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Green A4 residencia

Green A4 residencia

Postby Chrisdee » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:32 pm

We've had our residencia for around 19 years, it's the A4 green piece of paper, no photo. They now have the small credit card size residencia. Is thegreen A4 one still valid ? Do you have to renew every 5 years? We were always led to believe it lasted forever, no need to renew.
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Re: Green A4 residencia

Postby marcliff » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:54 pm

There is no need to renew. You can change it for the smaller version (it's just a push part of the document and paper) which is easier to carry around.
If you are going to exchange it, you may as well apply for a permanent residency card which is an update to being on the register of foreign nationals.
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Re: Green A4 residencia

Postby Chrisdee » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:57 pm

Thought what we had was permanent residency? Can you please explain, I don't understand, sorry.
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Re: Green A4 residencia

Postby Paulr » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:42 pm

Chrisdee wrote:Thought what we had was permanent residency? Can you please explain, I don't understand, sorry.


As EU nationals, we don't have to apply for "Residencia", what we actually apply for is to be added to the "Extranjeros" (foreigners) listing. Non-EU nationals have to apply for Residencia. However, it's the same application form and it's the same green certificate, hence the confusion and why it has become the norm for ex-pats to refer to it as Residencia.

I think Marcliff's suggestion that you apply for permanent residency (Residencia Permanente) is very sensible, as we don't currently know what documentation will be required once the UK reverts to Third Country status so, if I were you, I'd apply before the 2019 Brexit deadline. Again, it's the same application form - you just tick the 'Permanente' box - and you'll get a new green certificate (credit card size) with the word 'Permanente' on it.
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Re: Green A4 residencia

Postby Chrisdee » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:03 pm

Thank you very much for your advice, shall sort it out
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