Spain: Out of Country Stay Period Modified for Temporary Residence Status Holders

Key Points  

  • Spain will no longer void the status of temporary residence holders who are located outside of Spain for a period of six months or more  


On 20 June 2023, the government of Spain declared an article of the Immigration Regulations void. As a result, foreign nationals who remain outside of the country for a period of six months or more in any one-year period will not receive termination of their temporary residence status.  

Under these changes, foreign nationals who have been located outside of Spain for more than six months can now renew their temporary residence permit status without risking termination. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of Spain repealed an article that resulted in foreign nationals’ temporary residence status becoming void after a period of six months or more outside of the country. According to the government’s announcement, these measures were taken as a result of the article liming the fundamental right to free movement for foreign nationals holding temporary residence in Spain.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Spain’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.