Guide to Applying for Residence or Work Card in Spain

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What is it?

This service pertains to the application process for obtaining or renewing a residence or residence and work card in Spain. This card allows non-EU citizens to reside and, in some cases, work legally within Spain for a specified period.

Who needs it?

  • Non-EU citizens who wish to reside in Spain longer than 90 days.
  • Individuals seeking to renew their residency status in Spain.
  • Foreign nationals who have secured employment and require legal status to work in Spain.


  1. Gather Required Documents: Collect all necessary documentation before starting the application process. Refer to the ‘Required Documents’ section for specifics.

  2. Complete the Application Form: Download and accurately fill out the application form. Make sure all details are correct to avoid delays.

  3. Make an Appointment: Schedule an appointment at the local immigration office (Oficina de Extranjería) either online or in person.

  4. Pay the Fees: Complete the necessary fee payments. Ensure you keep the receipt as proof of payment.

  5. Attend the Appointment: Visit the immigration office at the scheduled time with all the required documents. Submit your application and supporting paperwork.

  6. Biometric Data Collection: Provide your fingerprints and photographs if required.

  7. Wait for Processing: The immigration office will process your application. Processing times may vary, so it is important to track your application status online.

  8. Receive the Decision: Once processed, you will receive a notification about the decision. If approved, you will need to pick up your residence or residence and work card from the same office or a designated location.

Required Documents

  • Passport: Valid passport with a copy of all pages.
  • Application Form: Correctly filled-out application form.
  • Photographs: Recent passport-size photographs (check specific requirements for size and background).
  • Proof of Economic Means: Documentation showing you have sufficient funds to support yourself.
  • Health Insurance: Proof of health insurance covering all risks in Spain.
  • Housing Proof: Rental contract, property deed, or letter of invitation.
  • Employment Contract: If applying for a residence and work card, provide the job offer or contract.
  • Previous Residence Card (for renewals): If already a resident, the current residence card.

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Additional details

  • Processing Time: Varies based on the type of application and individual’s circumstances; typically takes a few weeks up to several months.
  • Legal Assistance: For complex cases, consider seeking legal advice or assistance from a certified immigration lawyer.
  • Online Resources: Check the Spanish Government’s Immigration Portal for up-to-date information and downloadable forms.


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