A temporary residence permit in Spain may be granted as a result of a family ties settlement, or arraigo familiar, in exceptional circumstances where family ties exist. This may apply to a foreigner who finds himself in Spain and falls under one of the following categories: is either the mother or the father of the Spanish national, is in charge of or living with a minor of Spanish nationality, or has parents of Spanish origin.
Aside from these prerequisites, immigration standards determine what is necessary to request the family ties residence permit. Possible family ties beneficiares may not be European Union Member State citizens or family members of EU Member States, have a criminal record or have committed offences established by
the Spanish legal system in Spain or in any previous country of residence, nor be in a period of no return to Spain having chosen to return voluntarily to their country of origin.
The temporary residence permit application, which is based on exceptional circumstances in family ties, may be presented in person by the foreigner soliciting the authorization, or through a legal representative if the applicant is a minor or unable to submit it. It must be submitted in the Foreigner´s Office.