Renewing My Non Lucrative Visa in Spain

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January 2, 2018

I have been stressing out over renewing my visa for quite some time. First, it’s impossible to get an appointment and 2nd, I will be out traveling when my visa aka residency card expires so I needed to get all the necessary paperwork in before I left the country. I even contacted to help me “secure” an appointment. Let’s just say that this was a waste of 90€ and that I did not need this service at all. The required paperwork needed for this was found by researching online.

Please note – these are instructions for renewing for a non-lucrative visa. I imagine the work visas and student visas are different paperwork but not too different.

To take the pressure off, let’s begin by saying that you do NOT need an appointment. That’s right guys! When I contacted NIEBarcelona, I was under the impression that they had secured an appointment for me and that the process would be in and out. We all know how impossible it can be to get an appointment IN the city. At first they told me to meet at Placa St. Miguel, 3 at 12:30pm today (January 2nd) and that my contact would bring my “appointment confirmation.” Then I got a last minute email to meet at Calle Bergara, 12. Upon arrival there was a line out the door. Guess what? There never was an appointment to begin with. I paid her 90€ to stand in line and hang out with me. Save your money and do it my way.

Calle Bergara, 12 (Near Placa Catalunya) Office Hours

Tip: You can start applying for your renewal 60 days prior to expiry date. The good thing about this renewal is that it will be good for TWO years.

Required Paperwork

  1. EX-01 Form (This is the newest form to date January 2, 2018 – you just need the first 2 pages) It’s slightly different from the older form found on the internet. In section 4, select “1a Renovacaión” and “Titular de autorización de residencia no lucrativa previa Inicial/Renovada.
    This is the OLD EX-01 Form for reference – Do NOT use this.
  2. Original Passport + Photocopy of EVERY SINGLE PAGE. They require you to spend a minimum for 180 days in Spain for your application to be approved.
  3. Copy of NIE card – front & back
  4. Proof of sufficient funds – 2,130€/month so 51,120€ in a bank account (I have no clue how they come up with these amounts) That amount is required for the two year renewal. When I contacted NIEBarcelona, they said it had to be in a Spanish bank account and they were persistent on it. WRONG. There was no way I was going to transfer that sum of money into a bank account here in Spain.I was in the states in November. I bank with Wells Fargo and they have the option of having your statements in Spanish. I printed out the last 3 months, got it notarized, went to the LA office to get the Apostille Stamp, and had it translated by a sworn translator here in Barcelona. To learn how I did the Apostille Stamp, you can refer back to my initial post on how I got my visa here. As far as a sworn translator, I used: Elisa Palaín Lorenz – I only had my Apostille page and my notary page translated (25€/page) because my bank statements were already in Spanish.
  5. Proof of Medical Insurance  – Requirements are 0 deductible and 0 copay. I had Sanitas and was paying 80€/month and I barely used them. I needed a cheaper option so I got AME Insurance. I’m paying 37€/month with this new insurance. Contact: – she speaks English. They will provide you a papers with the necessary conditions AND a payment receipt page to bring for your renewal.
  6. Empadronamiento (less than 3 months old) – I moved into my new apartment in June so I had to make an appointment to get a new piece of paper with a new date. Make you appointment for that here.
  7. Tax Form 790-052 – Hover the mouse over “Barcelona” and click that. Fill out the form and mark 2.2. Then scroll down and click “Obtain Document.” Print out all 3 pages. You will bring those to a bank and pay 15.92€. They will then give you a receipt – KEEP THAT!
    Tasa 790-052
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Oficina De Extranjería – Calle Bergara, 12

I went at 12:30pm. I was out at 2:30 pm.

There will be a line and metal detectors once you get inside. (I didn’t even go through the metal detectors and I have no clue why they even have it there if they don’t use it?) Once you get in, there is a room to the right and someone sitting at a desk. Say you’re doing a renewal. You will be given a number. Then you can go next door and sit down and wait until your number is called. When your number is called, head over to the designated desk number. They will check all your documents, scan everything AND they give you back ALL your paperwork.

The important 3 pages that you need to hold on to are:

  • EX-01 form – on the top right of that form, they will stamp it
  • 790-052 Tax form – they will stamp this with a blue stamp
  • Payment receipt for the 790-052 Tax Form – also stamped with a blue stamp

These 3 documents are proof that your visa renewal is being processed.

To check the status, go here:
It asks for your NIE number, DATE OF APPOINTMENT (not the expiration) and the year you were born. After (2 weeks) I entered my information, I got this letter:
NIE Approval Letter White Out

Autorización De Regreso

So my residency card expires on February 28th and I will be on vacation till March 21st. As you know, it can take 4-8 weeks to receive any information about the visa. What I have to do is get an appointment for the Autorización De Regreso – a piece of paper that will allow me back into Spain.

Two options:

  1. Make an appointment and probably trek because finding an appointment near the city center is impossible.
  2. Show up to Rambla de Guipuscoa, 74 the day before you flight without an appointment. They open at 9am so I hear people suggesting going at 8am. I am not the kind of person that waits last minute. Plus, I heard someone not being able to get their regreso because they only take a certain amount of people without an appointment.

Making the Appointment

I needed an appointment in January. I started searching near the end of November and the soonest it gave me was January 25th! I booked it using my NIE number. Then every morning at 8am, I would keep searching to see if anything else sooner came up. Since the system only allows one appointment per NIE number, I used my passport number to search and when I finally found something I was happy with, I cancelled the other appointment.

If you’re not familiar with making an appointment, I have it here step by step:

Link to make appointment:

Regreso Step 1
Select Barcelona, Autorización De Regreso, then Aceptar
Regreso Step 2
Select – CNP – Autorizaciones De Regreso, Aceptar
Regreso Step 3
Click Entrar
Regreso Step 4
Enter information and captcha, Aceptar
Regreso Step 5
Enter another stupid captcha
Regreso Step 6
A list of available offices populates. Badalona is an hour from me. Nearly impossible for an office in the city pops up. Click Siguente
Regreso Step 7
Enter telephone, email and another captcha and click “siguiente.”
Regreso Step 8
The office will send you a confirmation email. Make sure to print and bring it to your appointment.

Required Paperwork

  1. Confirmation of appointment
  2. EX-13 Form – Fill out the first two pages. On section 4, mark the first box “Titular de autorización de residence en periodo de renovacaión o prórroga”. Then in section 4.2, I wrote the dates that I would be leaving and coming back. As far as the 3rd page, leave it blank – I guess the office will fill it out
  3. Passport + photocopy of your main page AND your visa page. No need to make copies of every single page
  4. NIE Card – photocopy front & back
  5. Plane reservations – They didn’t even bother looking at it
  6. Tax Form 790-012 – Fill out top portion, then check the box that says “autorización de regreso.” Then scroll down and click the blue button “Descargar impreso rellenado” to download the form. Take this to the bank and pay 10.40€ and save the receipt. Pay this before you go to your appointment.
  7. NIE Renewal papers – remember those 3 pages I said to hold on to? Bring those PLUS a photocopy

My Experience

After booking my initial appointment for 1/25, I kept trying and trying every morning at 8am until an appointment miraculously showed up for 1/5 at 11:30 am. SCORE!



I got there at 11:00 am. There was a lady at the desk and she told me to take a seat. After one minute, a gentlemen came out and got me. Then he checked all my paperwork…awkward silence. And then he issued me my Regreso. I was out by 11:12am.


Fingerprinting (Updated April 24, 2018)

So I went on vacation for 5 weeks. I came back into Spain and I gave them my regreso and the guy barely even looked at it. I was approved for my renewal about 3 weeks after my initial appointment. I just remember the approval letter saying that I can go to a police station near me to do fingerprints. WRONG! I showed up at the station on Mallorca and I was told I needed an appointment. Here we go again! Remember, you can only do fingerprinting AFTER your card expires.

Step 1: This is the link to make the appointment:

Here’s a tip – every Monday at 8:00 am the release appointments. When I did it, it was for 3 weeks out :-(. You can also check around 3pm – 5pm in case someone cancels. A few people tried that and had some luck.

For some reason the drop down button doesn’t work unless you click “volver” first.

Click “Volver” first!

Step 2:

Now you can select Barcelona in the drop down menu

Step 3:

For fingerprinting, select the last option.
Fingerprint4 Requirements
These are the required paperwork you need to bring. I will go over it below.
Enter your information
The office you want to go to is Guipuzcoa and if that’s available then select it.

Required Paperwork That You Must Bring

  1. Appointment confirmation
  2. NIE approval letter
  3. Passport
  4. Old residency card
  5. Passport photo – must be different photos from previous card. I brought the same ones and I had to go re-take them.
  6. ANOTHER stupid TAX Form 790 012 – Should be 18.73€. Check the circle that says “.TIE que documenta la renovación de la autorización de residencia temporal o la prórroga de la estancia o de la autorización para trabajadores transfronterizos.”
  7. Padron

I was in and out in less than 30 minutes (my appointment was for 9:11am) The lady told me my card would be ready in 30 days and that I could pick it up at the police station on Mallorca. I will check back in 3 weeks – hopefully it will be ready by then because I’m dying to go on a vacation.

53 thoughts on “Renewing My Non Lucrative Visa in Spain

  1. So happy to have found your post!! So for the first renewal you needed to show adequate savings for TWO years? That was my question which had me googling. Great info in your post!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂


  2. Wonderful info…. Thank you
    I am in Madrid and just beginning the renewal process. Did you have to fill in anything for Anexo I II? I’m not quite sure what to put there?
    Also, did you submit pay stubs and property info ( I have rental prop in US) or just bank statements?


    1. Anexo on the EX-01 Form – I left that blank and it was fine! I didn’t submit any pay stubs – instead I submitted 3 months worth of bank statements that showed I had sufficient amounts to last me the next two years Hope this answers your questions.


  3. Also, I thought I read somewhere that you have 60 days after NIE expiration to renew…..Anyone else know of this?


    1. I read that you have 1 month after the NIE expires. But don’t wait!! Get it done because at the moment I’m trying to get an appointment for fingerprinting and I’m not having any luck. This means I won’t be able to leave the country until I get my fingerprints done and get my new residency card which can take up to 2 month!!! I will be updating my blog once I get this done


      1. Yes. That is quite lenient. However you will not be able leave the country without a Regreso de Autorizacion (permission to get back into Spain). And for that I had to get one of those for each time I leave the country


  4. I’m so happy I found your blog!! I’m planning on moving to Barcelona in the next 8-12 months and I’m trying to figure everything out. I’m in LA now.


  5. Thanks Jenny for the info. It’s great to find that someone has done the renewal really recently and the info you have provided is great and super detailed!

    I was just looking at the requirements here :

    and noticed that it seemed that bank statements (or any foreign document) would really need to be apostilled. I wanted to check because for my initial application, they didn’t have to be. I see that you got yours done for your renewal and I guess it makes sense as for the initial application, the consulate in our own country “verifies” the documents, whereas for the renewal, it’s up to the guys in the Oficina de Extranjero to do it. Bit of a pain though!

    I was just having a look at AME too. Looks like they’re just in Barcelona and surrounds though.
    Many thanks!


      1. Oh, one other quick question, with the health insurance, did you have to show a certificate for 2years worth of cover (as the renewal is for 2 years) or just 1 year? Many thanks.


      2. No. I think I prepaid the first entire year I think they’re just looking for proof that you have continuing service because some companies just do a direct debit from a bank account monthly


  6. Thanks for all the info you shared. They have been helpful!

    Q: We are up for our 1st renewal and wondering if you recommend that we get our bank statements the Apostille stamp?

    Thanks again!


  7. Hi- for the notary of your bank funds at your bank and getting it apostiled- my question is- if I do it from Spain how would I get the notary from my bank? and also getting it apostiled- how long does that take- would I need to mail it in from Spain. Thanks in advance! My card expires in 1 month and 10 days!


    1. Yes – When I was in the process of renewing, I read somewhere that they require 180 days minimum that you are in Spain – hence a photocopy of all passport pages so that they can count. They may not state it on the website…but hey, it’s Spain and they make everything difficult. I wouldn’t want to risk getting my renewal denied.

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  8. Hi, We live in the South, east of Malaga and this is our 3rd renewal of the non-lucrative visa.
    Your step-by-step instructions have been great!
    On our last renewal 2 years ago, they didn’t have online appointments (down here…it’s like a different country than BCN) and you’d have to get in line at the police station sometimes starting before 6am (in the cold and the dark with little kids!) and even then sometimes you would be too far back in line to actually get in that day.
    Online appointments have reached the south and wow, this is so much better.
    Thanks again.


  9. We are in the initial stages of a getting a nonlucrative visa renewed and I can’t say how wonderful it was to find your blog. I was told that we could go to any Registro office for the renewal, that it did not have to be an office of Extranjería – this by the lady at the Extranjería when the inital visa was approved. So I expected to have to make an appointment at the Police office we usually go to. Any comment on that? Also, when I clicked on your link to get the Modelo 790, it offered up a code 012, not an 052 as expected. I was under the impression that a 012 was for the replacement of the TIE. Thanks for any further help!!


    1. Hello and thank you for your comment. I live in Barcelona so I found out that the only walk in appointments were at that particular office. Otherwise it was almost impossible for me to get an appointment at another office. Also, when I went to the police office to make my “finger print” appointment, they sent me somewhere else and told me I could only make an appointment online.

      I reviewed the link for the 790-052 – and after click “Barcelona” I still had the correct form of 790-052.

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  10. Thanks for the article, its really helpfull!

    Im trying to book apointment for fingerprints (its my first time I get the card).
    I tried the link and after choosing barcelona I dont get the same options like you did, only
    “application for authorization” and “information”.

    Is the “”application for authorization” the correct one or Im doing something wrong?



  11. Hi — really great info, thanks!! I’ve followed all your advice and so far so good!! 😀

    Two questions for you…

    I just applied for my TIE renewal last week and they accepted my documents and the clerk said she didn’t think it was a problem with my financial information from the States, but it wasn’t apostilled… I’m not sure if this is going to be a problem. Would they accept documents for the application if they weren’t going to be accepted? (Guess this is Spain…)

    I’m going to apply for the ‘regresso’ because I’m planning on a trip to Italy, but I haven’t booked the tickets. My appointment in Mataro is Wednesday and don’t think I’ll be able to book anything before then. Do you think it’s 100% necessary to have these tickets booked?

    So many thanks again 😀


    1. Hi there! I’m very curious as to whether they will accept the financial documents. Can you please keep me updated on that?

      As far as the regreso, the guy that handled it didn’t even look at my plane tickets. Perhaps you can buy a fully refundable ticket just in case?


      1. Hi — I’ll keep you posted on both accounts for sure 🙂 If they don’t accept the bank statements, do you know what the time frame is for submitting new documents? Do I have to have it all sorted before the TIE expires, or if I have the ‘regresso’ does this give me extra time? Thanks again 😀


      2. Not sure about the time frame for submitting new paperwork. I assume should they need documents, they will give you a deadline. As far as the regreso, you can obtain it because you do have the necessary documents. It’s good for one time use when you enter back into the country. In my situation, they didn’t take that piece of paper when I entered back in from Japan so technically I could have gone in and out until it expires or until someone took it.


  12. Thanks so much for this post, it was really helpful…I just successfully renewed my non-lucrative visa in Barcelona!

    For my US bank statements, all I submitted with them was a certified translation (I used – they weren’t notarized or apostilled. I also included credit card statements indicating available credit, which definitely also helped. My Spanish bank statement was just a print-out of my account balance that I had them stamp in my nearest office.

    Since the wording of the requirement is a lot stricter it’s possible that this might not work for everyone, but I was definitely able to do it without notarizing anything or doing any apostilles.


  13. Hello there! Thank you for the detailed info! I’m sure it took a lot of effort from you to document all these steps and carefully share them with others.

    I have a question for you, I heard that in Spain they tax you 22% yearly on any worldwide income you receive such as interests or dividends which is basically the minimum requirement for getting the permit (2160 EUR x 12 months). Is that correct? did you have to pay that before renewing your permit? Any info on that matter would be highly appreciated..

    Thank you!


    1. Hola! I’m not a tax expert so please consult with a tax advisor. I will say this – I did not do such things as you mentioned like paying 22% on yearly income. I also do not work in Spain. Sorry I cannot be of any more help


  14. Hi great form for non lucrative visa. step by step guide and very useful. Thanks to Jenny for great work. I have applied my 1st renewal in Barcelona and they accepted my bank statement with bank letter explaining all the savings. all my statements and letters from bank were stamped by bank. i did not get it translated and the lady accepted it without translation. but i also drafted letter of intent along with bank letters and statement and explained all the balances and everything else in Spanish. my wife and my small daughter both have there independent non lucrative visa on their own both as a prinicpal applicant. so we all have renewals on different timing kind of frustrating renewing for everyone on diff timings. but i submitted mine like i submitted for my wife and my daughter last year. without Spanish translation and without apostle with letter of intent in Spanish. however in Canada we cant apostle the documents. My daughter and my wife were approved within a week . Also when i tried to make a appointment there were no appointment available online and i followed Jenny’s advice and went to CALLE BERGARA, 12 without appointment and i was in and out in 2 hours. the lady accepted all the papers without translation but thoroughly checked all the papers with originals before scanning and returning originals it to me. now crossing fingers to get approved soon. all our papers were submitted from Tarragona hence received approval in 4 to 5 days. lets see how long it will take here. hopefully i get approved this time without glitch.
    Hope this help. also to all the Canadian fellows there is new first tim hortons beside this office . so after office work we went to have our double double with some tim bits at timies after such a long time .

    I have a question i am trying to check my status online and its been a week i submitted my application and after entering everything correct it telling me file not found please submit the correct information (NO SE HA ENCONTRADO LA INFORMACIÓN SOLICITADA Por favor, revise que los datos introducidos sean los correctos. En cualquier caso, puede consultar el estado de sus expedientes a través de esta otra página de consulta: Consulta Número de Expediente)
    however i am trying with NIE and file number and i am unable to get the status. anyone has any solution will greatly appreciate the information. perhaps it takes few weeks to get information populated on net .


  15. Hello there… I am trying to find out status on my Application. I am entering all the information correct but its telling me file not found. I applied for renewal in Barcelona more then 3 weeks ago. Anyone knows if i am doing anything wrong. or any solution how to find out the status. Thanks for any help on this matter…


    1. I just want to make sure you’re entering the data correct.
      It asks for your NIE
      Then it asks for the DATE OF YOUR APPOINTMENT (not the date your NIE expires)
      Then it asks for the year you were born.

      Is that what you put in?


  16. Thanks Jenny. Yes i am entering it correctly. this is what i am putting NIE, then date of when i submitted all the paperwork and year of my birth. ( I went to Calle Bergara, 12. and submitted my renewal papers without appointment and without any problems )

    but it keeps showing me this strangely.
    (NO SE HA ENCONTRADO LA INFORMACIÓN SOLICITADA / Por favor, revise que los datos introducidos sean los correctos. En cualquier caso, puede consultar el estado de sus expedientes a través de esta otra página de consulta:Consulta Número de Expediente)

    I am thinking of waiting this week and if it does not show anything online i will go to the same office again to find out. My NIE is expiring on 14 of Nov so not much time left. getting nervous..
    Please let me know if anyone experienced same problem or have a solution to it.


  17. Hello, I thought i will put new update it might help others. so around 6th of Nov i was able to see my status under process finally. It takes 3 to 4 weeks to start seeing your status. now today i see status is favorable so it took one week for them approve. what a relief. My card also expired today. I need to quickly find a fingerprint appointment. I should have taken the appointment in advance few weeks ago.


  18. Hi, Jenny,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed description of your renewal process. It really helped me a lot with mine.

    Here’s a tip that will help others and perhaps you, Jenny, on your next renewal: You can skip the waiting at Calle Bergara, 12 simply by going to any Correos and have them scan all of your renewal documents using the OVRE process. It will cost about 5 euros but you will save at least 2 hours of your life. (Write “OVRE” on a piece of paper and hand it with your documentation to a postal worker to avoid the tricky pronunciation of “OVRE”. They’ll know what to do.)




  19. You get a paper copy of the documents that were scanned and a link to their digital version. (Yes, that’s right, you have them scan your paper documents and then they give you paper copies of your documents!)

    Checking the submission of the application is exactly as you describe above.

    The process took 5 weeks for me. They admit that they are experiencing a backlog on applications and the TIE queue is very, very long.


  20. Hi Jenny! Thanks for this detailed post about such a frustrating process 🙂 I am renewing my visa at the moment and curious as to exactly what you had apostilled? The only thing I had apostilled when I applied was our FBI background check.

    Also, what did you provide for the Empadronamiento? Your apartment lease?

    Thanks again!


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