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Step by Step - Renewing a Non-Lucrative Visa and TIE card

Renewing a Non-Lucrative Visa involves two stages, renewal of the non-lucrative visa followed by renewal of the TIE card

By Nick Nutter | Last Updated 27 May 2022 | Andalucia | Living In Andalucia

During 2021, many people will have successfully applied for, and been granted, their first non-lucrative visa to reside in Spain. The application will have been made in their home country. On arrival in Spain and within one month of arrival, the successful applicant will have applied for and been granted a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) biometric card. The first non-lucrative visa is called a temporary non-lucrative visa. It is valid for one year and must then be renewed. Similarly, the first TIE card is only valid for one year.

The renewal process involves two stages, renewal of the non-lucrative visa followed by renewal of the TIE.

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Applying for your first TIE card

If you have just arrived on a visa then you need to go to this article for a Step by Step Guide to Applying for Your First TIE - Entering Spain with a Visa

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Where to apply for Renewal of the Non Lucrative Visa

To renew your non-lucrative residency authorisation you will need to submit your renewal application in person in the immigration office in your province. Or, if you have an officially recognized digital signature (or digital ID), you can submit your application online.

To find your provincial Immigration Office, click here

To apply on line, click here

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Options for renewing a non-lucrative visa

First, you can extend your non-lucrative visa for two additional years and renew the TIE card.

Secondly, you can choose to modify your residency (instead of renewing it), and apply for a residence permit that allows you to work in the country.

Whichever option is chosen, children will continue to maintain a non-lucrative residence regardless of the option chosen by the parents.

When You should Renew Your Visa

Your first visa is valid for one year. Once this year comes to an end, you can renew it for two extra years; and once these two years are up, a final renewal for two more years.

After the end of this period (you will already have been in Spain for a total of 5 years), you can apply for long-term residency.

The renewal must be done 60 days before the end of the first year's validity date (or two years for second and third renewals) and in any case no more than 90 days after the expiry date. If you apply after the expiry date you may well incur a fine or even refusal of application.

Extending the non-lucrative visa

Generally, to renew your non-lucrative visa, you will need the following original documents, and a copy of each one:
• Application Form EX01 (two copies).
• Fee Form 790-052 (paid and stamped).
• Your passport (valid for at least one year).
• Copy of all the pages of your passport.
• Your current Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros or TIE (often referred to as a resident card).
• Health insurance that complies with the requirements of the Immigration Office.
• Proof of sufficient and stable income for the next two years (monthly, more than four times the current year’s IPREM for the main applicant, and additionally, one IPREM for each family member).
• Your address registration in Spain (padrón) no more than three months old.
• If you have children of school age you will also need to request a report from their school, and submit a copy of their birth certificates.

Don’t forget that any documents not issued in Spanish must be translated by a translation service that’s recognized by Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Application form EX01 is available here

Fee Form 790-052 is available here



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Minimum Income for Spanish Residency 2022 for the non-lucrative visa

The income requirements are calculated using a formula which is known as the IPREM (Indicador Público de Rentas de Efectos Múltiples). The following figures are for 2022. To demonstrate that you have sufficient means to support yourself and any dependants you will need to supply proof of the following minimum income levels.

For the non-lucrative visa, you must prove that you have 400% of the IPREM received annually into your bank account. For 2022, the IPREM is €579.02 for a month. This means that an individual would need a regular guaranteed monthly income of €2,316.08 or €55,585.92 biannually.

For each additional family member, 100% of the IPREM is required, which in 2022 amounts to €579.02 per month or its equivalent in the foreign currency.

When you submit your renewal application, on line or in person, your TIE card will be extended past its expiry date provided you submitted your renewal on time. The renewal process can take up to three months during which you should receive a Carta de Resolucion. If, after three months, you have not received a Carta de Resolucion there is a quirky bit of Spanish Law called approval by administrative silence. In other words your renewal is approved if you do not hear anything.

Modifying Your Residency

The second option is to either find a job during your first year, or start work as self employed.

The employer must prove that the job cannot be filled by a worker from the EU.

You will need form EX-03 available here

You need a job offer with a 40 hour contract lasting for at least one year. If you start work as an employee then your visa will become ‘Por Cuenta Ajena’, a work permit as an employee.

If you start your own business or register as self employed you would change your visa to a ‘Por Cuenta Propia’ or self employed work permit. You need to present a business plan and be able to prove you have sufficient financial means to finance the project. In addition, your personal CV and a certificate from the Self-Employed Workers Association in Spain stating that the project is viable will be required.

You will need form EX-07 available here

The renewal application is then the same as detailed above.

Renewing Your TIE Card

Once you have your Carta de Resolucion you must make an appointment to apply for your new TIE card within 30 days. You must make an appointment in advance.

Make your appointment here

You will receive an email with your confirmation letter attached.

Collect together the following documents:
• Three TIE photographs in colour - correct size is 2.6cm wide x 3.2cm high white background.
• Your passport, and a copy of the main page.
• Your current TIE.
• Your resolution letter.
• Fee Form 790-012 (paid and stamped).
• Solicitud de la Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (EX-17).

At the appointment you will be fingerprinted and given a temporary residency document and a date when your card will be available. It is usually about six weeks before you can pick up your card, though timing may vary depending on where you live. Your renewed card will be issued for two years and after the second renewal—five years of temporary residency—you can apply for long-term residency.

Fee Form 790-12 is available here

Form EX-17 is available here

Reasons for Refusal of Application

The TIE card requires you to be a legal resident by remaining in Spain for more than 183 days per year (the year is the 365 days prior to the expiry date of your TIE card). If you have been absent for more than 183 days then your application may be refused.

Tax debts are also a reason for refusal. During your first year these could include non-payment of fines, fees or other debt owed to the government.

Having gained a criminal record in Spain will also be a reason for refusal.

Disclaimer

The information given here is correct at the time it was made live. The one thing we can be sure of, living in Spain, is that things change and one rule in one province is not necessarily the rule in another. If anybody notices any errors or omissions, it would really help others if you reported them via the comment box below.

Anybody who is not sure about any part of the procedure or has circumstances outside of the normal, should consult one of the professional agencies that handle renewal of visas in Spain.

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  • Carl Bryar - 10 Aug 2022
    Excellent week explained advice. I am in the process f applying for a NLV along with my girlfriend/partner of 12 years. Do we have to be married to apply together or can we prove the relationship eg joint bank account to avoid applying separate, thus need more proof of funds ?
    • Nick Nutter - 15 Aug 2022
      Hi Carl, Not sure on that one, its probably best to seek professional advice.
  • Charles Beeson - 6 Aug 2022
    I came here to Benidorm this January, to retire. I obtained an NLV in London and applied for and received my TIE shortly after arriving. I will have to renew it towards the end of the year. Your article states that the NLV must also be renewed. Surely that is wrong information, as that can only be applied for and received back in the UK. And what would be the point anyway, since I am residing legally in Spain now? Please clarify.
    • Nick Nutter - 6 Aug 2022
      Hi Charles, In a nutshell, your first NLV is valid for 1 year, your second for 2 years and your 3rd for two years, similarly with your TIEs. Your final renewal after 5 years allows you to be a permanent resident. All, apart from the first application for NLV, are carried out in this country. Just follow the instructions in the article, you should be OK.
  • Brian - 1 Aug 2022
    Hi Great article. It say "more than four times the current year’s IPREM for the main applicant"? Is this an error? Is it not just 2 years for the renewal?
    • Nick Nutter - 2 Aug 2022
      No error, the main applicant has to prove income or savings of 400% of the IPREM
  • Brian - 27 Jul 2022
    When renewing the NLV do you need to show that you have paid for 2 years of Health Insurance?
    • Nick Nutter - 28 Jul 2022
      Good question and not sure. Will try to find out.
  • Mick Rickards - 25 Jul 2022
    Hi, thanks for the very useful article. One thing still worrying me. We’re presently renewing our TIE after it’s first year. The company assisting us just want our proof of pension for the year to submit, seem’s a little odd to me as I believe we should also include savings, bonds etc. We our own property. Thanks
    • Nick Nutter - 26 Jul 2022
      I think I would have the savings, bonds information ready just in case but be advised by your assisting company as to what to submit.
  • Andrew Bailey - 9 Jul 2022
    Hi there , Thank you for the information . I wonder if you could help and clarify something for me please . I did our original NLV application myself for my wife and I , but have decided to use someone to help with the next 2 year renewal , as I am in the middle of a refurb. I am being told by them and reading contradicting information on what paperwork is needed . I thought it would be- Passport for both (copy of every page ) Medical insurance for both (in Spanish ) Proof of financial means for both Padron (for both ) Original TIE cards for both Form EX-01 Form 790-052 But I am also being told I need an apostilled marriage certificate, translated to Spanish (I did one on our original application , so not sure why I need one again ?) A Spanish Criminal records check for both of us (I did one originally from the UK ) Also that the financial means proof needs to be translated into Spanish ( I didn’t do that on my original application ) Any help is greatly appreciated , as I do not want it to go wrong . Thank you Kind regards Andy
    • Nick Nutter - 10 Jul 2022
      Hi Andrew, A reputable consultancy should be giving you this information. Best to be guidedby them.
  • jacob - 8 Jul 2022
    I am currently in Madrid, employed with ICCM. My VIsa (Type D) expires on 25-7-2022 My TIE expires on 26-7-2022 My employment with ICCM is renewed for another two years(29-2-2024). I will be applying for renewal of TIE after its expiry date as pre_expiry applications are not accepted by Govt agency. My issues : 1. Should I apply for renewal of My VIsa (Type D) also. ? 2. Is an unexpired VISA a must for renewal of TIE card?
    • Nick Nutter - 11 Jul 2022
      Hi Jacob, Hi Andrew, A reputable consultancy should be giving you this information. Best to be guided by them.
  • Rachael - 6 Jul 2022
    Hi there. I am a TIE holder and home owner in Spain. I am a British passport holder. I have been asked to work in Portugal for my irish company for 1 or 2 years. I need to get Portugal residency for this due to Brexit. And I am told I have to surrender my spanish TIE. What does that mean for me when I want to return to spain once the project in Portugal has finished?
    • Nick Nutter - 7 Jul 2022
      It depends on which TIE card you have, how long it is valid. The best thing to do is go to https://www.immigrationspain.es/en/maximum-time-outside-spain-without-losing-residency/#:~:text=Firstly%2C%20you%20must%20not%20be,may%20not%20exceed%201%20year.
  • Ali Jannati - 17 Feb 2022
    Thank you for a great article explaining the TIE renewal process. Though I think it would be less confusing if you can modify "The Renewal must be done 60 days before the end of the year" statement to "The Renewal must be done 60 days before the end of the first year's validity date. Also I would like to know if the renewal should be done exactly 60 days before the end of its validity date, or within 60 days of such. Kind regards,
    • Nick Nutter - 18 Feb 2022
      Hi Ali, Thanks for the comment. The renewal should be done at any time within 60 days of the validity date.
  • Jason Lumley - 15 Feb 2022
    Hi. Thanks for the useful article. With regards to time spent in/out of Spain, I am looking to move to Spain on the NL visa, but my partner cannot because of commitments with caring for another family member. I have read elsewhere that there is a maximum time you can spend out of Spain over a five year period. One said 10 months and the other said 12 months. Which of these is correct please?
    • Nick Nutter - 17 Feb 2022
      The only time limits of which we are aware are shown in the article. You should take professional advice.
  • Michael John Chilvers - 24 Jan 2022
    Hola ..I was granted my NLV and entered Spain...Estepona on 20/ 10/2021 .my TIE is valid until 20/10/22 .so i assume i should re apply in July/ Aug ? I still have my original stamped docs from the Spanish Embassy in Manchester...Do i just submit a copy of these ... and do i pay for the visa again ..which if i remember was around £580 ?? and do i book an appointment at the National Police station for the TIE after the Application has been successful...Taking my Documents with me ? I look forward to your reply ..Regards .M.Chilvers .
    • Nick Nutter - 24 Jan 2022
      Hi Michael, I cannot give you any more information than is in the article you commented on. Just follow the instructions and you should be OK.
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