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Residency in Spain

If you are not a Spanish citizen, it is important that you make sure that your documents are in order to legally reside and study in Spain. SLU-Madrid will assist you in the process; however, your legal status in Spain is ultimately your responsibility.

SLU-Madrid requires students to provide evidence of their legal residency in Spain. Failure to present the appropriate student visa upon arrival or to maintain legal residency as a student will result in immediate withdrawal from classes and expulsion from university housing; refunds will be issued according to the refund policy.

If you are studying at SLU-Madrid for more than one semester, you have 30 days after entering any country of the European Union, including Spain, to apply for your TIE tarjeta de identificación de extranjeros or tarjeta de residencia (residency card). The Spanish authorities takes this seriously and you should make certain that your documents are in order.

The Spanish authorities may modify the process to obtain a tarjeta de residencia at any time. The University is not notified by the Spanish authorities when these changes occur; however, the information on this page is updated as soon as SLU-Madrid learns of any modifications.

Obtaining Your Residency Card

If you currently hold a 90-day student visa, you must obtain a tarjeta de residencia (residency card).

SLU-Madrid assists registered students with this process, checking that they submit the necessary documentation to the Spanish authorities when they apply for their initial tarjeta de residencia. However, it’s the student's responsibility to follow procedures as stated by the Spanish authorities with regard to this matter, as well as to keep copies of all documentation submitted for processing.

If you currently hold a 90-day student visa and you are under 18 years old, you will need to obtain additional documentation prior to coming to Spain. You must also check with Student Life that you have all the necessary documentation prior to submitting your residence card application.

Find complete step-by-step instructions for obtaining your tarjeta de estudiante

Renewing Your Residency Card

If you need to renew your tarjeta de residencia, you will need to gather the following original documents along with a photocopy of each.

  • Application form EX-00. Be sure to fill out the form online before printing it out. You need two copies.
  • Passport
  • Sanitas card
  • Expired tarjeta de estudiante
  • Certificate from the SLU-Madrid Office of the Registrar. Be sure to let the registrar know you need the letter for the card renewal.
  • Proof of Sanitas coverage through the University along with your valid Sanitas card. You may obtain this letter through the registrar.
  • Documentation from the last six to 12 months that shows that you have the financial means to cover your stay and purchase a ticket to your country of origin. This amounts must to be at least 550 euros per month. Financial statements from non-Spanish entities must be translated into Spanish. The Office of Student Life can refer you to a legally certified translator who can provide an official translation into Spanish. Certified translations tend to cost around 60 euros.
  • Form 790 modelo 052 that shows that you have paid the corresponding fee. The application fee is approximately 20 euros.  

Find complete step-by-step instructions for the renewal process

Documents supporting the renewal of your tarjeta de residencia can be submitted at the following office: Calle García de Paredes, 65, no earlier than 60 days prior to the card’s expiration date and no later than 90 days after it expires.

If the last day to submit your documents falls on a Saturday, Sunday or national holiday, then you must submit the documents at Calle García de Paredes, 65, no later than the last business day prior to its expiration.

If you do not deliver all of the necessary documentation in time, you will have to start the whole visa process over from scratch in your home country.

If you are in the process of renewing your residency card and must travel outside of the Schengen Area, you are responsible for obtaining a re-entry permit (autorización de regreso).

Due to changing laws in the renewal process, the University may not be held responsible for the outcome of this process. SLU-Madrid can only advise students to the extent of its knowledge at the time of renewal. It’s the student's responsibility to complete the renewal process and apply for an autorización de regreso if necessary for travel within the processing period. Some of our students have found that contracting an immigration lawyer is helpful.

In the event your tarjeta de estudiante is lost or stolen, you must file a police report (denuncia), and deliver a copy of it along with two copies of form EX-17 and a copy of your passport to Brigada Provincial de Extranjería y Documentación on Avenida de los Poblados (Metro: Aluche (Line 5)). Documents can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. During this visit, you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment.