SPAIN – Residence Rights Extended for Dependents of EU Nationals
Effective 9 December 2015, a new regulation (Real Decreto 987/2015 of 30 October 2015) extends the definition of dependents of European Union (EU) nationals who qualify for an EU residence card in Spain, to include non-U national common-law partners in a steady relationship, as well as any financially or physically dependent family members.
Who is Affected?
- The non-EU national common-law partner of an EU national will now qualify for a five-year EU family residence card if they can show evidence of a “steady relationship”. This should include evidence either of continuous cohabitation of at least one year, or of children they have had together.
- Other non-EU national family members will now also qualify if they can prove financial dependence on the principal applicant, or are physically dependent on the principal on health or disability grounds.
- Previously in Spain, these non-EU national family members of EU nationals were only granted one-year (renewable) Spanish residence cards, according to the general regulations for non-EU nationals.
- EU nationals can now plan to bring their non-EU national common-law partners, and financially or physically dependent family members, to Spain for longer periods.