Since the 6th July, new regulations have come in to play for British citizens in Spain, whether they are currently resident, are living without a residency permit or plan to live in Spain in 2021.
The Spanish government has introduced a new residence document for UK nationals living in Spain, whose rights will be covered under the Withdrawal Agreement, which provides a transition period until 31st December 2020.
British citizens who are currently resident in Spain will bear either a green A4 piece of paper or a green card, without a photograph, as proof of their residency. With the new regulations, these citizens can now change this document over to an ID card (with photograph).
British citizens who are currently living in Spain but have never registered as residents, should proceed to register before the 31st December 2020 so as to be eligible and covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
British citizens who arrive in Spain after 1st January 2021, unless they are covered by the subjective scope of the Withdrawal Agreement, shall be considered as third-country nationals and, therefore, the general immigration regime will apply, unless a future negotiation takes place between the UK and the EU.
So, unfortunately, as of the 6th July, any residency applications have now changed from a 1-step process to a 3-step process. The Spanish government is trying to facilitate the process; however, appointments are currently sparse, depending on location.
For any further information, please contact me for a personal appointment.
(News: British Residency in Spain)