Moving to Spain

Moving to a foreign country is always exciting, but it requires people to be well organized and prepared. Spain is a beautiful country and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is famous for its interesting culture, great music, beautiful language and amazing beaches. Before you decide to move to Spain permanently, spend your vacation there and find out more about the country. Keep in mind that spending your vacation in some country is much different from living in that country. However, spending some time there will help you learn more about the culture, people, language, cost of living, advantages and disadvantages of living in Spain.


The Process of Moving to Spain

You need to decide where you want to live. Different cities have different  costs of living, and there are also other things you need to think about when choosing the city, especially if you are moving to Spain with your children. Find out more about how safe the city is, and see if there are suitable schools.

Some people decide to move first and then start looking for a job. If you are moving to Spain with your family, you should not consider this option. It is much better to look for a job before you start moving. In fact, if you don’t have a job offer, you won’t be able to get a permanent resident visa.

EU citizens don’t have any problems with entering Spain and working there. All EU citizens are allowed to work in the European Union countries without work visas. Upon arrival, you need to register at local Office of Foreigners to get a NIE number. When you get a NIE number, you will be able to buy houses, cars, and conclude contracts with telecommunication companies and electricity providers. When you get this number, you will also be given Certificado de Registro.

To move to Spain permanently, you will need a residency visa. This will also allow you to work in the country. There are several different types of residency visa, such as working, investor, retired, etc. To get more information on getting a residency visa, visit the consulate of Spain in your country.

Required Documents

• Passport
• Medical certificate
• Birth certificate
• Passport photos
• Criminal record certificate
• Copies of all documents

More documents may be required for some types of residency visa. For example, you will have to prove that you have a job offer in Spain. The process of getting residence permit can be complicated. Hiring a legal advisor will be a good idea.

How to Rent an Apartment or House in Spain

Use the Internet to learn more about rents and real estate prices in the country. It will be wise to hire a specialized agency to help you find an apartment, but you need to be cautious. Talk to other expats who already live in Spain and ask for some advice. Visit  Expat Forum  to find out more about moving to Spain.

To learn more about rental apartments in Spain, visit  Spain Expat.