My most popular posts all begin with the phrase “How to…” so here’s another one in the Spanish Non Lucrative Residence Visa series. The first series dealt with the initial application that is able to afford you 12-months of residency in Spain.
This is the first post of the next series related to renewing that residency.
Spain Non Lucrative Residence Visa Renewal
At the bottom of my initial approved residency paperwork was a little blurb that said if I was interested in renewing, I could do so within 60-days before or up to 90-days after my residency expiration date (which was July 1, 2015).
Because our family was planning on doing some out-of-country traveling at the end of July, I made it a goal to take care of all the renewal paperwork prior to leaving. I didn’t want to find out what would have happened if we tried to re-enter Spain with expired residency cards. We probably would have ended up with the one customs agent that doesn’t understand the “90-day after expiration” rule.
Anyway, I made a solo journey to the foreigner’s office with the only objective of trying to get a list of requirements for the renewal. I waited my turn and found myself at Manolo’s desk where he promptly printed off a little pamphlet in Spanish with a succinct list of the items I needed to provide. He also highlighted an email address that I was to write once I had all my paperwork together to request an appointment time.
1. Form EX-01 – Application for renewal of non-lucrative temporary residence (one per applicant).
2. Original passport (for each applicant).
3. Copies of *every* page of the passport (for each applicant).
My Note: I believe this is to show how much time you’ve actually spent in Spain the past year as a “resident”. You may not be approved if you are considered a resident, but spend very little time there.
[4/25/16 Edit: I had heard that you need to spend a minimum of 6 months in Spain during your first year in order to be approved (180 days to be exact) and now have heard of a first rejection as a result of not spending enough time in Spain during that inaugural year. So if you plan on renewing this type of residence visa, make sure the majority of your time is actually spent in Spain.]
4. Proof of sufficient financial resources (one per family).
My Note: To prove you can support yourself for another year in Spain, they require proof of recurring income. In my little pamphlet of renewal instructions, there were the following monetary guidelines that were unchanged from a year ago. They are a minimum of 2,130€ per month (~$2,470) plus an additional 532€ per month (~$620) for a spouse and each additional dependent. This means 3,726€ per month (~$4,320) for our family of four (4).
For our initial application, I had simply submitted bank statements showing savings that eclipse the monthly amount extrapolated to a year. For us, this translates to 44,712€ per year (~$52,000). This year, I submitted one bank statement that totaled about double that amount.
5. Proof of medical insurance with coverage in Spain (for each applicant).
My Note: Based on the number of emails I’ve received about insurance, I know there is a lot of confusion swirling around this one. What kind of coverage is needed? Is repatriation required? What about medical evacuation and deductibles? Frankly, I have no idea.
Here is the seven-word sentence I received in my pamphlet of renewal requirements: “Documentación acreditativa de disponer de seguro médico“. Which I translate to “Accredited documentation arranged for medical insurance”.
As a result I went with a cheap, local Spanish company for our medical insurance this year and no one batted an eyelash.
6. Proof of school enrollment (for each child/minor applicant).
My Note: This was an interesting, new requirement – different from the initial application and one that I didn’t expect. I visited our school’s secretary who whipped up a one-pager for each of our boys stating that they had been enrolled in Spanish public school for the entire scholastic year. A quick signature by the principal made this requirement an easy one to fulfill. I’m not sure what you’d do if you were homeschooling your kids.
The pamphlet that I had went out of its way to say that all documents from other countries must be translated in Spanish (Castellano). I wasn’t too concerned about this since out of the 6 items they were asking for, only my bank statement fell into this category. And even then, it was only one page and contained primarily dollar amounts and dates.
Manolo informed me that I would need it translated. Since we were now on a first name basis and I was feeling feisty, I prodded a little bit and said “come on, Manolo, it’s a half page document with nothing but dollars and dates, what is there to translate?“.
I think he understood where I was coming from, but I wanted to see what he would say because just prior to this meeting I had heard from another friend in Granada whose renewal was not accepted on the basis of an untranslated bank statement.
He said, “It isn’t up to me. It depends on my colleague who will review your paperwork. Look, gather up the rest of the stuff, make your follow-up appointment and let’s see what happens.” That is just what I did. They ended up accepting my bank statement as-is and saved me about 30€ in the process.
After a couple of days rounding up the needed paperwork, I emailed the office with days and times my wife and I were available. Manolo had informed me that it wasn’t required that the kids show up to the initial appointment – only adults. This was nice as we didn’t need to take our boys out of school.
We showed up early and had our paperwork ordered by applicant, which makes it easier for everyone. Teresa was busy processing the paperwork and asking us about our first year when she came upon the bank statement. I expected her to ask where the translated copy was but instead she asked me to write what the approximate account balance was in euros!
She confirmed that we were staying at the same address (we were) and informed us that if approved, the renewal was valid for two (2) years! This is good news for us since we want to stay a little over one more year.
She also informed us that in order to get everything submitted, we’d have to pay the appropriate tasa (fee). Which led to one more needed item.
7. Form 790 Code 052 – Initial Residence Authorization (one per applicant).
At this point, I’ve pretty much learned that anytime you need to go into the foreigner’s office to process some paperwork, there is going to be a fee. A fee that can’t be paid right there on the spot. This is when they hand you Form 790 and hopefully have filled in the appropriate fee (15.76€ per applicant in this case).
Teresa said to pay the fees at an eligible bank (usually BBVA or Santander) and come back another day. I think she saw the look on my face when she asked me to return and said if I hurried, I could run to the bank right then and get it all taken care of that same day. Easy decision.
- This information is valid as of June 2015.
- The renewal process is significantly less strenuous than the initial application. Note the lack of background checks, marriage and birth certificates, Apostilles, etc. Wahoo!
- Non-Lucrative Residence Renewals are good for two (2) years.
- I think it helped to include everyone’s NIE numbers in all email correspondence so they knew who they were dealing with and can look up additional details as needed.
- Children did not need to be present for the initial renewal appointment.
- Ask the names of the people you deal with in the office. It will take them aback, in a good way. I did and think it made a difference in my dealings with them.
- The biggest expense at this point of the process comes from making the needed copies (~10€ worth) and the fee associated with Form 790 (63.04€ total for our family) to submit our application.
- There is no dealing with photos or fingerprints yet. They aren’t needed until the renewal is indeed approved and you are beyond your initial residency’s expiration date.
This rounds out the application step of the renewal. The next steps have been outlined in this post.