If you live in Spain and a family member or friend comes to visit you, you must process the corresponding letter of invitation. It is necessary so that that person is not denied entry when trying to access Spanish territory.
Therefore, in this article we will explain how to obtain the invitation letter, what are the Procedures and requirements for requesting the Letter of Invitation to Spain and everything you need to know about this subject.
Requirements for letter of invitation to Spain
The requirements for obtaining the invitation letter are provided in the second provision of the Order PRE / 1283/2007
For this you must present the application for the issue of an invitation letter
Which must meet a series of conditions for later approval, and these conditions are:
- Name and surname, place and date of birth, nationality and number of Applicant’s National Identity Document (DNI) or passport, When it comes to a Spanish
- Passport, alien ID card (TIE) or alien ID number (NIE), When the candidate is not Spanish
- Full address or place of residence.
- Express Manifestation of Applicant’s Will to Invite and Host the Visitor ° Good at the main address, which will be indicated in the previous point. ° Good in the second room, in which case the specific location will be determined.
- Relationship or link with the guest
- Name, surname, place and date of birth, nationality, specific place of residence or address and passport number of the guest.
- Period during which the guest’s stay is scheduled, specifying, approximately, the first and the last day of the stay.note: The invitation period cannot exceed 90 calendar days
- The guest must declare that the information presented is true.
- Finally, the applicant must declare that he has been informed of the crimes and administrative infractions related to illegal trafficking and illegal immigration of persons
Likewise, the applicant must declare that he / she knows that both the guest’s and the guest’s data will be incorporated in a file of the Directorate-General for Police and Civil Guard.
To be able to exercise the well-known rights of ARCO, that is, access, rectification, cancellation and opposition in accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999, of December 13, of Protection of Personal Data.
Documents that must accompany the invitation letter
The documents that must accompany the request vary according to the National Police in which the procedure must be carried out.
This is unfortunate, as it creates some legal uncertainty for applicants, who are not entirely sure which documents will be required.
Because it is not done according to the norm that regulates the matter
But, on the contrary, it will depend on the criteria of the corresponding police station, if not the duty officer.
However, they usually require the following:
- Original and copy of DNI, NIE or Passport The applicant.
Original and copy of Documentation on housing availability
Which consists of:
- Property title
- Lease or other contract that demonstrates the right to reside on the property.
- This documentation must always be presented in the form expressly provided for in article 2 of the second provision of Ordinance PRE / 1283/2007.
- Original and copy of Last water, electricity or gas bill
This is usually necessary when the lease agreement presented is more than 1 year old.
This requirement is only requested in some National Police Stations.
Original of the Collective Registration Certificate.The goal is to find out the number of people living in that house, which is compared to the number of rooms on the property or rental document.
Consequently, if there are many people registered and few rooms, there is a possibility that they will deny the invitation letter.
This requirement is normally requested by the vast majority of national police stations.
Copy of guest’s passport.It is not a mandatory document, but many National Police Departments advise its presentation.
The reason is that the National Police is not responsible for any printing errors that the invitation letter may contain regarding the guest’s data.
Therefore, presenting a copy of the guest’s passport is less likely to make a mistake.
Anyway, you always have to check very well when they deliver the letter to us so that we can see if there are errors and if there are, notify them on time so that they can be corrected immediately.
Fees paid.According to the fourth provision of Ordinance PRE / 1283/2007, fees must be paid once the favorable resolution of the invitation letter has been issued.
However, there are National Police Stations which, following a practice contrary to the aforementioned Ordinance.
They require that the fees have already been paid at the time of filing the order, along with all its attachments.
To obtain an invitation letter, 2 fees must be paid, which are:
Authorization to issue an invitation letter
Letter of invitation
It is important to note that if you wish to obtain a invitation letter for 2 or more people can be done.
In this case, only we would have to add 6.36 euros for each additional guest.
For example, the price for 2 guests would be 85.56 euros (79.20 + 6.36), for 3 guests 91.92 (79.20 + 6.36 + 6.36) and so on.
Another important fact is that when processing the invitation letter we can request a certificate that is, a true and exact copy of the original.
The advisable thing is that in case of loss, we will not have to ask for the letter again, as we will have the corresponding support with the certified copy.
To purchase the certified copy we must pay a fee of 1.06 euros.
Where to request an invitation letter?
Invitation letter It must be requested at the National Police Station of your place of residence.
Who will be competent for processing and dispatching them (Second Provision of Order PRE / 1283/2007).
Who should apply for an invitation letter?
According to article 1 of the first provision of Dispatch PRE / 1283/2007, of 10 May, they may request an invitation letter in favor of a foreigner who:
- Spanish citizens
- Citizens of a member country of the European Union or beneficiary of the Community regime.If you want to know to whom the applicable community scheme applies.
- Foreigners outside the EU (who are not nationals of a member country of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland) who have legal residence in Spain.
In relation to what was indicated in the previous paragraph, irregular foreigners cannot request an invitation letter.
Consequently, if the irregular alien goes to that body.
Instead of an invitation letter, he can leave the Police Station with the opening of an expulsion (deportation) procedure.
Is a letter request mandatory to enter Spain?
Article 25.1 of Organic Law 4/2000, of January 11, on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain and their social integration.
It states that foreigners wishing to enter Spain:
«DYou must present the documents that are determined by regulation that justify the purpose and conditions of stay«
In accordance with the above, immigration regulations provide:
For tourist or private trips.
- Hotel reservation (preferably paid in full)
- Invitation letter.
In consequence, the invitation letter is mandatory to enter Spain.
Unless the foreigner is staying in a hotel or hostel.
Assumption in which you must present the respective reservation at that location.
Consequences of not having the invitation letter
The invitation letter is one of the requirements for traveling to Spain. By him, Failure to do so will lead to denial of entry into Spanish territory. In accordance with the provisions of Article 15.1 of the Immigration Regulations. This legal consequence, we can also see reflected in the
STSJ Madrid, dated July 16, 2010, Ror 149/2010, where the following was observed:
«IIn any case, documentary proof of accommodation or an invitation letter may now be required to prove the reason for the trip.
And the applicant lacked both: hotel reservation as an invitation letter. Por what didn’t meet that specific requirement, what would be enough to deny entry”.
Regarding the extract mentioned above, there is no doubt that:
Except in the case of hotel or hostel reservations, an invitation letter is required to prove the reason for the trip.
Failure to comply with this requirement will be denied entry into Spain.
Invitation letter template
The invitation letter is not written by the guest, but processed at the corresponding National Police Station.
To request it, there is a pre-established template of invitation letter, which you will find below:
How long does it take to issue the invitation letter?
Section 1 of the third provision of Dispatch PRE / 1283/2007, is limited to stating that:
«OROnce the request has been received by the competent body for its processing, andThis will start its processing, appointing itself as instructor of the procedure, in order to resolve in the sense that it proceeds towards it as soon as possible”.
In practice, the deadline for obtaining the invitation letter can vary widely, depending on the National Police station that corresponds to us and the time of year when we request it.
In addition, we must take into account that some police stations require prior booking and others do not.
In many police stations, this prior appointment is not requested online, but we must go to the Police headquarters in person to obtain it.
In view of the above, we must consider that there are Police Stations that have a much higher workload than others.
In addition, the months leading up to peak periods will always be busier.
Therefore, if our guest comes in August or December, we must be cautious and request it in advance.
The longest time to send an invitation letter to any of our customers was 1 month.
However, we know of cases in which the waiting time approaches 3 months, which fortunately is not what normally occurs.
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