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HAS ANYBODY MOVED TO SPAIN THIS YEAR AND APPLIED FOR RESIDENCY AND WAS THE PROCESS EASIER THAN IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:25pm
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DENISE54

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Hello

Just wandered if anybody has moved to Spain this year and how many hurdles they have had to jump.  Retired now and still hoping to make the move.  Has the process of applying for residency been an absolute nightmare.  I was hoping to move early this year but have had many conflicting reports!!!!!!!!!!!  Yes, you do qualify and No, you don't qualify. I recently attended "A PLACE IN THE SUN" at Birmingham NEC.  I was told there are going to be changes in the New Year 2022 to make things easier.

Any comments or advise I would be very grateful.

Sold my house back in the UK early this year but was unable to find the info I wanted.  Even the experts were a bit vague.  Can you recommend anybody.

Thank you regards

Denise

Denise

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 7:10pm

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DENISE54

Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:32pm

DENISE54

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Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:32pm

Hi 

Thank you so much for replying.   Blevin Franks were at the NEC last week.  I didn't get chance to speak to them as they were so busy but I did manage to pick up their leaflets. 

Thank you

Denise

Alan G

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:50pm

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Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:50pm

Getting all the right visas , forms applications is all down to how good your Lawyer is - do not try to economise on this - hire a good Lawyer with experience and you will sail through the process if you can provide all the documents/ health insurance etc that is required.  You get what you pay for so don’t scrimp.  Alan 

Bryan61

Posted: Mon Nov 1, 2021 11:07am

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Posted: Mon Nov 1, 2021 11:07am

We just bought in Spain and are applying for the Golden Visa. As said elsewhere, get a good lawyer to guide you through the process. From what I am told, the Golden Visa is a lot easier than the Non Lucrative visa but you will have to invest a minimum of half a million euros in a property.

Bryan

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Mon Nov 1, 2021 2:53pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 1, 2021 2:53pm

Bryan61 wrote on Mon Nov 1, 2021 11:07am:

We just bought in Spain and are applying for the Golden Visa. As said elsewhere, get a good lawyer to guide you through the process. From what I am told, the Golden Visa is a lot easier than the Non Lucrative visa but you will have to invest a minimum of half a million euros in a property.

Bryan

Indeed a Golden is the best option if people moving to Spain and buying a property for 500,000 plus. However, you still become a tax resident if spend over 183 days in any year in Spain. For those who wish to keep their tax affairs out of Spain, makes it perfect for a second home. One thing you don't get in the bundle, a 'drivers licence swap'. The Spanish need to get together, your licence only valid for 6 months then you need a Spanish driving test. 

 https://www.goldenvisas.com/spain-golden-visa

Janine2019

Posted: Wed Nov 3, 2021 2:44pm

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Posted: Wed Nov 3, 2021 2:44pm

We are in the process of application for residential. We have an excellent fiscal rep/lawyer doing it on our behalf. We already have had our NIE number as had a house years ago. In addition, we have the amount needed in bank to show self funding, pensions, S1- form, apostilised/legalised marriage cert (as I'm not yet retired so dependant on hubby). Once all forms submitted to authority, it takes up to 3 months to see if accepted. Once ok'd then it's finger print/passport pics at local police station. Our cost are €500 -600 for the 2 of us and that's a 5yr residencia.

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Wed Nov 3, 2021 3:14pm

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Posted: Wed Nov 3, 2021 3:14pm

Janine2019 wrote on Wed Nov 3, 2021 2:44pm:

We are in the process of application for residential. We have an excellent fiscal rep/lawyer doing it on our behalf. We already have had our NIE number as had a house years ago. In addition, we have the amount needed in bank to show self funding, pensions, S1- form, apostilised/legalised marriage...

... cert (as I'm not yet retired so dependant on hubby). Once all forms submitted to authority, it takes up to 3 months to see if accepted. Once ok'd then it's finger print/passport pics at local police station. Our cost are €500 -600 for the 2 of us and that's a 5yr residencia.

I note you mentioned an S1- health form, this only applied if you got one from UK, by the end of 2020, before that end of transition. Which I presume you did, if have one, 

cjoncamp

Posted: Thu Nov 4, 2021 1:41am

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Posted: Thu Nov 4, 2021 1:41am

We are going thru the process now. A company called Upsticks is helping us they completed the Spanish forms etc and got us the appointment at the consulate. It’s not easy nor cheap and takes a bit of time. We had our interview on the 1st of September at Edinburgh and still waiting on the visa but London and Manchester appear to be a lot faster. 

Holaitsdavid

Posted: Thu Nov 4, 2021 1:20pm

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Posted: Thu Nov 4, 2021 1:20pm

cjoncamp wrote on Thu Nov 4, 2021 1:41am:

We are going thru the process now. A company called Upsticks is helping us they completed the Spanish forms etc and got us the appointment at the consulate. It’s not easy nor cheap and takes a bit of time. We had our interview on the 1st of September at Edinburgh and still waiting on the visa b...

...ut London and Manchester appear to be a lot faster. 

Good luck hope sorted soon, I note you contracted a person in Spain to make the the application who is not professional, nor a registered gestor. https://rightcasa.com/what-is-a-gestor,-what-do-they-do,-and-why-will-you-need-one/ Take care you also also get some professional advice, to include taxation. If you want to drive right now you can only do so for 6 months and then need a Spanish Driving test.    

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