How to deal with the state of alert in Spain when you are a foreigner

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How to deal with the state of alert in Spain when you are a foreigner

 

Here are some info about the Spanish administration and the immigration procedures : they are paralysed. You can’t process any file or have any appointment in person.

All deadlines suspended, both in procedural and administrative matters. Same for the time deadlines regarding appeals and court processes that were active.

It means that if you had an appointment with the immigration office to get a NIE number, an European Certificate ,renew your TIE or residency card, nationality procedure or any other kind of scheduled activity, those are now canceled. We don’t know yet when they will reopen the office.

No return authorisations are being issued, no fingerprints are being recorded, no interview appointment… are all suspended. Police office, civil registry and office of “extranjeria”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of legalisation, has also closed. Nevertheless, they are sending files via post mail, accompanied by an envelope prepared for express return.
fingerprinting, return authorization, European Union certificates, or pledge of allegiance for nationality procedures are temporarily canceled.

This does not mean it is canceled forever. Once the situation is normalised again, you will recover your appointment and proceed with your immigration file. Even though we do not know exactly how it will finally work out, people who had an appointment and that has been now cancelled due to the coronavirus will have preferential treatment and will be able to get their appointment earlier.
About the interruption of time limits for processing public sector procedures (including any public administration, without exception), a Royal Decree has been approved :

It means that your residency card expiration date is automatically extended until things become normal again. You won’t become illegal because the immigration office cannot process your renewal application.
The administration is preparing the way they will deal with all this having in mind that none knows exactly how long this situation will last.

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