Spanish police have warned British expats who live in Spain that they will be forced to leave the country within 15 days if they do not have the correct “residency.”
Many have lived in Spain for years and own homes and businesses and have desperately tried to apply for residency.
Spanish police in a crackdown on British expats have warned all people unless they have the correct official documentation they will be kicked out without a TIE card.
A police spokesman told Olive Press as reported in the Express.co.uk, “All residency applications from every gestor in the province will be investigated in case of possible connections.
“The outcome of any appeal will be either ‘you have residency’ or ‘you have 15 days to leave Spain’.”
Some elderly British expats have been arrested by Spanish police and accused of fraudulent practices and been humiliated.
They have been humiliated by the Spanish police and treated like common criminals despite having registered the correct documentation.
Jay Elliott, 66, and Lily Higgins, 71, claimed they had submitted the correct paperwork and were arrested by the police.
Elliott told the Olive Press, “We were wrongly arrested for submitting fake padrons, even though we put the correct ones in with our paperwork residencia.”
Higgins added, “I’ve never been in trouble before but here I am, being treated like a common criminal.
Another couple who went to collect their TIE cards were detained by police and were questioned.
The couple said, “We were taken into a room, read our rights and told to explain why our old 2021 padron had been doctored to show a 2020 date, it was hell.”
Anne Hernandez warned, “This case of fraudulent padrons being submitted is shocking, but it’s by no means isolated,” and British expats are being left vulnerable to certain gestors.
Newly enforced post-Brexit rules now means that Brits can only stay in Spain for a maximum of 90 days within every 180 days.
Leon Fernando Del Canto, the founder of London-based international tax set Del Canto Chambers, wrote in The Times, “British homeowners in Spain must now comply with rules that mean that non-EU nationals can stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days in every 180.
“They face potential deportation or a ban from the country should they outstay their welcome.
“There is zero leeway for emergencies, whether family crises, attending to property issues or any other urgent matter. Border control data systems mean nobody will go unnoticed.”
He also slammed Spain and accused the Spanish government of showing a “lack of reciprocity” as the UK allows EU residents to stay for up to six months with no visas.
Del Canto said that British expats would have to become permanent residents in the country, but this comes with costs of more than £1,600 in consulate fees to get hold of the documents.
He added that “it is imperative that the Spanish government resolves this problem.”
A Downing Street spokesman said, “The rights of UK nationals to continue living, working and studying in their EU Member State are protected by law. Anyone legally resident before January 1, 2021, can stay but should register their residence.
“The UK Government has been running a public information campaign across Europe to inform UK nationals about the actions they may need to take to secure their rights and access to services.
“This includes outreach events, adverts on social media and in newspapers, and support through our network of Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.”
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has explained, “On July 6 2020, the Spanish government introduced a new residence document for UK nationals living in Spain who have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement – the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE).
“This biometric card explicitly states that it has been issued to the holder under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.
“All UK nationals legally resident in Spain before January 1 2021 have the right to request this card.
“If you register as resident after July 6 2020 but were living in Spain before January 1 2021, you must follow a two-step process to obtain your TIE.
“If you meet the requirements and your application is approved you will be issued with the TIE.”