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What is the difference between the NIE and TIE in Spain, and which one do you need?

NIE and TIE are two different documents that are often mismatched or confused. If you are a foreigner thinking of investing in Spain or going to live there, you have probably already heard of these and are looking for some clarification on the matter. In this article we are going to explain the difference between NIE and TIE, the distinct types of each one (NIE number and TIE card, green card, and blue and pink one) and which one you should get depending on your specific case. Here you can find a summary of the article and the links to go...

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UK driving licence is no longer valid for Spanish Residentes after May 1st, 2022

In continuation to our previous updates on driving in Spain for UK driving licence holders after the Withdrawal Agreement, it has been announced that from 1st May 2022, those who have resided in Spain for 6 months will no longer be able to drive in Spain using their UK licenses. All UK driving licence holders who have lived in Spain for 6 months and have not yet exchanged their UK driving licence for a Spanish one, will not be able to drive in Spain. Therefore, from 1st May, anyone who was living in Spain prior to 1st January 2022 must have...

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Choosing a school for your children in Barcelona: an expat’s guide to school applications

When emigrating, one of the most important decisions families face is where to send their children. Trying to understand a new education system, especially in another language, can be daunting for parents. Fortunately, the process in Barcelona isn’t overly complicated, but it does require that you understand the process and stick to the key dates to avoid disappointment. This article serves as an easy-to-understand guide for how to choose a school in Barcelona and secure a place for your child. How does the schooling system in Barcelona work? Before beginning the application process, it is important to understand the key fundamentals of the Barcelona...

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Spain Starting Giving Residence Permits for Ukrainian Refugees

The Spanish Government published on the 10 March the long expected information on how displaced persons from Ukraine can get the temporary protection status in Spain (Orden PCM/169/2022, de 9 de marzo, por la que se desarrolla el procedimiento para el reconocimiento de la protección temporal a personas afectadas por el conflicto en Ucrania). Starting from 10 March 2022 Ukrainian citizens can apply for a temporary protection status, which includes residence and work permit, initially announced for 1 year, but supposed to last as long as the conflict situation persists. This way Spain has implemented the recently activated EU Council Directive 2001/55/CE...

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What residence permit can Ukrainians fleeing the conflict get in Spain?

Ukrainian nationals can travel freely in the Schengen area without a need for a visa, and can remain in the Schengen states for 90 days every 6 months. Therefore it is possible to enter EU easily. At the moment there are no internal border controls among Schengen states, however, it is possible that these will be reintroduced at some point as a temporary measure to maintain security and better cope with any large influx of displaced citizens. What options do you have if you are currently in Spain? Depending on how long you would like to stay in Spain, and what is the...

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How do you homologate a degree in Spain?

Recognizing academic qualifications in another country is not always as easy as it sounds. Getting an overseas qualification officially recognized (“homologación de título”) in Spain means that it has the same academic and professional value as its Spanish equivalent. The process of degree recognition in Spain is a complex and time-consuming one and there is no automatic recognition of academic qualifications between EU countries. It usually takes between 6 and 12 months. Who needs degree homologation in Spain? You may need to have your university degree recognized in Spain if you want to work in a professional field that requires academic credentials, if...

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BREXIT: New 2-STEP Procedure to Obtain Residency for British nationals

As of this week, #Spain is introducing a new 2-step procedure to obtain #residency certificates for #UK Nationals who wish to reside in Spain post-#Brexit. The #Withdrawal Agreement between UK and EU sets a transitional period until 31 December 2020, until which UK citizens retain all the rights as if the country were still a member of the EU. However, for all new applications from 6 July 2020, UK citizens will be issued not with a #green-residency certificate as other EU citizens, but with a third-country credit-card type ID called “#TIE” –Tarjeta de Identidad del Extranjero. This card will indicate the...

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Automatic Extension for Residence Permits during the National Emergency in Spain

Since the state of National Emergency was declared on 14 March 2020, many foreigners in Spain have been wondering what would happen to their recently expired or just about to expire residence permit. The Government issued a ruling to automatically extend most of the work and residence permits during the Covid-19 crisis. On the 20th of May, the Ministry of Health published in the BOE its Order (Orden SND/421/2020 of 18 May) under which all authorisations that expired during the state of National Emergency, as well as those that expired in the 90 days prior to its declaration, will be automatically extended....

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How is your immigration process affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

State of National Emergency in Spain Since Spain declared the State of National Emergency on 14th March to combat COVID-19, many foreigners have got caught in the middle of their immigration procedures, stayed in Spain with a Spain with a tourist visa or without any visa, unable to leave because their flights were cancelled. The first few days were rather chaotic, and travellers and lawyers alike were expecting instructions from the Spanish Government. These came last week from the Directorate General of Migration (DGM). In its Statement, DGM clarified the application of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14th March in regard to ongoing...

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