Spanish immigration authorities are rejecting applications for long term residencies if the applicant is out of the country for more than 10 months in 5 years. This little-known rule had been largely ignored by provincial immigration offices until recently, when they have started to implement it extensively.
The chart below was extracted from a letter received by an applicant who was rejected a petition for a long-term residency card, which is applied after 5 years of temporary residency. The card holder had been away for more than 300 days in 5 years. The resolution is not likely to be appealed as there are no grounds to appeal. The applicant has now applied for another 2-year temporary residency card.