Great news, my non-lucrative visa renewal was approved for 2 more years in Spain. Just 43 days after submitting my application online, the renewal was approved. I received a text message and email a week after the approval which notified me of the next steps.
Here is a quick summary and overview of the non-lucrative visa process for Spain:
- Initial non-lucrative visa application
- Gathering documents for non-lucrative visa
- Non-lucrative visa interview
- Non-lucrative visa approval
- Getting TIE card in Spain
- Online application for non-lucrative visa renewal
- Non-lucrative visa renewal approval
What I Learned About the Visa Renewal Process…
- it’s easier to apply and renew in smaller cities than big cities
- approval is possible even if you don’t have 180 days in Spain
- you definitely need your empadronamiento
- the entire renewal application can be done online
- it cost me <€40 for all of the fees and applications
- I didn’t have to translate any documents
- bank accounts + investments from the US were accepted
- people in Spain are really fucking nice
- you can apply for renewal after TIE expires
- English is not spoken, so take a translator or a dictionary
Status of My Non-Lucrative Visa Renewal
Because I applied for my non-Lucrative Visa renewal online, I needed to install the Firefox browser and the digital certificate which I discussed in post #6 above.
When in process, the status reads “En Tramite”. And finally I checked one day and it said “Favorable”. After that I was waiting for something in the mail but instead they send me an email and a text message with links to download documents.
Going to the Police Station
I’m in the Galician autonomous region, in the city of Santiago de Compostela. I had to go to the national police station in order to submit the 2 documents I was sent online. It didn’t have any instructions as to what the police station was going to do – I assumed it would be fingerprinting.
It’s the national police station and not the local police. Policía National.
The first day I went there, the guy told me that the wait was too long and that I should come back tomorrow.
The next day, when I went back, another person at the information desk told me that they only give out 50 appointments for the day for extranjeros and they were done.
So he recommended that I return at 8am in order to secure an appointment for my visa renewal process. You cannot make online appointments for my region, though you can do so for other cities.
I ended up going at 7am and in hindsight I should have gone at 6am. The police station opens at 8:30am. They let you in and hand you a numbered ticket based on your position in line.
A few people, after getting their ticket number, went off to a cafe and came back. I got in line at 7am and I was the 21st person in the cue. I walked in to meet with the officer at 10:50 and I was out of there by 11:05.
Documents Needed for Non-Lucrative Visa Renewal
I didn’t know exactly what documents I would need but I didn’t want to have to go back to the police station so I decided to get everything together that I could.
I’m glad that I did because she asked me for photocopies of my passport and empadronamiento, both of which I had already uploaded for my initial application.
- my passport and 1 photocopy of the passport
- my expired TIE card
- 2 passport photos (she said I didn’t need them)
- modelo 790-012 form – paid at the bank
- Resolución Solicitud (this is the approval confirmation)
The government emailed me document #5 for my visa renewal. The link was to a document I could download and take them to the police station. See the screenshots below for the documents confirming my non-lucrative visa renewal.
Picking up the TIE Card
I have to wait 35 days before I can go back to pick up the card. I’m not sure if I have to wait in line again or if I just walk up to the window – I figure it’s the latter.
I have to take my passport and my old TIE card with me when I go to pick up my new card for my non-lucrative visa renewal. The card should say that I have a 2 year stay in Spain. Of which, I have to spend 6 months from each year in Spain in order to renew for another 2 years.