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Renewal of residency card

Whatever the residence permit you have (family reunification, residence and work for others, residence and self-employment), it will have a certain duration and therefore, on the date it will be necessary to process your renewal.

This request must be submitted from 60 days before expiration and up to 90 days after. Filing within 90 days after expiration may carry an administrative sanction, but it is not usual.

If within this period the renewal of your residence permit is not processed, you will cease to be a legal resident in Spain, so

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The issue of renewal is not something that we should worry about when the expiration time of our card is approaching, but we must always keep it in mind, since in order to renew it, we are going to be required to meet certain requirements that we will have to fulfill during our entire stay.

Renewal of the residency and work authorization - Cuenta ajena:

If you have a residence and work permit for someone else (cuenta ajena), at the time of your renewal you must prove that during the validity of your authorization you worked as much as possible.

You must be in one of these cases and be able to prove it:

  • Continue with the employment relationship that gave rise to the granting of the authorization whose renewal is intended.
  • Have carried out work activity for a minimum of six months per year and:
    • Having signed a new employment contract and being registered or assimilated at the time of the application, or
    • Have a new contract that guarantees the worker's work activity and with effective start conditioned to the granting of the renewal.
  • Have carried out the activity for a minimum of three months per year provided that:
    • The employment relationship that gave rise to the authorization was interrupted for reasons beyond the worker's control.
    • Employment has been actively sought by registering with the competent Public Employment Service as a claimant.
    • Have a valid employment contract.
  • Have granted a contributory unemployment benefit.
  • To be a beneficiary of a public welfare economic benefit destined to achieve their social or labor insertion.
  • The employment relationship has been terminated or suspended as a consequence of the worker being a victim of gender violence.
  • Have been working and registered with Social Security for a minimum of nine months in a twelve-year period, or eighteen months in a twenty-four period, provided that:
    • The last employment relationship was interrupted for reasons beyond the worker's control.
    • Employment has been actively sought.
  • The worker's spouse or domestic partner has sufficient financial requirements to regroup the worker.

In addition, other circumstances such as a criminal record or the payment of taxes will be taken into account.

Call us to prepare your renewal, it is a very important process and it will make the difference between continuing with a work permit or staying in an irregular situation.

Renewal of the residency and work authorization - Cuenta propia:

These are the requirements to renew a residence and self-employment permit (Cuenta propia):

  • Not be a citizen of a State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a relative of citizens of these countries to which the Union citizen regime applies.
  • Lack of a criminal record in Spain.
  • Not being prohibited from entering Spain and not appearing as rejectable in the territorial space of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement to that effect.
  • In his case, accredit the schooling of the minors in his charge at the age of compulsory schooling.
  • To be able to prove one of the following cases:
    • Continue with the activity that gave rise to the authorization to be renewed, provided that the tax and Social Security obligations have been met.
    • That the spouse or the person with whom the worker maintains a relationship similar to that of the spouse has sufficient financial requirements to regroup him.
    • If the family unit includes two members, the minimum amount to be accredited is that which represents 150% of the IPREM monthly. If the family unit is made up of more than two members, for each additional member, 50% of the IPREM must be added to the 150% of the IPREM mentioned.
  • Be a beneficiary of protection for cessation of activity.

Renewal of the Residence Authorization for Family Reunification:

In this case we will have to prove that everything remains the same as when the regrouping was requested:

For the regrouped, the essential requirement is that they continue with the family bond. This will be important in the case of the spouse or domestic partner, since if they have separated, the regrouped will no longer be able to renew that card and will have to process an independent residence permit.

The reuniting party must demonstrate that they have adequate housing and a sufficient salary to support the reunited relatives.

In addition, other circumstances such as a criminal record or the payment of taxes will be taken into account.

These are the requirements:

  • Not be a citizen of a State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a relative of citizens of these countries to which the Union citizen regime applies.
  • Lack of a criminal record in Spain.
  • Be the holder of a temporary residence authorization due to family reunification in force or be within ninety days after its expiration.
  • Having health care for being covered by Social Security or having private health insurance.
  • That the applicant is the holder of a valid residence authorization or is within the term of ninety days after its expiration, and that the family or kinship link or the existence of the de facto union on which the granting of authorization to renew.
  • In your case, have the minors in your care at the compulsory schooling age enrolled during their stay in Spain.
  • Having paid the fee for processing the procedure.
  • Having sufficient financial means to meet the needs of the family: at least 100% of the IPREM. Income from the social assistance system may be computed.
  • Have adequate housing.

These are the most common cases, if yours is not among them, call us to process it or in the event that it does not meet the requirements so that we recommend you to do and we will manage all the procedures.

We renew your residency online!

Did you know that renovations can be done electronically (online)?

In order to carry out the renewal in this way, it is necessary to have a digital certificate.

Our lawyers have their digital certificates so that we can carry out the online process quickly.

At Sterna Abogados we are committed to offering the best service to our clients.

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