Family members of Spanish citizens or other European Union Member State citizens who are not themselves EU Member State nationals may request a EU community residence card to reunite with their family or reside in Spain for a period of more than three months.
The Spanish national must request the EU community residence card for their family member at the Immigation Office or the corresponding police station in the province where he resides. This application must be submitted within three months from the family member´s entry into Spain. Once requested, the family member will be given a stamped receipt (un resguardo) certifying the initiation of the procedure and accrediting that the applicant, or the family member requesting the EU community residence card, is legally residing in the country until he is granted the permit.
The time frame for obtaining the EU community residence card is approximately three months. It is valid for five years from the date of issue. Keep in mind that you must pay the corresponding administrative fees (around 10€) prior to handing in the application.
Along with the application you must submit certain documentation that varies depending on the age of the applicant and his employment status (self-employment, paid employment…) In general, the following documents are required:
- Two copies of the official application model EX19
- Complete copy of the family member´s passport
- Supporting documentation of familiar relation
- DNI of the EU Member State citizen
- Three color photos