• Government Suspends EU Registration Certificates in Barcelona Pending Implementation of Strict New Residence Law
  • May 9, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Spain is suspending the issuance of European Union registration certificates in Barcelona pending the implementation of a new law that will toughen EU registration requirements. EU nationals seeking to reside in Barcelona will be granted provisional registration certificates that will allow them to obtain a foreigner identification number (NIE) and complete social security formalities, but will not confer long-term residence rights. Similar measures are expected to be put in place throughout Spain in the near future.

    EU nationals will continue to have the unrestricted right to work and reside in Spain. The suspension of EU registration certificates and any additional changes as a result of the new law will affect only the procedural formalities EU nationals complete when relocating to Spain.

    The Spanish registration process for EU nationals will likely remain fluid until the government implements the new law.