We feel it necessary to update our FAQS from three years ago and remove what CAB believes to be erroneous information provided on the European Commission website. We have also advised the EU Commission of what we consider to be an error.
CAB have over the years suggested that due to the misunderstanding of some civil servants of the validity of EU registration certificates, that it is advisable to have the wording “permanent resident” appear on your registration certificate.
Note for UK Nationals* With the UK’s imminent exit from the EU and the post exit requisites for updating residency, that the certificates are updated to have the word “permanent” appear on your registration certificate.
You automatically attain permanent residency status after living legally in Spain for five years. In some cases it will be three years and the information is provided in this LINK . After you attain permanent resident status, you are entitled to renew the resident certificate for one which states that you are a permanent resident ‘residente con caracter permanente’ or ‘residente comunitario permanente en España’. You are not obliged by law to do so but you are entitled to do so.
The process can be carried out extranjeria or the foreigners office at your station of the Policia Nacional in your region. Furthermore you should not be asked to go through the registration process you carried out when you initially registered, The only documentation that should be required are listed in the FAQS below.
CAB Spain does not guarantee that the relevant civil servants are aware to the law or if so, will abide by them. If you believe that as a permanent resident you are being asked to provide documentation not related to your status, you can ask for a complaints form (hoja de reclamaciones) to file your complaint.
Extracts for Eligibility for Permanent Residence and Updating Certificates
How to Update your Registration Certificate
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