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After a 7-month process, I think I'm about to receive Spanish residency thanks to my Spanish wife. I'm going in for fingerprints this coming week. Does anyone know if I need to bring anything to the appointment besides photos, photocopies of my US passport, my wife and her Spanish DNI, and some cash? The letter they sent to my address here in Spain never arrived so we're going from the info online which I've found is not always correct. If I have to come back another day because I don't have everything, it will be a slight disaster because I'm flying to the US for an extended period the day after the appointment. I can't fly out later and it's just a coincidence that the appointment came through right before we have to leave.

Another problem is receiving mail from the Spanish government. I can imagine it is very important. The mailing address they have isn't completely reliable. Can I get a post office box or a Mail Boxes Etc. box and have them send all mail to that address? Do they do that sort of thing?

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After a 7-month process, I think I'm about to receive Spanish residency thanks to my Spanish wife. I'm going in for fingerprints this coming week. Does anyone know if I need to bring anything to the appointment besides photos, photocopies of my US passport, my wife and her Spanish DNI, and some cash? The letter they sent to my address here in Spain never arrived so we're going from the info online which I've found is not always correct. If I have to come back another day because I don't have everything, it will be a slight disaster because I'm flying to the US for an extended period the day after the appointment. I can't fly out later and it's just a coincidence that the appointment came through right before we have to leave.

Another problem is receiving mail from the Spanish government. I can imagine it is very important. The mailing address they have isn't completely reliable. Can I get a post office box or a Mail Boxes Etc. box and have them send all mail to that address? Do they do that sort of thing?
congrats!! let us know how you get on

yes, the postal service can be erratic, especially if the name of the street or the postcode has ever changed

pretty much everyone in my town uses 03730 as their postcode, but in fact that's correct for only a very small area, & every now & then the correos decides to make a point of not delivering anything with the wrong code

if you go to the correos you can rent a PO box there, usually cheaper than a private company

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Another problem is receiving mail from the Spanish government. I can imagine it is very important. The mailing address they have isn't completely reliable. Can I get a post office box or a Mail Boxes Etc. box and have them send all mail to that address? Do they do that sort of thing?


The beauty of them is that they are open 24/7 - at least ours is. This means that I can get my mail at any time of day or night and not just when the correos is open.

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[QUOTE=expatrocks;919395]After a 7-month process, I think I'm about to receive Spanish residency thanks to my Spanish wife. I'm going in for fingerprints this coming week. Does anyone know if I need to bring anything to the appointment besides photos, photocopies of my US passport, my wife and her Spanish DNI, and some cash?

Hi, I don't recall about paperwork at that time. But, I would say don't forget to have actual passport with you. I do remember that I did not receive the residency card that day and had to return a couple of weeks later to pick it up.

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Thanks, I will bring my US passport for sure too.

One thing I forgot to mention is that I need my Spanish mail to be forwarded to my office in the US periodically. This must rule out Correos, right? Will Mail Boxes Etc. do this? I can imagine it will be pricey but I should be getting next to no mail in Spain, although I think the mail I do get from the government could be important.

How can I change the mailing address the Spanish government uses for me?

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Thanks, I will bring my US passport for sure too.

One thing I forgot to mention is that I need my Spanish mail to be forwarded to my office in the US periodically. This must rule out Correos, right? Will Mail Boxes Etc. do this? I can imagine it will be pricey but I should be getting next to no mail in Spain, although I think the mail I do get from the government could be important.

How can I change the mailing address the Spanish government uses for me?

Mail redirection in Spain is poor (at best). I'm not sure that Mailboxes offer this service - I suspect not.

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Finger prints? I never had mine taken when I became a resident.

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Thumbprint goes on the back of the card.

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Finger prints? I never had mine taken when I became a resident.
But then you came from within the EU and don't have a DNI.

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Finger prints? I never had mine taken when I became a resident.
non-EU citizens have to do the fingerprint & photo thing

at least their cards are good as ID though.....

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