Introduction of the TIE:
· The Spanish government will start to introduce this new-format residence document for UK nationals in Spain from next week onwards. This is called the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (or TIE). It will include wording to demonstrate that the holder is a beneficiary of the WA.
· It is important to stress that UK nationals who are already registered and in possession of a green paper certificate (A4 or credit card-sized) have no obligation to obtain the new TIE. They may request it, however, if they wish. There is no time limit to exchange from the green paper document to the TIE (i.e. people do not have to rush to do this by the end of the year).
· The Spanish government are due to publish official information about the process for obtaining the TIE any day now (perhaps now most likely on Monday).