Since 24th April owing to Real Decreto ley 16/2012 PDF the authorities may require persons who are not officially working or studying in Spain to provide proof that they have sufficient income to prevent them becoming a burden upon the State. They may also be required to provide proof that they have health insurance. Please also see this important addition to the British Embassy website.

Residency cards have been abolished for EC Nationals in Spain, although some existing ones may still be in date until 2012.

Since 28 March 2007, Royal Decree 240/07 requires that all EU citizens planning to reside in Spain for more than 3 months should  register in person at the Oficina de Extranjeros in their province of residence or at designated Police stations. However, you will no longer be issued with a residence card with a printed photograph. Instead you will be issued an A4 printed Residence Certificate stating your name, address, nationality, NIE number (Número de Identificación Extranjeros) and date of registration. According to the UK Spain embassy website, UK ex-pats should apply for a certificate after their residency card expires.

Download and fill in form EX18 (replacement for EX16) to get your “Certificado de registro como residente comunitario”. You should apply in person and have your current valid passport with you. (Help to fill in the form is HERE)
Note: Some offices also require a certificate from the town hall stating that you are enrolled on the padron. (Certificado de empadronamiento) Others require 2 passport size photos, although it is not stated as a requirement by the Ministerio del Interior. However, in Spain, we have to be guided by the staff at the offices where we attend.
If applying after having held a residency card for 5 years, then tick the boxes on form EX18 AND take the expired card with you as proof.
□ Residencia continuada en España durante 5 años

The office in Almería is at:
C/ Marruecos, 1
04009 – Almería.
Tel.: 950625401
Tel.: 950625402   (Opening times from 09.00 to 14.00, Mon – Friday)
This is just over the road from Mediterraneo shopping centre opposite their filling station.
A fee of €10.40 (Feb 2013) is payable, the office will give you a form to take to a bank and pay.
More information from the British Embassy website

Page revised 6th Jan 2020

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