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I'm british: What if there is no deal?

Relevant information for British nationals in Spain

In the event that negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union end without an agreement, the Spanish Government will provide a solution that guarantees, in any case, legal certainty for nationals of the United Kingdom residing in Spain and their family members.

  • A gateway has been set up which will allow nationals of the United Kingdom residing in Spain under the regime of EU citizens before the United Kingdom's withdrawal as well as their family members to move to the general regime of foreigners and be documented in Spain as residents. Specifically, they will be granted a Foreigner Identity Card (TIE).
  • Previous periods of residence in Spain accumulated under the EU citizens regime will be taken into account.
  • The starting point will be the requirements currently demanded by the EU citizens regime, and a replacement will be set up for the existing registration certificates and Residence cards of a family member of a Union Citizens. In the event that such documents are not available, the new procedure established for this purpose will be accessible, provided that they can prove, among other things, that they were resident in Spain on the date of withdrawal (for example, through their registration certificate).
  • In addition, a period of 21 months from the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has been foreseen without agreement, to be documented in the general regime: during this period, residence will be legal until their application is processed and, where appropriate, registration certificates and Residence cards of a family member of a Union Citizen will remain valid as long as they are not replaced for the purpose of proving their legal status in Spain as a third country national.
     

It should be remembered that, in Spain, citizens of the Union, including British citizens, must, when they wish to reside in Spain for more than three months, register in the Central Register of Foreigners.

This application must be submitted within three months from the date of entry into Spain, and a registration certificate must be issued immediately, stating the name, nationality and address of the registered person, his/her foreigner's identity number (NIE), and the date of registration.

Given that it is not known whether there will be a withdrawal agreement and that this process depends on decisions by the United Kingdom, , it should be remembered that, when the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union becomes effective, having a valid registration certificate will guarantee recognition of your rights as a resident in Spain. In the event of departure with an agreement, this certificate will allow you to prove that you are a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement. In the event of departure without agreement, this document will allow you to continue residing in Spain and obtain the documents corresponding to your status as a third-country national.

In case you do not yet have a registration certificate as an EU citizen, it is advisable to obtain this certificate before the date of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union by requesting an appointment for the “EU Certificates” procedure at thePolice stations of your province. Note: not all Police Stations have appointments available to carry out this procedure before the aforementioned date.

In the event that you are unable to obtain such certificate before the date of withdrawal, you may access the new procedure established for this purpose through the Procedure for documentation of nationals of the United Kingdom", provided that you can prove, among other things, that you were resident in Spain on the date of withdrawal (for example, through your registration certificate).