Our first year of retirement living in Valencia, Spain passed so quickly, we might not have remembered to renew our non-lucrative visas if it hadn’t popped up on our calendars. That would have been a problem, because if you don’t renew your visa in a timely manner, you have to go back to square one and start with a new application through a Spanish consulate in the U.S.
We all remember how much fun that was, don’t we?
Fortunately, the non-lucrative visa renewal process in Spain is not arduous, and you have plenty of time. You can get started as early as 60 days prior to the expiration of your current visa and if you are really willing to risk it, you have until 90 days after your visa expires to get the renewal process completed.
Application Form EX-01
You will probably remember the EX-01 application form that you filled out for your original visa application. You will need one copy for each applicant, including children and you only need to fill in the first two pages.
- In Section 4, select:
- 1ª Renovación, and then
- Titular de autorización de residencia no lucrativa previa Inicial/Renovada”.
Proof of Financial Means
In 2018 the minimum per month was €2,130.04 plus €532.51 euros for each family member. You can submit:
- Spanish bank statements,
- U.S. financial institution statements, or
- a combination of U.S. and Spanish statements.
Financial documents issued in countries other than Spain must be no older than three months at the moment of filing the application. Officially, the statements must also be notarized in the country of origin and translated into Spanish by an authorized translator.
We worried ourselves silly over trying to get a notarized copy of a U.S. financial statement, neither our credit union nor our investment company would oblige, so we ended up just submitting a translated copy of our U.S. joint brokerage account. That worked.
Proof of Health Insurance
You can bring a copy of your health insurance policy and a receipt of your most recent payment. We asked our insurance broker to provide proof with a certificate from the insurer with the coverage and the policy number, etc.
Bring your passports and photocopies of all the pages, including the blank pages.
You need to bring your current residency card and one photocopy.
Certificate of Registration with the Municipality
Do you remember getting a Certificado de Empadronamiento when you registered with the municipality (Ayuntamiento)? You’ll need to dig that out. If you changed residences, you should have notified the local government of your new address.
Proof of the Fee Payment
The visa renewal fee is €15.90 per applicant. Use Form 790, code 520.
Those are the forms and copies you should have in hand when you go to turn in your non-lucrative visa renewal application.
Now for the real shocker…
If you’re in Valencia, no appointment is needed to file the residency renewal application. Just bring everything to the office at Carrer de Joaquim Ballester, 39. They scan all the documents and they do not keep the originals.
We turned in our renewal application in the vacation month of August. Our financial documents weren't immediately accepted but once we turned in all the acceptable documents it took about four weeks to finish everything. We used Linda from Moving to Valencia to help us and it was -- as we've repeated many times -- an excellent decision.
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Jamie Wyant is a retired American living in Spain. After a multifaceted career ranging from ecosystem science to digital marketing, he moved to Valencia in 2017 with his wife, Susan, and their senior pets. He writes about the joys and tribulations of living overseas. Jamie also manages the technical aspects of GentleCycle.net