I'm always amused by the number of "bar room lawyers" in Tenerife, particularly those who don't live here and some "swallow" who think they know everything.
I'm reproducing part of Diana McGlone's (the One stop Problem Shop) website here. She's not a lawyer but she DOES know what she's talking about, take note, those that want to know the facts...
What type of "residencia" residence document should I have?
This information correct as at March 2013
Here are the basic requirements for adult EU citizens in Tenerife Spain:
1) White NIE certificate valid for up to 3 months - then superceded by either 2 or 3 depending on your status · copy and original of application form Ex15 and Modelo 790 for a 9,37 euro payment in the bank, copy and original of your passport when you attend the National Police Station /Extranjeria. Certificate issued on the day. If you already have an NIE number this stays with you for life and you can then jump to point 2 or 3 depending on your circumstances.
2) Green Certificate of registro -from November 2011 this is in a credit card sized format but still made of paper, for indefinite or fixed length stays of over 3 months · 1 copy of application form Ex18, Modelo 790 for a 10,40 euro payment, 1 passport type photo, photocopy and original of Passport and photocopy and original of an in date Empadronamiento plus new requirements from July 2012
For those who are working - you must provide the original and copy of your current work contract or a certificate to show that you are currently making social security contributions
For those who are self employed you must provide the original and copies of your self employment documentation or a certificate to show you are still registered as self employed and a certificate to show that you are currently making social security contributions.
For the retired, early retired or those living on own means you must provide the original and copies of private health care to cover you for the period of your residence in Spain, or for EU pensioners a copy of your S1 document showing entitlement to health care in Spain funded by the UK AND a valid European health card isued from the UK. You must also provide proof of income sufficient to support you and your family (normally circa 5,200 per person in a Spanish Bank Account or Proof of Guaranteed Income equating to more than that amount per anum (officially translated into Spanish)
With regard to economic means, a fixed amount can not be set, but the personal situation of each national of a Member State of the European Union or another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Europe should be taken into account. In no case, shall this amount be less than the level of resources below which social assistance is granted to a Spanish National or the amount of a Spanish Social Security pension. Documents not in the Spanish language must be apostilled and legally translated.
For those who have already completed 5 LEGALLY registered years of residence and providing their renewal application follows on with out a gap - these people will only be required to provide the basic documentation as shown in point 2 above
when you attend the National Police station/Extranjeria the document will be issued on the spot. Please Note Temporary Freeze on issuing residencias is now lifted see here http://www.diana-mcglone.com/#NewRegsResidencia http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2012/07/10/pdfs/BOE-A-2012-9218.pdf
3) Certificate of NON residence for Spanish Bank - stays in TOTAL of under 6 months in any one year · Original & copy of application form Ex15, Modelo 790 for a 10,40 euro payment, photocopy and original of Passport when you attend the National Police station/Extranjeria· Issued 3 to 4 working days later. Most Banks will see to this on your behalf if you have a non-residents bank account with them, but they do make a charge for the service.