if we do it ? I’ve got my NIE already but not the long one. Is that ok ? Thanks for your answers

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    • Hello Joss,
      Pareja de Hecho still exists, but is regionally regulated, so it will depend where in Spain you are living as to whether or not you and your partner can apply.

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  64. hi .i am american currently student in spain, i was wondering that can i apply for PDH with my spanish girlfriend, i have a student card as a full time student that right know i can’t work anywhere and she is also a student in university but i don’t have any economical problem and i can manege everything.

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    • Hi Odam,
      If your partner is Spanish and you are currently legal in Spain, then yes, you should begin gathering your papers to apply. Good luck!

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  65. Thanks for the wonderful breakdown. I’m currently going through the process of PDH in Galicia and from what I can tell it seems to be a little bit easier than the other regions. Has anyone done it in Galicia before? From all that I have read you don’t need a birth certificate (I’m American and my boyfriend is Gallego) but I have a copy just in case. In your research between regions have you found this to be true? Also, how long do you have to wait after receiving your PDH to request your tarjeta comunitaria? Do you have to go to the extranjeria in the region where you have the PDH or could I do it in Madrid, for example?

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    • Hi Allie,

      You are correct in that Galicia does not require your birth certificate, but we wouldn’t necessarily call it easier as your partner has to show proof of having lived in Galicia for the past 10 years and you both need to be empadronado in the same household. You’ll have to wait to be approved before you can apply for your tarjeta comunitaria and you can only apply in Galicia. Remember that as PDH laws are not national, Madrid does not recognize your PDH status and they cannot process your card. Once you are approved and have card in hand you can move about Spain as you like, but stay put until then!

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  66. Hi my girlfriend is American and i am English, i have the NIE that allows me to be here. However she does not and recently moved back to the USA.
    However she wants to come back here, would we be able to make the PDH work for us or not?

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    • Hi Harry,
      Whether or not your girlfriend could apply for PDH as a path to legal residency in Spain depends entirely on where you apply and what the requirements are in that particular comunidad autonoma. Barcelona/Cataluña happens to be a very difficult place for PDH but if you were willing to relocate…

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  67. Hi,

    Great website with very helpful information, thanks a lot. In my case, I live in Madrid for 6 months as an erasmus student. It wasn’t a necessity to go to the residence office for that, so I didn’t. The only proof is my passport.

    I’ve met my partner there. And we want to have pareja de hecho. Since I’ve never had “certificado de empadronamiento”, I think we cannot apply for the pareja de hecho. Is that the case? Or is it possible to get a tourist visa and do all the paperwork in the 3 months that I can spend there?

    If not, what is your recommendation?
    1- Does Madrid ask for 1 year residency in order to apply to pareja de hecho?
    2- If so, my only option is to find a way to get a residence permit for a year. I am a freelance filmmaker, just graduated. I can apply for a freelancer visa but I don’t have much business history. And the information about obtaining that visa and the things that Spanish government specifically pay attention is vague. So do you have any specific recommendations about that?

    Thanks a lot!

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  68. Hi there!

    What if my partner and I have been living together for a year in a different country (in Southeast Asia) but he is an EU national while I am a non-EU national? Will we still qualify for the living for one year together and be able to register for PdH? Thanks!

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    • Hi Lexi, that depends entirely on the comunidad you’re living in, as some require you to live in the comunidad for a minimum amount of time. Be on the lookout for our upcoming ebook entirely on PDH! We explain to process step-by-step in each region of Spain, plus spill a few secrets to getting the paperwork and finding loopholes.

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  69. I am living in Seville and would like to start the process for a pareja de hecho. Which office deals with this? Registro Civil or Delegación Territorial de Igualdad, Salud y Políticas Sociales?

    Thanks!
    Paige

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  70. Hi,

    We are living in Australia together for a year, my partner is Spanish and I am Japanese.

    We are thinking to move back to Madrid in this May and there would like to apply for the PDH.

    We are wondering if we could apply PDH and do all this paper work within 3month during my stay with tourist visa.

    I saw a couple of similer questions above but yet was not really clear for us. Would be really appriciate for your help. thank you

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    • Hi Natsumi,
      First of all, the paperwork you are required to present is different in Madrid than in Andalusia, as outlined in the article above. Unfortunately in Madrid processing times are much longer and you will need an appointment to present documents. If you know when you are arriving in Madrid and what documents you will need, we’d advise you begin gathering them now and to schedule your appointment ASAP. You will also need a second appointment to present documents for your tarjeta comunitaria once your pareja de hecho has been approved.

      In Madrid you are only required to show your passport as proof of identity so you don’t have to worry about getting any type of special visa or residency, but be advised that if that is the route you choose that you will not be able to work or leave the country until you have finished the process.

      Best of luck to you!

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      • Thank you for your prompt reply!
        It is much appreciated!

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  71. Hello there, I am an Algerian passport holder and living and working in Dubai. My girlfriend is from Spain, Madrid.

    We want to move to Spain soon and I was wondering what steps to take for the parja de hecho?

    What visa should I come to Spain with in order to go through this process?

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Hamza, Madrid requires that you are living together for at least one year, so you’d need a visa for that long and to begin the process (applying for the appointment) immediately. Good luck!

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  72. Thank goodness for this website – so helpful!

    I am Portuguese and just secured residency and NIE in Barcelona. I would like to arrange a for pareja de hecho between my parnter, Christopher and I. We’ve been together for six years, and were previously living in Amsterdam where the Dutch government gave him a EU Family Member card based on our common-law status. I hope this pareja de hecho will help him secure a EF Family Member card in Spain.

    Just wondering, where can I arrange for one in Barcelona? I can’t seem to find any information about offices online.

    Thanks x million.
    Sandra C

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    • I will reply to my own comment as I see PdH does not exist in Barcelona. Is it possible to make an arrangement for PdH in Madrid, even though we live in Barcelona?

      Thank you!
      Sandy

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      • Hey Sandra. I am currently doing PdH in a small town close to BCN. It does exist in other areas, but just not in BCN city. Maybe have an appointment with a lawyer and you can see which areas accept it and the different requirements of each town.

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    • Hi Sandra, pareja de hecho in Barcelona was recently restored in November 2015, but you likely won’t see any movement until November of this year (there’s usually a 12-month period between laws being approved and then actually implemented). We’d suggest seeing an immigration lawyer, particularly because common law marriages exist in different capacities in different EU states. Suerte!

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  73. Does a PDH allow one to work in any EU member country, since you will have a card of legal residency? Please be specific in your clarifying.

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    • Hi Sam, this law is up to local interpretation depending on which country you move to, and vice-versa if you have a common law marriage or civil union in another country and want to come to Spain. Your best bet is to ask in the countries you’re interested in moving to. Suerte!

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  74. Hello,

    Thanks for the very helpful website. I recently acquired the Tarjeta Communitaria, but I’m not entirely sure what it allows me to do. I know I can live and work in Spain for five years — during that same time can I also travel to other European Union countries (and the United Kingdom) to reside and work legally? Thank you!

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    • Hi Tom, congrats on your new civil status. On a tarjeta comunitaria, you can definitely travel at your leisure (though the card doesn’t replace a passport outside of Spain), though we can’t answer whether or not you can work and live in other countries – that is up for local authorities in other Schengen countries to decide.

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  75. Quick update.

    I found out that I can get the proof of being single from two places: The US consular in Barcelona or the town that I am registered as a resident, Peralada. The nice people at the courthouse in Peralada said they could make me proof of being single.

    My question is, will the government office where I’m applying in Girona accept the proof from Peralada, or will I need to goto Barcelona for the proof.

    Thanks,

    Joe

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    • Hi Joe, as PDH in Catalonia is currently bound to local laws rather than regional ones, we’re not able to answer that question fully. The consulate can provide you with that document, called a fe de solteria o certificado de estado civil, and if you are from the US, it must come from a government-issuing body. Your partner, provided they are from Spain, can get the certificate at the registro civil.

      We’re finishing up an ebook regarding the steps to PDH in the near future with hints on how to get all of these documents – stay tuned!

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  76. Hi, I did pareja de hecho with my girlfriend like a year ago and I was told by some officials that pareja de hecho is seen as equal as marriage in Extremadura so can I apply for Spanish passport in a few months?

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    • Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but even though PDH and marriage are very similar, PDH does not grant you the right to apply for Spanish citizenship after a year. With PDH you will have to wait 10 years before you can begin application.

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  77. Hello! When you go to the US embassy to request the Fe de Vida y Solteria, will it be translated and apostilled at that moment or do I need to take it somewhere else for the apostille? Also, can you only obtain this letter as a US citizen from the embassy or are there other ways to obtain it in Spain?

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Kristin,
      We imagine you’re getting the Fe de Vida y Soltería from the US embassy or consulte because you are an American citizen. Spain cannot print you such a document because you were not born in Spain. The document itself is already written in Spanish and carries the seal of the consular agent who prepared it, which in most regions of Spain meets the requirements of translation/apostille. However, if you’re applying Madrid, you’ll need to have it legalized at the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores.

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  78. Hello, I have just applied for parejea de hecho with my boyfriend and the paperwork is currently in review. I wanted to know that once I get the “alta” or approval, does that make me legal in Spain/ EU before I apply for the residency card? Help please!

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    • Hi Carol,
      PdH is the first step in your process for legality. Once your PdH application has been approved you’ll need to get a certificate and other documents together in order to apply for a tarjeta comunitaria which is valid to live and work in Spain for 5 years.

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      • What paperwork needs to be done for this tareja de comunitaria card and where must we retrieve these papers? At the consolate? Where must we apply for the card? Fees?

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        • Hi Dana,
          You’ll need to inquire at your local Oficina de Extranjeros (Extranjería) for all of the particulars. Good luck!

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      • Hello. Thank you for your response. I am aware that once I get the approval for the PdH I can apply for the residency card but what I want to know is once you get approved, does that make you legal in Spain. For example, lets say you can’t apply for the card right away, will the PdH make you legal in Europe meanwhile before applying?

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        • Hi Carol,
          PdH does not legalize your situation in Spain, the tarjeta comunitaria does. Once you have submitted all of your paperwork and are given your resguardo, you’ll be fine, but we wouldn’t recommend waiting to begin the process.

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    • Hey Carol,

      Can I ask where you arranged for pareja de hecho? I’m in Barcelona and having a hard time arranging one with my boyfriend.

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      • Hello Sandy,

        I applied in Pais Vasco (northern Spain for my PdH.

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  79. Hello, I wonder if you can give me a straight answer. Myself and my family have lived in Spain for 3 years. We all have resident cards and all have health cards but because we are not married I am only covered under my partners social for 9 months. My 3 children can go under my partner as he is the alto, but I have been told I need different things. Firstly I was told to get PDH but was then told I cant as Andulacia dont accept them anymore. Then I was told to get a non-trace certificate, I cannot get issued this unless we are getting married. Then I was told I need a non-impediment certificate. This I can get but we will need one each I assume and this will cost £65 each plus translation fees etc. So I am really confused in what I need to do …

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    • Hi Laura,
      We’re not quite sure what all of the papers you mention in your comment are, but we are positive Pareja de Hecho exists in Andalucía and you most assuredly can apply with your partner to guarantee yourself the privileges you are interested in.

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      • I spoke to the embassy in madrid and they said I cannot apply for the Pareja de Hecho as Im under andalucia. I am going to phone them tomorrow and try and get a straight answer. Its so annoying as I have been told different things from different places.

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        • Laura,
          What does “under Andalusia” mean exactly? You might not be elegible to apply for PdH but without having all of the information on your situation we are unable to give you the best answer.

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  80. Hello my name is Maria, I am a Spanish national living in Madrid. my boyfriend has Algerian nationality and currently lives and works in dubai. We are considering the option of pareja de hecho here in Spain. They have told us that in Madrid a year of coexistence is necessary, but we can not prove it year since my boyfriend lives in dubai as I said before. my question is if there is a possibility that I register as resident in Andalusia since there is no need that year of living together. specifically if i can register there living in Madrid, just to make the papers.

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    • Hi Maria, registering in a comunidad where you aren’t currently living or plan to live is extremely risky, and it could lead to the revocation of his tarjeta comunitaria. Please email us for more information.

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  81. Hi again! Thanks for all your feedback thus far. I have one final question.

    I made the pdh and then applied for the communitario as the pdh doesn’t really grant me too much. All the paperwork is in; I have everything I need. Now I wait. But while waiting to hear back on the communitario I will pass my 90-day limit to stay in the country.

    Is there something I must do? My girlfriend thinks that once I’ve applied for the communitario the 90-day limit no longer applies. I wanted to ask at the government office, but was afraid that if I did so, they would reject my application.

    Your thoughts?

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  82. Can we apply for pareja de hecho , if one partner is visiting on tourist visa ?

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    • Hi Jeff, your question doesn’t have a simple answer, as it depends on the region. Please email us so that we can speak to your specific case. Thanks!

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  83. Just letting you know, in the case of Malaga one does need an appointment in order to hand in the documents to do the pdh.

    I was wondering what happens in terms of health insurance. When we have the tarjeta comunitaria does that entitle us to free health care or does that only happen once we are actually working here on Spain. Currently I’m a language assistant but in the summer months I pay for private insurance. It would be amazing if I didn’t have to worry about paying for private insurance in the summer once the pareja de hecho goes through! 🙂 thanks so much for your time!

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  84. Good day
    my name is hoffmann and i-m from Nigeria. i currently lives in Pamplona which is under Navarre. i do not have any legal documents from spain or any other european country but now we wish to do the PDH here in pamplona because we had lived together from Andalucia for more than 1 year and had our padron together, according to the information given to us by some friends says we would not need need any much document because we share a son together, they said we would only need our Liberio de Familia , my passport and the DNI of my pathner and my childs birth certificate. and they also stated that we don not need to have the our Padron in the same household before this is done. please advise me and what i can do.
    Thanks

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  85. hello, i have seen this site to be helpful however i would like to make some personal inquires too. i’m non EU citizen but i had a son with my spanish girlfriend. our son is now 7 months old and i would like to apply for Arriago Familia to get my 1 year resident permit but i do not leave in the same house with them and the extranjeria said i would proof that i’m taking the responsibility of my son. how do i do that. what can be used as proof. i have been giving 200 euro to the mother every month from the day he was born till today but i was told to proof that i’m taking the responsibility. please advise me on what to do.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Mark,
      Your case is a very particular one. This is technically a question to do with achieving residency through arraigo social – or are you currently a registered pareja de hecho with the mother of your child? Please send us an email and we’ll give you more information about how you can reserve a consultation session with us to help answer your questions!

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  86. Hi, Cat and Hayley –

    I just purchased and read your eBook on PDH. I do have a couple of questions. On page 6, you say “Once your civil union has been registered, non-EU members can apply for a social security number, provided their EU partner is working”.

    For Andalucia, if my partner does not work (he used to but is no longer), does that exclude me from getting a social security number? Don’t I need one to work in Spain?

    Thanks in advance for any clarification or guidance you can provide on this matter.

    Mary

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    • Hi Mary,

      First off, thanks for buying the eBook, we hope you find it helpful! Once you are approved for a tarjeta comunitaria you can apply for your social security number and begin working – no issues! The trick is that Spain cracked down on tarjeta applications and a few years ago and required that the non-EU partner show proof of means to support themselves, so as not to be a burden on the system. There’s actually a ballpark minimum that funcionarios need to see in your bank accounts – send us an email and we’ll get the information to you!

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  87. Hi
    I have larga duracion trajeta de residencia(NIE permanente 5 año)and i am pakistani but my wife is dutch and we have marriage resgistration book from Holland so she live with me in spain so on that UE marriage registration can i apply for spanish nationality or there is any way to apply nationality or can i change my resident card into trajeta communitaria is it possible?which route is best for me to apply nationality?thanks

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    • Hi Sahir,
      You can definitely apply for Spanish residency, but you are not yet eligible for Spanish nationality. You’ll need to present paperwork from Holland in order to register your marriage in Spain and then you can apply for a Spanish tarjeta comunitaria. Best of luck to you.

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  88. Hi
    What are the main reason to be ARCHIVADO while in process ” tarjeta de comunitaria “.. After 3 months,
    Also How long takes to get letter from office after being ARCHIVADO.. Becoz it has been over 1 months still I am waiting.. And if I didn’t get letter even after 1 months can I reapply or not? Also what are the possibilities to be favourable ? Please response, I desperately need your advise
    Carol thanks

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    • Carol,
      When a petition is archived it means that it could neither be resolved nor denied – they are probably missing a document or have tried to contact you and cannot find you. You need to return to the office where you applied to find out why your tarjeta application has been archived and see what they need to open your case and resolve it. Best of luck to you!

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      • Thank you for your response… I have been office, but they didn’t response me well.. They just said that my process is archived & they will send me letter within 30 days.. Now already gone 30 days but still no letter..

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          • 😊😊Thank you very much.. I will do..
            In this case, should I book a new appointment or just wait a reason letter & follow the instructions ?

          • We’d wait for the letter! I just renewed my TIE in Seville, and it took seven weeks to even receive the resolución from the office. Still don’t have my card in hand, nearly four months later. No need to stress yet!

  89. Hi. What is the difference between a TIE & a tarjeta de communitaria?

    And can a NIE/TIE be made before your PDH app is approved?

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    • A TIE is a phsyical card, and it’s a general term for any sort of ID card issued by the oficina de extranjeros nearest your residence. If you do PDH, you’ll be issued a TIE that’s under a scheme called tarjeta comunitaria (as the spouse or legal partner of an EU resident).

      Your NIE is a number that does not expire, though if you do not cxurrently have one, you’ll have to ask for one to be assigned to you when you turn in your documentation for the tarjeta comunitaria.

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      • I’m confused. So can I apply for an NIE then wait & apply for a tarjeta de Communitaria? You make a TdC and a TIE sound redundant. Any reason why I’d need BOTH?

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  90. Hi there, my girfriend is Brazilian, she has all her documents, I am from the UK British citizen but currently I have Spanish residency. Anyway, for the Pareja De Hecho we were told we need a Single certificate and that needs to be translated in to Spanish by an approved Translator/Notary. My girlfriend’s document is fine, however, the UK Single Certificate is 18 month’s behind real time as the UK Churches aren’t digital so my no trace marriage letter is 14 months out from real time. Here in Fuengirola, the Spanish say sorry not our problem, we can’t accept this as the date is 18 month’s behind an it should be within 6 months, I try to explain the letter is dated within 6 months but the search is always going to be 18 months behind as it takes 18 months for church weddings to be registered in the UK etc. Anyway, I could defintitely use some help, the Spanish say not our problem, problem with your country and our current docuements are time sensitive and are running out of time soon.

    Thanks and Regards R

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    • Hi Russell,

      Thanks for contacting us – we aren’t Spanish, so we definitely understand your concern and frustration! In this case, your UK consulate in Spain would be the most helpful in this case, as they can likely provide you with a document that suffices. Good luck!

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  91. Hello – thank you for this very informative site. I am American and have a NIE thru pareja de Hecha in Barcelona – in a few weeks it has been 5 years and needs to be renewed. I am no longer with my Spanish partner. Can you please tell me what I need to have in order to renew my residency here in Spain. Thank you

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  92. kaixo,im an american citizen with a pareja de hecho to a spanish citizen. i wanted to know if this would also be recognized in the usa? if we wanted to move there in the future would she have the same right to live and work as i recieved in spain or would we have to do the same process once we are there?

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  93. I don’t know Where i lost my certificate of pareja de hecho..
    In this case, how to get another one, please help me.. Do I need to submit all the document again?

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    • Hi Rossi, not a big issue in the least. You can ask for a duplicate copy through the registry, though be aware you may have to pay depending on your comunidad. If you paid for the certificate in the first place, you’ll have to pay again. You must also show a photo ID. Good luck!

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      • Thank you so much for your prompt response… I really really appreciate with you…
        Please if you know,How long do they take to give me duplicate certificate please..

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          • I have given10 days to submit my falta documento..
            Is that mean including Saturday & Sunday in Madrid.?
            Kindly request you that Can you please make me clear..

          • Hi Rossi,
            In Madrid you are given 10 días hábiles (10 working days) to turn in any missing documentation. Saturday does count as a working day (even if the office isn’t open) but Sundays and festivos do not. Good luck!

  94. Good day.

    I live in Valencia. My partner and I have signed our PdH on 3rd of May and got the certificate last week. Now I just wanted to know, how long will it take for me to get tarjeta de comunitaria, nie and sss? Would you be able to let me know the documents required for the same?

    Thanks a lot and God bless.
    Kristine

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    • Hi, I’m also from Valencia! Can I ask you a question? Did you go and apply for pdh as a tourist or you were under some kind of visa? My bf is coming soon, I’m spanish and live in Valencia, and we would love to apply for it, but I’m not sure if we can under his irregular circumstances. Thank you!

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      • Hi Sandra,

        Good day.

        I was on a tourist visa when I came to Spain. And the time that we have applied for pareja de Hecho, my visa is already expired. As far as I know, a valid visa is not required for an individual to be able to apply for pareja de Hecho.

        I do suggest that once he comes, kindly let him get empadronat. And you also need to secure a Fe di vida y Solteria from your townhall. Your name and your partner’s name will be in one certificate. We have taken ours from Alboraya.

        Good luck.

        Best regards,

        Kristine

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        • Hi Kristine,
          Thanks for your comment. Just FYI, PDH requirements vary from one comunidad autónoma to the next. While you may not have been required to show proof of legal status to apply, others will be required to do so. Check with the authorities in the comunidad you are planning to apply!

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          • Thank you for this information, noted.

            Regards,

            Kristine

  95. Hi, thanks for this great page!

    We are a danish-german couple living in Barcelona since 2 years and two months, but neither of us have NIEs. She has irregular short-term contract work here and everywhere as an artist, and I work in Spain as a researcher for a Danish university. (She had a 3-months NIE, which has now expired.)

    We are now expecting a child, and we really need NIEs to apply for social security numbers, and the social security number to apply for health cards. All really important with a child coming, as you can imagine.

    Will it help us get a NIE if we register as pareja de hecho? Or is there any other way?

    Thanks a lot!

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    • As both of you are EU citizens you have the right to live and work in Spain. You should register yourself with Extranjería in order to obtain your TIEs (which is actually a piece of paper rather than a card). You do not, however, need to enter into a civil union in order to enjoy rights to social security, etc. Once your son or daughter is born you will need to register him or her as well with Extranjería and you should have a European health card which grants you the privilege to go to health centres and hospitals in Spain.

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      • I was under the impression that the TIE is for non-ECC citizens, i.e. for “extranjeros” rather than “comunitarios”?

        The reason we need the NIE is that we need to get a Spanish health card, as the European health card only gives access to emergency and “unplanned” health checks.

        My main question is if civil union gives access to the NIE or not?

        Thanks!

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        • Anyone in Spain who is not a Spanish citizen is an extranjero. You will need to register yourself as an EU citizen living in Spain at your nearest Extranjería or Police Station. A civil union does not give you access to a NIE – numero de identidad de extranjero (foreigner ID number) – it registers you as a couple.

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  96. My PDH has been held up for processing. I am a US citizen. They say I need an Apostille Haya for my birth certificate. I’ve been getting conflicting info about how to do that. Can I send it to the embassy in Madrid, or must it go to the US? And if the 2nd option, I am at an impasse: The instructions involve sending it to State gov in my birth state/country, but I must send a check or money order in USD for processing fee in the envelope. Without a US bank acct, I have no checks and everywhere I look, I can’t find the equivalent of a money order (Giro postal??) in Spain. Western Union & Moneygram send funds electronically– I need a physical paper however, as it must be mailed. If you don’t know, a money order is like a check for someone without a bank acct.
    So is a money order indeed known as a Giro Postal in Spain (or by what name), & how can I get one in US so I can get my Apostille & finish my paperwork before it is deadlined? Or would the embassy work instead? This is a huge inconvenience, & I’ve paid enough as it is with flights to MAD & barna, & legalizing forms.

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    • Hi Dana,

      For birth certificates printed in the US you will need the Apostille of the Hague affixed by a government body from the state that issued your birth certificate. This is usually the Secretary of State office of your state.
      As for payment, each state operates differently. We’ve always paid by credit card and used the address of a friend of family member still in the US then had them mail to us in Spain.
      Sorry you’re having these troubles!

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      • Thanks. They say check or money order only.. Should I have someone in US mail me a blank money order in the amount I need? It’s extreme but not sure my other options. A Giro bancario looks similar but unsure where to buy it, if it can be made in USD & if the Sec of State can effectively CASH a Giro bancario, as it looks different & may not be accepted at US check cashing places (where money orders are exchanged for cash).

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        • Dana,
          If anything we’d suggest trying to get a friend or family member to process everything for you on their end then sending you the birth certificate and Apostille to your address in Spain. We have no experience with a “giro bancario” but we’d imagine that a US money order would be much easier to process. Best of luck.

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  97. Hi ladies,

    Im moving to Spain with my bf. He got a medical residency spot, he is from Ecuador so he did all the paperwork there. Now, Im a US citizen how can I legally stay there for 5 years and perhaps be able to work? I already signed up for a Masters program but thats only 1 year. Any suggestions are welcome!

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    • Hi Criss,
      There are special laws allowing spouses to accompany those on a medical residency, but unfortunately pareja de hecho does not apply. Those on a student visa are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week, so that might work for you. Send us an email directly if you’re interested in talking further options.

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  98. Hello,

    Thanks for all your help. After 3 months I’ve finally been approved for tarjeta communitario. I got a job fairly quickly as there are many positions available in Spain at the moment. One note for readers: I was able to get a job without the actually physical card which is taking me an additional 2 months to acquire. I just showed my paper that said I was approved for the card and my paper that stated I had made the appointment to make the physical card.

    My question now is this: with the tarjeta, which countries in the EU am I able to work in?

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    • Hi Joe,
      The Tarjeta Comunitaria only allows you to work in Spain, as it is a type of Spanish residency permit. If you are planning on moving to another country within the EU you will need to see what requirements that country has in order for a partner of an EU citizen to live and work in said country.

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  99. Hi can you tell me the minimum time a non european from Thailand must know a eu partner in order to get a civil partnership in the alicante region of spain

    Same sex couple

    Thanks

    Peter

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    • Hi Peter,
      Thanks for reading. All of the information you need can be found in our eBook on Pareja de Hecho.
      Best of luck to you!

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  100. Hello there! My partner of 4 years and I recently separated. We were pareja de hecho. Can only one of us dissolve the partnership without the other one needed? What rule applies to the other one that does not have a lot financially, will the rule of law impose on a financial support for that person? If so, for how long the financial support will take place?

    The financially fortunate one is of EU nationality while the less fortunate financially is of non-EU nationality(Philippines)but has NIE number for the last 3 years.

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    • Pareja de Hecho does not require mutuo acuerdo to dissolve and a pensión compensatoria does not exist. You can maintain your legal status in Spain as your partnership lasted over three years but you will need to communicate the ruptura to the oficina de Extranjería where you originally applied for your Tarjeta Comunitaria.
      Como Consulting Spain recently posted…How to Apply for Spanish Nationality through ResidencyMy Profile

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  101. Hello! Thanks for the site, it’s been really helpful. I hope you can help me with my situation.

    I am American, and the letter approving my tarjeta comunitaria arrived today, yay! The problem is that I am currently in the States visiting my family. You see, I was in Spain earlier this year and did all of the steps for Pareja de Hecho and applying for the tarjeta, but I didn’t know how many months this process takes. I had thought that I would have enough time to get everything done for the tarjeta before I left, but by the time I actually had my appointment to file all the paperwork for the tarjeta, I only had a month left in Spain (before I had to go to the States for family stuff). They said it could take up to three months, but I thought perhaps I would be lucky and it would come soon. Well, the resolucion letter didn’t come before I left. So now I’m in the States and the letter has come to my boyfriend’s apartment in Spain, but I’m here. And the letter says that I must apply for the card within one month of the date on the letter. I can’t come to Spain until mid August.

    It’s just such a delicate time balance. The letter came too late for me to have made it before I left in June, and too early to let me make it when I return mid-August.

    Do you think it’s possible to extend the time period to solicit the tarjeta? I have a flight booked to come back August 17, which is only a couple weeks beyond the month deadline. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

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    • Amanda,
      We absolutely understand just how difficult a balance waiting out Extranjería paperwork can be while also trying to “aprovechar” the summer to visit home! That being said, Extranjería does not. Their deadlines are legally binding and if you are unable to arrive in time to process your card, you will have to start the application from scratch (not your PdH, but rather the Tarjeta Comunitaria application). You’ll have to decide what works best for you – either change your flight or when you’re back in Spain, re-apply for the card.
      Good luck!

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  102. Hello
    My name is dennis i am living with my Spanish girlfriend and we are in process when i get five years card can i go germany to work or not

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    • Hi Dennis,
      According to European law, yes, you are allowed to live and work in Germany if you are the family member of an EU citizen (either married or in a civil union with your girlfriend). However, what requirements Germany will ask of you (you might have to register your civil union or marriage there) and what additional paperwork is required is not in our realm of expertise – we specialize in information regarding living and working in Spain. Good luck!

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  103. hello
    i am a non-eu citizen and i would like to know if i could apply for Pdh to live with my spanish lover who’s currently in barcelona even though he’s only been to my country once and i’ve never been to spain?
    and….if i go there and apply…how much time would i need to start working?
    thanks a lotttt

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    • Hi Nab,
      Things in Barcelona are very complicated. If you’re interested in learning more about why it’s so complicated there and what other options you have we’d suggest buying the eBook to help you make the best decision.

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      • okay i found out that i need 2 years of living with the person to apply for a PDH in barcelona (like how can i even have 2 years with the person if i’m not even in the country)
        we are probably going for marriage….can you give me any info about that? like…the time needed to actually get my residency and be able to work…?

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  104. Hi, first of all thank you for all the helpful information on here!! This post was SO helpful when collecting all the documents for Pareja de Hecho. I am happy to say my Spanish novio and I are now officially pareja de hecho and now we are on to the next step! I am trying to figure out how to navigate applying for residency/tarjeta comunitaria…are they the same thing?? I have a job offer for Sept and I would like to begin working asap. If I understand correctly, to be able to work I need to apply for a tarjeta comunitaria, once I have this I can apply for a NIE renewal and SSN. I have an expired NIE from when I studied here 4 years ago. Is there any else I need to do to begin working here legally? Is there any way I can speed up the process for all the papeleo? Thank you for your time!

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    • Hi Olivia, residency is granted with your tarjeta comunitaria. You will be given the same NIE but a new TIE card, and with the process started, you should have no problem getting a social security number and thus beginning to word. Good luck and best wishes!

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  105. Hello,

    I’m a NON-EU citizen but i get married with Spanish Citizen now we have an appointment to apply my NIE. my question is: do they need a paper that shows that my partner is working and how much salary is he needed inorder for me to apply for NIE? and should we have a big money in his bank?

    Thanks in advance!

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  106. Hello,
    I am an Australian resident (non EU), my partner is EU (Greek). She is obtaining her NIE currently. We have an Australian Civil partnership but have been told we will need to register our partnership locally before I am able to obtain my NIE.
    The problem I have thought about is that unless I have some form of visa, or residency, the tourist visa is only for 90 days. As the process for pdh and then the NIE/residency etc will far exceed 3 months – will I have to leave the country during the process?

    Thanks
    Grant

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    • Hi Grant, thanks for contacting us. Without knowing a few more details of your case, it’s difficult for us to say which is the best way to proceed – please email us.

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  107. Robu
    What is the precise time to get result after submitting” falta document “for tarjeta de communitaria please..

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  108. Hello
    I am dennis i am 30 years. I am living with my girlfriend, she is spanish and we are tiling together since 13 months, can you tell me that wherewe can get early date to make hecho. We tried from madrid they give us date of comming November and my main question is that how long my unmarried certificate is valied n birth too.
    Yours sincerely
    Dennis beley
    Madrid

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    • Hi Dennis, you must do pareja de hecho in the comunidad where you intend to live and according to local law. If you live in Madrid, you must wait for the appointment of keep calling to see if you can do it earlier. Good luck!

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  109. Hey, could you help me , please? Because I m a bit don’t understand which documents I need for this if I m Russian?

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  110. Hii can anyone tell me if my paraja de hecho certificate arrives what are the next steps to get residency card and how long they ill take time..im living in almeria (andalucia) my partner got permenent residency in spain since 2008 she is a EU citizen and im a non eu
    Citizen i got no visa or residency card.after certificate where should i go and what papers they need or check and how long they ill take time and what about the time for fingerprinting Plz reply soon im waiting for you valuable reply..

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  111. Hi!

    I already have pareja de hecho and a residency card. However, my residency card expires early next year and i would like to understand what i need to do to renew it in terms of documentation, etc? Do I need to renew in Madrid or where i am empadronada?

    Thanks!
    Kelly

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    • Hi Kelly,
      If you are currently living in a comunidad that is not where your pareja de hecho was originally registered, you should re-register your PDH and update your empadornamiento to where you currently live (Madrid). If you’ve left your empadronamiento in the comunidad where you originally registered your PDH and don’t want to change that you will have to go to the oficina de Extranjería which correspondes to the address of your padrón to process your renewal.

      However, it’s always best to keep your information as updated as possible despite the bureaucratic hassle it presents! If the comunidad where you are registered found out you did not in fact live there they could cancel your PDH status, which would put your Tarjeta Comunitaria at risk. This is something that has happened to couples we know!

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  112. Please guys if anyone knows how to cancel pareja de Hecho and if there is a way without affecting the non European citizen trajeta ….. I’m having problems with my partner and i wanna separate with him. … but i dont wanna affect his residence……

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    • Hi Yoana,
      As this post states, if you have already been together for 3 years then there is no problem. If you have been together for fewer than 3 years and if your partner is working, he can modify his residence without losing his right to live and work in Spain.

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  113. Hello I have a question,

    My partner and I have decided to apply for pareja de hecho in Malaga Spain. However I left the country and came back after eight months. Will this be a problem. And I have been legally separated from my previous marriage but the divorce has not gone through in the United States. Is the legal separation enough to prove I’m single.

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    • The law states that you cannot be married to another person and enter into a civil union in Spain. You will have to provide proof of your single status by going to your nearest American consulate and swearing that you are single (fe de vida y solitaire). If you feel comfortable swearing to the US and Spanish governments that you are single when you are actually not, you won’t have any problems getting the fe de vida because the consulate does not cross-reference these details, however, there could be ramifications down the road. Also, in Andalucía your current legal status is not taken into consideration as part of the PDH application.

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    • Hi Antonio, I´m going to do the Pareja de Hecho in Malaga. Would you please let me know where can I apply for an appointment to hand in the documents and how long took for you to get the pdh certificate? do you have any advice for doing pdh in Malaga? 🙂
      Thank you

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  114. Hey, thanks for this article. It help so much! But I want to ask important question that me and my partner still confuse about..
    Im from Indonesia and my tourist visa will expired on 21oct. We will apply PdH and already get all of the requirements.. But 1 thing left which is my document from Indonesia that need to be translated and legalize by Indonesian embassy. It will take time around 1-2 weeks from now. My question is; is that possible if we are applying PdH after my visa expired? Because Im afraid my document will take longer than we expect. I really need your help to answer this questions. Thanks before! Xx

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  115. Hello! If we apply to pareja de hecho, we have to live together? I mean do they usually check it if we live together? Or for example we applied to pareja de hecho and he got the residence permit for 5 years, what if we break up after six months? Thank you so much!

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    • Benjamin, this is a sticky question, and it depends largely on where you live. Cat was pareja de hecho for more than five years before getting married, and she was never called upon at home. That said, more and more fraudulent cases mean that laws are tightening up. If you break up, depending on the situation, you partner may be eligible to change his tarjeta comunitaria for a work permit. Contact us for more info.

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  116. Hello dear friends.I have a question about Pareja de hecho in Barcelona.My boyfriend will move to Barcelona from Bulgaria and he is eu citizen while ı am not.

    Can we make Pareja de hecho in here and can ı get TIE with doing this.My TIE time almost will be expired.

    Thanks

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    • Hello Azad, PDH in Cataluña is difficult and requires meeting several requirements. You will find all of the answers you need in our eBook.

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  117. Hi, I had a question. My girlfriend and i ar both British and looking to do the pareja de hecho in Madrid. The details given to us state that you need the following documents:
    1. Tasa 030 paid up
    2. your NIE/Passport
    3. Your padron
    4. Certificate of Marriage capacity/Certificate of being single.

    The last one, is a certificate that we would need to request from the British embassy, sign in front of a notory and then get translated. As such, it’s easily the hardest one to handle.

    However, when i spoke to my embassy, they said that as im in Madrid, you dont need this document. That there is an agreement between the two governments and this document is not required.

    However, on the requirements in the form we got from Madrid it states that foreigners need some form of certificate “according to the laws of your country”. Even Spanish nationals require a certificado de vida y estado.

    Basically my question is do you think I can really get away without this certificate? My Embassy is convinced i dont need it but knowing Spanish bureaucracy… i dont want to go to my appointment and fall at the final hurdle!

    Thanks!
    Raj

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    • Hi Raj, you should speak to the British consulate/Embassy again, because Spain requires something likened to a certificate of no marriage record. It’s highly unlikely you would get by without this certificate, and given the long wait times for appointments, it would be a shame to not turn everything in!

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  118. Hi
    First of all you have been great help to many people. I have already applied for PDH in Malaga end of July and had a visit from the comisaria end of September. Is it normal to still be waiting for a reply? My girlfriend has recently had a problem with her ex boyfriend for which she ended up involving the police. Would that effect my application in anyway?

    Thank You

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    • Hi Jay,
      As long as your girlfriend was single and free to enter into Pareja de Hecho with you any issues with her ex are non-issues for your application. Remember it could take several months to hear back. Patience is a huge virtue when dealing with Spanish bureaucracy!

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  119. Dear friends, As ı said before that my boyfriend will move Barcelona from Bulgaria.And we have learned that it is very difficult to do Pareja de hecho in Barcelona.

    So we are thinking to live anywhere of spain to apply residency and work permit through Pareja de hecho.

    My question is,Can we do it after he take his empadromento? or do we have to wait some years?

    I know it differ from region to region.But in wich region or city is it more easy to take? He is Eu member and ı am not.

    Do you recommend anywhere?

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    • Hello Azad, all of our answers are in our Pareja de Hecho eBook. You will find the minimum amount of time that you must be living together and the minimum time you must have resided in the autonomous community, as well as how to gather and file the paperwork. Because of this, we no longer do consultations regarding pareja de hecho.

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  120. Hey, I am willing to do the pareja the hecho with my partner, can you give me any good tips? Thank you

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  121. Hi girls and thank you for this site! Regarding PdH, I have the opposite question: how to cancel (annul) it?
    We live separate for some time now but we are still registered and he doesn’t want to be bothered to just show up in a city hall to sign the cancellation. Is there anything I can do myself? How can I end it?
    Thanks in advance

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    • Hi Melania, sorry to hear things didn’t work out! The answer to your question depends on your comunidad, but you can usually do it as a one-sided thing unless there are children or shared property in question. It’s best to ask at the nearest PDH office if you need extra help.

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  122. Hi Como Consulting,

    I have successfully competed the pareja de Hecho process with many thanks to your website!
    However, due to a range of circumstances I am needing to return to my home country for anywhere up to one year.
    My Scottish partner will be staying in Spain for this time period.
    Does this impact my residency status or raise any questions when I try to reenter Spain?
    Thanks for all of your help,
    Rebecca

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    • Hello Rebecca, you cannot be out of Spain for more than six months at a time on a Tarjeta Comunitaria without sufficient proof of why (hospitalization, job relocation, etc.). It’s best to check in your comunidad, as rules differ between them. Good luck!

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  123. Hello !!

    My question is for to get appointment to start Pareja de hecho first only Empadronamiento and Passport id required or unmarried Certificate from consulate also required because all documents except Empadronamiento are valid for 3 months so if i get this paper from consulate. Will i have to make it again after 3 months for to submit with my documents. As i read one month before appointment day all documents have to be submit.

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    • Hi Hassan,
      When you submit your documents at your first appointment your documents validity are then “frozen” in a sense, and do not expire even though you will have later appointments. As long as everything is valid when you first turn it in you will be fine.

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      • Hi there,

        Im from Vietnam and I did pareja de echo with my spanish bf in Barcelona 3 months ago, I will get approval to get my resident card next month (around 19/12). We plan to have baby (actual Im pregnant now) and there r some limited points of benefit for mother and baby if we r just pareja de hecho, so we want to get married to get full support as I almost finish my master degree and havent started working yet and my bf is working as autonomo. And we r confused about process to change from pareja de hecho to getting married, how long does it take and what paperwork we have to do? I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much in advance 🙂

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  124. Hi
    I already have applied tarjeta de comunitaria, meantime I have got job in Madrid,, I’m planning to move to Madrid with my partner and will change our pardonamiento in new address where we live in Madrid…
    my question… is it possible to change my pardonamiento while in process ? Please any good advice

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    • Dani,
      That depends… are you changing your padrón within the same comunidad autonoma or are you moving from one region to a different one? If you are simply changing from one address in Madrid to another, as long as your partner does with you there shouldn’t be any problems – just make sure and contact the office where you have applied with your new address should they need to contact you. However, if you are thinking of changing comunidades, we would not recommend it. Each comunidad has their own regulations regarding PDH and your PDH status is not valid if you move.

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  125. Hi
    I’m wondering whether this might be a way to get my partner a NIE and social security number. We have moved to Catalonia 2 months ago, I’m a EU citizen, so as he, I’m working full-time in Barcelona for a Spanish company. I have a public insurance, and social security, NIE, empadonamiento, everything. My partner (who is not my husband) also has an empadronamiento, but no NIE just yet, also, he is struggling with finding a job here because of the lack of NIE. We have been living together for 5 years now, and have also registered to the Hungarian version of the pareja de hecho back home. On my first day here, my company said as he is not my husband that this (Hungarian pareja de hecho) does not count for my partner to be covered by my health insurance. Also, as he is not my husband, he could not get a NIE because of the same reason. So now he is struggling to get the NIE or be attached to my social security because we are not married. Would a Pareja de Hecho be a good solution to this? Or how can we overcome this issue we have been facing?

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    • Hi There,
      If you’re looking to get your partner a residency permit and the right to work your best option would be to register as a Pareja de Hecho, also known as a Union de Hecho, in the comunidad where you reside. There might even be a reduction in the amount of paperwork you are required to present as you are already registered in Hungary. You’ll need to go to the Registro Civil which corresponds to your address for more information. However, be aware that if you are in Barcelona that they have yet to open their Central Registry and registration might not be possible. Your next best bet would be marriage in Spain.

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      • Many thanks for your response. A question: what did you mean by ‘However, be aware that if you are in Barcelona that they have yet to open their Central Registry and registration might not be possible.? ? I do not really get this point, please could yopu explain?

        Thanks in advance.

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        • Barcelona closed the Civil Registry division which handled civil union registrations in 2009, so currently couples cannot register a PDH in Barcelona until the registry is reinstated.

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  126. Partner is a EU national that is a Spanish resident, I am American, and we have had the PDH for less than 3 years, and are planning to amicably dissolve it soon. I know my residency will be affected and if I want to stay in Spain I would need to apply for a modification, but I am wondering – do you know if there is a grace period after the union is cancelled for me to stay in Spain/be legally allowed to work, or will my status be revoked immediately thus rendering me unable to work for a short period of time? I don’t want to reapply to stay long term but I do want to tie up all of my loose ends here which will take a bit of time. I’ve heard that if you do nothing, you have 3 months before you become ‘irregular’ in the system, do you know if this is true?

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    • Departments (Extranjería and Registro Civil) don’t regularly communicate with each other – if they did applications for a Tarjeta Comunitaria would be much more seamless. Which is to say that as far as we know the grace period is 90 days, but if your dissolution is amicable and you are planning to continue living and working in Spain it would be best to prepare your modification documents and present them as soon as possible.

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  127. Please I have a question. ..my girlfriend and I are ready for Pdh and there is something I want to know , she had one year residency, and later renew to have 2years and renewed again to have another two years. Which she need to renew again for her five years this coming September .. Do you think it will affect me having the five years residency after the Pdh? or I will have two years and resumit with her in September to have my five years?

    Thank you .

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    • If your partner is only a legal resident but not an EU citizen then you are free to register as a PdH but it does not grant you the Tarjeta Comunitaria, as that is only for family members of comunitarios / EU citizens.

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      • Thank you . But after the Pdh , what can I do to have my residency card ??

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        • Unfortunately, unless your PdH is with an EU citizen it does not grant you any residency or working rights. Send us an email and we can discuss other options in a residency consultation.

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  128. Hola!
    If I apply for Pareja de Hecho in Valencia is it possible to make the appointment in another city? The office at Valencia seems to be unavailable at the time…
    Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!!

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    • Hi Julia, you’ll have to go to wherever you plan to become PDH. The Comunitat has several offices in big cities. Good luck!

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  129. Hi,
    Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking time and answering. I´m a Non-Eu national in Spain who lives more than four years in Gran Canaria as a student. My partner is from EU (non-spanish) and has not yet apply for certificado de empadronamiento or full time residence in Spain. As we just start to do necessary registrations, the minimum 12 months of certificado de empadronamiento requirement sounds very long for us. We would like to know more about the option that “testimony of two witnesses” can substitute this requirement. Are these two witnesses required to be Spanish nationals? what are the general demands regarding their testimony?

    One more question, is it possible to apply for Tarjeta Comunitaria while I hold a student-residency-permit? or I need to wait till my student-residency-permit expires?

    Thank you.

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    • Hi MJ,
      Unless you are a legal resident in Spain (a student card is not the same as a resident card) then you are not elegible to apply for PdH in Canarias. Also, the EU partner must have his or her certificado de registro in order to apply for PdH anywhere in Spain.

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  130. i’ve got my regimen comunitario card after pareja de hecho and i wanted to go to other EU country to work, is it possible to work in other EU country?? if yes then what will be the process to go and work?? and after a year can we come back and apply for passport in spain ??

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    • With your Spanish ID card alone, no. However, if you and your partner choose to move to another country in the EU together, then you will have to meet the requirements that particular country has regarding immigration laws. If you are hoping to apply for Spanish citizenship you must remain in Spain.

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      • Thank you so much for the information.. and good luck for your blog and your team. You guys are helping a lot of of people from lots of confusion 🙂

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  131. Hi! My gf and I just got our PdH certificate (finally!) and will now have to go through the process of getting her residency card. Her current student NIE expires in March so chances are she won’t have her new one until this summer, but we already planned vacations in April and May to her home country in Asia. Do you know if she can travel and get back into Spain without a valid card, but only the PdH certificate and the new residency card request (“solicitud”)???

    Thanks, and btw, very awesome site!

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  132. We apply for marriage in altia from last three months still waiting for the date. While waiting for date can we do pareja de heco or not . They upset except same papers work or need to renew all from my country and my girl friend’s papers she got Spain residency but passport Dutch

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    • Hi there, you could apply for pareja de hecho, though it will take time between the appointment, tuning in documents and being accepted. Our advice would be to contact the local town hall in Altea. Do note that your documents cannot be older than 180 days in the Comunitat.

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  133. Hello there,

    I just did the pereja de hecho with my girlfriend in Madrid and have received it.

    I would like to know what is the next step and what is necessary to apply for the residency or what do inneed to start working?

    Pls help and I really appreciate your answer.

    Thank you

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  134. Dear Team,
    Let me try to expain my situation: I am non-EU resident and I’m in long-distance relationship with Spanish guy who is not a resident in Spain as well. We are dating for 2 years leaving away from each other. Now I’m planning to move to the country of his residence and we were thinking to make it somehow legal for some paperwork. From what I read so far about ‘pareja de hecho’ is not really suitable in this case as we were not leaving together yet and he is not resident in Spain at the moment. Is there any other types of partnership exist?
    Will appreciate your reply

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    • The only partnerships that exist are pareja de hecho or marriage. However, in both situations, at least one member of the couple must be an EU citizen in order to help the other gain residency and the right to work in Spain.

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  135. Dear all,
    i had a pareja de hecho since 2015 but just now i decide to stay in spain and iam from libya
    ,
    so please i want to ask what can i do to get family visa and start the papers in spain to get the
    residence .

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    • Hi Omar, if you are pareja de hecho with a Spanish or EU citizen, you can apply for a tarjeta comunitaria. This is a residency card that allows you to reside and work in Spain. If you are not in Spain, we recommend reaching out to the embassy nearest you to find out the requirements for obtaining a family visa.

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  136. Hello,

    I am currently in a pareja de hecho and I want to break it and leave Spain. How do I do this? What are the legal steps for this? Any help would be appreciated.

    L

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  137. Hi there,

    Great article – really helpful! Thank you!

    Just wanted to check re the list of requirements for the non EU citizen as listed above. Could you clarify what the certificado de empadronamiento is? I’m Australian and my partner is an EU citizen (non Spanish) we’ve been here for one month, but I a on my schengen visa at the moment so don’t have residency here.

    Thanks,
    Jackie

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    • Hi Jackie, empadronamiento is the same for anyone, regardless of their nationality.

      There are slight differences in appointments, but here are the basics to registering: http://comoconsultingspain.com/moving-to-spain-empadronamiento-madrid-seville-barcelona-valencia-bilbao/

      Our Pareja de Hecho eBook outlines all of the requirements and steps for obtaining PDH in the region where you’re living. http://comoconsultingspain.com/how-to-do-pareja-de-hecho-spain-ebook/

      Suerte!

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      • Thank you! That’s really helpful and thanks for the link to the book also – this will be a great help.

        Final question – can we apply for Pareja de Hecho even though my partner has the temporary NIE (less than 3 months)? Also, we’re currently in Barcelona but considering moving to Andalucia for a hopefully quicker process – as he has a NIE issued in Barcelona will he need to change this at all before applying in Andalucia?

        Thanks again!

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        • If your partner is only a resident in Spain and not an EU citizen (which means he would have a certificado de registro and not a NIE card) then you are not eligible to apply for pareja de hecho anywhere in Spain as a means to achieving legal residency for yourself. You can of course register your pareja de hecho in Andalucia, (it is not possible for anyone to register a civil union in Barcelona) just as any couple can if they live in Spain, but it carries no benefits as a path to legal residency if both of the partners are non-EU.

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  138. Hello,

    Thanks for all the information, it’s all extremely helpful! Could you please tell me the exact requirements for applying for the Tarjeta Comunitaria after having the PDH be approved? I am US Citizen and residing in Andalucia- would I need a criminal report from the US? Do I have any legal right to be in the country (if my 90 days are expired) simply on the fact that I am in a PDH/have applied for Tarjeta Comunitaria?

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  139. Can u please define “as one of you is a resident in good legal standing” please thanks

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    • One member of the couple resides legally in Spain, presumably as an EU citizen or Spaniard if their partner will be applying for a Tarjeta Comunitaria after registering their PDH.

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  140. Hi! I am a moroccan citizen and have been staying in spain, galicia more specifically, illegally for a couple of weeks now. My girlfriend and I are planning on doing Pareja de Hecho so that I can later apply for a tarjeta comunitaria. My question is, is there a risk of me being arrested and deported back to Morocco when I go to the immigration office to apply for a tarjeta comunitaria? Thank you in advance.

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    • Adam,
      It is not Extranjería’s jurisdiction to arrest and deport people, that is left to the police and border control officers. Hundreds of people go to Extranjería every day who are illegal. Immigration offices are charged with processing applications, not with reporting who is illegal and who isn’t to the authorities.

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  141. Hi, very informative website much appreciated guys. I have a question , actually two. I have been living in spain for about a year but no longer have visa (had 3 months Visa) i am non eu and my novia is spanish. we are deciding to get pareja de hecho registered in malaga. my question is she doesnt work anymore so we definitely have to provide some kind of proof that we wont be a burden in order to apply for Tarjeta comunitaria. her father has passed away and her uncle take care of her. he sends her money (500 euros) every month via western union(he lives in uk) to support her until she has a job. first thing i want to ask is, is that enough proof of income to support our case for tarajeta comunitaria? if not then what sort of proofs we need to prove we wont be burden. and i want to ask that when we register as pareja de hecho and we apply for tarjeta comunitaria while we wait for a resolucion can i get SSN (Social security number) to work in spain while our applictaion is being processed for tarjeta comuntaria? and also

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    • Hi Tahir,

      The minimum salary per month is 707,50 euros. If neither of you is working, she must have a letter from her uncle, though the amount would have to be more. You must also have healthcare.

      In Andalucia, you can apply for a social security number as a non-EU citizen when your partner has a job. That said, you can always try!

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