Student Residency Card

Due to the fact I will be a permanent student in Madrid, 2 year Masters program, I need to obtain the Student Residency Card. I did do this while I was living in Cádiz, but I think there is a little bit more to it this time around. Oh, how the Spaniards love their bureaucracy and red tape. Do they love it? Or do they stay with it because it is what they know? A local told me people are comfortable sticking with what they know and it’s hard to think outside of the box. Oooo poor innovation doesn’t stand a chance here! Either way, these are the steps I received about obtaining my Residency Card:

Dear student,
These are the documents required for the Spanish Government in order to get the Student Residency Card. You will need them at the Police Station the day of your appointment:
– passport (original + copy)
-visa (original + copy)
– boarding pass (if you don’t have a stamp from Madrid-Barajas on your passport)
– 1 photo (passport size). You can take the photos in one of the booths found in the metro stations and throughout the city (the nearest place is: Copialia Estudio, C/ Julian Romea, 8, Madrid)
– empadronamiento certificate (official document from the City Council that certifies your address in Madrid). I can help you get an appointment with the Ayuntamiento de Madrid to get this document.
– form 790 012. You should bring to a bank and pay for the police taxes prior to your appointment (15.30 euros) (available at my office)
– certificate for the residency card (prepared by the registrar office in PAH, first floor)
Your residency card will probably be ready 25-30 days after your appointment. You will be able to pick it up after on any day Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM at the same police station (Avenida de los Poblados, s/n).

If your visa has multiple entries, you will be able to leave and come back to Spain with your visa before it expires. When you receive the student residency card you will have to show the card instead.

If you need to travel after your visa expires and before you receive the residency card, please contact me in order to apply for a re-entry permit.

Please come to my office in order to prepare any paperwork you need to do before your appointment.

Regards,

____________________________________________________________________________

Believe it or not, there are actual multiple steps hidden in the above mess of instructions. This page of instructions need to be vastly revised. I would take a stab at it and send it over, but what if they don’t want to change the way they’ve always done things…Being a foreigner and on the receiving end of this email it’s more confusing and overwhelming than it needs to be.

STEP 1. Visit Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Purpose of Visit:
Padron / Empadronamiento Certificate
*This is to get a form (Empadronamiento Certificate) from the city council to confirm that you do in fact have a permanent residence in Spain and are not living under a bridge.
a) Visit Student Life and make appointment with Ayuntamiento de Madrid
b) Items necessary for this visit:
i. Form: Padrón Municipal de Habitantes (given to you by the Student Life office when making your appointment).
ii. Passport (original)
iii. Contrato de alojamiento (contract of lodging, whether it’s a private renter, college residence or a third party company).

STEP 2. Apply for Residency Card
Where: police station (Brigada Provincial de Extranjeria y Documentacion)
Location: Avenida de los Poblados, s/n (metro stop: Aluche)
Metro from school: Stop “Guzman El Bueno” Line 6 (gray) > Oporto > transfer to Line 5 (light green) > Aluche

Documents you will need for this visit:

  1. Padrón Municipal de Habitantes Volante de Inscripción Padronal
    a. Bring original and copy.
    *This was obtained at the Ayuntamiento in Step 1 above.
  2. Form 790 012 – (paying police tax at the bank)
    a. Student Life will give this form to you in their office
    b. Take this form to any bank and pay them €15,45
    c. They will stamp and sign the form and give two copies back to you
    *You do not need your passport
  3. Passport Size Photo
    You can take the photos in one of the booths found in the metro stations and throughout the city (the nearest place is: Copialia Estudio, C/ Julian Romea, 8, Madrid)
    *The only option for passport style photos is the €5 option for 6 small photos + 2 of the passport size.
  4. Certificate for the residency card (Registrar at SLU-Madrid)
    a. Confirmation of enrollment at Saint Louis University & proof of Health Insurance.
    b. Prepared by the registrar, PAH, 1st floor
    c. This will take two days: 1st day) Request for form, go in person and fill out request form for the “certificate for residency card”, 2nd day) pick up form.
  5. *Boarding pass (if you don’t have a stamp from Madrid-Barajas on your passport)
  6. Appointment Letter
    a. Pick up in the Student Life office with Paula Otero García. You will not be allowed to apply without this appointment letter.
  7. Passport: ORIGINAL AND COPY
  8. Visa: ORIGINAL AND COPY
    *Student Life can help you make copies of these. 

**It is advisable to give yourself approximately two weeks to fulfill all of the above necessary steps prior to your appointment with the police station. ALL of the items above must be completed prior to your appointment.

** BEFORE THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT BRING ALL OF THE ABOVE DOCUMENTATION TO THE STUDENT LIFE OFFICE FOR PAULA TO VERIFY YOU HAVE ALL OF THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION **

STEP 3: Pick up Residency Card
After 30 days you will go by yourself to pick up your residency card at the “police station (Brigada Provincial de Extranjeria y Documentacion)”.
Items you need to bring:
a. Resguardo de Solicitud o Renovación de Tarjeta de Extranjero
– this was given to you upon aproval during your first visit (basically, it’s the paper version and confirmation of your residence card).
b. Passport (ORIGINAL)
*You do not need an appointment for this visit. You can go during their hours of operation Monday – Friday 9am-2pm, **3pm-6pm. and enter through the left side of the door. You do not need to wait in line.

If your visa has multiple entries, you will be able to leave and come back to Spain with your visa before it expires. When you receive the student residency card you will have to show the card instead.

If you need to travel after your visa expires and before you receive the residency card, please contact me in order to apply for a re-entry permit.

…..MORE TO COME….

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s