The question is, What will change for the British next Monday and January 1st, 2021??Laurence Lemoine
We already know a few things about the new rules that the British citizens will have to follow, from 6th of July to 31st of December 2020, date that the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the European Union.
The Withdrawal Agreement on the transitional period says that the British, already resident in Spain and planning to stay, will have the same rights as they do now. The only thing is that they will have to exchange their “green card” (their certificate of residence) for a TIE (Foreigners’ Identity Card). As far as we know, it will not be compulsory before the 31st of December and maybe even later , because the administration does not have the resources or time to do such an exchange for the thousands and thousands of Brits already residents in Spain.
If a British citizen has their residence certificate, he or she can apply for the exchange to a TIE card. You will Only need these documents : the EX 23 form, the Tax fee 790/012 paid, your passport and an identity photo and you will have give your fingerprints.
There will be a difference of validity, If the citizen already has a card of more than 5 years (permanent) the new card will be issued for 10 years only. If your residency card is less than 5 years old, the new card will be issued for only 5 years to start with. Non-EU citizens who are family members of a British citizen can also exchange the certificate for a TIE if they already have residency.
Those who have just arrived and will be arriving before December 31st will be able to apply for residence like other EU citizens, but instead of applying to the Foreigners Police, they will need to apply at the government sub-delegation offices.
The real change : January 2021
There is still much to be defined and a special statue is expected for the British who would like to settle in 2021. The consequences of a hard Brexit could make the British have to ask for a visa exactly like an American, Australian or Moroccan citizen but this is highly unlikely to be the case As Spanish and UK governments have be working on a mutual agreement ever since the Brexit has been voted.
Of course, Valencia Expat Services will continue to help British citizens with all these procedures.