I obtained an appointment to have fingerprinting done after my non-lucrative visa application renewal was approved. This is my 2nd non-lucrative visa renewal. I have been approved after submitting my documents online and just attended my fingerprinting appointment.
Documents for Fingerprinting Appointment
I needed the following documents for my fingerprinting appointment:
- Cita previa – appointment confirmation
- Photocopy of TIE, front and back
- Photocopy of main passport page
- Old TIE card
- Resolucion document
- Modelo 780-012
- Payment receipt for Modelo
- EX-17 application completed
- DNI style photo
Making the Fingerprinting Appointment
I’ll share this link but it’s fair to say that it’ll change by the time you’ll read this. You’d go on sede electronica website and click on extranjeria.
This is where you can select your local police department in order to do your fingerprinting. It’s fairly straightforward.
I showed up with all of my documents and there was a kiosk to check-in at but it didn’t have my appointment. Here in Santaigo de Compostela, it’s pretty easy to talk to someone and they said that I just had to sit down and wait to be called.
Someone came out, called my name, and I went in with my documents.
They accepted all of my documents but told me that the payment receipt for the Modelo 790-012 wasn’t accepted. I paid it online through my bank’s page and printed the receipt but they said it needed a stamp.
It actually doesn’t need a stamp but they sent me to my bank anyways. I went to my bank and they said I don’t need a stamp but that they’ll stamp it anyways.
This is why it’s a good idea to get your appointment earlier in the day so that you can run out and do last-minute stuff if they need it. In my experience, they usually will need something.
I got the stamp, walked back to the office and she took me right in.
TIE Renewal Approved
Next, they took my fingerprints – just my 2 index fingers. Easy.
They gave me a piece of paper titled Resguardo de solicitud o renovacion de tarjeta de extranjero. This just means that they are processing my card and it should be ready to be picked up 30-45 days from now.
I need to still make an appointment online for recogida de tarjeta with the national police. But the hard part is done.
Things I Learned
They certainly don’t care if you understand Spanish or not but it’s good to speak some because they’ll often give you some instructions.
During the pandemic, you can’t go in with anyone else so be ready for that. And everything needs a cita previa even if you didn’t do that in the past.
Don’t pay your Modelo online. Pay it in person at the bank so you don’t have to deal with the stamp thing.
Have extra copies and extra documents, just in case. I went in with a copy of my empadronamiento, just in case. And I had copies of my passport and NIE card, which they wanted.
My 1st TIE Card in Seville
It was 2018 when I picked up my first TIE in Seville. 3 years later and the process continues but it has gotten easier for me. In 2018 I could barely speak Spanish.
I’ll likely use an attorney again if I get to the next renewal. It was less of headache and worth the 400 euros I spent.