Why Has the Alicante Foreigners Office not Been Reported?

Posted in: Residency
Author: Myra Cecilia Azzopardi

The Alicante foreigners office are asking applicants from the EU/EEA making their applications for residency status as self sufficient,  to show the sum of 9000 euros per applicant. This is almost double the resources as required by the regulations. Example; for two family members the requirement would be  9.415,28 euros.

Both the a Spanish royal decree and the European Directive on minimum resources for the residency applications of citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland coincide with the minimum resources. Extracts from the law and directive are posted.

European Directive.

“Member States may not lay down a fixed amount which they regard as “sufficient resources” but they must take into account the personal situation of the person concerned. In all cases this amount shall not be higher than the threshold below which nationals of the host Member State become eligible for social assistance, or, where this criterion is not applicable, higher than the minimum social security pension paid by the host Member State”.

Spanish Royal Decree.

“En lo que se refiere a medios económicos suficientes, no podrá establecerse un importe fijo, sino que habrá de tenerse en cuenta la situación personal de los nacionales de un Estado miembro de la Unión Europea o de otro Estado parte en el Acuerdo sobre el Espacio Económico Europeo. En cualquier caso, dicho importe no superará el nivel de recursos por debajo del cual se concede asistencia social a los españoles o el importe de la pensión mínima de Seguridad Social”.


(With regard to sufficient financial means, a fixed amount may not be established, but the personal situation of nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of another State party to the Agreement on the Economic Area must be taken into account. In any case, said amount will not exceed the level of resources below which social assistance is granted to Spaniards or the amount of the minimum Social Security pension)

Valid for Residency Applications citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

Annually 2020:

Individual. 5.538,40 euros.

With families.

2 members 9.415,28 euros.
3 members. 13.292,16 euros.
4 members. 17,169,04 euros.

Minimum Resources

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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