IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Spanish immigration authorities have begun requiring that foreign nationals applying for residence cards obtain a statement of entry within three days of entering Spain.
What does the change mean? Applicants should either apply for a statement of entry with the Spanish police when they arrive at the airport or apply in person within three business days of arrival.
Background: A residence card is required for non-EU nationals whose permit is granted for longer than six months or whose permit validity will exceed six months by the time the residence application is submitted. Normally, applicants who enter Spain directly from a non-Schengen country may show proof of entry with an entry stamp by Spanish border officials, and applicants who transit through a Schengen country may show proof of entry with the flight itinerary, border pass and stamp of the EU country through which they transited. If the passport is not stamped, they must apply for a statement of entry at the Spanish police.
BAL Analysis: Third-country applicants whose passports are not stamped upon direct entry into Spain or those transiting through a Schengen country should plan to apply for a statement of entry immediately upon arrival at the airport or within three business days.
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