Countdown to Brexit:
Spanish Residency for British nationals, used to be a basic paperwork exercise. It is now a necessity due to Brexit, and the uncertainty of the last few months has made it quite difficult for Brits to get their residency certificates. The authorities began to implement a plan of change to the process for British nationals. In most places, for the last few weeks the system and procedure has simply been shut down, whilst they wait to see what happens!
Good News About Spanish Residency for British Nationals
An extension to article 50 has been agreed. This gives British nationals living in Spain more time to secure their existing rights. It also means it will be business as usual at ‘comisarias’ and ‘oficinas de extranjeria’, so Brits can get on with getting their residency certificates!
The Spanish Government also recently published its ‘No Deal Brexit’ Contingency Plan. The Contingency Plan was approved by Royal Decree 1st March, and affirms that the Spanish residency certificate will be needed to confirm legal residence in Spain. The plan makes provision for those residing in Spain who’ve not obtained their Spanish residency EU registration certificate before Brexit, to obtain residency documentation. However, it makes clear that British nationals in this situation will be treated differently to to those who have obtained their certificate BEFORE the UK leaves the EU.