They say that all good things must come to an end – and that includes five years of uninterrupted extranjería visits for those with a valid tarjeta comunitaria. If you’ve done pareja de hecho or got married as a non-European national, your are entitled to the five-year residency card with the right to work as the immediate family of an EU citizen.
First time applicants for the tarjeta comunitaria are granted semi-permanent residency, but once that’s up, you’ll need to apply for a ten-year permanent resident card. The general rule of thumb is that you can initiate the renewal process of a tarjeta comunitaria as early as 60 days before your TIE expires and until 90 days after – do note that many comunidades will not accept your renewal until 30 days before though. Also, your NIE number will remain the same.
Completing a renewal is relatively simple, and only the non-EU national has to be present this time around. If your Foreigner’s Office request you make an appointment, do so within the the time frame to ensure a timely renewal, called a renovación.
Here’s what you’ll need to bring, both in original and photocopy form:
- current NIE
- EX-19 form, signed and dated
- partner’s DNI card (if your partner can’t make it to the appointment, you’ll have to steal the card for the day)
- passport (and yes, you must copy all pages)
- current empadronamiento colectivo, with both of you registered in the same household
- document that shows your vínculo to the EU citizen
- For married couples: a certified copy of your libro de familia if it’s been more than six months since the marriage was celebrated
- For Pareja de hecho couples: a certificate printed at your nearest registro civil within the last 90 days
- three recent fotos de carnet with a white background
If you have children, you will need to prove they are enrolled in school (if they’re old enough). Additionally, you may be asked for work contracts or medical information, depending on your situation. Check with your local extranjería for more details.
When your appointment rolls around, bring all of your documentation and make sure to jot down your número de expediente, which is unique to your case and can be used to check the status of your renewal online. Expect to wait around three months to hear back from extranjería, and no news is good news, as it is considered approved. The next step will be paying a bank fee and taking your fingerprints.
As of March 2016, the tasa, or fee, was 10,60€.
Remember that if you are in process of a renewal and need to travel outside of Spain for any reason, you can ask for an autorización de regreso.
Have you recently renewed your TIE card? Let us know if you have any success stories (or horror!) in the comments below!