SWORN TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING: CRIMINAL RECORD CERTIFICATE
The criminal record certificate is a document issued to demonstrate that the applicant has no criminal record in their country of origin or in the country where they have lived in the recent past years. If there are criminal records, they must appear in the certificate.
When applying for a residence permit in Spain, we are asked for this certificate in almost all the procedures; there are some exceptions, for example it is not necessary to submit it for a European Union Family Card application.
For most countries, this certificate is issued by the Police, nevertheless, you should get informed about how to get it in your country.
In the case of initial authorizations or permits of work, the administration requieres not to have criminal records. However, for the renewal the criteria are different.
- Can my application be rejected because of the criminal records?
As we know, one of the requirements to apply for a residence permit in Spain is the lack of a criminal record in Spain and in the previous countries of residence for crimes existing in Spanish law. The existence of these criminal records is a very frequent cause of denial of residence permits in Spain. However, we can find particular cases in which authorization has been granted even with said cause.
- Do I need to legalize or apostille my criminal record certificate?
Yes you do. It is necessary for such documents to be legalized / apostilled in their country of origin. Otherwise, they will not be able to be assessed for the purposes of receiving their residence or nationality and, therefore, they can be denied. In that sense, doing one thing or another will depend on your country of origin. Let’s look at each of them individually.
- What is legalization and how should I do it?
In the event that the issuing country of the document that we want to legalize is not part of the Hague Convention, then we must submit said document to two different stages to obtain a valid legalization:
• First, we must obtain a stamp on the document from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin.
• Once we obtain it, we must present the document at the Embassy of Spain in that country to obtain another stamp.
Once both stamps have been obtained, the document will be duly legalized to be presented in Spain.
- Do I have to submit criminal record certificate for the Spanish citizen application if I have not been outside of Spain?
Yes, you do.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any more doubts or if you need a sworn translation of your criminal record certificate! Remember only for English-Spanish translation and viceversa.