Expats: Spain has denied 2,000 residency applications as a result of Brexit. The following are the most common explanations for this.

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Expats: Spain has denied 2,000 residency applications as a result of Brexit. The following are the most common explanations for this.

SPAIN has turned down a large number of applications from Britons who planned to relocate there. However, why are applications being turned down? Many Britons dream of retiring to the Mediterranean country, where they may enjoy the sun, mild weather, and delectable cuisine. However, many UK nationals who filed for residency in Spain under the Withdrawal Agreement this year had their petitions denied. Many received warnings stating that they had 15 days to leave the country or risk being classed as illegal. Why? There are currently 381,400 Britons living in Spain.

In September 2021, Spanish authorities received 168,700 applications for residency, according to new data from the EU’s Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights.

141,700 of these have now been completed.

According to the report, 81,200 applications for permanent residence were approved, indicating that it was granted to Britons who had lived in Spain for more than five years.

A total of 57,300 petitions for temporary residence were approved.

Those who have lived in Spain for less than five years are awarded temporary residence.

This year, however, 2,400 applications were rejected, and 800 were withdrawn or deemed invalid. Why? Britons applying for residency in Spain for the first time under the Withdrawal Agreement face the highest rejection rate.

That is, those who applied after Brexit or did not apply before Brexit took effect, despite the fact that they lived in Spain before to the end of 2020.

These are Britons who do not have the old green residency document, sometimes known as the TIE card, which has been in use since July 2020.

What are the causes for the rejection of Britons?

The most common explanation, according to Anne Hérnandez, the leader of citizen assistance group Brexpats, is a lack of verification that they have been legally living in the country.

“The majority of applications are being refused due to a lack of evidence of lawfully dwelling in Spain in 2020, such as a Padrón (town hall registration), medical insurance, or other proof they were truly living here before 2021,” she told The Local.

“Problems arise when persons do not offer enough evidence of legally residing in Spain until the end of 2020,” Mark McMillan of Sun Lawyers in Alicante noted.

The Padrón certificate, according to Mark, is the most widely accepted form of evidence.

The most typical reason for rejection, according to Diego Echavarria of Fairway Lawyers in Marbella, is “because they did not have medical. “Brinkwire Summary News.”

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