There has been a 50% rise of Brits applying for a residency certificate
Anyone who has visited the National Police office in Torrevieja will know how busy they are dealing with document applications such as DNI, residencia and NIE numbers.
The Unit of Immigration and Documentation of the National Police is located in Calle Arquitecto Larramendi, 3, and was set up in July 2014 to deal with processing such documents as well as others.
Four years on and there are now 11 employees (formerly 15) that work in the office on a day-to-day basis, expanding their services so that residents of the town do not have to go to other cities within the province like Elche or Alicante.
The Torrevieja office is one of the busiest within the region, since the staff attend to and process the cases of more than 160 people a day – who have all made appointments online.
On average, the office deals with 75 Spaniards and 80 foreigners every day from Monday to Friday. In response to the number of cases they have to process, and to cope with the workload, the office has had to open one afternoon a week – which is Thursday from 15.30 to 20.30 all year round except for during the summer months.
In their efforts to reduce the amount of time people have to wait for an appointment, they have managed to cut waiting time from more than a month to just six or seven days.
With regards to the different nationalities of people visiting the National Police office in Torrevieja every day, one representative commented that in the last two years they have seen how a greater number of Scandinavians are settling in the city on a permanent basis.
Of course, there is also, and has been for a while, a high proportion of North African and South American immigrants, particularly those hailing from Columbia, who have come to the city of salt to live.
There is a slight increase in the number of Russians as well, after the decline in recent years, but the rise is gradual.
And, we mustn’t forget the Europeans, headed by the Brits, French and Belgians.
It is also important to note that since the Brexit news has been in the news, there has been a 50% increase of British people applying for a residency certificate, since this will be a requisite if they are to enjoy all the benefits and rights of Spanish nationals and residents of all the other EU countries.