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Updated: 10/2020

Document that identifies non-EU citizens who are family members of EU citizens, in order to attest to their legal situation in Spain.

Vocabulary
  • What do you need to know?
  • What do you need to do?

The FEE to issue the card is 12€

The first card is valid for FIVE YEARS

The deadline for submission is THREE MONTHS from the date of arrival in Spain

It is applied for IN PERSON or ONLINE ​

What is it?

This is an identification document granted to family members of a citizen of Spain or of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member state, or of Switzerland, and who are not nationals of any of those states. 

Important information

Family members, when they join or accompany the relevant foreign citizen and are going to reside in Spain for a period of more than three months, must apply for and obtain a residence card for family members of EU nationals.

The card will be valid for five years from the date of issue, or the expected period of residence of the EU citizen, if this period is less than five years.

You can also consult the Government of Spain's Immigration Portal (available only in Spanish).

Why is this formality important?

This is a compulsory formality for family members of an EU citizen who wish to reside in Spain for a period of more than three months. Completing this formality is important, since it legalises and therefore regularises their residence in Spain.

Who does it apply to?

It applies to non-EU family members (spouse, partner and relatives in the ascending and descending lines) who accompany or join a family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland who is already registered in the Central Register of Foreign Nationals.

Who should apply for it?

The application must be submitted by the family member in person, except in the case of minors or disabled individuals, where the application may be submitted by the person legally representing them.

What requirements must be met?
  • Accompanying a citizen of the EU or another state part of the EEA, or joining him or her.
The citizen of the EU or other EEA state you are accompanying must fulfil one of the following conditions
  • Be an employee in Spain.
  • Be self-employed in Spain.
  • Have sufficient economic resources for himself or herself and his or her family members, so as not to become a burden on Spain's welfare system during his or her period of residence. In that case, evidence must be provided of the following:
    • Having health insurance taken out in Spain or another country that provides full cover in Spain.
    • The assessment of the adequacy of financial resources will be carried out on an individual basis and, in any event, taking into account the personal and family situation of the applicant.
  • Be a student and have enrolled in a public or private institution recognised or funded by the education authorities , to undertake studies or vocational training. In that case, evidence must also be provided of the following:
    • Having public or private health insurance taken out in Spain or another country that provides full cover in Spain.
    • Having made a statement of compliance attesting to the fact that he or she has sufficient financial resources for himself or herself and his or her family members, so as not to become a burden on Spain's welfare system during his or her period of residence.
Having the following relationship with the EU citizen
  • In the case of a family member of a student, it could be:
    • The spouse, provided that the agreement or declaration of nullity of the marital union or divorce has not been formalised.
    • A partner in a union similar to marital union and registered in a public register in an EU member state, or in an EEA state, provided that the registration has not been cancelled. For that reason, sufficient evidence must be provided. Marriage and registration as a registered partner will, in any event, be regarded as incompatible with each other.
    • The son or daughter of an EU citizen or his or her spouse or registered partner, provided that:
      • The agreement or declaration of nullity of the marital union or divorce has not been formalised
      • The registration has not been cancelled for the partner, under 21 years of age or over that age and dependent on him or her, or where it is a disabled person
    • Any member of the family who in the country of origin is a dependant of, or lives with, the EU citizen. Cohabitation will be regarded as having been proved if a continuous cohabitation of 24 months in the country of origin is reliably demonstrated.
    • Any family member whose situation, for serious reasons of health or disability, makes it strictly necessary for the EU citizen to take responsibility for his or her personal care.
    • An unregistered unmarried partner with whom a stable relationship has been duly established by proving the existence of an enduring bond. In any event, the existence of such a relationship shall be understood to mean a period of marital cohabitation of at least one continuous year, unless there are common descendants. In that case, proof of duly demonstrated stable cohabitation will suffice.
  • In other cases, it may be:
    • The spouse, provided that the agreement or declaration of nullity of the marital union or divorce has not been formalised.
    • A partner in a union similar to marital union and registered in a public register in an EU member state, or in an EEA state, provided that the registration has not been cancelled. Marriage and registration as a registered partner will, in any event, be regarded as incompatible with each other.
    • The direct son or daughter of an EU/EEA citizen or of his or her spouse or registered partner, provided that:
      • The agreement or declaration of nullity of the marital union has not been formalised.
      • There has not been a divorce.
      • The registration has not been cancelled for the partner, under 21 years of age or over that age and dependent on him or her, or where it is a disabled person
      • A direct relative in the ascending line of the EU/EEA citizen or his or her dependent spouse or registered partner, provided that:
        • The agreement or declaration of nullity of the marital union has not been formalised.
        • There has not been a divorce.
        • The partner's registration has not been cancelled.
      • Any member of the family who in the country of origin is a dependant of the EU citizen.
      • Any member of the family who in the country of origin lives with the EU citizen. Cohabitation will be regarded as having been proved if a continuous cohabitation of 24 months in the country of origin is reliably demonstrated.
      • Any family member whose situation, for serious reasons of health or disability, makes it strictly necessary for the EU citizen to take responsibility for their personal care.
      • An unregistered unmarried partner with whom a stable relationship has been duly established by proving the existence of an enduring bond. In any event, the existence of such a relationship shall be understood to mean a period of marital cohabitation of at least one continuous year, unless there are common descendants. In that case, proof of duly demonstrated stable cohabitation will suffice. Marriage and other forms of partnership will always be regarded as incompatible with each other.

Family members whose means of support are provided by the EU citizen will be regarded as dependants and needing material assistance to cover their basic needs. This dependence must arise in the country of origin.

Which body is responsible for the formality?

Foreign Affairs Office (Oficina d’Estrangeria) and National Police Corps (Government of Spain)

What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • You should be aware that the deadline for submitting the application to obtain a residence card for family members of EU nationals is three months from the date of entry into Spain.
  • Once the application has been made, you will receive a receipt acknowledging its submission, which is sufficient for confirming that the card's application is being processed. 
What other linked formalities should you know about?

What do you need to do?

Online
In person

You can apply online to obtain recognition of the right from the MERCURIO web platform. Once you have completed this stage, you will need to apply for the TIE in person.  

What steps do you need to follow to apply for a residence card for family members of EU nationals? 

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Your family member must have obtained the certificate of registration as an EU national

Before starting the application you must make sure that your family member, that is, the holder whom you are joining or accompanying, has previously obtained the certificate of registration as an EU national.

In order to find out about the procedure for obtaining the certificate of registration as an EU national, consult the information on the formality, which contains all the details on how to obtain it.

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Obtain the Digital Certificate

You will need your own digital certificate to make an electronic submission or, if you apply through a legal representative, a lawyer’s digital certificate.  

To get information about the procedure for obtaining the digital certificate, access the information on the formality, where there is a description of all the details about how to obtain it.

Next
Fill in the application form (EX-19) and gather the required documentation

The form is only available in Spanish.

Before starting the application period, consult and prepare the documentation that you will be asked for to obtain the card.

Documentation
  • In general, you must provide the original and a copy of the documents.
  • When documents from other countries are provided, they must be translated into Catalan or Spanish.
  • On the other hand, all foreign public documents must be previously legalised, except where the document in question has had an apostille certificate attached by the competent authority of the issuing country.
    • In the case of standard EU forms, neither their translation nor their legalisation will be necessary, in accordance with the provisions of the EU regulations that relate to them.

It is important for you to know that the public documents issued in your country of origin which are necessary to complete formalities for coming to Barcelona must comply with international legalisation requirements.

There are two methods of international legalisation of a public document, depending on whether or not the country issuing the document is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961:

  • If the country issuing the public document is a signatory, the document will be recognised if it bears the Hague Apostille stamp. The certificate will be processed in the country of origin.
  • If the country issuing the public document is not a signatory, then the legalisation process will be carried out through diplomatic channels.

In addition, all public documents must be translated by means of authorised translation. In the case of standard EU forms, neither translation nor legalisation is required.

General documentation
  • Official standard application form (EX-19) in duplicate, duly completed and signed by the citizen’s family member.
  • Valid full passport of the family member. In the event that it has expired, a copy of the passport and the renewal application must be provided.
  • One recent colour photograph, with a white background, passport size.
  • The Spanish national identity document (DNI) of the Spanish person or certificate of registration as an EU national of the person whom they are accompanying or are going to join.
  • Collective municipal register, in which the relative and the applicant are registered at the same address.
  • Proof of financial means or employment contract of the family member from the European Union.
  • Medical insurance of the non-EU applicant, if applicable.
Documentation proving the existence of the family relationship
  • If requested by the spouse or partner
    • Updated marriage certificate, or certificate issued by the person responsible for the relevant register of partnerships.
    • In the case of an unregistered partnership: documentation proving that they constitute a stable couple and which attests to the existence of an enduring bond, as well as evidence of the length of time they have lived together as a couple or, where appropriate, the birth certificate(s) of the common offspring.
  • If requested by the sons and daughters or descendants
    • Birth certificate of the applicant.
    • If he or she is over 21 years of age: documentation proving his or her status as a dependant.
    • If he or she is a child who is not of legal age and does not live in Spain with his or her parents: documentation proving that her or she is a dependent family member or dependant of the EU citizen or of his or her spouse or registered partner.
  • If requested by relatives in the ascending line
    • Birth certificate of the EU citizen or his or her spouse or partner.
    • Documentation proving his or her status as a dependant family member.
  • In the case of another member of the family
    • Documentation providing evidence of kinship and dependency, or that in the country of origin he or she lived with the EU citizen, or of serious reasons relating to health or disability.
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Submit the documentation

You will need to enter the MERCURIO web portal to submit the documents required in advance, according to the specific case and following the server's instructions.  

Remember that you will need your own digital certificate to make an electronic submission or, if you apply through a legal representative, a lawyer’s digital certificate.  

Next
Wait for the result of your application

Once the application has been submitted, it will be studied in depth and you will be informed of the decision made on it.

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Start the TIE application procedure

Request an appointment online to have your fingerprints taken

Once the documentation has been submitted, and after verifying that the status of the file is "Favourable Decision", it is necessary to request an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.

To make an appointment in advance, you must go to the government website and follow the steps below:

  • In “PROVINCIAS DISPONIBLES”, select Barcelona and click on “Aceptar”. 
  • In the “TRÁMITES CUERPO NACIONAL DE POLICÍA” field, choose the option “POLICÍA - TOMA DE HUELLAS (EXPEDICIÓN DE TARJETA) Y RENOVACIÓN DE TARJETA DE LARGA DURACIÓN”. 
  • Carefully read the information provided and click on “Aceptar”.  
  • Fill in the requested personal data. 
  • Select the office where you would like to make an appointment.
  • Fill in the additional information requested. 
  • Make your appointment according to the dates and places available. 
  • If you request it, you can receive a confirmation of the appointment by e-mail. 

The website for making an appointment is available in English, French, Catalan, Spanish and other co-official languages of the Spanish state.

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Pay the fee for the formality

You must pay the fee before having your fingerprints taken, as you will have to provide proof of payment. The fee is currently 12 euros.

To be able to pay the relevant fee (fee 012 relating to standard form 790), fill in the fields of the form (indicating the method of payment), download it and print it.

The form allows payment to be made in cash (by depositing the fee in a bank in a Public Treasury account) or by direct debit from a current account (whose number you will have to provide).

The form is only available in Spanish.

Next
Go to the place indicated and have your fingerprints taken

Go to the place indicated where you have made an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.

On the day you have your fingerprints taken, you will have to submit, principally: a copy of the application decision, your valid passport, proof of payment of the fee for issuance of the card, one recent photograph in colour (with a white background and passport-size), the TIE application form EX17 and the collective municipal register.

Contact the body in charge to find out exactly what documentation is required.

Once the application has been submitted and your fingerprints have been taken, you will receive a receipt which will be sufficient to prove that you are here legally until the card is issued.

Next
Collect your residence card

Once you have had your fingerprints taken, within approximately 45 days you will be able to go and collect the residence card for family members of EU nationals.

COVID-19 ALERT
Due to the current social context, due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the procedure may only be carried out online.  

What steps must you follow to apply for a residence card for family members of EU nationals?

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Your family member must have obtained the certificate of registration as an EU national

Before starting the application you must make sure that your family member, that is, the holder whom you are joining or accompanying, has previously obtained the certificate of registration as an EU national.

In order to find out about the procedure for obtaining the certificate of registration as an EU national, consult the information on the formality, which contains all the details on how to obtain it.

Next
Obtain the Digital Certificate

If you already have all the necessary documentation to apply for the card, you can make an appointment using your digital certificate.

To get information about the procedure for obtaining the digital certificate, access the information on the formality, where there is a description of all the details about how to obtain it.

Next
Fill in the application form (EX-19) and gather the required documentation

The form is only available in Spanish.

Before starting the application period, consult and prepare the documentation that you will be asked for to obtain the card.

Documentation
  • In general, you must provide the original and a copy of the documents.
  • When documents from other countries are provided, they must be translated into Catalan or Spanish.
  • On the other hand, all foreign public documents must be previously legalised, except where the document in question has had an apostille certificate attached by the competent authority of the issuing country.
    • In the case of standard EU forms, neither their translation nor their legalisation will be necessary, in accordance with the provisions of the EU regulations that relate to them.

It is important for you to know that the public documents issued in your country of origin which are necessary to complete formalities for coming to Barcelona must comply with international legalisation requirements.

There are two methods of international legalisation of a public document, depending on whether or not the country issuing the document is a signatory to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961:

  • If the country issuing the public document is a signatory, the document will be recognised if it bears the Hague Apostille stamp. The certificate will be processed in the country of origin.
  • If the country issuing the public document is not a signatory, then the legalisation process will be carried out through diplomatic channels.

In addition, all public documents must be translated by means of authorised translation. In the case of standard EU forms, neither translation nor legalisation is required.

General documentation
  • Official standard application form (EX-19) in duplicate, duly completed and signed by the citizen’s family member.
  • Valid full passport of the family member. In the event that it has expired, a copy of the passport and the renewal application must be provided.
  • One recent colour photograph, with a white background, passport size.
  • The Spanish national identity document (DNI) of the Spanish person or certificate of registration as an EU national of the person whom they are accompanying or are going to join.
  • Collective municipal register, in which the relative and the applicant are registered at the same address.
  • Proof of financial means or employment contract of the family member from the European Union.
  • Medical insurance of the non-EU applicant, if applicable.
Documentation proving the existence of the family relationship
  • If requested by the spouse or partner
    • Updated marriage certificate, or certificate issued by the person responsible for the relevant register of partnerships.
    • In the case of an unregistered partnership: documentation proving that they constitute a stable couple and which attests to the existence of an enduring bond, as well as evidence of the length of time they have lived together as a couple or, where appropriate, the birth certificate(s) of the common offspring.
  • If requested by the sons and daughters or descendants
    • Birth certificate of the applicant.
    • If he or she is over 21 years of age: documentation proving his or her status as a dependant.
    • If he or she is a child who is not of legal age and does not live in Spain with his or her parents: documentation proving that her or she is a dependent family member or dependant of the EU citizen or of his or her spouse or registered partner.
  • If requested by relatives in the ascending line
    • Birth certificate of the EU citizen or his or her spouse or partner.
    • Documentation proving his or her status as a dependant family member.
  • In the case of another member of the family
    • Documentation providing evidence of kinship and dependency, or that in the country of origin he or she lived with the EU citizen, or of serious reasons relating to health or disability.
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Request an appointment online to submit the documentation

It is essential to make an appointment in order to present the documentation at the immigration office of the province where you intend to stay or establish your residence or, failing that, at the relevant police station.

Appointments may only be requested through the Common e-Register (REC) with a digital certificate. Make your appointment only if you have all the documentation ready.

For the address, telephone numbers and opening hours of the immigration office, please consult the relevant website.

You must fill in the appointment assignment request form and submit it through the Common Electronic Register (REC).

Requests for appointments must be addressed to the Barcelona Immigration Office.

In addition to the appointment request form, you must electronically attach the additional documentation that is requested of you. It is important that the documents are in PDF format, in black and white and have the minimum resolution necessary for them to be legible.

All the documentation must be submitted at the same time, in a minimum of three files:

  • File 1: Appointment request form only. You must name it: "APPOINTMENT REQUEST".
  • File 2: All pages of the passport. You must name it: "PASSPORT"
  • File 3 (and following): The documentation that you attach, which must be the complete documentation required for the procedure that appears in the information sheet. The documentation must be submitted in the same order as the corresponding information sheet. You must name it: "ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION 1", "ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION 2", "ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION 3".

To consult the information sheet on the procedure, go to the corresponding website.

Once you have completed this procedure, you will be assigned an appointment (only if you have followed all the instructions and have attached all the required documentation to the appointment request form).

You will be notified of the appointment via SMS and/or e-mail 10 working days in advance.

In the event that the documentation you attach is insufficient, or it is detected that you already have an appointment, you will be sent a notification by e-mail and you will not be assigned the appointment requested.

 

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Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation

Go to the place indicated where you have made an appointment to submit the documentation. The documentation necessary is detailed in the first section of the procedure ("1. Fill in the application form (EX-19) and gather the required documentation > Documentation”).

If you have requested the appointment using the Digital Certificate procedure, you must also submit the original documentation corresponding to that which you sent electronically when requesting the appointment.

Once the application has been submitted, it will be studied in depth and you will be informed of the decision made on it.

Next
Start the TIE application procedure

Request an appointment online to have your fingerprints taken

Once the documentation has been submitted, and after verifying that the status of the file is "Favourable Decision", it is necessary to request an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.

To make an appointment in advance, you must go to the government website and follow the steps below:

  • In “PROVINCIAS DISPONIBLES”, select Barcelona and click on “Aceptar”. 
  • In the “TRÁMITES CUERPO NACIONAL DE POLICÍA” field, choose the option “POLICÍA - TOMA DE HUELLAS (EXPEDICIÓN DE TARJETA) Y RENOVACIÓN DE TARJETA DE LARGA DURACIÓN”. 
  • Carefully read the information provided and click on “Aceptar”.  
  • Fill in the requested personal data. 
  • Select the office where you would like to make an appointment.
  • Fill in the additional information requested. 
  • Make your appointment according to the dates and places available. 
  • If you request it, you can receive a confirmation of the appointment by e-mail. 

The website for making an appointment is available in English, French, Catalan, Spanish and other co-official languages of the Spanish state.

Next
Pay the fee for the formality

You must pay the fee before having your fingerprints taken, as you will have to provide proof of payment. The fee is currently 12 euros.

To be able to pay the relevant fee (fee 012 relating to standard form 790), fill in the fields of the form (indicating the method of payment), download it and print it.

The form allows payment to be made in cash (by depositing the fee in a bank in a Public Treasury account) or by direct debit from a current account (whose number you will have to provide).

The form is only available in Spanish.

Next
Go to the place indicated and have your fingerprints taken

Go to the place indicated where you have made an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.

On the day you have your fingerprints taken, you will have to submit, principally: a copy of the application decision, your valid passport, proof of payment of the fee for issuance of the card, one recent photograph in colour (with a white background and passport-size), the TIE application form EX17 and the collective municipal register.

Contact the body in charge to find out exactly what documentation is required.

Once the application has been submitted and your fingerprints have been taken, you will receive a receipt which will be sufficient to prove that you are here legally until the card is issued.

Next
Collect your residence card

Once you have had your fingerprints taken, within approximately 45 days you will be able to go and collect the residence card for family members of EU nationals.

Important information

Formalities tend to change fairly frequently. That is why it is only the regulations in force that apply when you carry out the formality in question.