3 May 2018

SPAIN: Statement of Entry now required for residence card applicants

Effective immediately, foreign nationals who applied for a residence card via an out-of-country application and who do not receive a Spanish entry stamp in their passport, must obtain a statement of entry. 

Foreign nationals, who have not received the Spanish entry stamp, can obtain a statement of entry from the police at the airport. If the foreign national is not arriving by plane, appointments with the police must be scheduled within three days of arrival. In order to receive the entry statement, the foreign national should present a passport and documents proving the travel (such as train ticket, toll receipt, boat boarding pass). 

Once the entry statement is received, the foreign national should have two additional visits to the Spanish police: first to submit biometrics and the application of the residence card and secondly to collect the residence card.

How does this affect the client?

Foreign nationals who are currently in Spain who have not yet filed their residence card application should schedule an appointment with the police at the earliest convenience. It is not expected that this new requirement will delay the residence card application process. 




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