You’ve finished another year in Spain and it might’ve been your first one working as an English language teaching assistant. Or it might be your second, third or fourth year as an auxiliar de conversación. Whether or not you’re familiar with how to renew your student stay card (Tarjeta de Estudiante – TIE), this post will serve as a reminder on how to do the process, step-by-step. Bookmark this post and go back to it at the end of each school year you’re in the program to refresh your memory on how to renew it.
I will say, of all the bureaucratic processes I’ve done in Spain, this was one of the least painful. Well, I’ll tell you this, it requires a lot of patience in terms of waiting for the application to get approved. On the bright side, the steps to complete the process are less of a headache and become more routine the more you repeat this process.
Or at least it will become more routine the more student or residency TIEs you renew, the more practice you get with this process.
Before I get started breaking down the TIE renewal process, I need you to answer two questions:
- Do you have your new carta de nombramiento from either the school where you’re renewing or from the new educational center(s) you’ve been assigned to?
- Will you be spending less than 90 days outside of Spain this summer?
If you answered yes to both of those questions, gather your documents and renew your student stay TIE in Spain before you travel for the summer. If you are unable to stay even for just a month (say the month of June or July – if you are living in Madrid), then I would recommend you go back to your home country and apply for a new student visa there. However, you will run the risk of not being eligible to apply for a residency permit after living in the country on a student visa for three years. My best advice for you is to consider both your short-term (working at a school in Spain for another year) and long-term (working and earning full residency years in Spain) plans wisely.
If you’ve got your new school or educational center assignment in hand or it’s on its way shortly, ¡enhorabuena!, you are ready to start the renewal process for your student stay TIE in Spain.
During my time as an auxiliar de conversación, I worked in three different cities and schools across three different cities (and two different regions). I had a relatively positive experience at each one of those schools but each of them did not want to renew me to work there for another year. Now, it wasn’t because I hadn’t fulfilled my auxiliar duties or didn’t get along with the teachers and students. You might be familiar with this phenomenon that has occurred on a number of occasions all around Spain.
Have you ever had a bilingual coordinator or director relay the following sentence to you?
We want the children to be exposed to other cultures and accents so that is why we don’t renew assistants for another year at our school.
In other words, they wanted to spin the auxiliar roulette wheel and try their luck at getting an assistant from a different part of the US, from England, Ireland or Scotland (or Australia or New Zealand). They don’t consider the fact that you, as the current language assistant, have hopefully formed bonds and relationships with the children at your school and are familiar with them. They don’t consider the adverse effects of uprooting a familiar person from the children’s lives after just nine months of getting to know them.
Granted, this could be what some teachers or coordinators say to assistants who don’t bend over backward to do anything they ask or are not extroverted actors instead of polite, professional, introverted teachers who mainly strive to be good ambassadors of both their home country and native language. Everyone’s experience in and tolerance of the Spanish public school system are different so I digress.
Staying in the Same Province at the Same School
If you are staying in the same province and renewing at the school where you were placed last year, all you need to do is submit your application to one of the Extranjería locations in your province. It’s really important that you remember that your student stay card (both the first-time card and all renewals) is tied to the province where you live, not necessarily the region where you live. Unless you live in the Comunidad de Madrid where the province is the same size as the region, you will need to go to the Extranjería in your province, which will likely be the same one where you submitted your TIE application at the beginning of the school year.
So, the general guideline is to submit your renewal application as soon as possible. Based on my previous years’ experience and current assistants posting on Reddit and the Facebook Auxiliar Groups, most school assignments are sent out in May and June in most of Spain.
Future or current Madrid auxiliar hopefuls should expect to receive their school assignments in mid-July once the regular school year is over. You won’t get in trouble for staying in Spain over the summer or encounter any problems with your visa status. With that being said, I recommend you don’t travel outside of Spain and especially in the Schengen Zone until you do turn in your application and get the confirmation receipt for it.
Important Note: You can renew your student stay permission starting 60 DAYS before your TIE card expires or up to 90 DAYS after the expiration date. Be vigilant and count (and recount with this tool) how many days before or after your TIE’s expiration if you are cutting it close on either side of the deadline. You will run into problems (and possibly fines if you turn the paperwork in late) if you submit the application too early and too late. And you have to submit it either yourself or have a lawyer do it for you, though I strongly don’t recommend the latter.
Student TIEs for the auxiliar program tend to expire on May 31st when the program ends around most of the country (except for assistants who are working under the Comunidad de Madrid which will end on June 30th). Keep in mind that you most likely won’t be able to apply to renew your student stay card before it expires due to when different regions tend to assign school placements.
Now that we’re sort of in the digital age in Spain, the Extranjería is encouraging student TIE holders to renew their cards online through their platform called the Mercurio Platform. To get specific instructions for how to do the process in your Comunidad Autonóma or the one you’ll be moving to next year, go to the Delegaciones de Gobierno on the Ministerio de Política Territorial’s website and click on your region. Once the page loads, click on “Extranjería” underneath the Servicios category.
For anyone living in the Comunidad de Madrid or moving here for the upcoming school year, this comprehensive PDF explains how to do a prórroga de estancia por estudios in this region.
Documents to Gather
- Two completed and signed copies of the Solicitud de autorización de estancia y prórrogas EX-00
- Photocopies of all the pages in your passport (Note: printing shops no longer print these in color)
- Photocopy of your affixed student visa from the Spanish Consulate where you first applied
- Letter of appointment (carta de nombramiento) from your current school year (2021-2022)
- Letter of appointment (carta de nombramiento) for the upcoming school year (2022-2023)
- Letter of completion (carta de aprovechamiento) for fulfilling your language assistant duties for this past year (2021-2022) and at least one or more schools, if you worked at two schools this year*
- Copy of proof of payment of the Modelo 790 Código 052 tasa (processing fee)
Cost: 17,49€ (as of May 2022)
Download the form here. **See instructions below on how to fill it out
- Copies of your current student TIE (front and back in black and white or else the application will NOT be accepted)
For ID purposes:
- Your original passport
- Your current student TIE
*I only worked at one school at a time in my years as an auxiliar but I have heard from more recent assistants that you only need to get a carta de aprovechamiento from one school. Don’t take my word for it, double-check with your own assigned schools to confirm what you need to do.
(Review the hoja informativa for the prorróga de estancia por estudios-renewal- application.)
**Select the province where you will be submitting your application from the map on the next page. In the category labeled, “AUTORIZACIONES Y DOCUMENTOS PARA EXTRANJEROS,” check the box next to the line that says,
1.3 Prórroga de la autorización de estancia por estudios, movilidad de alumnos, prácticas no laborales o servicios de voluntariado (titular principal y sus familiares).
Translation into English: Renewal of Authorization to stay for the purpose of study, student mobility, unpaid internships or volunteer work (for the primary cardholder and their family members/dependents).
The above line on the tasa form is still the line you will check if you are renewing the student stay TIE for yourself (titular principal) or the TIEs of any dependents you might have (sus familiares).
Fill in the remaining personal information, save and print out the form and pay it in person at a bank or pay online.
I always recommend paying in person at the bank teller’s window vs. online or at an ATM in case there are any technical errors or failures. Aim to pay the fee and get the stamps on your forms from the bank between the hours of 8 to 11 am, unless you are an account holder at one. I’ve been turned away from banks on Gran Vía at 12 pm because I had missed the allotted time to pay immigration fees. It is one of the most frustrating parts of these processes and that is why I recommend doing this in advance.
You can even pay the first tasa up to 90 days before you submit your application. Keep this tip in mind if you just want to get “the visit to the bank” part of the process out of the way before the heat really starts to get intense. Don’t sign any of the forms (except for the bank’s copy) until you get to your appointment at either the Registro General or the Extranjería office in your province.
Book Your Appointment at the Correct Office
I elaborate on this more in the next section but the general rule is to just double-check the location where you plan to submit or send your application off to. You can go to different locations inside your province but never outside of it to submit renewal papers. Each province does things a little bit differently and you are obligated to send or turn in your paperwork to an office in the same one where you are registered as living.
A Note on Switching Regions & the Applicable Rules
How long do I have to apply?
There are no special exceptions when changing regions and applying to renew your student TIE in a new province. The rules on the Extranjería’s website state that you can renew any student or work permission starting 60 DAYS before your TIE card expires or up to 90 DAYS after the expiration date.
For example, if your card expires on May 31st (as it will for many language assistants’ cards), then you will have 90 days starting from the day after the card’s expiration date. The last day will not be August 31st as you may be estimating in your head right now.
Why is that, you ask?
Well, it’s simply because the months of July and August each contain one extra day in them, which puts your 90-day maximum limit just a couple of days before that date on August 28th. It’s very, very likely -if not guaranteed- that you will get your school assignment and accompanying letter well before that date so you won’t be running up against that deadline. However, on the other hand, submitting your student TIE renewal application within the “60 days before” time frame, won’t exactly work either.
You’ll barely be getting your regional placement any earlier than the month of May. Why? New and renewing assistants’ cartas and placements have gotten a bit delayed in the last couple of years thanks to the stress of the pandemic bearing down on the Spanish educational system and government offices.
My best recommendation for anyone who has the common TIE expiration date of May 31st (for everyone except Madrid) or June 30th (only for Madrid auxiliares working under Cupo Comunidad) is to stick around in Spain until you get your carta de nombramiento (placement letter). If you have some money saved up from the school year, want to continue your private classes with Spanish students or don’t mind the idea of working short-term (1-2 weeks) at a summer camp, then you can certainly stick around until you receive your letter in hand.
I feel that a lot of people doing the program make the mistake of leaving Spain right after their contract ends and going home to get a new student visa to return the following year. Unless you have a guaranteed summer job that you’ll be going back to and therefore must be home by a certain date, it doesn’t really make sense to rush home to me. Especially when renewing your TIE in Spain vs. getting a brand new student visa for the following year could result in whether or not you could one day get approved for a work permit and earn full residency years in the country. It’s just not worth the risk, though not enough language assistants know this. So, part of writing this post, albeit years after I last renewed my final student TIE, is my way of educating my readers on how the renewal process and teaching you guys some of the lesser-known but highly valuable immigration tips.
My story about moving from Galicia to Madrid
I must preface by saying that while I was in the auxiliar de conversación program in both La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, my student TIE didn’t expire until well after May 31st.
I don’t have the exact answer other than the fact that it was a clerical error. The very first TIE I ever had expired on July 31st, 2015. And when I renewed it for the first time and changed schools (but not provinces) did the office worker who processed my paperwork at the Extranjería in A Coruña fix the error?
Nope. It was either just accepted as true despite my school assignment letter stating that the program years for auxiliares ended on May 31st or the error simply wasn’t ever caught.
Did I mention how confusing and perplexing Spanish bureaucracy is?
And it still didn’t get fixed when I renewed for my third and final year in Madrid, where the program ends on June 30th* every year.
*If you’re wondering why that is, the short answer is funding. There are many more language assistants who get placed in Madrid due to its size and there is more funding to keep auxiliares working through to the end of June, which is the official end of the school year.
What I realized as I was writing this post is that I’ve never had to think about what I would do if my cards had expired on May 31st like everyone else’s. Nevertheless, I’m going to tell you what I did and what I would do differently since having that thought.
In 2015, I stayed in Coruña for almost the whole month of June and put in my renewal paperwork around June 12th. I also must mention here that I did not desempadronar (essentially “deregister”) from the apartment where I was living near Riazor so that I could submit my renewal app in Coruña vs. having to wait to submit it in Santiago without a place to live yet. The registry listing lasts for two years and technically you are supposed to go to the office where you registered (or in your new city) and change your address. I would have likely had to have gone back to the US to apply for another student visa and I just did not want to pay triple the cost of what it was going to cost to renew the student TIE in Spain.
In hindsight, it was a good thing I kept the registry at that apartment – even though my landlords kindly asked me a few times to take my name off that address- because I couldn’t find a room in Santiago that came with a landlord who was willing to let me register at my new address (and I had two of them that year).
Anyway, about two and a half weeks later, I applied for the autorización de regreso to fly home to the US for less than 90 days. I had already booked my round-trip flights about a month in advance and had to beg the funcionaria at the Coruña Comisaría to issue me the authorization form by the following day (a Friday, I believe) because I was going to be on a train to Barcelona that very weekend in order to fly out for my international flight the following Monday. I did get the form – which the workers there told me usually takes a week to process – and my travel plans worked out just fine.
However, little did I know, my TIE renewal application got approved about a month after I turned it in and the letter was waiting for me at my old apartment. I couldn’t do anything about it until I got back to Spain in late September. I learned that this was fine to do so at this province’s Extranjería but I always advise anyone else to check and see if there are expiration dates for these processes or if they throw TIE cards away after a certain length of time.
It is never a bad thing to be too careful with immigration applications in a foreign country.
In 2016, with the knowledge that my card would last me through most of the summer and that I would need to submit the application in my new province (Madrid), I stayed in Santiago de Compostela until the end of August that year. I was working on a couple of large translation projects with local and international clients (the local one was a friend who paid me in cash) so I had things to do and my very affordable rent (175€ + utilities) was paid up with the extra cash I had earned and my deposit for the 2-bedroom apartment I was sharing and renting.
I traveled locally and enjoyed a surprisingly dry summer in Galicia that year, a phenomenon that I was convinced did not typically happen. I moved in with a friend in Coruña and stayed in her spare room with all my belongings to date, minus a suitcase I had left in storage with someone from my church in Santiago. I finished work on the large translation project I was collaborating on with a native Spanish-speaking editor and organized my things and life before heading down to Madrid on the train. I had an apartment lined up with a friend later turned acquaintance at the time so I delayed the whole nightmare piso – hunger games search that anyone who moves to Madrid at least once during their stay and paid a surprisingly low price of 250€ for the room. It later turned out to be a nightmare experience of its own but telling that story would just get us off-topic. So, since my student TIE card didn’t expire until July 31st that year, I roughly had until October 28th to submit my renewal application.
After taking some time to get settled in my very temporary housing (unbeknownst to me) for only five full weeks, I researched the Extranjería and local government pages and got my head around the process. My roommate at the time almost sabotaged both Fridays I was planning on going to the Extranjería office (which was located at the opposite end of where I was living at the time – Carabanchel -) by making tons of noise and Skyping late into the night.
I succeeded in turning in my application in full and managing not to look too sleep-deprived in my ID photo on October 7th of that year. I remember it took until February 21st, 2017 to receive the approval letter, which showed up at my school, much to the surprise of my bilingual coordinator. (I don’t see a problem with having done that because my insurance policies always got sent to my schools, so…) It was a good thing I had put the school’s address down because I was in my 3rd and final apartment for that school year.
Tips for Appointment Day
In general, I want to advise you to stay calm and relaxed when your appointment day arrives. I hope by reading this post and following these steps, which have been double and triple-checked through the years, you will gain confidence and your nerves will fall by the wayside. You’re more likely to make mistakes or forget to grab a document or a folder if you are hungry, tired or anxious (or all of the above).
The best thing you can do is keep track of your documents in either a physical or digital folder and organize them a couple of days before your set appointment day arrives. Or when the time comes for you to submit your application online, but more on that later in this post.
A note about the EX-00 application form itself: leave any line of it blank if you’re unsure of what to put or have a question about any line on the form. I always did this when I was doing these renewals by myself and asked the funcionario who reviewed my case what I should put in each missing gap. The most important thing not to check on your application form is the box with the following line at the bottom of the first page:
“CONSIENTO que las comunicaciones y notificaciones se realicen por medios electrónicos.
Translation to English: I consent to receive letters and notifications through an online digital portal.
You are essentially saying that you only wish to receive any letters and updates about your approval status for your application electronically through the Extranjería’s Sede Electrónica, which is only accessible to applicants who have a digital certificate installed on their computers. The office won’t notify you by regular mail and you’ll run the risk of not knowing what is wrong if your online application status doesn’t properly reflect your situation.
If you are handing this application in person at an office and are staying at the same home address for the coming year, there’s really no reason to check and consent to receive electronic notifications. A friend of mine a few years ago accidentally checked this box thinking it would make the notification process easier for him and his dependents but it did the exact opposite. It delayed his application up to twice as long as the regular wait time in Madrid and was a huge headache for everyone involved.
A Coruña Province Tips
I honestly don’t have any insider tips for applying at the A Coruña Comisaría, which I felt acted as an Extranjería too, but I didn’t know all that much about immigration back then. I just remember it being helpful if you got to the office a few minutes (10-15 minutes) before your appointment to avoid any long lines.
It looks like you can’t make an online appointment to turn in your application (but you can for the toma de huella cita later on) but you can call the office to make one. Check out this link to get the correct phone number and extra information about submitting an application at the A Coruña city office or any of the other provincial ones.
Seeing as I’ve lived in Madrid for several years now, I’ve naturally collected more tips for doing these applications here than anywhere else in Spain.
Take all of your documents to be registered at your nearest Registro General. I submitted my application at the Extranjeria Office – formally located on Calle Manuel Luna– and the approval letter then got sent to my school a few months after that. FYI, the Calle de Silva location (off of Gran Vía) is no longer processing this type of application in person.
Make an appointment using this booking system for the Registro General and choose the location that’s most convenient for you (ie: most centrally located, closest to your school so you can do it on a break, the closest one to your apartment so you can pop in and out of the office and go back home, etc).
After you click, “Solicitar Cita,” choose “Conserjería de Presidencia, Justicia e Interior (Oficina 360). Another box will drop down labeled, “Conserjería.” You can either choose the “Calle Gran Vía, 3 (Oficina 360)” **most popular** or the “Calle Carretas, 4 (Oficina 360)” location. For the “Servicios” part, select “02 Registro de Documentación.”
On the next page, type in “1” to answer the número de registros question on the next step.
On the following pages, you’ll choose the day and time for your appointment (which gives you up to two weeks’ worth of appointments if you’re checking it on a Monday.
Then, fill in your personal information (NIE, Nombre y Apellidos, Número de móvil and Correo) and agree to have a text code sent to your phone to confirm your appointment.
Appointment – Submission Day
When Going to the Extranjería
My biggest piece of advice is to double-check that you can even submit your application in person at your local Extranjería office. After some investigation, it seems to me that offices all around Spain are encouraging students and language assistants to apply for their TIE card renewals online via Mercurio. You can confirm what the office in your province recommends student TIE renewals do by going to the Extranjería en las Delegaciones del Gobierno website.
When Going to a Registro or to a Correos Office
The biggest tip I can give you here is to hold on to the receipt (generated by their system at the Registro or from Correos) or stamped/stickered application form they give you. Also, remember the offices can only send a 15MB-sized file via their digital registry system.
If you are an American like me who applied for the 56-page US passport this time around, try and make the scans of your passport pages as small but as readable as possible. I almost had an issue with the number of passport pages (plus, my old passport which expired in 2019) I needed them to send the last time I renewed my residency TIE.
When Submitting the Application Online Through the Mercurio Platform
You will need to have the highest form of a security certificate, the certificado digital, downloaded and installed onto your laptop before you can even consider this route as an option. You’ll also need to install a program called AutoFirma to be able to sign and submit all of your documents properly. I have yet to submit a residency application (either first time or renewal) online through the Foreigner’s Office’s portal but I have had a couple of clients and friends of friends do this. The Universitat Politécnica de Cataluyna has a very helpful guide on how to submit an application correctly and I recommend giving it a read!
I will update this section once I submit an application of my own through the Mercurio Platform. Although, from what I’ve heard from other applicants and other expats in Facebook groups, is that this is by far the fastest way to get your renewal approved. Turnaround time can be under 2 weeks from the time you submit the application to when you get approval. So plan accordingly for your situation and whether or not you’ll be in Spain over the summer to be able to do your fingerprints and then, later on, pick up your new TIE.
Apply for an Authorization to Return (if you plan on traveling)
Chances are you will want to travel while your renewal application is processing. I don’t blame you for all the ample time you’ll get off in the summer. Funding your travels or having saved up throughout the entire year are different stories but it’s definitely possible to stay and travel around Spain in the summer. Here are my reminder tips for getting the authorization to return form:
- For Madrid, apply early and check for available appointments on Friday mornings
- For La Coruña or other Galician provinces, please note that the turnaround time for the form could take up to 1 week (or you could get it reduced to 24 hours if you beg them and show confirmation of your flight leaving from another Spanish city as I did several years ago).
You can try to negotiate a faster turnaround time but it will depend on who you get assigned to your case and how long it will actually take to process.
- Plan to book your appointment well in advance if you need it in the month of June or stay on top of looking at how long appointments are booked out for.
For in-depth information on the whole process of obtaining an autorización de regreso, check out this blog post.
Check and Monitor Your Application Status
Go to this page (recently updated) to check your TIE renewal status. It might take at least a week or two for your file to be entered into the Extranjería‘s system, which is totally normal. Don’t worry if you don’t see the en trámite status the next business day. Depending on how your local Extranjería functions on a daily basis (read: or lacks organization), there might be a bit of a backlog and therefore delay in inputting new applicant’s data into the online system. If on the off chance you don’t see it after one month has gone by, I would get in touch with someone at the office where you either sent or submitted the application to.
If You Are Looking for Health Insurance Coverage in Between School Years
In between my first and second years, I went home for just under 90 days to spend almost a full summer with family and friends. Looking back at that time, I do realize that I could’ve gotten travel insurance in case anything happened to me healthwise but I was 26. I was young and healthy and I know what it’s like to be in my home state of Ohio and to travel safely around the region where I’m from (the Midwest).
However, when I stayed in Spain the following summer (at the end of the 2015/2016 school year), I researched and inquired by phone with MAPFRE, my provider at the time courtesy of the Ministry program, about extending my coverage through the summer. I initially only wanted 3 months of coverage but I learned that insurance companies essentially only offer 6-month to 1-year plans which you must pay upfront for. Thankfully, due to living in both a lower-cost-of-living region and living in a European country in general, the 6-month basic coverage plan that I chose didn’t break the bank.
(Thanks to a customer representative checking my account, I also learned the value of my auxiliar health insurance plan that the Ministerio de Educación paid for at the time. It’s valued at 300€ -keep in mind this was 2016- and it provided full coverage except for prescriptions, which were extremely affordable.)
Since 2023, I have been partnering with SeguirCaixa Adeslas to act as a brand representative and promote their services to my readers. They offer a wide variety of plans (health, dental, pet and more) at very good monthly or annual rates. I do know a lot of language assistants (me included) schedule a bunch of check-ups before the school year and their insurance plan ends but you may not have to do that. And besides, what if you run into an emergency either while traveling or living in Spain during the summer?
SeguirCaixa Adeslas’ health insurance plans for student visas are highly recommended and are accepted at over 1000 different centers all around Spain. They offer multilingual customer service (English is the most common language), affordable monthly plans and free callback and chat services if you want to inquire about a quote for your specific situation.
For more information and to get a quote for health insurance coverage this upcoming summer*, take a look at these affordable options from SeguirCaixa Adeslas.
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Receive Letter or Print Out Online Approval Status **Can take up to 5-6 months to get approved if in Madrid or Barcelona**
If your application is denied for whatever reason, email: email@example.com (or your region’s coordinator) or reach out to fellow ex-pats (and lawyers) in the Spain Guru Facebook Group by posting and explaining your situation. You’ll often find that you’re not alone in this Spanish bureaucracy wild goose chase!
In my case, the one time I renewed my student stay TIE in Madrid back during the 2016-2017 school year, it took just about four months for me to receive my approval letter. I didn’t have a long-term address until December 2016 so I put my school’s address in the section labeled “Datos a Efectos de Notificaciones” in order to guarantee the letter would come into my possession. And I wanted to ensure that it wouldn’t get intercepted by a roommate or landlord with whom I was no longer in contact.
Due to the fact that it took four months for my application to get approved and when I looked at available appointments at the Comisaría on Avenida de los Poblados, they were booked 6 weeks out from late February 2017.
(A place that is often referred to as Aluche or Dante’s Inferno – can you guess why?
If you remember how my annual TIE card’s expiration date was set for July 31st each year, I didn’t want to waste 6 weeks of its validity waiting around for my fingerprint appointment. Especially since I had plans to travel to Italy for Semana Santa that year and I didn’t want to be without a valid ID card.
I had heard of people in the Facebook groups and from friends who had booked their fingerprint appointments in one of the Comisarías around the outskirts of Madrid. A few of the most popular ones are Alcobendas, Pinto, Parla, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Alcalá de Henares and Arganda del Rey.
On the way to Alcalá is Coslada, which is where I made my appointment for March 10th of that year. The reason? It wasn’t too far away from where my school was located which was near Metro Canillejas, Line 5 (a northeastern neighborhood located inside Zone A of the Metro).
And since the director at my school only allowed me to run any personal or immigration-related errands on my day off, I did it on a Friday afternoon just to spite her.
(For reference, I had Fridays off during the first semester and then Mondays off for the second semester.)
I remember I only worked until 12 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, which was right until the morning break time. I skipped the break and went straight from my last class and out the door, heading in the direction of the Metro with all my documents in hand. As much as I would have liked to have gone for lunch or done something equally as fun after another week working at a school in Madrid, I felt sweet relief completing both the workweek and getting that appointment out of the way on a Friday afternoon. All before 2 pm!
If you come across the same problem as I did a few years ago, I would recommend booking an appointment at the Comisaría closest to your school and going to get your fingerprints done on one of the days you don’t work the full day. Or if you come in later one day of the week, schedule it for the morning that day and get it out of the way. However you set up the appointment, just make sure you plan your transportation route out at least the day before and add 6 extra minutes to your travel time for each Metro/Bus/Cercanías line transfer you’ll make.
Current and future Madrid language assistants can find more tips and tricks for learning the public transportation networks like a pro in my new e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Madrid’s Transportation Networks.
Book & Go to Your Fingerprint Appointment
Documents to Gather & Bring:
- Book your cita previa
- Print out or screenshot of the email confirmation (bring a hard copy in case your phone dies)
- Fill out the EX-17 (like you did for your first student stay card)
- Volante de Empadronamiento (which you can request by booking an appointment* through your local city hall’s website. This one is for anyone in Madrid) or a copy of your most recent water, electricity, Internet or phone bill in your name
- Passport (original and copy)
- Expired TIE (original and copy)
- Modelo 790 Código 012 to cover the cost of the card
–Check the box next to the line, “TIE que documenta la renovación de la autorización de residencia temporal o la prórroga de la estancia o de la autorización para trabajadores transfronterizos,” under the Tarjetas de Identidad de Extranjeros (TIE) category. Follow same steps as above when paying for the initial processing fee for your student stay card.
Cost: 19,30€ (as of May 2022)
- 3 ID-sized photos
- Resuelto favorable (approval) letter from the Extranjería
- Printout of your resuelto favorable status screenshot (from the Extranjería’s Sede Electrónica)
- Copy of your carta de nombramiento for the 2022-2023 school year
*As of 2023, you no longer need to book an appointment online to get a copy of your padrón in some regions.
Collect Your New Tarjeta de Estudiante (TIE)
Around 25-35 days (depending on your province) after you get your fingerprints done at your local police station, do the following:
- Make an appointment through the same website where you made your fingerprint appointment and choose the exact same office where you submitted your application (they do NOT transfer residency cards from one office to another)
- You most likely will have to do this step for a while if you live in cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Check your local Facebook city group or Extranjería’s website for confirmation.
- Choose the line “Recogida de la Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero” and go to the next screen which will show available appointment times.
- You might have to enter a text code within a certain period of time (10 minutes or under) in order to confirm the appointment so have your phone handy for this step.
- Go a bit early to pick up your card and bring your old TIE (mandatory) and your passport or else they will refuse you entry inside the office and you’ll have to make another appointment and do the whole process over again!
Total Cost of Renewing Your TIE in Spain: 36.79€ (cost as of May 2022 vs. $200+ for applying for a new student visa at your local Spanish Consulate in the United States)
Frequently Asked Questions about Student TIE Renewals
Is your legal status (estancia) still ok while you renew?
The answer is yes, but it’s highly recommended to start the renewal process as soon as you possibly can. Once you receive your school assignment, gather up all the other documents and make the necessary copies.
Will you get penalized for submitting your application after 90 days have passed from the expiration date?
Yes, and you can be fined up to 500€ and it is not worth it! Applications can also be refused or automatically denied if submitted more than 90 days after your card’s personal cutoff date.
And that’s a wrap!
Another TIE renewal application is behind you – congratulations!
Make sure you save this post and share it with your friends or co-workers whenever they need a refresher on how to renew their student stay TIEs in Spain.
If you’ve had a different experience with this process or want to add some extra tips for future language assistants, drop them into the comments below!
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