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Registering EU family members

Application

Family members of a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, of another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of Switzerland must apply for registration in the Central Register of Non-nationals) or at the relevant police station.

The EU citizen’s death or departure from the host Member State do not affect the right of residence of his/her family members who are nationals of a Member State. Before acquiring the right of permanent residence, the right of residence of the persons concerned is to remain subject to the requirement that they are able to show that they are workers or self-employed persons, that they are studying and/or that they have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on Spain’s social assistance system during their period of residence and have comprehensive health insurance cover in Spain, or that they are members of the family, already constituted in Spain, of a person satisfying these requirements.

Divorce, annulment of the EU citizen’s marriage or termination of his/her registered partnership is not to affect the right of residence of his/her family members who are nationals of a Member State. Before acquiring the right of permanent residence, the right of residence of the persons concerned is to remain subject to the requirement that they are able to show that they are workers or self-employed persons, that they are studying and/or that they have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on Spain’s social assistance system during their period of residence and have comprehensive health insurance cover in Spain, or that they are members of the family, already constituted in Spain, of a person satisfying these requirements.

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Deadline

The application must be made within three months of the date of entry into Spain.

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Documentation

Family members who are nationals of a Member State of the European Union, of another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of Switzerland must apply for registration in the Central Register of Non-nationals) and provide the following documentation:

  • Current and, where necessary, legalised documentary evidence of their family relationship with the EU citizen.
  • Documentary evidence of financial dependence.
  • Documentary evidence that the family member from whom they derive a right of residence is a worker or self-employed person, or has sufficient resources for themselves and their family members.
  • Health insurance.

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Authority responsible for the information

Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration
State Secretariat for Migration
Directorate-General for Migration