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Help/advice needed please

Posted: Fri Feb 7, 2020 9:54am
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Hi all, we’re hoping to move to la Cala de mijas mainly for my health (rheumatoid arthritis) my question is will my husband be able to work (he’ll do anything) without having residency? Would he/we need the Spanish equivalent of our NI numbers? Also will we still be able to collect our pension when our time comes. 

Thankyou so much in advance.. 


Sat Feb 8, 2020 10:10am

Posts: 86

Location: Torrox

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Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:50am

Posts: 1

Location: Estepona

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:50am

Hello Sue,

I am moving to Spain for similar health reasons.

Have you looked into health insurance? What about getting your medication?

Do you know much about the Spanish health system?

I'm making my own enquiries, but would appreciate any advice on health related matters.

Good luck with your move,



Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:59am

Posts: 18

Location: Torrox

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:59am

Most of the answers to your questions are "You're too late". Freedom of Movement as a member of the EU allowed people such as yourselves to live anywhere in the 28. After December, UK citizens moving to the 27 will be classed as '3rd country' and will have to be able to meet criteria such as proof of income & private health insurance.

As for work, unless your husband could scratch an erratic living from the other poorly integrated 'expats' who don't want to use Spanish speaking services, it would be almost impossible to find work. The Spanish unemployment is very high at the less skilled level, and after Brexit UK qualifications will not be recognised at the professional level.

Your best hope is to reverse Brexit.

Jean pye

Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:54am

Posts: 55

Location: La Cala De Mijas

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Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:54am

Think you will need residency ,in the new year you will need it anyway,for staying after 90 days,and for work,and medical,and you should receive your pension no problems with that so far !

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