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Moving to Spain advice

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:16pm
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Michael73

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HI, my partner and myself are looking to uproot from the UK and move out to Spain (campasol if possible) in the very near future. We are both in our late 40's so will be looking to move out and work. My partner is currently a driving instructor but is not looking to continue that when we move out and is very open to any career and I work for the AA as a roadside patrol and will be looking to continue working within the motor industry. 

I'm after as much information possible to help us make an educated move ie. How do we apply to move over, what is the call for motor technicians etc etc 

Thank you 

Michael 

Roland

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:42pm

Roland

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Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:42pm

Jobs are very very hard to find.

So that is going to be the first if your many problems.

Sorry to be so negative.

Will60

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:37pm

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Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:37pm

If you want to move to Spain and work, you will need one of the working visas.

Have a look here

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0xMqhqHmEKBIff9XqYT9E6SLp-1cfG5WQqDfxajoVj2zCNqoLX8WqmZt0

eraser

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:35am

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Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:35am

Sorry about this: 

Moving to Spain: “Stolen from an other forum”

There are even bigger issues than that about Brits moving to Spain now...

The opportunity for UK citizens not already living in Spain to apply for Spanish Residencia via the EU citizens route finally ended on 31.12.20.

From 1.1.21 onwards if it is your intention to come to live in Spain (rather than simply visit the Schengen zone for the "up to 90 days in any running 180 day period" time limit that applies to all non-EU citizens) you must now BEFORE YOU COME first apply from within the UK to the Spanish Consulate in London (or Edinburgh), for the required pre-entry visa.

That's either a "Non-Lucrative Visa" under which you can temporarily reside in Spain for up to 12 months whilst you make your Residencia application, but which forbids any working for income (non refundable application fee currently £516 per person); or if you have a formal Spanish job offer in writing then a "Work Visa" (non refundable application fee £410).

One of the conditions of being granted a Non-Lucrative Visa is that you can show the Consulate proof of the minimum regular monthly income per applicant required by the Spanish Consulate (which they require you to have in order that you can support yourselves whilst in Spain and so not become a burden on Spanish taxpayers) .

There are several other requirements, including a criminal records check report, and proof of full-cover private Spanish medical insurance for the period of the visa, etc. Any supporting documents not in Spanish will need to be Apostiled and translated into Spanish by an official Translator

I would very VERY strongly advise you to make your pre-entry Visa application through a specialist lawyer, as if any part of your application does not meet the requirements your entire application will be rejected and your application fee lost.

You must have obtained that approved pre-entry visa BEFORE you then come to Spain, as it is that visa which gives you permission to reside temporarily in Spain whilst you then obtain and submit all your formal Residencia process documents etc.

Be aware that then once in Spain, as part of your Non-EU citizen Spanish Residencia application, as well as showing the approved Pre-entry Visa which allowed you to enter the country to live temporarily, you will need to show Spanish bank statements etc proof that you have brought into Spain a minimum of at least 4 x "IPREM" to support yourself, or documented proof you are earning more than that in Spain.

If you are bringing any other family members with you, then you must add at least 1 x IPREM for each of them.

This "IPREM" amount increased on 1.1.21. by 5% for year 2021 and is now 6772 euros.

So you will need to bring into Spain a MINIMUM approx 27,500 euros with you, plus 6,772 euros for each of any other family members, to qualify as financially self-supporting to obtain Spanish Residencia.

As part of your Residencia application you must also show proof that you've taken out at least an annual full, all-conditions-covered Spanish private health insurance policy (including cover for any pre existing conditions), for each person you are bringing in. Such a Spanish medical insurance policy is not cheap... perhaps at least 2,000 euros per person, and potentially much, much more in case of significant medical existing conditions.

There is also plenty of other bureaucracy on top of these big initial issues, including the requirement to take a Spanish driving test (in Spanish) as your (non-EU) UK driving licence ceases to be valid for use in Spain after you've lived there for 6 months.

More info here...

http://extranjeros.inclusion.gob.es/.../hoja010/index.html

And here....

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/.../Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx

an other hurdle:

https://murciatoday.com/brexit-collides-with-1975-military-law-in-spain-british-housebuyers-must-now-obtain-military-permit_1552969-a.html


RichT

Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:55pm

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Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:55pm

The link below shows the criteria for the different types of visas available.

In summary, to be employed, you need a job offer in advance from an employer; and to be self-employed you need a business plan, etc.

Unemployment in Spain was very high pre- Covid and will be even higher post-pandemic. You will also need to speak fluent Spanish; and accept that salaries in Spain are, on average, 2/3rds of those in the UK.

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx

Hope this helps!

Puc123

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:50pm

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Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:50pm

My best advice to you is to avoid Camposol. Worse place we ever lived. Sorry has to be said. If you are under 70 forget it. Its like a giant care home community with curtain twitchers and gossips but Camposolians will of course defend it. Rent if you must before buying. We moved further up the coast after a costly mistake. Much more to do and a mixture of nationalities. Camposol is like Blackpool in the sun. Feel free to message me for more info. We are in our late 40s x

PeterC

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:02am

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Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:02am

If you do decide to move to Spain be very sure that you make the right choice before buying a home. It will cost you approximately 15% on top of the purchase price for taxes and fees, and estate agents normally charge c5000 Euros for selling your house if it is worth up to 100,000 Euros, then 5% thereafter. So a house at 150,000 will cost you c.175,000 to buy, and 7,500 to sell - always assuming you can get a buyer and one who will pay your asking price.

Of course having planned to move to Spain you will have been learning Spanish?

Michael73

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:58am

Michael73

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Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:58am

Puc123 wrote on Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:50pm:

My best advice to you is to avoid Camposol. Worse place we ever lived. Sorry has to be said. If you are under 70 forget it. Its like a giant care home community with curtain twitchers and gossips but Camposolians will of course defend it. Rent if you must before buying. We moved further up the co...

...ast after a costly mistake. Much more to do and a mixture of nationalities. Camposol is like Blackpool in the sun. Feel free to message me for more info. We are in our late 40s x

Thank you for your reply 

We have spoken about renting first to see how we settle, ladt year we  visited camposol and quite liked it so I joined this group to get an inside look and as much  information from people that live there( both positive and negative) 

We've been learning Spanish for a while now and although I'm far from fluent we are starting to understand more and more

I'm very open to other areas that people have experienced 

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post 😊

Puc123

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:17pm

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Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:17pm

Michael73 wrote on Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:58am:

Thank you for your reply 

We have spoken about renting first to see how we settle, ladt year we  visited camposol and quite liked it so I joined this group to get an inside look and as much  information from people that live there( both positive and negative) 

We've been learning Spanish for a while now and although I'm far from fluent we are starting to understand more and more

I'm very open to other areas that people have experienced 

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post 😊

You're very welcome. Take your time with it as it's a huge step. We are now in El Campello and absolutely love it. Much nearer to Alicante for ease of travel as well and so much more to do round this area. Be portable so you can try a year here a year there. Good luck. Living in Spain is fabulous but Camposol is not Living in Spain. 

Michael73

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:38pm

Michael73

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Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:38pm

Puc123 wrote on Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:17pm:

You're very welcome. Take your time with it as it's a huge step. We are now in El Campello and absolutely love it. Much nearer to Alicante for ease of travel as well and so much more to do round this area. Be portable so you can try a year here a year there. Good luck. Living in Spain is fabulous...

... but Camposol is not Living in Spain. 

I'll check out El Campello and have a look 

Thank you 

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