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Further changes to the EU residency certificate

Fri 6th May 2011

It is understood that the Policia Nacional have begun to issue a newer version of Residencia certificates for EU Citizens, to replace the previous A4 sized certificate, issued since the previous change to the system in 2007.

These older A4 certificates show NIE number and the date from which the holder has been a permanent resident in Spain, but state that they are ‘only proof of inscription in the Central Registry of Foreigners' and are ‘not valid as proof of either the holder's identity or nationality'. This essentially means that a further means of identification should be carried at all times by all EU citizens. Strictly speaking, this needs to be a passport, which is the only form of ID officially recognised by the Spanish government, however, in many circumstances an EU driving license carrying a photograph will suffice.

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Our A 4 green residencia tell us we need to renew next month 5 years since we last went to Molina De Segura. Rumours are now that we don't need to renew now. Confused
Colin Biddulph - Sat, 3rd Oct 2015
I've just recently heard that if you have the A4 type residencia, then it is only valid for 5 years from the date on the bottom. Pls could you let me know if this is correct. Our A4 paper does NOT have a date on it. Thanks.
Lynn - Sat, 27th Apr 2013
i want to change my spanish comunitario germany paper what i need to do ?
Yusuf - Sat, 16th Feb 2013
l have my spanish long term residence but ldont have ec on this card how to apply it and how long it take and l dont have work.
Stephen Owusu Adjei - Wed, 22nd Feb 2012

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