Renewals are due at varying intervals
All passive residencies are renewable after the first 2 years, then after the next 2 years, then 3 years and finally every 10 years from there. If you are French, Spanish or Portuguese your renewal periods will be 2 years, 3 years and every then 10 years thereafter.
Renewals are increasingly becoming more complicated due to Immigration's ever changing interpretation of the law and the requirements. What used to be a straight forward exercise can now prove to be procedurally difficult in the details.
I have for many years warned residents against arbitrarily changing medical insurances and bank accounts without seeking advice. There are some minefields in there. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page I have included the latest change in interpretation of Immigration which in my opinion they have very wrongly decided to backdate. Please be aware if your renewal is due or will become so in the next year or so.
As an overview of renewals all documents that are required are obtainable locally, further police reports etc. that were required at the initial application are not required. Below is a list of what Immigration do require BUT there are a number of details in each of the requirements for which Immigrations requirements have changed. This is really due to prevent people either cancelling their rental contract and/ or medical insurance, keeping a minimal balance to keep the bank account open, and generally using residency without adhering to the requirements. I am constantly reminded that the law says at all times for the duration of your residency you must have full continuous medical insurance, and in fact in that one medical declaration there are THREE different types of insurance not just health insurance.
I have only included the general requirements as the nuts and bolts are complicated to put on paper with a number of variations depending on the circumstances, but you will be required to produce in the correct format and with the details they require the following documents which are common to all types of renewal unless otherwise indicated:-
- Residence certificate (Comú)
- Copy of passport(s) if changed since last renewal
- Completed and signed application(s)
- Bank deposit certificate for 300/400/500 % of min wage (depending on the number of dependents) (Does not apply to Cat D active)
- Health Insurance certificate(s) all THREE insurances must have been continous since application/last renewal * ( see Note 2 below) (Does not apply to Cat D active)
- New Passport photo(s)
- Rental payment (if applicable) - Ensure you have your FULL name and FULL address as the reason for transfer (Does not apply to Cat D active). Note that:- As of October 2019 for any new rental contracts they MUST be in the name of the principle applicant ONLY. A joint rental contract now between husband and spouse is likely to be refused- Please do not ask me for the logic here.
- If you have purchased the property, a Notary certificate to prove continuing ownership.
- The last electricity bill from the company *( see NOTE 1 below) and also the bank payment receipt for that invoice. (Does not apply to Cat D active)
- School letter(s) if with children which covers all of the years since application/last renewal
- Current Residency card (s)
- If under Category A you must also provide continuing proof of the extra investment in place and without any gaps, whether bank funds, property investments or the increasingly popular investment in the share capital of a local company.
- If under Category B then you will need to produce all of the accounts and annual returns for the company. This has also been expanded to require proof that the invoices issued were for companies outside Andorra ( Minimum 85%), and also to prove whether or not you have a local employee. This category is now extremely complicated for renewal.
- If under Category C they need continuing proof of your current professional career with written contracts.
- If in Category D you will need the points indicating your CASS contributions and also the previous year company tax return. If that is not yet available then you will be required to sign an undertaking to present them to Immigration when thay have been submitted.
It was considered that new requirements dictated by Immigration and backdated had been solved but there potentially may remain an issue which you all as passive residents may need to address before your next renewal. The new requirements involve the bank certificate and the 300%, 400% etc of the minimum salary that is required for renewals for passive residents (only).
Originally Immigration required the bank to state that as of "today"( the issue of the bank certificate) there is in the account the percentage of funds required. Now after a long struggle with the banks to agree on wording they have decided to require the banks to state that in each of the past (however many) years since the last renewal there must have been annual "ingressos" into the account equivalent to the percentage required. "Ingressos" can be defined loosely as funds paid in, Immigration had demanded that the banks state "rendes" or earned income : The banks stated clearly to Immigration that they could have no knowledge of the source of funds and could not be drawn to make that statement. Immigration therefore insist on the word "ingressos" in each of the years since the last renewal. In practice this means that all transfers into the account, regardless of source or purpose, and any investments on account have to add up to more than the percentage required in each year so the bank can conform to this new wording.
Alternatively if you have had bank investment funds then it may be possible for the bank to issue the certificate, you need to speak with the bank as early as possible before your next renewal if you think you may struggle with this requirement.