Another change was the need to apply for a TIE residency – “Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero” – an identity card for foreigners which is issued to non-EU residents in Spain.
All British people who have not registered as a resident in Spain but intended to carry on living there for more than 90 days over any 180 day period after December 31st need a TIE.
This was required to be completed by December 31st if you wanted your rights protected under the Withdrawal agreement, but the Spanish authorities have thrown potential expats a lifeline.
Immigration officials have been instructed to follow the same procedure as they did for those applying for residency before the December deadline, though with particular attention paid to the documentation that proves the individuals’ residency pre-dated the end of 2020.
The Spanish guidance states that British citizens arriving in Spain as of January 1, 2021 can also apply for residency in certain situations.
This includes if they have a family link with a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.