eLjergon.com – As a foreigner in Spain, you might need to schedule appointments with the immigration office for tasks like applying for a residence permit, renewing your visa, or seeking work authorization. Navigating this process can be complex and challenging, particularly if you’re new to the online system or the Spanish language. This article aims to simplify this task by guiding you on how to make an appointment for foreigners in Spain using the official website of the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Function1.
Step 1: Access the Website
first step is to access the website which is the government agency responsible for managing the appointments for foreigners in Spain You can access the website by clicking here or by typing the following URL in your browser: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/pagina/index/directorio/icpplus
Once you are on the website, you will see a map of Spain with different regions. You need to select the region where you live or where you want to make the appointment. For example, if you live in Madrid, you need to click on the region of Madrid on the map.
Step 2: Select the Procedure
After selecting the region, you will see a list of procedures that you can make an appointment for. Depending on the region, the list may vary, but some of the most common procedures are:
- Cita previa de extranjería: General option for making an appointment for any immigration procedure, such as applying for a residence permit, renewing your visa, requesting a work authorization, etc.
- Cita previa para huellas: the option for making an appointment to provide your fingerprints and collect your residence card (TIE) after your application has been approved.
- Cita previa para toma de huellas y expedición de tarjeta de identidad de extranjero (TIE): option for making an appointment to provide your fingerprints and apply for your residence card (TIE) at the same time, if you are eligible for this procedure.
- Cita previa para la solicitud de asilo y protección internacional: selection for making an appointment to apply for asylum and international protection in Spain.
You need to select the option that corresponds to the procedure that you want to make an appointment for. For example, if you want to apply for a residence permit, you need to select the option “Cita previa de extranjería”.
Step 3: Fill in the Form
After selecting the procedure, you will see a form that you need to fill in with your personal information and the details of the appointment. The form may vary depending on the procedure and the region, but some of the information that you may need to provide are:
This is your foreigner identification number, which is a unique code that identifies you as a foreigner in Spain. You can find your NIE on your passport, visa, or residence card. If you do not have a NIE yet, you can leave this field blank or enter 00000000A.
Nombre y apellidos:
This is your name and surname, as they appear on your passport or identity document.
País de nacionalidad:
This is your country of nationality, as it appears on your passport or identity document.
Tipo de documento:
This is the type of document that you will use to identify yourself at the appointment. You can choose between passport, identity card, or travel document.
Número de documento:
This is the number of the document that you will use to identify yourself at the appointment. You can find this number on your passport, identity card, or travel document.
Fecha de caducidad:
This is the expiration date of the document that you will use to identify yourself at the appointment. You can find this date on your passport, identity card, or travel document.
Tipo de trámite:
This is the type of procedure that you want to make an appointment for. You need to select the option that matches your situation and the reason for your appointment. For example, if you want to apply for a residence permit, you need to select the option “Autorizaciones de residencia”.
This is the province where you want to make the appointment. You need to select the province that corresponds to the region that you selected in the previous step. For example, if you selected the region of Madrid, you need to select the province of Madrid.
This is the button that you need to click to confirm that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions of the appointment system.
After filling in the form, you need to click on the button “Entrar” to proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Choose the Date and Time
After clicking on the button “Entrar”, you will see a calendar with the available dates and times for the appointment. You need to select the date and time that suits you best, and click on the button “Solicitar cita” to confirm your appointment. You will see a confirmation message with the details of your appointment, such as the date, time, place, and reference number. You need to write down or print this information, as you will need it to attend the appointment.
Step 5: Attend the Appointment
On the day of the appointment, you need to go to the immigration office that corresponds to your appointment, and bring the following documents:
- The confirmation message with the details of your appointment.
- The document that you used to identify yourself at the appointment, such as your passport, identity card, or travel document.
- The application form and the supporting documents for the procedure that you want to make, such as your passport photos, proof of income, health insurance, etc. You can find the list of required documents for each procedure on the website of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration 
You need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your appointment, and follow the instructions of the staff at the immigration office. You may need to wait for your turn, depending on the number of people attending the appointment. Once your turn comes, you will be able to submit your application and receive a receipt that proves that you have made the procedure.
Securing a ‘Cita previa extranjería’ appointment for foreigners in Spain can be daunting, yet it’s crucial for completing immigration procedures and enjoying your stay. By adhering to the steps outlined in this article, you can book an appointment through the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Function’s official website. In case of doubts or issues with the system, contacting the immigration office via phone or email, or consulting a professional immigration lawyer or advisor, is advisable
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