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Return Authorization for Visa Holders in Spain

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Having been in Barcelona for only six months, we ran into a problem with a local landlord and needed swift legal advice. I duly searched the internet and decided to plump for Advocate Abroad where upon I spoke to Oscar. Look no further. He was immediately courteous, polite, very understanding, and extremely professional. Above all, he was patient, listened precisely to what I had to say before he gave me his professional opinion of where I stood from a legal point of view. His command of the English language was faultless to the point where I felt that I could have been speaking to a native English speaker.

As to the subject matter, within a 30 minute phone call I understood exactly where I stood from a Spanish legal point of view, acted accordingly, and the problem was successfully dealt with. And probably the nicest touch of all, once once the matter was resolved having followed his advice, and with no further advantage to either himself or Advocate Abroad, he had the courtesy and kindness to ring me personally to see how I had gone on.

Thank you Oscar. Outstanding (not a word I use often) !!!


Simon Birch, Spain, Barcelona (Jan 17, 2020)
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Service Details

Return Authorization for Visa Holders

Available in the following locations: Arrecife, Barcelona, Benidorm, Cadiz, Castellon, Córdoba, El Campello, Estepona, Fuengirola, Gandia, Granada, Jaen, L`Eliana, La Manga del Mar Menor, Las Palmas, Los Alcázares, Los Cristianos, Mazarron, Murcia, Nerja, Orihuela Costa, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Puerto del Rosario, Puzol, Seville, Torrevieja, Valencia, Velez Malaga, Vera, Vigo, Zaragoza.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

1Who is this Service for?

Visas authorising the applicant to remain in a country have an expiry date. This may be 1 year, 2 years of 5 years from the date of issue of the visa. During that time the person must have a valid residency card.

If you have received an initial visa approval but need to leave the country as a result of some emergency before you have arranged your local residency card you will be unable to return. Problems can also arise if you need to leave the country in the period when the visa will expire, and you have not yet received your new residency card. Likewise, if your local residency card has been lost or stolen.

Should you find yourself in this situation, it is possible to obtain a ‘Return Authorisation’ from the authorities such that you will be able to take your trip abroad and return, even though you do not have a valid residency card.

Note, for those holding a visa in the European Union do not need a return authorisation to travel to another country in the European Union


2What does this service consist of?

  • An initial discussion with lawyers highly experienced in making successful applications for return authorisations
  • Assistance and advice on the documentation required and completing the forms (all in Spanish only) to ensure the application is approved
  • Appointment made for the application with the local Immigration Department
  • Accompany the applicant to the appointment

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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