Renewing My Non Lucrative Visa in Spain
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 NIEBarcelona.com 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Copy of NIE card – front & back
- 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 – email@example.com. I only had my Apostille page and my notary page translated (25€/page) because my bank statements were already in Spanish.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org – she speaks English. They will provide you a papers with the necessary conditions AND a payment receipt page to bring for your renewal.
- 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. Update – I guess you don’t need to make an appointment to get your empadronamiento. Just go to the office and supposedly you can do this at the automated kiosk.
- 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!
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: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/infoext2/jsp/indexnie.jsp
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:
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.
- Make an appointment and probably trek because finding an appointment near the city center is impossible.
- 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: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html
- Confirmation of appointment
- 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
- Passport + photocopy of your main page AND your visa page. No need to make copies of every single page
- NIE Card – photocopy front & back
- Plane reservations – They didn’t even bother looking at it
- 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.
- NIE Renewal papers – remember those 3 pages I said to hold on to? Bring those PLUS a photocopy
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: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/citar
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.
Required Paperwork That You Must Bring
- Appointment confirmation
- NIE approval letter
- Old residency card
- Passport photo – must be different photos from previous card. I brought the same ones and I had to go re-take them.
- 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.”
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.