UK Embassy eases concerns over residency appointments

British ambassador Hugh Elliott.
British ambassador Hugh Elliott. / SUR
  • British Ambassador Hugh Elliott has said people should continue trying online or keep evidence of their residency entitlement

The British Embassy in Madrid has sought to reassure UK residents who have been trying to register as residents but have been unable to make appointments to apply for the green registered-resident card.

All Britons resident in Spain by 31 December this year will have their existing residency, healthcare and pension rights recongised as if the UK was still in the EU.

The Embassy said that provinces in Phases Two or Three of lockdown easing are starting to make appointments available and advised people to keep checking the online appointment link.

UK Ambassador Hugh Elliott said, "If you don't yet have your green residency certificate there is no need for alarm. We continue to advise people to get an appointment as soon as you can. However, as long as you are living in Spain and can prove that you satisfy the legal conditions of residence (i.e. sufficient income and access to healthcare), your rights are assured even if you are not able to get the physical document before the end of the year."

He added that for those already with the green certificate or card, this is valid after December and no details on any replacement TIE residency card have been given as yet by the Spanish authorities.