What are the Differences Between Pareja de Hecho and Marriage in Spain?
May11

What are the Differences Between Pareja de Hecho and Marriage in Spain?

One of the most common petitions we get at COMO is for information regarding civil unions. Call it what you wanna call it – pareja de hecho, pareja estable no casada or unión de hecho – civil union numbers in Spain have jumped in the last decade, and it’s a common step for foreigners hoping to achieve permanent residency and the right to work. But what differentiates it from marriage, if anything? Both matrimonio and...

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How to Renew a Tarjeta Comunitaria
Mar11

How to Renew a Tarjeta Comunitaria

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...

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Modifying Spanish Residency after Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Union
Nov12

Modifying Spanish Residency after Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Union

Many foreigners have found that one of the easiest paths to residency in Spain is through marriage or a civil union with a European citizen. Once unions are formalized and certificates printed, partners are eligible to apply for a Tarjeta Comunitaria, which grants holders legal residency for a period of 5 years and the right to work, among other benefits such as the possibility to work in other EU member states or the option to...

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How to do Pareja de Hecho in Spain
Dec12

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...

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