Nobody really knows what will happen after 31 December 2020, but with this blog we will try to help you clarifying what is the situation at the moment and the requirements to get your residency sorted before the year ends!

If you are legally resident in Spain before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay. You must register as a Spanish resident if you want to stay in Spain for more than 3 months. Children must also be registered with their own residency document.

If you made plans to live in Spain before 1 January 2021 and register as a resident during the next 2 months, you will be issued with a biometric residence card called “Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero” (TIE). This card will prove your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

If you registered as a resident before 6 July 2020, you will have a green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper from the Spanish Foreign Office or the police.

Very important!

This is still a valid document and will prove your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, including after the transition period ends.

If you wanted to, you can exchange your residence green paper document for the new TIE, but you are not obliged to.

The green paper residence certificate and the new biometric TIE card will continue to be equally valid in proving your residence status and rights in Spain. However, the Spanish government advises that the biometric card is more durable and may simplify some administrative processes.

If you would like more information on the procedure to obtain your TIE, you can visit this Spanish site with a Guide to Brexit, which you can download and keep in your PC (

We will update you on Brexit developments after 1st of January 2021.

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