The British Embassy has stressed on numerous occasions that our green certificate residence permit will still be valid in Spain when Britain finally breaks off relations with the European Union at the end of the year.

At the moment, the Spanish authorities, with the help of their British counterparts, are trying to get thousands of British citizens living in Spain, to get their paperwork in order. These are people who do not have the green certificate and have never taken out residence. The Foreigners´ Department in Palma and has even recruited more staff to cope with “Brexit Brits.”

Over the coming months a new residence permit will be issued, it will be in the form of a residence card. I am quite amazed to see that hundreds of Britons, who already have the green certificate and therefore do not have to make the change, are booking appointments to try and get one of the new cards. This is unnecessary and the only thing that it is doing is giving additional work to staff at the Foreigners´ Office who are busy dealing with those Britons who do not have any residence permit at all.

Issuing 350,000 new residence permits to the British population in Spain is a nightmare task which will require hundreds more extra staff. This was one of the reasons why the green certificate is still valid; to allow the Spanish authorities to concentrate on those whose paperwork is not in order ahead of Brexit.

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Jonas / Hace about 1 month

Nonsense to make out people are blocking up the system to get a new card. I could have had an appointment the following day when I booked two weeks ago.at least soon we’ll have a proper useful ID card instead of the ridiculous green paper.

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Michael Knight / Hace about 1 month

Yes, but as the new card is a small credit card sized piece of plastic, with a photograph, and therefore negates the need to carry a passport, it is a godsend for permanent residents who have the large A4 sized residecias and the small, paper versions, neither of which have photos. Therefore not a question of need but convenience and all for 12€. As they say, a no brainer!

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Michael Knight / Hace about 1 month

Yes, but as the new card is a small credit card sized piece of plastic, with a photograph, and therefore negates the need to carry a passport, it is a godsend for permanent residents who have the large A4 sized residecias and the small, paper versions, neither of which have photos. Therefore not a question of need but convenience and all for 12€. As they say, a no brainer!

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