So I arrived back in Spain with no problems and a new contract with the Comunidad de Madrid’s Auxiliar de Conversación Program. I wasn’t in a rush to sort things out with my new residency card because I still had my old expired TIE and no one seemed to question the expiration date. But eventually I got my act together and set things in motion.
I never received my letter from the government where they tell you that your renovation has been accepted and send you an appointment date to start the process. Instead I checked my status online here.
Even though I never received a letter, my status was favorable. So next I made an appointment to finish the paperwork. I didn’t go to Aluche to make the appointment like most people advise. Instead I made the appointment online and arrived with no problem. Don’t forget to print your appointment date and bring it with you to Aluche. They will also inform you online of the documents you need to bring with you. I needed 2 new photos for my new card and the photos had to be different from last year’s card.
To make an appointment for your hulleas (fingerprints) click here and fill out the form correctly. You can also make other appointments at this site.
If you are ever lost or can’t get a website to work, if you are trying to deal with visa stuff in Madrid then search here.
Everything worked out fine and in 35-45 days my new TIE card was ready. Actually I picked it up maybe 85 days late and luckily it was still there.