Registering your residence abroad – Spain
As an EU national, you are entitled to live in Spain for over 3 months if:
- you have a salaried position or you are self-employed in Spain
- or you can support yourself and your family, and you have a public or private health insurance that provides full cover in Spain
- or you are a registered student at an educational establishment recognised by the Spanish authorities, and you can support yourselft and have a public or private health insurance with full cover in Spain
- or you are a family member of an EU national that mets one of the previous conditions. The family member can be:
- If case of a student: his/her spouse or common-law partner, or his/her children
- In other cases: his/her spouse or common-lay partnr, his/her children or spouse´s children up to 21 years old or incapable or his/her ancestors.
In all of these cases, you must still register with the Central Register of Foreign Nationals (Registro Central de Extranjeros), no later than 3 months after arriving in Spain.
Registering with the Central Register
Do this in one of 2 places:
- the Register's local office oficina de extranjería in the province where you are living
- in your local police station (if the Register has no local office in your province)
What you need to take
You have always to attach the following documents:
- Passport or other identity document (not expired)
- Oficial form (EX-18), two copies, filled and signed by the UE national.
In adition, you will have to attach other documents, depending on your situation:
- salaried workers – your contract of employment or other proof of your employment status.
- self-employed workers – proof of registration in the register of economic activities (censo de actividades económicas) or other proof of your employment status.
not in employment in Spain? Proof of:
- (i) health cover valid in Spain and
- (ii) sufficient means to support yourself and your family.
- Pensioners – provide proof of public health cover.
- (i) proof of your registration in an educational establishment,
- (ii) proof of public or private health cover and
- (iii) formal declaration that you have sufficient means to support yourself during your stay.
More details – Spanish Employment & Social Security Ministry .