Yesterday I had to “pop” down to the immigration office to get a copy of my resident certificate having lost the original.

By a stroke of luck I managed to get an appointment within a matter of days due to a cancellation, and despite the whole operation taking a good two hours, most of that spent standing outside keeping my social distance, the actual bureaucracy took a matter of minutes.

However, and here is the rub. The majority of the large crowd of people I was initially confronted with did not have an appointment and the security guards, later reinforced by members of the National Police, had to explain to the throng of people that the system is operating on an appointment only basis and that can be carried out on line. But, as the officials pointed out, there is a serious delay and some people may have to wait until next year for an appointment. And this applies to EU and non-EU nationals.

While many were forced to leave with their heads in their hands, a few were up for an argument but the police were having nothing of it.

But, for the many, the clock is not ticking and because of the backlog and the pandemic all IDs have an automatic extension. I didn’t ask if that applies to the British as well, but wouldn’t chance it. So, I can only echo what the Ambassador is saying and if your paperwork is not fully in order, don’t waste any more time, get on with it now.


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Catalina / Hace about 1 year

Mr Carter, perhaps you should have clarified that you are referring to appointments for the ‘green’ registration certificate (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión) and not the residence permit (Permiso de Residencia) that will eventually replace it. The various MDB articles and editorials on this issue are confusing readers who aren’t familiar with the procedures. An example is this article which mentions ‘resident permit’ in the heading but ‘resident certificate’ in the text.

You could also have mentioned that appointment requests are being fast-tracked for British citizens who don’t yet have any documentation instead of just saying EU and non-EU citizens are being treated alike.

For those interested in making an appointment on this site choose the option TRÁMITES OFICINAS DE EXTRANJERÍA: PARA LA DOCUMENTACIÓN DE NACIONALES DEL REINO UNIDO This was created specially so that British citizens could get their documents before the end of the transition period (Este trámite se ha habilitado como consecuencia de la próxima salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea para los ciudadanos nacionales del Reino Unido que residen en España con anterioridad a la fecha de retirada y no cuentan con un Certificado de registro.)