Would you like to travel outside Spain but your TIE has expired? Read on to know about the autorización de regreso.
Ah, the summer vacation.
It’s the perfect time to explore Spain and the rest of the world! It’s when classes are over, and people are out and about, enjoying al fresco lunches or working on their tan.
While all that sounds awesome, keep in mind that as Filipino auxiliares de conversación, we need our TIE to be valid in order to travel to the Schengen Area. This means that you can only travel outside Spain and within the Schengen Area with your valid TIE until 31 May (or 30 June if your first regional assignment is in Madrid).
So, what can I do after my TIE’s expiration?
You can then apply for an autorización de regreso.
An autorización de regreso is a document that is issued to a foreigner while his/her request to extend or renew his/her stay in Spain is in process. The regreso allows you to return to any Spanish port of entry without getting a new student visa from the Philippines, provided that the time outside Spain is not longer than 90 days.
What do I need?
Here’s a cute list of the requirements.
First of all, you need to have finished your prórroga de estancia application. Why? Because the government needs to see proof that you have started the application for your TIE renewal. This is why the stamped EX-00 is important. You need that not just for your TIE appointment but for your regreso appointment, as well.
Let’s review the requirements:
- Formulario EX-13. Feel free to fill out and print just the first two pages, but make sure to make 2 copies of each page. You can download the form here.
- Stamped EX-00. Remember that you made 2 copies of your EX-00. The Extranjería or Correos kept one copy and returned the other to you, with either a stamp or a sticker. Bring that stamped copy, with a photocopy.
- Paid Tasa Modelo 790 – Código 052 or 012. Check your province’s tasa requirement, whether it’s 012 or 052, as the requirements are listed on the appointment page. You can fill out the 052 form online here and print it out. Here is the form for Código 012. No need to make copies. As of August 2020, the fee for the regreso is €10,50.
- Valid Passport. Sources say there is no need to make copies.
- Expired TIE. If you have it. If not, get a denuncia if you’ve lost your old TIE.
- Printed Cita (Appointment) Confirmation. In some cases, a screenshot of their appointment was enough to present. You can make an appointment here.
- Proof of Travel. Some offices will require this, while others don’t; they will just ask you where you are going, or no questions at all. Some officers are stricter than the others. In some cases, they would not issue a regreso if you tell them that you are traveling within the Schengen Area.
Is the regreso valid in all countries?
There have been a lot of discussion about this in websites and auxiliar WhatsApp and Facebook groups.
Technically, autorización de regresos are only valid for entering any Spanish port of entry– this is established. For instance, if you have a flight from Manila, you can only have layover in a city outside of the Schengen Area, like an MNL-BKK-MAD flight (since there are no direct flights from Manila to any part of Spain). You cannot use a regreso for a layover in Berlin to enter Spain, for example.
Also, technically, it is not valid for use within the Schengen Area. The right thing to do is to get a Schengen Tourist Visa when your TIE expires, since we are Philippine passport holders and we do not have the freedom of movement without a visa.
However, a lot of Filipino auxiliares reported that they were able to travel to Schengen countries with just their passport and regreso. And this was even before the lockdown. Due to the extension of TIEs that expired before the end of the state of alarm, some auxiliares were also able to travel to countries like Italy with just their expired TIEs.
As you can see, it’s all very confusing.
If you ask me, I’d rather stay put in Spain to avoid mishaps and to save money. Besides the proof of identification, the regulations per country almost seem to change every hour. For instance, some countries now require tests a few hours before boarding.
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