THE NEW BREXIT RESIDENT CARD

The BREXIT TIE is the new residence card for British citizens residing in Spain.

On 6th July 2020 the Spanish government issued a legal Bulletin outlining a special residency card “TIE: Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero” for British nationals that will eventually be obligatory if British residents wish to retain their rights as EU citizens as they continue to reside or own property in Spain. We call it the BREXIT TIE.

Any British nationals who can’t demonstrate permanent residence or who are not registered with the BREXIT TIE after 1 January 2021 will be treated like any other non-European foreigner and will be required to complete a long and complicated process to apply for residency to live and work in Spain and may subject them to a harsher tax regime on their property assets held in Spain.

The best of both worlds

The TIE therefore is a very valuable document, allowing British Passport holders to retain their current rights under the Treaty of Rome and the employment, social security, health benefits and tax treatment that entails, as well as circulate around the Shengen zone with just the TIE. These rights will be guaranteed for their immediate family members, even those from non-EU countries, as long as they are already registered or do so before December 31st 2020. Those British citizens will not be required to give up their British passports.

Key facts:

BREXIT TIE

This is a small credit card sized laminated photo ID and recognised as proof of identity in many countries around the world.

EU RIGHTS

British citizens who have applied and been issued with a BREXIT TIE card will retain their full EU rights under the Treaty of Rome as well as accumulated Spanish benefits.

DEADLINE

Unless you have all the correct original documents and can prove permanent residence in Spain, you need to apply before 31st December 2020. We recommend that everybody starts the process as soon as possible.

NIE / PADRON

You will need an original Green NIE card or certificate and an updated Padron certificate to apply.

APPOINTMENT

You need to book an appointment at your local assigned police station and present your application in person where they will take fingerprints.

To find out your situation and what you need to do please follow our FREE online Needs Assessment and receive a personalised set of instructions to obtain your Brexit TIE Residency card. It’s quick and easy and its Free and you will receive a set of instructions specific to your situation in English which will enable you to either make the application yourself or potentially qualify for our low cost fixed price service.

Documents you will need:

As mentioned earlier there are two documents that establish your residency status in Spain prior to submitting your application.

1.- An original Green NIE residency certificate either A4 or credit card sized.

If you don’t have an original Green certificate you will need to apply for one right away and that application will depend on if and how you originally registered.

2.- A Certifcate of Empadron “Certificado o Volante de Empadronamiento” no more than three months old when you go for your TIE appointment.

The Empadronamiento is the registration of your residence in the local town hall and you need to obtain a certificate similar to the examples below for:

The process to obtain an up to date certificate or register your current address will depend upon, where you live and your living status, as each town hall will have its own procedures but will typically require an appointment ‘Cita Previa’ which can be obtained online or by telephone. You will have to attend the appointment in person and depending upon your circumstances may have to be accompanied by the owner of the property or a person who figures on the rental contract where you live.

If you then wish to use our services we have a range of service options depending on your confidence of being able complete the application process on your own

Please Take Our FREE Needs Assessment For Personalised Instructions.

And receive a personalised set of instructions to register for an Intermediate Brexit Nie Residency Certificate and or an up to date Empadron Certificate “Certificado o Volante de Empadronamiento” or to register your current address for the first time.

What can go wrong?

Anybody with any experience of living in Spain knows that the administrative system can be complicated and confusing especially if you don’t speak the language. If you’re not prepared you can end up wasting time and going round in circles.

1. Will your British Passport be valid?

British Passport holders will be required to have a passport valid for more than 6 months when they enter Spain (or any EU Country) after 1 January 2021. We recommend that your British Passport is valid for at least 6 months before applying for a TIE.

2. Not having the right paperwork

It is critical to have all the correct documents and requirements prior to your appointment and failure to do so will likely result in you being turned away and having to start the process from scratch.

3. Get the right appointment at the right office

If you don’t you’ll go to the wrong office and be turned away. The Spanish Government has gone to great lengths to set up special offices to deal with the extra demand, short time frame and COVID, so the usual offices for NIEs or the residency may not be the relevant one for British Passport holders or the BREXIT TIE.

4. Be prepared to take a Spanish speaker with you

Alternatively have help on hand by phone, if you don’t speak Spanish. It is rare that Spanish administrative offices are staffed by English speakers especially outside of the larger cities and they are unlikely to be sympathetic to those who don’t speak their language.

5. Be reasonably dressed and well mannered

Remember we are guests in Spain and quite reasonably officials get very upset if people turn up to a government office in flip flops or demonstrate aggressive behaviour. You will likely be turned away.

6. Don’t leave it too late

Get started early! There isn’t a lot of time to get the process started and most people will need to get their situation up to date, renew certificates and book appointments. if you’ve lost or your passport is about to expire, the BBC reported in July 2020 that “UK passport application backlog reaches 400,000”

7. What if I don’t have my original documents?

You must have your original Green NIE card or certificate to start the BREXIT TIE process, but don’t worry if you have a white certificate or have lost your green one or have never had one. You can still register through for a special intermediate residency certificate but you need to start quickly. By completing the free online questionnaire we can guide you as to what you will have to do and if you wish to use our services to guide you through the process we have three packaged services to obtain the NIE Certifcate you will need to start the BREXIT TIE process.

What can go wrong?

Anybody with any experience of living in Spain knows that the administrative system can be complicated and confusing especially if you don’t speak the language. If you’re not prepared you can end up wasting time and going round in circles.

British Passport holders will be required to have a passport valid for more than 6 months when they enter Spain (or any EU Country) after 1 January 2021. We recommend that your British Passport is valid for at least 6 months before applying for a TIE.

It is critical to have all the correct documents and requirements prior to your appointment and failure to do so will likely result in you being turned away and having to start the process from scratch.

If you don’t you’ll go to the wrong office and be turned away. The Spanish Government has gone to great lengths to set up special offices to deal with the extra demand, short time frame and COVID, so the usual offices for NIEs or the residency may not be the relevant one for British Passport holders or the BREXIT TIE.

Alternatively have help on hand by phone, if you don’t speak Spanish. It is rare that Spanish administrative offices are staffed by English speakers especially outside of the larger cities and they are unlikely to be sympathetic to those who don’t speak their language.

Remember we are guests in Spain and quite reasonably officials get very upset if people turn up to a government office in flip flops or demonstrate aggressive behaviour. You will likely be turned away.

Get started early! There isn’t a lot of time to get the process started and most people will need to get their situation up to date, renew certificates and book appointments. In July 2020 the BBC reported that “UK passport application backlog reaches 400,000”

Any mistakes will most likely mean having to start the process again.

Please Take Our FREE Needs Assessment For Personalised Instructions.

This online assessment questionnaire will guide you through all the procedures to enable you to apply for or verify your documentation, to complete your application form, and to book Government office appointments to enable you to make your own TIE application.

Alternatively, in most cases, we can offer three levels of fixed price service to enable you to complete the process as quickly and efficiently as possible:

SERVICES

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD *

TIE

€ 90
€ 142
€ 252

NIE

€ 145
€ 245
€ 445
€45
€ 85
€ 185
€275
€ 452
€ 752

All prices inclusive of Spanish VAT and where applicable process taxes

*  Available in:  Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Benidorm

BREXIT TIE SERVICES

BRONZE

90
  • Review Individual Circumstances
  • Personal Review Of Validity Of Key Documents
  • Check & Verify All Documents For Compliance
  • Assist In Updating Non-Compliant Documents
  • Completion Of Application Form EX 23
  • Detailed Bilingual Instructions To Present Your Application
  • Generation Of Complete Personal Application Pack As Pdf To Print And Sign And Present At Appointment.
  • Book Appointments At Government Offices
  • Payment Of Government Taxes And Fees
  • English Language Telephone Support

SILVER

142
  • Review Individual Circumstances
  • Personal Review Of Validity Of Key Documents
  • Check & Verify All Documents For Compliance
  • Assist In Updating Non-Compliant Documents
  • Completion Of Application Form EX 23
  • Detailed Bilingual Instructions To Present Your Application
  • Generation Of Complete Personal Application Pack As Pdf To Print And Sign And Present At Appointment.
  • Book Appointments At Government Offices
  • Payment Of Government Taxes And Fees
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Bi-Lingual Team Member Will Accompany You To Your Appointment In Major Cities

GOLD *

252
  • Review Individual Circumstances
  • Personal Review Of Validity Of Key Documents
  • Check & Verify All Documents For Compliance
  • Assist In Updating Non-Compliant Documents
  • Completion Of Application Form EX 23
  • Detailed Bilingual Instructions To Present Your Application
  • Generation Of Complete Personal Application Pack As Pdf To Print And Sign And Present At Appointment.
  • Book Appointments At Government Offices
  • Payment Of Government Taxes And Fees
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Bi-Lingual Team Member Will Accompany You To Your Appointment In Major Cities
  • Arranging Job Offer Through Spanish Company And And Supporting Documentation

NIE RESIDENCY CERTIFICATE AND BREXIT NIE SERVICES

BRONZE

145
  • Review Individual Circumstances
  • Personal Review Of Validity Of Key Documents
  • Check & Verify All Documents For Compliance
  • Assist In Updating Non-Compliant Documents
  • Completion Of Application Form EX18 or EX20
  • Detailed Bilingual Instructions To Present Your Application
  • Generation Of Complete Personal Application Pack As Pdf To Print And Sign And Present At Appointment.
  • Book Appointments At Government Offices
  • Payment Of Government Taxes And Fees
  • English Language Telephone Support

SILVER

245
  • Review Individual Circumstances
  • Personal Review Of Validity Of Key Documents
  • Check & Verify All Documents For Compliance
  • Assist In Updating Non-Compliant Documents
  • Completion Of Application Form EX18 or EX20
  • Detailed Bilingual Instructions To Present Your Application
  • Generation Of Complete Personal Application Pack As Pdf To Print And Sign And Present At Appointment.
  • Book Appointments At Government Offices
  • Payment Of Government Taxes And Fees
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Bi-Lingual Team Member Will Accompany You To Your Appointment In Major Cities

GOLD *

445
  • Review Individual Circumstances
  • Personal Review Of Validity Of Key Documents
  • Check & Verify All Documents For Compliance
  • Assist In Updating Non-Compliant Documents
  • Completion Of Application Form EX18 or EX20
  • Detailed Bilingual Instructions To Present Your Application
  • Generation Of Complete Personal Application Pack As Pdf To Print And Sign And Present At Appointment.
  • Book Appointments At Government Offices
  • Payment Of Government Taxes And Fees
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Bi-Lingual Team Member Will Accompany You To Your Appointment In Major Cities
  • Solutions to Sustainability Test: Proof of Funds, Employment Documentation, Proof of Pension or Assets

EMPADRON SERVICES

BRONZE

45
  • Updated Certificate
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Book Appointments At Your Town Hall

SILVER

85
  • New Empadron Registration
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Book Appointments At Your Town Hall

GOLD *

185
  • Book Appointments At Your Town Hall
  • English Language Telephone Support
  • Bi-Lingual Team Member Will Accompany You To Your Appointment In Major Cities

Who are we?

Brexit in Spain is a service specifically designed to serve the demands of British nationals who need to register their residency status before the 31 December 2020, the Withdrawal Agreement deadline.
We are a team of British and Spanish lawyers and accountants each with over 20 years of experience resolving residency issues of foreign nationals in Spain.

What do we do?

We are residency specialists, experts in helping foreigners navigate the labyrinth of the Spanish Administrative systems. We have used our years of knowhow and experience to design an easy to use ONLINE platform that will enable you (and with our assistance if you wish) to manage your BREXIT TIE residency process and card application before the 31 December 2020 deadline.

How do we do it?

We establish your individual circumstances and requirements through a short Free Assessment Questionnaire, and you are under no obligation to use our optional services.
We provide you with specific written guidance as to how you can make your TIE application and which of your documents are in order or need updating or modification.
This is 100% free and without obligation.

How can we help?

In the majority of cases we can offer a low cost, fixed price service to assist you in making your TIE application potentially saving you considerable time and effort in completing the application before the 31 December 2020 deadline. We offer all the following:

• Review your individual circumstances as provided in your Assessment Questionnaire
• Review all relevant documents which you can upload online
• Check and verify documents for compliance with the application process
• Assist you in correcting / updating non-compliant documents
• Complete the Spanish Government Application form on your behalf ready for your signature
• Book appointments at Government and Administration offices
• Pre-pay all applicable fees and taxes (often requiring separate visits to local banks)
• Provide Bi-lingual team member to accompany you to your appointment in Madrid or Barcelona or Malaga.
• Provide English telephone support throughout the process.

For the few who don’t meet our standard fixed price criteria, we offer a bespoke service for a fixed fee agreed in advance which will depend upon individual circumstances.
In addition we can assist you with:

• NIE Certificates,
• Empadron Certificates,
• Social Security registration,
• Digital Certificates
• Changing from UK to a Spanish Drivers License without having to retake any tests. You will otherwise require an International Driving Permit to drive in Spain from 1 January 2021

SERVICES

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD *

TIE

€ 90
€ 142
€ 252

NIE

€ 145
€ 245
€ 445
€45
€ 85
€ 185
€275
€ 452
€ 752

All prices inclusive of Spanish VAT and where applicable process taxes

*  Available in:  Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Benidorm

BREXIT TIE SERVICES

If you have ready your Green NIE Certificate or Certificate of Residency and an up to date Empadron Certificate

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD

€ 90
€ 142
€ 252
Review individual circumstances
Personal review of validity of key documents
Check & verify all documents for compliance
Assist in updating non-compliant documents
Correct completion of application forms
Detailed bilingual instructions to present your application
Generation of complete personal application pack as pdf to print and sign and present at appointment.
Book appointments at Government Offices
english language chat & email support
Payment of government taxes and fees
English language telephone support
bi-lingual team member will accompany you to your appointments in major cities

NIE RESIDENCY CERTIFICATE AND BREXIT NIE SERVICES

If you don't have an original Green NIE Certificate of either size, you need to obtain an Intermediary NIE Residency Certificate

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD

€ 145
€ 245
€ 445
Personal review of validity of key documents
Check & verify all documents for compliance
Assist in updating non-compliant documents
Correct completion of application forms
Detailed bilingual instructions to present your application
Generation of complete personal application pack as pdf to print and sign and present at appointment.
Book appointments at Government Offices
Payment of government taxes and fees
English language telephone support
Bi-Lingual team member will accompany you to your appointment in major cities
solutions to sustainability test proof of funds, employment documentation, proof of pension or asset