If you’re a foreign parent in Spain, ensuring your minor child’s legal residence is essential for their well-being and security. In this comprehensive guide, we explain step by step how to apply for residency for minors in Spain, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a successful application.

Residence for minors in Spain: what is it and who can apply?

Residence for minors not born in Spain is a vital authorization for those wishing to establish their home in this country. It can be requested by individuals holding legal residence, on behalf of their minor children, and by those who have legal guardianship of minors, on behalf of the latter.

Requirements for applying for residence for minor children in Spain

To apply for residency for a minor child in Spain, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate legal residence of the parents: At least one of the parents must have legal residence in Spain.
  2. Continuous stay of the minor in Spain: The minor must have resided continuously in Spain for at least two years, demonstrable through registration.
  3. Sufficient economic means: Parents must demonstrate sufficient economic means to support the minor, supported by documentary evidence.
  4. Complete documentation: Documents demonstrating the relationship, the minor’s stay in Spain, enrollment in an educational center (if applicable), economic means, and a housing suitability report must be submitted.

Estimated time for response and next steps

The legal resolution period for the application is 90 days; however, in practice, the timeframe can range from 4 to 6 months on average. Once residency authorization is granted, you must apply for the Foreigner Identity Card (TIE) within one month from the notification of the concession. This is done at the corresponding Foreigners Office or Police Station.

In summary, obtaining residence for minors in Spain can be a complex but achievable process with the proper guidance. If you need legal assistance in this process, our team of immigration lawyers at Expat Feliu is here to help. Contact us today! │


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