Automatic extension of residence permits and visasLaurence Lemoine
The Secretary of State for Migration has automatically extended the residence and work permits of foreign nationals for a further six months from the end of the state of alarm as published the day before yesterday in the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE). According to the Ministerial Order, the said authorisations will be extended without the need to issue an individual resolution via the offices of Extranjeria.
The aim of this measure is to prevent foreign citizens from finding themselves in an irregular situation as a result of the closure of administrations, even if some cases are processed telematically.
The ministerial order aims to cover several cases with seven articles that establish the extension of temporary residence and/or work permits, as well as residence permits for studies, student mobility, internships, services not related to work or volunteering. In addition, the validity of residence cards of a citizen of the European Union is extended during the state of alarm and up to a period of six months from the lifting of the state of alarm. The day before Yesterday, a fifth extension of the state of alarm was voted: it is scheduled to end on the 7th of June.
Visas extended for three months
The measure also concerns the automatic extension of foreign identity cards (TIE) granted on the basis of long-term residence and also for stays of less than 90 days. Long-term visas, issued on the basis of a Youth Mobility Agreement, and study visas of up to 180 days that would expire during the state of alarm will be extended for a period of three months, provided that the holder is in Spain and has been unable, due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 crisis, to return to his or her country of origin. However, absences on Spanish territory due to the impossibility of returning to Spain because of the Coronavirus will not be calculable for the purposes of continuity of stay.
As a result, it is clearly stated that holders of temporary residence and/or work permits who are abroad during the state of alarm can enter Spain by presenting their valid national identity document, accompanied by the expired foreigner’s identity card.
This reassures foreign nationals who are often helpless in the face of a situation whose consequences are sometimes unexpected and unpleasant .