Guidance for Residency (TIE) in Spain

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Over the past few months, we have seen a huge number of enquiries for people wanting Spanish Residency in  Alicante – Spain (Residencia now TIE). Here you have all the information about Residency in Spain (now a TIE).

This article is to advise you that it is important that all clients who do not have Residencia (now TIE) and padron and need them should obtain them before 31st of  January 2020 . After this date we don’t know how difficult it may be to obtain TIEs afterwards.


Why is this? What is the situation with Residency in Spain after Brexit?

If you refer to the GOV. UK website in the UK there is a great deal of information there to read.


What is the agreement on rights for UK nationals in Spain?

At the beginning of January 2019, there was an update by the Foreign Office, on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU following the triggering of Article 50.

  • UK nationals, as well as their family members covered by the agreement. They are lawfully residing in Spain by 31st January 2020, will be able to continue to reside in Spain.
  • Children born or adopted outside of a UK national’s resident  State after the 31st January 2020 will also be covered by this agreement.
  • Close family members. (spouses, civil partners and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren and dependent parents and grandparents), will be able to join UK nationals in Spain after Brexit under these rules. This applies where the relationship existed on 31st January 2020 and continues to exist when they wish to move to join their UK national family member.
  • UK nationals and their family members covered by the agreement will be able to be absent from their member state of residence for up to 5 years, without losing their right to return. Also, they will continue to have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits.
  • Where an application is required to obtain Spanish status, UK nationals will have at least two years to submit their applications.


UK nationals who move to Spain after 31st January 2020

For UK nationals who move to Spain after the UK’s withdrawal on 31st January 2020, they can still live, work and study in Spain after the UK has left the EU. How long this period lasts is subject to negotiations, however, it is likely to be around 2 years.  Details of the immigration rules for UK nationals who wish to move to the EU after 31st January 2020 are yet to be agreed.


UK nationals in Ireland

( By the way) The rights enjoyed by UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area will not be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU.


Current status of UK nationals in the European Union and specifically Spain.

Until the UK leaves the EU, the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.

This means:

  • UK nationals can continue to travel freely within the EU using a UK passport
  • There continues to be no visa requirements for UK nationals entering another EU country
  • UK nationals can continue to access health care during temporary visits to EU countries using the European Health Insurance Card
  • They retain their legal status as EU citizens and can continue to work and live in EU countries
  • British people can continue to retire and collect their pensions in EU countries

Post-Brexit and 31st January 2020

The withdrawal agreement is still being discussed. British citizens will no longer be entitled to reside in Spain under the existing status now.

We are registered in Spain as EU citizens. Currently the UK authorities say that Residency Certificates and cards are valid, however Spain is intimating that they could ask that UK nationals make an application to replace the present residency certificates for the new TIE . At the moment it is not totally clear, but anyway there is likely to be a term to change our status if required.

The current joint report says that to obtain status in Spain, those already holding a permanent residence document issued under the EU law at the specified date will have that document converted into the new document (TIE card).


Summary.

If you are living here and do not have a residency certificate or card you should apply for Residencia (TIE) now. Do it before the January 2020 trigger date, when they can make things a lot more difficult for you.

Currently, we understand EU citizens applying to become a permanent resident in the U.K. need tap their passport against their phone, answer 3 questions and pay £6 to cover postage. The process is than entirely automated and extra information is only requested if their social security record etc does not cover the full 5 years.

If you are Resident spending more than 183 days per year in Spain, then the advice of the British Consulate was that you should get your TIE and your padron (being registered on the electoral roll) now. We can help you with this. 


The Halfway-housers

One big problem everyone is aware of is that there are many people from the UK who live between the two countries.   For example, some British residents spend up to six months a year in Spain and don’t register themselves with the local authorities, which could mean they don’t meet the requirements to qualify as permanent residents.  They could find themselves with problems with the amount of paperwork and legal requirements if the final withdrawal agreement is very strict. Additionally Spain may start to match what the UK is doing in terms of applying to become a permanent resident of the country.  People really need to be legally Resident where they are actually Resident according to the law.

If you are here for a total of 183 days (not consecutive) then you are classed as being a resident of Spain. You should be getting your Residency (TIE now), your padrón and a SIP card (Health card) or private medical insurance, and investigating paying taxes in Spain.  If you are living here permanently but as a non-resident of Spain still going back to the UK for hospital treatment, driving the UK registered car etc. you are likely to find that this situation cannot continue.


Requirements for spanish residency (TIE)

Requirements change depending on your circumstances. As a pensioner, an early retiree or if you are working in Spain, there will be different documents needed.

In the Orihuela Costa these are currently:

If you are not working and nor a pensioner in Spain to apply for TIE you need;

  • Your NIE
  • Tax number for Spain (or it will be done at the same time)
  • The form S1 from the UK Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999
  • Passport
  • Padrón (no more than 3 months old)
  • Single amount in bank for last 3 months 9000 euros/joint 12000 euros
  • Private Health Over for 1 year

If working, you need evidence of you working in Spain

  • income after tax of around 850 euro per month into your Spanish bank account, with evidence it has been paid in for 3 months
  • Valid signed work contract
  • Payslips
  • SIP card

If you need more information click to read all the documents needed for Spanish residency.



This link is helpful on where you should pay tax if you work in the UK but live in Spain.  https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/working-in-uk-resident-in-spain-where-do-i-pay-tax/


Conclusion

Spanish Solutions advises our clients;

If you are from the UK and are currently living more than half a year in Spain, consider whether your paperwork is in order pre-Brexit. We can help you obtain Residencia (now TIE) and a Padron.  

If you already have the relevant documents, then please do not be concerned. In due course, we will advise what will be required to update your status.

We will keep you informed.  But, if you have been delaying getting Residencia now TIE … our advice is, don’t delay any more… Contact us to get your residencia now TIE sorted.

403 Comments

  • maureen anthony

    Hello, I am hoping to move to the Alicante/Murcia area once I have sold my apartment in Nueva Andalucia. I plan to become a resident (hopefully) but I own a half share of a house in the UK , my share is around 175.000 pounds what tax will I have to pay on this please. Many thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Maureen,

      You will love this área, the coast is lovely. As this is not a quick answer and we have a few questions to ask before giving you the correct answer, we will contact you directly by email.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Doreen Forde

    We have been living in Spain now for 3 years, we have residency for the last 15 months.
    We are retired with pensions.
    My question is we have no health insurance as we are now in our 70s.
    We would like to get the Spanish medical card, but have been told if we have a uk.medical card we can’t have the Spanish,But now we live here full time we need the card, what do we do please?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Doreen,

      If you are from the UK and receive your state pension, you can request an S1 from the HMRC which will alow you to have full medical cover here in Spain and also back in the UK should you go back for a visit and need medical assistance. The other option is to apply for Convenio Especial, to apply for this you have to have been resident in Spain for over a year. This is where you would pay per month for the health cover, Please see a link to our blog below discussing this , we hope this helps.

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/newsletters/healthcare-prescriptions-here-in-spain/

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Sara liddle

    My partner and I have just moved to competa. My partner is retired and has a pension. I have a house back in uk which I rent out. We have no money worries. How do I go about applying to be a resident in Spain. I’m renting at the moment I have the house initially for 1 year but we will be staying here.

  • Fiona Templeton

    I have a Spanish residencia and am wondering how long they are valid for. I remember being told that once you have one (my last one was in 2002) there is no necessity to renew it. Is this still applicable?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Fiona,

      This is correct. The town hall usually sends out a letter asking you visit them to confirm you are still staying in Spain, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Linda clyne

    I currently live in Spain for the past three and a half years. I receive a state pension from England and have all necessary documents to live here. If I want to return to England to live, where I have family, will I still be able to do this after Brexit?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Linda,

      We are sorry, no-one knows what will happen after brexit.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Dean Hart

    How do you count the 183 days in the UK and Spain when Spain ‘s year is Jan to Dec and the UK is 6th April to 5th April? You can end up with more than 183 days in both.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good morning Dean ,

      If you are a Spanish Resident and are in Spain 183 days from January to December, Spain will look for you to pay your taxes here. The tax office will not take in to consideration the UK tax year. We hope this answers your question.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Paula New

    Hi,
    We bought a property in Calpe last year and plan to move to live in Spain from next year.
    We are, and will continue to be employed in England and paying UK tax but we will work for our companies from Spain.

    Please can you tell me if we need to apply for residency in Spain and whether or not we can get a health card?

    Also, if we are residents of Spain with a health card does this mean that we cannot then use UK healthcare when we go back to England ( we have a proper yin England)

    Thank you

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Paula,

      If you intend to live in Spain more than 6 months and 1 day of the year, you should apply for residencia. It would be best to speak to a Fiscal Advisor in regards to your tax situation before hand as you should also be paying taxes here.

      As you would be paying your taxes in the UK at the time of the residencia application you would get health cover from the UK in the form of an S1, this can be obtained from the Inland Revenue. This may change after Brexit.

      It would be best to check your UK health cover,when in the UK, with the NHS or the Overseas Health Cover team at the HMRC.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Ross

    Hello,
    I have lived with wife and children in Spain for the past 10months, but I travel to the UK for work.
    Spain says I am tax resident, but so does the UK!
    DTT rules say I can’t be tax resident in both, so who do I need to fill in a tax return for?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Ross,

      We understand your concern.

      As you live in Spain and your family are based there, you should be tax resident in Spain. Whatever UK tax you pay from your salary will be offset to your tax return here in Spain when submitted. It would be best to speak to a Fiscal Advisor who will give you tax advice in relation to your current situation.

      If you are near to our office, our Fiscal Advisor, Marie Carmen would be delighted to help. Marie Carmen has over 25 years experience with the Spanish Tax system and can answer any questions you may have.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Mustapha khodja

    Good afternoon
    I moved to alicante beginning of August with the view to be resident, however I have been struggling to get an appointment to extranjero oficina. Any advice? Thank you. Mustaphs

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Mustapha,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      It seems everyone is experiencing difficulty booking residencia appointments at the moment, especially if the applicant is a British passport holder. We do know that some town halls are releasing cancellations in the morning. Should you need any assistance with your residencia, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be delighted to help.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Simon

    how to get permanent community resident in Spain

    • Ian C.

      Hello Simon,
      Although doing this quickly is important it is no longer vital with an 11 month transition period starting Feb 1st. This gives you 11 months after the brexit date, to get your affairs in Spain in order.
      Of course, we can help,
      Kind wishes,
      ian

  • Mark Heatley

    Hi we are looking at re locating to the costa blanca in 2020. Buying a house onve uk house has sold. We are planni g on living and working in spain permanently. Will we still be able to do this after brexit

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Mark,

      Exciting times ahead for you and your family, we are located in La Zenia which is Southern Costa Blanca, a beautiful area to settle.

      At the moment, we have been given little information from the Foreign Office in Spain in regard to obtaining residencia post Brexit although we do continue to chase them for this. As soon as we have any update we will update all of our clients and potential clients via a blog and a news letter.

      Should you need any assistance in finding your dream, Spanish property, please do not hesitate to contact us. We work closely with many of Orihuela Costas leading estate agents, and we, Spanish Solutions have over 14 years experience dealing with conveyancing and other legal matters, no matter how big or small. For example NIE, residencia, change to Spanish licence, all of the changes you will need to make when you settle in Spain.

      We wish you all the luck in your new adventure.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Pete

    Hi,
    I currently live in the UK and want to move to Spain in the near future with my family. I am tied to the UK because my father is living with severe dementia in a care home however my wife’s parents already live in Valencia region. If, 1st January 2021, UK citizens are expected to earn £20k+ to meet minimum income rules as non-EU then I know we wouldn’t qualify to claim residencia. I’d like to know how quickly we’d be able to claim residence if we were to move across in the summer of 2020 please.

    • Ian C.

      Hello Pete,
      My advice is get it done now. Yes, we have until December 31st but after Feb 1st the floodgates will open with British people moving to Spain.
      Also, i think personally ( I am not an expert) The Spanish government will give Brits another year (ie the whole of 2021) to get legal residency, but that’s just a hunch and goes against my main advice which is;
      Allow Spanish solutions to start the residency process right now! There is no advantage to waiting!
      Best wishes,
      Ian

  • michael reid

    Can I stay in Spain for any 3 month period at a time

    • Ian C.

      Hello Colin,
      Simple question- Yes you can.
      However if you move to Spain for three months, you´ll want to stay longer!!
      Ian

  • Gillian Trewick

    Thank you for this article, very useful. However we are hoping to move to Spain in March and the info above is confusing, my mother is retired and I work from home. I realise that it won’t be as easy as it was, but will it still possible to move to Spain or even visit for a year?

  • Colin

    Hello
    My son has lived in Spain since the late 1990’s when the whole family moved to Mallorca and I bought a business and we all worked there until my wife and I sold out and returned to the UK in 2010. I am a retiree and have a UK and Spanish pension. My son is going to start a business soon and I wish to join him, initially for 3-4 months to assist in setting up his business. I had Residencia and I am wondering if I could reinstate the Residencia as I’m in the Spanish Pension system? Also, would I have to become an ’employee’ if I am just assisting him voluntarily?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Colin,
      Congratulations on the new business.
      Yes, if you are working for your son, I mean if it is a shop or a bar or something, you very much need to be an employee. You’ll get as fine if the inspectors come in and you are standing there, without a contract.
      If you are working from home as a consultant, that is a different thing.
      Why become a resident though? Your son can pay you for 10 hours pw, for example or whatever you are doing, and once your three month helping out ends you can decide then what to do. You may love it and want to come back or the opposite!
      Spanish solutions can help your son with the business set up, work contracts etc.
      Just ask and if he’d like us to help promote the business on our website, just pass us details.
      thanks,
      ian

  • Maria

    Hello,

    Could you please clarify if, as a Spanish resident, I am liable to pay taxes on income earned in Spain only or on income earned worldwide? Also,is it correct that UK citizens have now until the end of 2020 to apply and finalise residency permit? I’ve been spending most of last year in Spain (Murcia region) and have been trying to get an appointment at the police/foreigner’s office since April 2019 with no luck! Is it possible to see somewhere the services you offer and fees you charge in relation to residency application? Thank you

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Maria,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes, if you are resident in Spain you are liable to pay your taxes here, if you are in the country more than 183 days per year. If you declare you are not, the tax office may ask for proof of this.

      We have been advised by the Foreign Office, in Spain, that the process for the residencias will change after 31st January 2020 but no further information has been given at this stage. Yes, we can help you with your residencia in the Murcia area for sure. We will contact you directly to discuss this matter in more detail.

      We look forward to speaking with you.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Barry F

    How / Where can I make an appointment for Spanish Residency. I have been to the Town Hall more than 5 times and the advice given is a web address and has no ability to make such appointment. I have now been informed that the procedure has changed again. I have all the forms and details required all ready for process.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Barry,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Can we ask where in Spain you stay please.

      Some areas of Spain are changing where the residencia applications are being taken. For example the residencia appointments for La Zenia are now being taken in Alicante. We will contact you directly to see if there is any way we can help you.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Mark

    We’ve bought a property in costa blanca but won’t be able to move out for a few years and by then will not reach the 20000€ requirement so will we not be able to get residencia

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Mark,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We are unsure what processes will be in place in the future, it may be best to contact us nearer the time and we can advise you of the correct process in place at the time. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Jo Friend

    Thanks for all the information. I have lived in Spain, have residencia, but have had to move back to Britain. Do I need to be living in Spain on January 31st to be able to move back to Spain when my circumstances permit? Would a short visit over the end of January/beginning of February suffice?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Jo,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You do not have to be in Spain on the 31st January 2020 to reinforce your residencia as you are allowed to take time away from Spain. You may need your residencia to get back into Spain without a visa after 31st January 2020. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Craig Moyes

    Is moving to Spain after Jan 31st as a Uk national now not possible in reality. In other words we wouldn’t have been there long enough to become ‘residents’?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Craig,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      At this stage, we have received no information from the Foreign Office in Spain regarding what changes brexit will bring. They have confirmed the residencia process will change after 31st January but to what we do not know. As soon as we have any updates, we will notify our clients via a blog on the website or a news letter. we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • chaz

    We’ve been living in Europe for 5 years and we currently hold a residency card in Malta, with 2 years remaining. I am self sufficient and looking to move to Spain in may with my girlfriend and son. We have a Maltese bank account and a German bank account. Can we still move in may as we are still EU residents after brexit. There is no information anywhere for our situation. Thanks for your help.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Chaz,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      The Foreign Office, here in Spain, have not confirmed what changes will take place after the 31st January. As soon as we have an update on this we will notify our clients via a newsletter and also a blog on the website. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Gerry

    I have a military and state pension, which are taxed in the UK and I am resident in Spain. Last year over 2000 euros was removed from my bank account for a tax on my state pension? I have been informed that this has been backdated to 2014 and will continue until up to date and beyond. The Spanish use my military pension add the sum to my state pension and that produces banding for them to then tax the state pension! The double taxation agreement between the UK and Spain states that Military Pensions are exempt and where taxes have been applied they will not be applied again in the resident Country. How can this happen and how can it be backdated?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Gerry,

      We understand your frustration.

      Tax is a very complicated matter but you are correct in regard to the double taxation agreement amd feel you have been taxed wrongly. We have dealt with many cases like this.

      We will pass this enquiry to Ana, who deals with the taxes. Ana will be in contact with you shortly.

      In the meantime, should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Tom

    Hiya, I am a freelance writer and can work from anywhere. I invoice my clients from my UK sole trader company and pay my national insurance / tax in UK by self assessment every year. Pre Brexit I would bring my caravan down to the south coast and stay from November to March and the length of stay was never an issue. I don’t want to be in Spain for more than about 4 months of the year, but if I buy a modest little scruffy village house inland Costa Almeria for say £30k to live in during those winter months, will the 90 day per 180 day period Schengen rules max stay preclude me from doing this?

    Is it possible to get residencia on the ‘have enough liquid funds and private insurance’ basis so that I could stay for say 120 or so days at a time? Or can I just continue to come for up to 4 months at a time and not have to do any paperwork than I do now (apart from UK green card vehicle insurance and get an international driving permit)? Thanks.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Tom,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      No information has been released on the definite changes after brexit or if people who have a property here, will be exempt from the alleged 90 days stay, we are sorry. As soon as we have any details of the changes brought by brexit, we will notify our clients via a blog and news letter, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Jason

    Hi
    I have a Residencia but it’s only 10 months old. I know those with permanent residency, which I assume means those with more than 5 years residency, will get permanent residency in Spain but what about those with less than the 5 years?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Jason,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Nothing will change for you.

      We have contacted the Foreign Office, here in Spain with this enquiry many times and have always been advised all residencias are permanent and do not have to have the word “permanente” to prove so, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards / Saludos cordiales
      Nicola Ryan

  • Alan skelding

    When will appointments start to change e.u. to none e.u. identity cards and work permits.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Alan,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We have been advised by the Foreign Office, here in Spain, that the process will change on the 31st January but we have not been told what the changes will be, we will have to wait and see. As soon as we have any updates we will issue a newsletter and blog. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Stephen Easton

    Hi we are in Fuengirola considering purchasing a property , we are retired & in the past have come out late October & return to the UK in April , would we have to apply for residency & pay taxes here & the UK .

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Stephen,

      Thank you for your enquiry. Exciting times ahead for you both.

      If you intend to stay in Spain for 6 months or more, yes, you should be resident in Spain. When you are resident in Spain, you should pay your taxes here and also change your UK driving licence to a Spanish one. We hope this helps.

      We wish you all the best in your new property purchase.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Rob Knowles

    Thanks so much for this article – it’s so useful! My partner and I are planning to move to Spain but struggling to find appointments in the area we hope to move to (Playa Flamenca). We’re hoping to have it sorted before 31st January. We’ve found appointments online in Malaga – can we use the offices there or does it have to be at an office in our region? Thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Rob,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Can we ask if you have been living in Spain for more than 3 months please, as the Foreign Office (pre brexit) will ask for 3 months bank statements to prove this.

      In regards to the residencia appointment, this can only be made in the region in which you stay. When we have the answers to your questions, we can confirm how we can help you further. We look forward to speaking with you.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • David Carr

    I have two sons 18yrs and spanish nationals, I am English but Spanish self employed resident and single. how long can I be out of the country (working) without loosing my rights here?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning David,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You would lose your residency status (residencia) if you remain out of the country 2 consecutive years or more. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Peter Lovejoy

    Your webpage is very helpful. Thank you so much for all the advise contained within.
    Can you please advise, I am a U.K. passport holder whom as had residencia (green) card in Spain since June 2018. How will I be able to get health cover & medicines in Spain after 31st January 2020? At present still using UK EHIC card. Could you advise different options available to myself such as becoming an “autonomo”as I prefer not to register on Spain social security register.
    Regards

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Peter

      Thank you for your kind words.

      If you have been resident for 1 year or more, you can apply for Convenio Especial, this is where you pay a fee per month and will have full access to the Spanish healthcare. Please see below, a link discussing this in more details:

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/newsletters/healthcare-prescriptions-here-in-spain/

      Should you need any assistance with the Convenio Especial, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be delighted to help.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Stephen

    Can you obtain residencia in Spain without being or becoming tax resident? I have owned a property in Spain since 2006 which I have used as a holiday home / second home, living primarily in the UK. I am on the Padron but the question of residencia has not arisen as I have never been in Spain for a continuous period of more than 90 days. However I had hoped to retire to Spain in a few years time and I am worried about losing my rights to reside in Spain ollowing Brexit.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Stephen,

      If you are not locating to Spain for a few years, we would recommend waiting until then. We would not recommend becoming resident if you do not live here at the moment as when you become resident in Spain, you state that Spain is your home and your fixed abode. You would also be liable to change your driving licence to a Spanish licence.

      You can be resident in Spain and not pay taxes, if you are out of the country for more than 183 days of the year, but the tax office can request proof of this and if they are not satisfied with your evidence, you will be liable for a large tax bill.

      You will be able to apply for your residencia in years to come but the requirements at this stage, we are unsure of.

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Ian

    Hello
    I have a yacht in Torrevieja Marina and spend from September to March (7months) here living on the yacht and some of the time sailing Spain, France and Italy.
    I come to Spain in my UK registered car, normally by ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, this is necessary to bring my dog with me.
    What will my status be after Brexit. All my property and business interests are in the UK. I do not wish to be resident in Spain ( I was resident for 15 years ending 2011 and have a Spanish state pension)
    My yacht is UK flagged. would it be better under a Dutch flag?

    Your thoughts and suggestions greatly appreciated

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good afternoon Ian,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      It is very hard to give concrete advice at this time as the Foreign Office, in Spain , have released no information on the changes after brexit. We are sorry.

      If possible it may be best to register your boat under a different flag but you would still hold a British passport.We would recommend discussing this with the relevant department, where your boat is moored. We are sure they will have been asked this question many times.

      We hope this helps
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • John Hodgson

    Hi, this is an excellent site with some really good questions and answers, apologies if this has already been asked, but we have a property in Punta Prima, which we’ve owned, coming up for 2yr’s. Overall we spend approx 3 months over the year in Spain. Would we qualify to apply for our residencia, as we plan to move permanently within the next 4 years, once our girls have finished their schooling.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon John,

      Many thanks for your kind words.

      If you do not intend to live in Spain for more than 6 months of the year and you do not want Spain to be your fixed abode, we would not recommend becoming resident.

      At the moment it is hard to give concrete advice as the foreign office have released no information on the processes or changes due to brexit, as soon as we have any updates we will advise you via a newletter and blog on our website.

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Milan Patel

    We are a family of four with a property in Andalusia which at present is rented out. We pay Spanish Taxes accordingly. But in the future we wish to be able to spend up to 3 months a year in Spain. We wish to be able to take our UK registered car there too. What would be the best solutions for us?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Milan,

      Many thanks for your kind words.

      If you do not intend to live in Spain for more than 6 months of the year and you do not want Spain to be your fixed abode, we would not recommend becoming resident.

      At the moment it is hard to give concrete advice as the foreign office have released no information on the processes or changes due to brexit, as soon as we have any updates we will advise you via a newletter and blog on our website.

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Pete Slater

    Congratulations on a fantastic site, so helpful. Like many people we own a property in Archidona, the idea is that we will spend 2 months or so at a time in Spain but no more than 6 months in a year as we move towards retirement. Naturally we pay local council tax on the property and have NIE numbers. It is possible that we can get Irish passports. We will not be looking to work in Spain, nor have any claim on any Spanish state benefits, we would also arrange private health care. What would be our position post 2020, should we apply for residency?

  • Cynthia Mayor

    My husband and I became Spanish residents in March 2019. However as my husband has dementia our son is planning on moving here to help with his fathers care.
    Is it necessary for our son to move here and obtain work to present 3 months bank statements to prove he can pay his way, is it necessary for him To have a certain balance in his bank account. Can he get residency on grounds of his intended career role?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Cynthia,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      If your son is coming to Spain to live, we would recommend he apply for residencia.

      Please see below, a link to our website discussing the documents required, pre brext.

      Please note The Foreign Office, here in Spain, have confirmed there will be changes after the 31st January but details of these changes have not been confirmed. As soon as we have any news, we will notify you via a newsletter or blog on our website.

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/legal-paperwork/spanish-residency/how-to-get-a-spanish-residency-card/

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Les Moore

    My wife and I (British nationals) have owned our property in England for 30 years and I have owned a property in France for 15 years. We spend roughly 8 months each year in the UK and 4 in France. However, my brother (British born but now a Spanish resident) wishes to sell me a small property that he owns in Spain. We are now retired and the idea is that we would use the Spanish property for winter months and split the rest of the year between England and France. How will Brexit affect this arrangement?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Les,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      At the moment it is hard to give concrete advice as the foreign office have released no information on the processes or changes due to brexit, as soon as we have any updates we will advise you via a newsletter and blog on our website. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Jamie Ward

    Hi very quick question, if I intend to live in Spain (murcia region) for 5 months or less consecutively, do I have no issues or has this still to be made clearer after 31st Jan.. Many thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon jamie,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      At the moment it is hard to give concrete advice as the foreign office have released no information on the processes or changes due to brexit, as soon as we have any updates we will advise you via a newsletter and blog on our website. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Kevin Buckley

    Hi, I am a uk resident with dual UK and Irish passports. I would like to retire in 3 years to Spain. I have taken early retirement and both myself and my wife are aged 57. My wife is a UK passport holder only. How will this affect our move? We already own an apartment in Pego but will be looking to sell and buy a Villa in Denia.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Kevin,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      At the moment it is hard to give concrete advice as the foreign office have released no information on the processes or changes due to brexit, as soon as we have any updates we will advise you via a newsletter and blog on our website. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Gordon Woodhead

    Hi, fantastic article, many thanks. Just two follow up questions. I am in Spain in a holiday let, looking for places to rent to permanently move to Spain before the end of this year. So naturally, I’ll want to qualify for residencia. I’m very early retired (40s) and have sufficient funds I can put in a bank account. TransferWise have said I can indeed use them as my Spanish bank account, even though they are UK based. Does it have to be a Spanish bank for residency, or is TW fine, do you think?
    Second question is about let periods. A lot of the decent rentals are being snapped up already, and I’m running out of options. So I’ve found one nice place but the rental only runs from this November to March next year, while another place a few doors along will be available from the March onwards for more than a year. They are classed as long term let’s, not holiday only lets, but still – if I had to return to the uk this summer, do you think I would be able to come back as late as November and have my residency appointment that same month and gain it if I was renting in bits like this (5 months here, then potentially longer in another place)? Or would I need to show a single long term let? And could I even begin from November? Or would I instead need to have been in Spain for x number of months before applying for residency?
    Many thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Gordon,

      Thank you for your enquiry and kind words.

      If you intend to stay in Spain for more than 6 months of the year, we would recommend applying for residencia. To apply for residencia, you have to be living a minimum of 3 months. The Foreign Office will ask for bank statements to prove this. To apply for residencia, you also have to have a permanent Spanish address, if you move from rentals every 5/6 months, there will be no problems. Please note this is the requirements for residencia pre-brexit, we are unsure if there will be changes now brexit has happened. We hope this helps.

      Should you need any assistance with your residencia, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • John

    We moved to Spain officially on January 2019 obtained Spanish health system and obtained green card certificado de union on 28/01/2020 our nie were obtained in 2012 with padron obtained 2013 because we were told it was necessary even though not staying permanently at time .Now we stay here permanently and fill my tax to UK ,I receive my pension and income from properties In uk so who do I now need to send my tax forms to and how much in Spain can i earn before paying tax in uk it’s about 11000.00

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning John,

      As you are a Spanish resident, you are liable to pay your taxes in Spain. We would recommend you have a consultation with a Fiscal Advisor who will discuss and deal with your taxes on your behalf. Our Fiscal Advisor, Marie Carmen , would be delighted to meet with your and answer any questions you may have.

      We look forward to hearing from you .
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Damon

    Hi, just a quick question around moving to Spain in 2020 – I’ve read most of the comments on your very helpful site. However, from the Spanish authorities point of view, can I become resident in Spain but work in the UK (I would be living in Spain over 50% of the time)?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Damon,

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      Yes, you can be Spanish resident and work in the UK, no problem.

      We would recommend discussing your situation with a Fiscal Advisor, here in Spain, the Fiscal Advisor will provide tax advice based on your current situation and will also ensure you are not taxed twice (from the UK and Spain). Our Fiscal Advisor, Marie Carmen, would be delighted to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Please contact us if this is something you would be interested in.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Peter

    Hi Me and my wife are moving to spain June /July .My 2 kids will e going to international school in Villamartin we have private health care we will be renting a property no buying .I work abroad for over 183 days of te year 1 month at a time .My wife but in spain most of the year as kids will e at school . Where do we stand then I know I’ll e no resident due to the time I’m out of spain .

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Peter,

      Exciting times ahead for you and your family, Villa Martin is not from our office.

      If you and your family are living in Spain for more than 6 months of the year, you should become resident. If you are not in the country for more than 183 days but your family are and Spain is your fixed abode you should pay taxes here. We would recommend having a consultation with a Fiscal Advisor, in Spain,they will provide tax advice based on your current situation, we hope this helps.

      Should you wish to speak with a Fiscal Advisor or need assistance with your residencia, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be delighted to help.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Lyn Bacon

    Hi, like a lot of people on here my husband and I want to sell our property in the U.K. and move to North Costa Blanca permanently. My husbands father is resident in Spain for over 10 years. We intend on starting our own business and I may continue to work from home in Spain for a UK company. We are frightened to sell up here, come to Spain to then be told you can’t stay permanently. Any advice appreciated. Thanks Lyn

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Lyn,

      We understand your concern.

      There would be no reason why you cannot relocate to Spain, but the requirements for the residencia ect, we are unsure of at this stage. The Foreign Office, here in Spain, have released no information on the changes that will come due to Brexit. As soon as we have details of these changes, we will notify all of our clients via a newsletter and blog. Our advice at the moment would be to follow your dream and stick to your plan. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • William Andrews

    Hello, I am a British National living in Mijas Costa and have Residencia since January 2018. My Wife is Guatemalan and wishes to join me here in Spain so we can live as marriage intended and in order to make this happen legally can you kindly advise on the correct course of action. Thank you

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning William,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      As your wife is non European, the process for residencia is more complicate but is possible.

      Firstly, your wife would visit Spain on a visa, which can be organised before she travels from via her local Spanish Embassy. When she is in Spain, she can apply for her residencia within her 90 days visa.

      We would recommend contacting a Solicitor or Gestoria in your area, who specialise in residencias for non EU citizens and ask they help you with this, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Lesley Harris

    I am a UK citizen with Spanish resedencia. I go to UK for 3 to 4 months in the summer and sometimes a week around Christmas. Will my stay in the UK be restricted after Brexit please

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Lesley,

      This would be a question for the UK, we would only be able to advice for Spain, we are sorry.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Danny Shaw

    Hey guys. Thanks for the great info.

    My parents are living in France without residency at the moment and they want to move to Spain. They were wondering if it would be easier to apply for French residency before moving to Spain in case their move happens after 2020 or whether that would be irrelevant as they are British citizens or whether that is something still to be decided within the trade negotiations.

    Does anybody have an idea as to whether these suggestions have been covered previously?

    Regards

    Danny

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Danny,

      We would urge your parents to make the move and secure their residencia before Dec 2020. Being a resident of another EU country will not make their residencia (as a non EU) any easier. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Angela Woodcock

    Like a lot of people here we have a holiday home but not planning on fulltime living until Jul 21. If I could work from Spain in my current UK job, apply for residencia, could my husband join me after the transition period?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Angela,

      Yes of course, your husband can apply for his residencia after the transition period but the requirements of the residencia post brexit have not been confirmed as yet. As soon as we have any updates, we will confirm in a blog via the website. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Ged Moran

    Hi we bought a property in the Alicante region in 2015, we have both now retired with NHS pensions, and I receive my state pension in January 2021, we wish to take up residency this year and my wife won’t receive her state pension until November 2022, we have our NIE numbers, we realise we will have to take out Spanish private healthcare insurance, what other documents will be required and can I apply for the S1 card in January next year. Thanks in advance.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Ged,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Please see a link below, to our blog, which details the documents required for the residencia at the moment, please note these may be subject to change. If there are any changes, we will notify you of this.

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/legal-paperwork/spanish-residency/how-to-get-a-spanish-residency-card/

      Yes, you can apply for your S1 as soon as you receive your state pension and when received you and your wife, as a dependent, can apply for your permanent SIP cards.

      Should you need any assistance with the residencia or SIP cards, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be delighted to help.
      Kine regards
      Nicola

  • Sam P

    Hi there!

    I was a resident in Spain with all of the official documents (NIE, Cat Salut, Padron etc etc) and was working in Spain until July 2019 when I moved back to UK (because of the health of my mother) – I still have all of these documents and an open bank account there, and I plan to move back as soon as I can (but I’m currently working in the UK). As I already had these documents does this help? Or because I am currently working in the UK it won’t make a difference?

    Thanks a lot!

    Kind regards,
    Sam

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Sam ,

      If you have your Spanish residencia and did not revoke it before leaving for the UK, you can be out of the country for 2 years before your residencia is affected. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Elizabeth Wallace

    Hi we have a holiday caravan in Costa Blanca if we want to use it say for two months at a time over the year can we come over for two months then go home then back again for a month and so forth or do we have to stay three months then home for three months then back we are really confused about the 180 days
    And 90 days

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Elizabeth,

      It is hard to provide accurate information at this stage as the Spanish authorities have released no valid information on visas ect as yet, we are sorry. As soon as we have any information, we will let you know via a blog on the website and also a newsletter. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Pamela Jones

    Hello, my husband and I, both retired, are planning to move to Spain, 2022. We are both British nationals living in the UK. We have family, who live and work permanently in Spain. My son, who is British, my daughter in law who is Spanish and my two grandchildren, at school in Spain, who are Spanish. I have read that having family in Spain could help with our plans for a permanent move there, ie buying property and applying for Spanish residency. I should be most grateful for clarification with the above.
    Kind regards
    Pamela Jones

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Pamela,

      Yes, this is true. For a non EU citizen applying for residencia, it does help if you have family here, in Spain. Although, all the family members must have their residencias, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Paul Whelan

    Hi
    I had intended to move to Spain eventually but not yet. Can we register for residency whilst the transition is going on, or do we need to spend a certain number of days in Spain to retain it?

    Thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Paul,

      You have to be living in Spain for a minimum of 3 months before applying for residencia, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • David Mann

    Hi
    My wife and i are looking to buy a place in spain and to live there for most of the year , we will earn an income from rentals back in the UK but will have given up employment.
    Given that this won’t be happening before Dec 31st 2020 is there anything we can do now to make things easier post Brexit. Is it possible to buy somewhere and apply for residency without actually living there , or is there a minimum requirement of proof of residency?
    Kind regards
    David

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon David,

      To apply for residencia you have to be living in Spain for a minimum of 3 months. The Foreign Office will ask for bank statements as evidence of this. You will be able to apply for residencia post Brexit but the details of the requirements are not clear at this stage. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Bronwyn Vowles

    Hi there, fantastic website have found lots of information that I simply cannot find anywhere else! My partner and I both uk residents and citizens at the moment purchased a house in December 2019. We have NIE pay taxes and utilities etc. We are wanting to move in this year but I’m getting baffled with the residency side of things. We both work full time in the UK at the moment so can technically prove EU income and savings which is all in sterling currently. My concern is that we do not get many opportunities to fly to Spain at the moment, can I apply for residency here in the UK. I have emailed the consulate but again not getting any solid answers. We also won’t have an income initially but will after say 3-6 months in Spain. What do I need to apply?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Bromwyn.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      To become resident in Spain you have to be living here for a minimum of 3 months, the Foreign Office will ask for bank statements as evidence of this. You can not apply for residencia from the UK, it has to be done in person. With regard to the documents required for the residencia, we have been advised by the Foreign Office this will change in the coming weeks but to what we do not know at this stage, we are sorry.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Angie S

    Hi, wonder if you can answer this query for me. We lived in Spain for 9 years and returned to the UK in 2013, however we are now looking to return to live in Spain this year permanently and would like to know if the previous nine years would help towards our residency (or not) and if our previous NIE numbers would still be valid.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Angie,

      When you apply for residencia, it would be a new application, we are sorry.

      In regard to the NIE, this will remain the same and will be valid, yes.

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Sandra Glover

    My husband and I have over wintered in Spain for the last 5 years spending up to 6 months here. During this transition period we would like to pursue Spanish residency as in the future we would like to stay over 6 months. We have been in Spain living in our carav@n on an official camping site since mid November. What is the process now that we h@ve to follow to obtain our residency. We are in Benicassim until end of March / early April hoping to return in September or earlier if required. What steps need toh@ve been taken to secure residency prior to 31 December 2020. We are both retired and receiving state pensions. I am also a little concerned regarding the process of t@xation. Is this relatively straight forward? Thank you for your help.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Sandra,

      We would recommend waiting until you are ready to settle in Spain for 6 months or more before you apply for residencia. When you apply for residencia you state that Spain is your fixed abode, you will also be liable to pay taxes here and change your driving licence to a Spanish licence. You will be able to apply for residencia post brexit but what the requirements for this have not been confirmed as yet. In regards to tax, a Fiscal Advisor would be provide tax information based on your personal situation. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Angie S

    Thank you Nicola for answering our question, just one more query with regards to the Seguridad Social, could you tell me if our numbers would still be valid? Thanks

    • Nicola Ryan

      Morning Angie,

      It should still be valid. , but we would recommend checking with the Social Security office when you are back in Spain to be on the safe side. If you would like us to check prior to your move to Spain, please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Tanya Archer

    Good morning! I am hoping to secure employment and subsequently residency in Spain in the coming months. I already have a bank account and NIE but due to remarriage the name on my NIE is in my previous name. Do I need to change it, or apply for a new NIE? My bank account has been updated. Many thanks!

  • Iain Wicks

    Hi there, I also have a quick question,
    My family wants to move to Spain in 2021. My wife and the two children (My stepdaughters) are all spanish nationals. But have all been living here in the UK for several years. My question is can I apply for residency when i get to Spain in 2021 on the basis that my wife is a national (i.e. her EU status will allow me to “piggy back”) . Or is it better for me to go and spend three months in spain during 2020 and apply for residency to be on the “safe” side? But this would be far from ideal, as you can imagine!

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Ian,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes, if you are married to a Spanish national, the residencia process will be much easier for you. We dont see any reason to rush over just now.

      You will be able to apply for residencia, post brexit, but at this stage the requirements and process have not been confirmed. As soon as we have any update, we will notify all clients via a newsletter and also a blog on our website, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Terry Thomas

    Hi, we hve been living in Spain full time for the past 10 years, and we have, as far as we are aware done everything to move our life over here. Padron, Residencia (converted to perminent) Spanish driving licences and taxes. So we think we are well placed for the future. However, the piece on automatic change over to what we assume ar TIE gives us, and I suspect many others, a certain amount of worries. To my shame I did some pretty criminal things in my teens, although I am please to say I have been law abiding for the last 45 years. The worry is what does criminality check mean. Criminal activity can range from drunk and disorderly to murder. Are there any guide lines. PS I did not commit either of the aforementioned crimes.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Terry,

      We understand your concern. It is with regret that at this stage we can give no concrete evidence in regards to the TIE. We have asked the Foreign Office on many occasions but they have no information to give us at this stage, we are sorry. As soon as we have any update, we will notify all clients via a newsletter and also a blog on our website, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Angie Grenter

    Property in Spain since 2012 (not mortgaged) in my sole ownership; husband a pensioner (71) but I still have another 5 years before I get my pension. I am obtaining Irish citizenship but this takes 9-12 months as had to track my long lost Irish grandmother before I was able to apply. Wanting /was hoping to retire to Spain when I too get my pension. Have a property here in the UK valued around £250,000 which we would either sell, let or downsize to free up funds. We wont have £20,000 income each pa but might have a sizeable lump sum if we sell or downsize in the UK plus our pensions to be able to support ourselves financially. Would this be sufficient to enable us to move to Spain and get residencia post Brexit (when the UK has officially left the EU) and would my Irish citizenship be of benefit in applying then please?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening Angie,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      As Ireland will remain part of the EU, the residencia application will be easier for you. Please see a link below to our blog, detailing the residencia process and the documents required:

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/legal-paperwork/spanish-residency/how-to-get-a-spanish-residency-card/

      If your husband has a British passport, it will be easier for him to apply for his residencia (after you have obtained yours) as he is “married to a member of the EU”. At this stage, it is unclear what the requirements will be for Brits applying for residencia after Dec 2020.

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regrads
      Nicola

  • Jon

    Hi,very good web site,thanks
    I am planning on moving to Spain this year, and purchasing a property to live permanently,for the future living off my rental income from my UK home,is this possible as I’m confused as what you need to earn whilst in Spain,I am a 10yrs off retirement and plan to sell up when that time comes.
    So confused with post Brexit and all the negativity that comes with it,I have been here 2 months now and don’t even want to go back to the UK.
    Regards Jon

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Evening John,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      You can apply for your residencia after living in Spain for 3 months or more. Please see a link below discussing the documentation required for residencia prior to December 2020, please note this could be subject to change:

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/legal-paperwork/spanish-residency/how-to-get-a-spanish-residency-card/

      If there any changes to the residencia process, we will notify all clients via a newsletter and also a blog on our website.

      Should you need any assistance with your residencia, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Suzanne Delazzari

    Thank you for brilliant website! I am uk resident and need to remain so due to tax reasons. Have signed 6 month rental contract from 30 November 2020 until 25 May 2021 (just short of 180 days to remain uk resident) in spain for long holiday not working. Due to brexit would I only be allowed to stay 90 days now please and should I change contract to 3 months or wait and see if transition period ending 31 December 2020 is extended please? If can only stay 90’days would I be ok to stay until 31 March 2021 as would 90 day rule start 1 January 2021 as I will arrive in spain before end of transition period? Landlord happy to change contract term but wanted to give them fair notice if have to shorten length. Thank you so much if can help as very worried about this

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Suzanne,

      Thank you for your enquiry and kind words.

      You could take an initial 3 month contract, this will give you flexibility and reduces the risk of you losing any deposit if you need to end the contract early. At the moment, there is very little concrete advice to what will happen at the end of 2020, we are sorry.

      We hope you enjoy your time in Spain!
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Angela

    My son is British and works in England and pays his taxes in the UK. His wife is Spanish, works and lives in Spain with their 2 children in their owned house. My son travels weekly to UK to work. He is in the UK approx 190 days a year and in Spain the rest of the time. Would he have to take up Spanish Residency to continue to do this. Or will he be able to continue as he is as a British Citizen.
    If he does have to take up Residencia are there any tax implications that could affect him?
    Thank you

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Angela,

      Thank you fort your enquiry.

      We would recommend your son secures his residencia as soon as possible, especially if he lives in Spain at the moment with his family. In regards to tax, we would recommend he has a consultation with a Fiscal Advisor (accountant) the next time he is in Spain, they will provide tax advice based on his current situation. Our Fiscal Advisor, Marie Carmen would be delighted to meet with your son and provide advice.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Dave Harris

    Hi
    I have a Spanish daughter in Spain of nine years old.Am I able to get my residency still if I want to join her and live in Spain?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon David,
      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes of course, anyone can apply to be resident in Spain, this will not change after Brexit. The process may be more complicated but it can be done.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Troy Thomas

    Hi . This is by far the best site I have read for getting answers on so many questions. My scenario is ☺ myself 52yr old carpenter. Partner who is a part time maths teacher(secondary) , yoga teacher and artist plus 14 and 12 yr old children. We want to sell up and move near to Valencia spain forever. Brexit has forced us to do this 3yrs sooner than we wanted . So we will have around £200000 to live on and were thinking about buying something around £60000 to get us out there. Then look for work, but to get a green card how much income do we need for two adults a 14 and 12 yr old per year ,Im thinking about both of us going self employed and buying a business . Do you have any ideas on income amount . Look forward to your answer

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Troy,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Exciting times ahead for you and your family, where in Spain are you planning to settle please.

      Please see a link below, to our blog which details the residencia process (post brexit);

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/legal-paperwork/spanish-residency/how-to-get-a-spanish-residency-card/

      Please note you have to be living in Spain for a minimum of 3 months prior to applying for residencia as the Foreign Office will ask for bank statement to prove this.

      Should you need any assistance with your relocation to Spain, please do not hesitate to contact us,we would be delighted to help.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Alison Gardner

    I own a property in Spain , but am unable to be resident there before the deadline as I have a business to sell and don’t envisage it being sold quickly. My question is , in the worst case scenario and UK citizen’s are treated as third country nationals. What would the requirements be to become permanent residents ? I can find plenty of information on the annual financial requirements , but nothing on having sufficient funds to keep myself. My situation would be , my husband and I would have funds of approximately 375,000 Euros , but no annual income ( I was going to use this to buy a business) but the profits wont meet the annual income requirement. So really would this sum of money be deemed sufficient by the authorities to live on to gain residency?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Alison,

      We understand your concern. It is with regret that at this stage we can give no concrete evidence in regards to the changes after December 2020. We have not been given any details from the Foreign Office as yet, we are sorry. As soon as we have any update, we will notify all clients via a newsletter and also a blog on our website, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • June

    We have a property with no mortgage in Los montesinos and are going to move over from the uk full time next year. We have a house in the uk, which we plan to let. Although my husbands pension kicks in November 2020, my pension is 14 years away and I intend to work in Spain. We have a bank account and NIE numbers, have had them 4 years. Do you think it would be better to move our plans forward to this year?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning June,

      Thank you for your enquiry, Los Montesinos is not too far from our La Zenia office.

      Yes, if you can, we would recommend making the move prior to December 2020. As we have little information on the changes that will take place after brexit. Should you need any assistance with the relocation to Spain, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be happy to help.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Barbs

    Hi. We are just about to complete on a property in Murcia that we will use ourselves as a holiday home. We will not be renting it out at all, it will be for our private use. We are currently working in the UK, full time, so will likely visiting for long weekends or a couple of weeks here and there. There is, however, a possibility that a longer stay could happen over a period of months. How long can we stay overall in the Spanish Calendar year (we think it may be less than 183 days) and what is the maximum continuous duration allowed in the 182 days (1 month, 3 months, 6 months) without having to change any tax/residence/other status or complete any other kind of paperwork? Thank you.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Barbs,

      Exciting times ahead for you and your family!

      At the moment, you are allowed to be in Spain for less than 183 days, from January until December, before it affects where you pay taxes.

      Should you need any assistance with the conveyancing or any other part of having a property in Spain, please do not hesitate to contact us. Murcia is not far from our offices.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Katy

    Hi there,
    Firstly thank you for answering other peoples comments, it’s been a really helpful read!
    Me, my husband and 18-month old daughter plan to move to Girona end of April 2020. My husband works remotely and his company (although not Spanish) are registered in Spain, so he will be paying Spanish taxes. We are British citizens, but currently living in Amsterdam. I am eligible for an Irish passport, which means I will still be an EU citizen. However, I have no fixed address currently, so can only apply for the passport once we are settled in Spain. My husband is not eligible for an Irish passport, but my daughter is. Will having this passport make things easier for us with regards to getting a residency? Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Katy,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes, you having the Irish passport will make it easier for your husband to obtain residencia in Spain as he will be married to an EU citizen, we hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Steven

    Is a a U.K. state pension enough for you to retire in Spain. Not in costs but is there a limit to how much you you have to have in income before you buy and move to Spain.

  • Stephen Lawson

    Hi,, I’m a UK national , self employed paying my tax and NI in the UK. I’m spending as much time in Benidorm as I can. I’m looking to buy on a caravan park and split my time between spain and the UK. I’m trying to decide if I’m better doing this now or later. Would a caravan park address be accepted in my residencia application? If I don’t apply ,is there clarify yet about how long I can stay as a visitor?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Stephen,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      If the caravan park is oficial, then you should have no issues. It may be best to check with the office at the caravan park and also the Padron office to ensure there will be no issues with the documents required for the padrón. The padrón confirms your address for the purpose of the residencia. If you can get this, there will be no issues with the residencia (confirming the rest of your documents are correct). There are no updates, at all, in regards to the changes after Brexit, we are sorry.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Peter Owens

    Hi my partner and I are both retired and have moved permanently to Santa Pola, where we are renting for a year we both have residencia, possibly in a few months time we may well be in a position to buy our own property.
    This may well be in the Santa Pola region or Alicante province it all depends obviously what is available ,my question is will it be necessary to renew our residencia if so what is the procedure, hopefully we shouldn’t need to provide all the documentation we did before.

    Could you clarify please.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Peter,

      We understand your concern.

      As all Brits will have to renew their residencia and apply for a TIE (tarjeta de identidad de extranjero) shortly, we would not advise changing the address on your residencia. To update the address on the residencia, you have to go through the same process again. We have no information at this stage on the TIE or to the process, as soon as we have any update on this we will notify all customers via a blog and a news letter.

      Should you need any assistance with the conveyancing or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be delighted to help.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • John Byers

    Hi. My wife and I have just bought a place near Arboleas. We intend to move to Spain, permanently, within the next 3 months. We are both unemployed and living on our works pensions. Our state pensions won’t be available until 2025. We intend to take out private health insurance for at least the first 12 months. We have assets totalling more than €400,000 including our recently purchased property in Spain. Is there anything else we’d need to do to apply for residency when we arrive?
    Many thanks for your consideration and time,

    Kind regards,

    John Byers

  • Liz G

    Hi, we live in the UK and are buying a property in Malaga in 2020 to reform and move into in 2022, we will be residing in the UK throughout this period with short trips to Spain at less than 183 days. Would we be able to apply for a residency permit now?
    Thank you.
    Liz

  • Tony

    Hi there I have been a resident in Spain since June 2019 I have just taken my 25 percent tax free lump sum from my Pension pot do I have to put this on my Spanish tax return and will they tax it ?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Tony,

      thanks to contact us.

      we will send you an email shortly to answer your question.

      Kind regards

      Spanish Solutions

  • Sarah

    So my situation is possibly a little different to most.
    I have been working in Gibraltar for many years now and live in Spain; in the province of Malaga. When the borders closed due to Covid-19 all cross-frontier workers were told they could apply for their residencia through the local office in La Linea. There was a notice placed inside the wondow of the police station with all the requirements. I went to my appointment about 10 days ago and met all the requirements other than the new requirement that I don’t live in the area known as the Campo de Gibraltar and would have to book an appointment in Malaga city. I have now been advised that the city of Malaga do not recognise cross frontier workers and that I would now have to go down the route of minimum bank balances over a period of at least six months. The documents I presented initially were more than sufficient if I lived in Cadiz. I thought that the rules were national requirements and not determined by individual provinces? Obviously I am now getting quite concerned as if I am unable to get this residency it will mean I will not be able to cross the border and may be in danger of losing my job. I am just seeking clarity on what my options are now; other than moving to La Linea which is not really feasible for me.

    Many thanks

    • Ian C.

      Hello Sarah,
      I’m not personally familiar with La Linea. Who advised you that Malaga does not recognise cross border employment? If you can scan and send us any paperwork you have, we’ll take a look. I can contact them for you.
      Do you not think the Brexit date will be pushed back a few months with all that is going on right now anyway?
      Stay in touch,
      ian

  • Martyn

    Hi,
    I’m planning to move out to my owned property in the Cádiz region in Mid July 2021. I will be withdrawing 25% tax free from my pension whilst being a UK tax resident in both the 2020/21 & 2021/22 tax years since I would have worked for more than 90 days in the 2021/22 UK tax year.
    Since I will be moving mid July 2021, I presume I will not be required to advise the Spanish tax authorities of my pension money because I will not have been living in Spain for six full months?
    Would this be correct?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Martyn,
      Good to hear from you. As you probably know we are on partial lockdown in Spain. Luckily many of our experts are self employed so they can continue to operate. We are here to help and we will try to do so as best we can. If i’m understanding correctly, we are talking about 2021 income? If you are living here next year, as a resident you need to declare that income. Are you a Spanish resident or thinking of becoming one?

      Feel free to email us with more specifics and I’ll pass you over to Mari Carmen, our Spanish tax expert,
      Kind regards, ian

  • Emily

    Hi, I am I student right now in the UK and plan to move to Spain in (hopefully) September of 2021, can I apply for residency now even though I am in the UK? What will I need to do? Thank you

    • Amanda Thomas

      Dear Emily, Sorry for the delay in responding. The offices for Residency are closed. You can start to get information together but you cannot do it until you are actually here. It is best you contact us about a month before moving as we cannot know until then what you will require. Kind regards

  • Ross

    Hello, if I take up residencia will I lose my health service, UK social security rights? I have a small private monthly income of £950/month would I pay tax on that? but I am also reading it is £8000 in your account that is required. So much conflicting information, hoping you can help. Thanks

    • Amanda Thomas

      Dear Ross, Thank you for your enquiry. When you take Residencia you should also become a tax resident of Spain and also register for Spanish healthcare. All different steps. Then you would be de-registered in the UK as you cannot have both in both countries. With regards to tax, you will need to contact an accountant for advice for your particular situation closer to when you come over. With regard to the 8,000€ in an account for Residencia, this was the case local to us before the offices closed during the lockdown (they are still closed) but they are not open to ask at the moment. If you are based close to us please contact us around the end of June to check the requirements once they reopen. Kind regards

  • A. Melling

    Hello my husband and i were planning to visit Spain on the 29/03/2020 to look at some properties in Puerto de Mazarron with a view to buy one and move there by by the end of this year. Due to the corona virus we were not able to do this and since then the buyer for the the property we were selling in the Uk has pulled out, From Monday 11th May the estate agents in the uk are up and running again and we hope to start viewings in the next few weeks, Of course we are still not able to travel to Spain and are now thinking of going strait there after we have sold as soon as we are allowed. I’m worried though that we might run out of time to get the NIE and NIF card before 31st December 2020. If we get the application in before then,will we still be eligible after 31st December? Also my husband retires in January 2021 how ever I don’t until 2023, i would like to work out there but if not we would have enough savings to last us until i retire. Would that be allowed? I understand the he would be covered by the Spanish healthcare once he is retired but i would need to have private healthcare until i retire or not if i become employed? Many thanks kind regards A. Melling

    • Amanda Thomas

      Thank you for your web enquiry and I am sorry for the delay in replying due to volume. At the moment it is not clear what is going to happen with Residencia (which I think is what you mean as NIE would be simple to obtain). Once their offices are open after our State of Alarm ends, you should be able to get an office local to Mazarron to assist you. It is too early to say what the rules will be and we do not know them for that area I am afraid. My recommendation is to follow CAB Spain’s posts as they will be very useful for you. Good luck, Kind regards.

  • James Hart

    Different situation than the majority I’ve read here which you may be able to offer advice on. I have been commuting between Spain and the UK for several years now. I am passed pension age but don’t have a pension. I do however have a UK limited company where I employ myself. I also have a child here in a private school here in Spain.

    My wife has her own property in Spain and has residency in the country and indeed when I am in Spain it is where I stay. In fact I arrived in Spain this January prior to the pandemic and am still here. It also seems that as a British passport holder I’m unlikely to get back in Spain anytime soon as a result of the travel restrictions, which is an interesting dilemma to say the least !

    My questions really relate to residency. Am I able to apply in the current situation as a pensioner, with a family here, with UK income but no pension. I have private medical insurance in Spain and have had for a couple of years.

    I
    ‘d be interested to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks

    • Amanda Thomas

      Dear James, Thank you for your comments, I do understand the surreal situation we are all in. You can only apply for residency in the local area in which you live, which I am not sure whether that is close to us. It differs in each area the situation, and is in a fluid state At the moment the offices are closed, so we are unable to process Residencias but we hope to soon. If you are close to us please let us know on enquiries@spanishsolutions.net and we can check the requirements at the time they are open and back up and running. With kind regards

  • Andrew

    Hi Amanda,

    I currently live and work in Gibraltar but I would like to live in Spain and continue to work in Gibraltar. Would you be able to give any advice on how I could do that and how to begin the process??

    Sorry for the very open ended question I’m really unsure of how to begin.

    • Amanda Thomas

      Hi Andrew, The requirements for Residencia (being a resident) vary in different areas especially for approaching Brexit and we are in the Valencian Community, which is a long way from you. I am very sorry but we could not help. You need to contact a firm that deals with Residencias in that region. Good luck, as living in Spain is great! Have a good weekend.

  • Gordon Wyllie

    Good Morning. I am a UK citizen and I have permanent residency in Spain. However, I want to move to work in France in September. Is there anything additionally that I need to do legally to ensure this permanent residency applies to other EU countries too?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Gordon,

      Really, this is a question for the French authorities.
      Good luck with your move to France.

      Kind wishes,

      Ian

  • Jay Rughani

    Hello
    We have had our property in Costa Blanca for nearly 4 years. Our intention is to spend more time in Spain from next year.
    Currently we are working and own our property in UK. We are planning to retire next year so that we can spend more time in our Spanish home.
    Should we wait to get Residencia until we retire or get residencia before Dec 2020. Will there be any Tax implications.

    • Ian C.

      Hello Jay,

      As things stand, the situation with Brexit could become very difficult. If anyone tells you they know whats happening, be careful of taking advice from them.
      We were absolutely certain, before Covid 19, that there would be no hard Brexit but now the chances of this are increasing.
      Negotiations between Spain and Britain have stopped during the lockdown and the UK government says it is not applying for an extension to the Dec 31st deadline.
      What i can say for sure is that you are currently a European citizen and therefore eligible to apply for residency in Spain- after the cut off date, who knows??
      My feeling is get to Spain and make the application ASAP,

      Kind wishes,

      Ian

  • Nicole

    Hello, we are planning to move out permanently to Menorca by the end of the year. We already own a house there and are currently selling our UK house. We plan to apply for residency when we move out there, but we are wary of the time limits with the transition period ending at the end of the year. Can I apply for residency before we move out there? ie. if we fly over during the summer to apply for residency and then move out there a few months following? And, if not, can we apply as soon as we move out there or do we have to be resident for 3 months before applying?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Nicole,

      What a difficult situation we’re now in. It appears that London is prepared to go ahead with a no deal Brexit and if so, you need to apply ASAP for the paperwork.
      As it sits right now, you need to be here in Spain, spending money and showing that your intention is to actually live in Spain. (not just use it as a holiday home).
      When you’ve done that for 3 months and only then, despite the fact you own a property in Spain already- We can take the application further.
      There is a better chance for you, in that you have property in Spain already, but it is a delicate matter and we need to be careful.
      We’ve seen people apply directly for residencia without us, and get turned down!!

      Hope this helps,

      Ian

  • Christine winstanley

    We have a holiday home in Algorfa which we are hoping to move to full time Jan 2021.
    Can we just go there and apply for recidency or will we need a visa. So confusing

    • Ian C.

      Hello Christine,

      Indeed it is very confusing. Had things been different over the past three months I’d have said that there will be an extension in place from December 2020, now it is very up in the air.
      Can you not get here a little earlier and apply for your residency sooner? That said, you cant even apply right now anyway- You are correct, confusing!!
      The rules say that you have to be living in Spain for 3 months before the residencia application, The Foreign Office look for movement in your bank accounts other than bills being paid.
      Pensioners also have to have their pension paid into a Spanish bank for 3 months.
      The Foreign Office wants all relevant documents as near to the appointment date as possible, if not they may well reject your residency application.

      Please stay in touch and as soon as the situation changes, we’ll let you know,

      Ian

  • susan kay

    I wonder if you could help me !! I am hoping to be applying for residency. I will still be keeping the uk home and receiving rental income. If I sell the uk home at any time while I have residency will I have have to declare this and pay any taxes to Spain

    • Ian C.

      Hello Susan,

      Short answer is that if you are moving to Spain, you will be expected to declare your worldwide income here.
      On the residencia question, you should start the process ASAP, despite the coronavirus situation.
      Hope this helps,

      Kind wishes,

      Ian

  • Gillian Sandison

    Hi
    My husband and I would like to spend our winters in Spain for 6 months. Can we do this winter 20/21?
    What will our choices be the following winters? Will we only be allowed to come for 90 days or is there any way to extend this?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Gillian,

      This winter you should be fine staying in Spain.
      We just don’t know what Boris has planned (if anything?) for life after that time.
      Would you consider becoming a Spanish Resident and paying your tax in Spain? It is a terrific option for health care and a host of other reasons.
      We can help you to apply for your residencia in Spain if you wish. The offices in Alicante are open this week for the first time post Coronavirus.

      It might be the perfect time to make the move to Spain?

      Good luck,

      Ian

  • Kelly

    Hi, I opened up a small business in spain in 2009 and had my NIE number, residencia and all of that, I am now living in the UK since late of 2009 as I sold my share to my partner.How do I find out or obtain the information if my residencia is all still valid?

    Warm Regards,

    Kelly

    • Ian C.

      Hello Kelly,

      The cheapest, quickest and easiest way to find the information is to employ Spanish Solutions. For a provision of fees of say, 100 euro plus VAT we can contact the foreign office on your behalf and find out where you stand.
      Your padron needed to be renewed every two years and the likelihood is that the residency is expired too.

      We’d be delighted to help,

      Kind regards,

      Ian

  • Ronnie Slade

    If we obtain and or apply for Residencia in Spain by the end of 2020 and I retire in February 2021 and have an S1 from the UK, how are we covered medical wise if for arguments sake we travelled to France for several weeks? Many thanks

    • Ian C.

      Hello Ronnie,

      Have you applied for your residencia already? Please be careful about the three-month wait before you apply- there is no getting around this, as explained in many of our replies to clients.
      Once you are a European citizen you have the same rights in France as you will have in Spain when it comes to access to health care. It will be the same then as it is for you now, pre-Brexit.
      Kind wishes,

      Ian

  • Paul Dunne

    Hi
    I am collecting my documents for my residencia application.
    I understand that I am then liable for tax in Spain. I am retired and recieve a military (UK government) pension. Will I be taxed on this in Spain? I currently pay UK tax on it.
    Thank you

    • Ian C.

      Hello Paul,

      Yes, you will have to pay tax in Spain, sorry!
      We can help ensure you don’t pay too much, however.
      We can also assist with your residential application. We have our first ones being processed this week since CoronaVirus.
      Alicante is back open for business!

      Kind wishes,

      Ian

  • Sam

    Hi there, my situation is a bit weird and can’t seem to find any advice online. I spent 6 months living in Granada last year where I met my Spanish girlfriend. She is still living in Spain as she is completing her studies (which have now been delayed due to COVID through 2021). I have been flying out to see here every month (with the exception of the last few) and I am planning on moving to Spain to continue living with her, but this will likely be after Brexit due to the nature of my contracting work. I’ve read that we may be able to pareja de hecho or get married to help our situation next year. Do we have any other options than these? Thanks in advance,

    • Ian C.

      Hello Sam,

      We are used to dealing with “weird” cases so don’t worry. Your situation is not too serious and easily fixable.
      The Pareja de Hecho is a good option but getting married ( I am talking from a legal point of view in Spain) always provides an added layer of protection.
      With the “Pareja de Hecho” you must make sure it is registered properly and if so, you will be “almost married”.
      We had a recent client who signed a Power of Attorney to Spanish Solutions and we did the marriage in the notary on their behalf. That is a simple way to fix your issues.

      Let me know how we can help,

      Regards,

      Ian

  • Andrew

    Hi I am a UK passport holder and obtained a Spanish Residencia July 2019 living here single status because my partner being non EU… Asian ….with Brexit happening I needed to become resident here in Spain before applying for her to join me.
    I’m understanding that it’s possible under EU rules for her to join me directly . The advice you have given to the last inquirer has common points as in we are not married but can do if best advice. My first concern is to have her join me as earl as possible… What process is needed and the docs to be shown at the Spanish Embassy in her country is the start point

    I look forward to learning if you can help in these areas

    Thanks

    Andrew

    • Ian C.

      Hello Andrew,
      The answer is not very romantic but to make it easier for your partner to get residency in Spain, you should be married and then request her residencia with the same documentation you requested your residencia + her documentation.
      We can absolutely help you with this.
      Where in Spain are you based?

      Best wishes,

      Ian

  • Valentine Taylor

    Hi, hope you can help with my enquiry. My wife and I are in our 70s and receive the UK state pension. I also receive a work pension. We live in the UK and have a property in Orihuela Costa in Spain since 2004. We want to take up residency in Spain. My wife receives a monthly State Benefit (Attendance Allowance) but is afraid she will lose it if she took up residence in Spain so we are deciding on only myself taking up residency on my own. Will this be possible and bearing in mind the the Brexit Transition period ends on 31 December 2020, what is the time limit for applying and what documents will be required to apply? Also, as we are not going to be in Spain before July ( subject to Lockdown travel rules by both countries) can I apply for the Spanish Residency from the UK? We’ll be most grateful for your advice. Thanking you in anticipation

    • Ian C.

      Hello Valentine,
      thanks for getting in touch with Spanish Solutions.
      So, you cannot apply for residency in Spain while living in the UK. You need to get here and prove that you’ve been living in Spain for three months before you apply.
      We think you should not lose your attendance allowance but we will need to check that out before I can confirm.
      There is enough time, as we have six whole months.
      Regarding the COVID 19- I think you are better off in Spain than in the UK. Rates are currently lower here and self-isolation is easier too.
      As soon as you are ready, we’ll help you start the process. If you can’t make it to our offices in Pilar de la Horadada or La Zenia, that is ok- we’ll go to meet you. (with social distancing)

      Looking forward to helping you,

      Regards,

      Ian

  • Ann Mooney

    Hi I’m looking to move to Spain permanently but I own property in uk which I rent for income my husband is self employed and is hoping to go self employed in Malaga area where we plan to rent for about a year to try Spain out with hope of buying a property for ourselves to live and work could you advise can we go to Spain stay there for 3 months then apply or can we leave uk and apply get the residency then come back and forth with our belongings
    we can provide proof we can sustain ourselves and need to know all documents we need
    Thanks Ann

    • Ian C.

      Hello, Ann,

      Two answers- Yes 2020 is easy to get residency in Spain for British people.
      2021 is a whole different story.
      You absolutely should apply for your residency in Spain right now or as soon as you can. You need to be living here for three months before you can even apply.
      Are you sure about moving to Malaga? Have you considered the Costa Blanca?

      Best of luck with your move,

      Ian

  • Steven Moore

    STEVEN
    Hi i have a house in Spain live there with my wife we are both 64 so do not get state pensions till next year. I am thinking about becoming a resident if I get residency will that cover my wife we both go back to uk often.

    • Ian C.

      Hello Steven,

      You both should apply for your residency.
      We think despite the Brexit that there will be mostly fairly easy movement between Spain and the United Kingdom. Travelling over and back will be ok, as far as we can see.

      Kind wishes,

      ian

  • Richard

    Hi.
    Both myself and my wife work for a UK company (that we own) but have residencia in Spain because we spend more than 90 days per year here. We travel backwards and forwards quite a bit between the countries. The amount of time in each country will vary each year, possibly across the 183 days. We do tend to spend more time in the UK though. We average 120-140 days in Spain per year. Would be be classed as U.K. or Spanish tax residents?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Richard,

      If you are a resident of Spain, you pay your tax here. This is by far the easiest way to operate, especially with Brexit on the horizon. Due to the tax agreement, you only pay tax once, not twice (i.e. in the UK and Sapin)
      We can help you with your tax situation in Spain, of course!

      Kind wishes,
      Ian

  • Thomas Casey

    Hi,
    My wife and i are retired and have lived in Murcia region since 2007. I am 70 and my wife will be 65 in Sept. We both have Residencia. We both are registered on the Spanish national health system and have health cards. I have a form S1 but my wife doesn’t as she piggy backed on my application although she is not named on the form. She won’t qualify for a UK pension until Sept 2021. She has no income but is registered with the Tax office and we submit a tax return yearly. Does my wife need to have an S1 certificate?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Thomas,
      Your wife needs to be a beneficiary on this s1 form. She needs to certify with a marriage cert that she is indeed a family member then she is fine.
      Hope you are enjoying life in Spain!
      Any more questions, please just ask,

      Ian

  • Florence Jordan

    Ian C
    Please can you tell me if I can go to Tenerife from end of November 2020 till end March 2021 . I have been told we can only stay 3 months is this true

    • Ian C.

      Hello Florence,
      You’ll be here over the Brexit date, December 31st, but you should be fine.
      A holiday in Spain for three months is perfectly fine, and well deserved. Any more, considering Brexit, is not so good. (Residency and taxes)

      Kind wishes, and enjoy your holiday in Tenerife,

      Ian

  • Paige

    Myself, my husband and our son was all living in Spain last year but came back due to family emergency. We all have residency and NIE. We want to move back but not looking likely this year. We have another son now so if we was to return next year after brexit how would we go about getting our baby residencia? Would there be any problems or would he be able to get it as we already have one? Thank you.

    • Ian C.

      Hello Paige,

      Sorry to hear about your emergency- I hope all is ok now.
      Your new child has the very same regulations as the last one in terms of residency so no real issues there.
      We can help if you need us to,

      Kind wishes,

      Ian
      UPDATE: sorry Paige, I hadn’t realised that you are not coming to Spain until next year. From the 1st January 2021 we do not know what documents are going to be required, even the authorities still do not know. Is there some way we can get your baby on residency before the end of 2020?

  • Mark Barrowman

    We have an apartment in Spain (Murcia Region) and when we bought it 10 years ago, planned to retire there in 2026 (but with still option to move back to UK at a later date). I have my own business in UK and intend to work/pay tax in UK until 2026. Whats my best/least worst options?

    • Amanda Thomas

      Sorry Mark, we are not sure we quite understand regarding best and worst options. You wish to remain a non resident for at least many more years and use your holiday home, that is not a problem. With kind regards

  • Adrian Caffery

    I have an Irish passport and my wife has a British passport and we are planning on buying a property in either the Seville Province or Cadiz Province and moving to Spain within the next few months. However, we are not pensioners, won’t have jobs but will have a sum of money in the bank after recently selling our house. In order to get residency, I believe that we would need to prove that we have at least €8000 per person to prove that we have sufficient means to support ourselves. If we can meet that criteria, does that mean we are likely to get residency?

    • Ana

      Hello Adrian,

      You should be totally fine to get your residential if you meet the criteria- In fact as a European citizen already you have nothing to worry about.
      Let us know how we can help, Ana
      office@spanishsolutions.net

  • Andrew B

    Next year, if you divide your time, six months in Spain, six months in UK will one only be able. to clame medical benefits in one if you are not already registered in both.
    Thanks for a great website

    • Ian C.

      Hello Andy,
      If you are more than 6 months in Spain…. we can’t say. How about that for a clear answer?? Sorry, it is still unclear to us here. My guess: Probably no medical benefit in 2021 for British non residents living here.
      It is the British people living in Spain who will really suffer initially form Brexit!
      Keep checking-in on the blog for updates, regards, ian

  • Lyndsey Pearson

    Hi! I am currently living and working in Spain, I have residency etc. My partner is Spanish and we have a daughter together. I need some advise on what to do about my Mum. She is retired and splits her time between the UK and Spain, she generally comes here for around 2 or 3 months then back to the UK for 6 weeks and so on. She doesn’t have residency and we’re a bit lost with where to start. Does she actually need residency? She stays with us when she’s here, doesn’t have a Spanish bank account…..HELP!

    • Ian C.

      Hello Lyndsey,
      We start every conversation about Brexit with phrases like “it appears that or in our opinion…. “. this reply is no different.
      You mother is less than 6 months here so there should be no need to pay tax in Spain or anything like that.
      I think she should have a bank account here just in case she decides to apply for residentia.
      Does she have private health insurance?
      Would she consider applying for Spanish residency?
      I’m not trying to sell you on the idea but it could mean a possible tax reduction on properties when she sells or buys in the future.
      Tax reduction on inheritance tax may also be applied.
      It is worth considering.
      If you’d like more details, please let us know.
      All the best, ian

  • Simon

    I’m in the UK currently and wish to move to Spain with my wife but our UK rented property tenancy does not end until Jun 2021.

    I have 4 questions if you don’t mind and would rather employ the services of a pro throughout once I get going.

    With the transition period looming, this is what I was thinking – we have cats and my wife is in a high-risk category for Covid and can’t fly, so I’d be driving, alone. Trying to mimimise our time apart as much as I can!

    1. Go to Spain, get NIE, bank account and long term rental property.

    2. Live there alone in order to build up 3 months of bank deposits and activity and after 3 months, apply for residencia.

    3. I return home until I my appointment, then go back and be there in person.

    4. After the appointment, end the rental if I can and return to the UK for 4 or 5 months before we both move (with the cats!) for real.

    My questions are:

    a) How would my wife get residency? Can I do this for her without her being there? If not, can she come over just for the residencia appointment?

    b) Can I return home for a week occasionally during the 3 month period that I live there, say 1 week per month?

    c) Does the new TIE change any of my plans?

    d) We are self employed with a UK Ltd co that we wold run from Spain, but pay our personal taxes in Spain. For this, do I need private health care from day 1 and be autonomo registered in order to become resident?

    • Ian C.

      Hi Simon, If you have an LTD co in the UK, for tax reasons, you should have a company here in Spain. If you keep the LTD co in the UK you must be fiscal residents here. If you pay tax in the UK, and not in Spain, you don’t get the benefit of free health care.
      Sure, you can easily return home for a week during the application process.
      The new TIE does not or should not, change things for you.
      Your wife needs to be here in person really. If this is a problem we can apply for you first, and your wife later.
      To make a more accurate assessment we probably need to speak in person as there are a few points I’m confused over.
      Are you going to buy a property in Spain? Will you apply in 2020?
      Best wishes,
      Ian

  • Alex

    My nie card ran out in 2011. But I still legally work and live in Spain. Will I be fined when I apply for the new ID card? Will anything else happen?

    • Ian C.

      Hola Alex, It was an old card? No fine for not renewing- Don’t worry. Simple process, we need to apply for it.
      We tried to get a residencia for a person whose NIE expired in 2008 yesterday as a matter of fact. Please remember the TIA is necessary for British people living in Spain. Saludos, Ana.

  • Michelle

    We are planning to do long term rent in Spain next year when I take my early pension from work . Would this still be allowed when we come out of the EU . Thank you

    • Ian C.

      Hello Michelle, Brexit really is a difficult situation for British people living in Spain. The rule of thumb when wondering about residency in Spain is;
      Less than 6 months of living in Spain is fine. If more, you need residency and start paying tax here.
      The other bit of advice is; Do it now. We can help, just let us know.

  • Michael

    Hi
    We are buying a house in Murcia region, both on state pension, and I have a small works pension. We want to be free to come and go as much as we want, we have spent about 5 months a year in Spain over last 7 years and as well have our main residence in UK we also visit other countries. We have looked at options 1/ my wife can buy and become resident, I can get an Irish Passport. 2/ we both can buy and become resident. In both cases we will have a UK base, and ongoing investments in the UK. How will either of these choices effect our tax situation, I am asking will Spain be tax efficient for me as the assets in the UK can be in my name and in Spain in my wifes?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Michael. Absolutely, come and go into Spain as you wish.
      Both can buy the property from a tax point of view. It doesn’t matter if it is only your wife on the deeds. Buying a house doesn’t mean you have to be a resident. You can pay a non-resident tax and enjoy owning a property in the sunshine.
      As a general rule, if you spend Less than 6 months here, there is no need to pay taxes on your income. Naturally, you’ll pay council taxes etc plus NRT once per year.
      What part of Murcia are you looking at?
      We live on the border between the two provinces. It is a beautiful area and we feel very lucky with the low infection rates we’ve seen here from the COVID.
      Best of luck with your move to Spain. We are here to help you with conveyancing and indeed we’ll even help you with the whole purchasing process.

  • Shirley Vanessa Simms

    My daughter is married to a Spaniard,having 2 children with him and living in Spain.Due to Brexit she has become a Spanish National and I am wondering what my position would be if I wanted to move to Spain,to be with them after Brexit.I have lived and worked legally in Spain myself but had to return to the UK for personal reasons.I have just begun to claim my State Pension in the UK but have a property to sell in the UK.

    • Ian C.

      Hello Shirley,
      We are all wondering what the situation will look like after Brexit.
      My amateur advice is to get your home sold in the UK as soon as you can. The money you’ll lose on the drop in value there, we can help get you back by getting you a deal on a property in Spain. Act now though as it looks like the recession in the UK after Brexit could be long and deep.
      The s1 is a european document but as the UK will not be part of Europe in 2021 you will not be able to get one of these.
      If you are definately coming to Spain, I think you should apply now in 2020 for the residency card.
      We can help with any needs you have.
      Good luck on selling your home in the UK.
      Ian

  • Kim Lowe

    Hello. We live in the UK and have owned a second house in Spain since 2007. We pay our non resident taxes, SUMA etc. Since we only use the house for holidays, my Mum stays out there for months at a time. She is on a UK state pension and comes back to UK see doctors etc. She certainly would want to continue to stay for more than 3 months in a block over winter. Can she still do this without applying for residency ? She is really worried what will happen to her life as she has been able to stay in the sun for as long as she desires. Will the authorities really deny a old lady entry back into Spain if she stays for more than 90 days at a time?

    • Ian C.

      Hello Kim,
      Brexit is really not kind to people like your mother!
      We have no definate plan yet, although that is hard to believe with the deadline just months away.
      The Spanish authorities will check how many days your mother is in Spain for- they simply scan all the non EU passports. If she is here for more than 183 days, she will have to pay tax here.
      Is that worth becoming a resident then? Of course I think it is, but you’ll need to work it out for yourself and your mother. Will she have a better way of life in Spain? The medical care here is excellent, and it is easier to stay healthy in such a favourable climate.
      Lots to think about- please let us know how we can help.
      Ian

  • Gemma

    Hi, great website thanks. I am British and have been living and working in Barcelona since 2009 and have 3 young children all born here (my husband is Colombian and my children have British passports). I have the green NIE card and my husband has the NIE card which says he’s a family member of an eu citizen. My question is do I need to get NIEs for my children before the deadline? For my youngest the social security is asking for a NIE in order to register them as my dependent. This seems like a new rule. I have been trying to get a cita previa with extranjeria for about a year now with no luck as there are no citas. And now with the pandemic it seems it must be even more difficult to get a cita.

    • Ian C.

      Hello Gemma,
      In my opinion you should request residencia for both your husband and your children. The Green card you have is more likely a residency card?
      Remember you are an EU citizen until the end of 2020 so now is very much the time to act!
      Good luck, Ian

  • George

    Hi, I’m trying to understand tax/benefits situation. I want to move with my family next year. I work online, with clients from all over the world.

    As I understand it, I’ll have to pay tax on all of my income; but as I see it, I will receive almost no benefits; so if I make, say, 100,000 Euros, in 2021, I’ll have to pay approximately 40% of that to the spanish state… But that seems crazy – I have to pay for health insurance to get the residency, so that means I woudln’t even get health cover. As I gather, there’s no child benefit, no tax credits, no other benefits.. Am I really reading correctly, that I’ll have to pay 45% tax plus state benefits, plus private healthcare insurance for the privelage of living in spain?

    Surely I’m missing something, right? coz I’d love to raise my latino kids in Spain; but that seems to be an ungodly price to pay. What are other digital freelancers doing, other than skipping out the country every 6 months? coz I can’t believe other sensible people will pay so much for some nice weather and food.

    Clearly, I’m going to talk to a tax advisor about options; but if you can just clarify if there are means of not giving up 45% income + state taxes, for digitial freelancers, that’d be of some assistance.

    • Ian C.

      Hello George,
      Really this is a question for our tax advisor. I’ll ask them to get in touch with you.

      Totally I understand the tax situation in Spain but remember if you were living in the UK, you’d have to pay your tax there anyway. You only pay once, ideally here in Spain.
      The advantages of relocating to Spain are not from a tax point of view but from a way of life point of view and a cost of living perspective.
      Doing your work from a laptop on the beach will, i hope, ease your tax burden!
      best wishes,
      ian

  • Rob Pearson

    Hi,
    My wife and I have had a holiday home in Spain for 15 years. We are now thinking of spending more time there, i.e somewhere between 3 and 6 months. Would it be advantageous to apply for residency? Would we not have to pay the non-resident tax any longer? Can we get free healthcare? Can we move freely between the EU member states? I get a UK state pension and my wife gets hers from March next year. Any light you can shed would be greatly welcomed. Thanks in advance

    • Ian C.

      Hello Rob,
      The answer is Yes; if you are thinking about retiring in Spain, you will need your residence card in Spain. Residencia is the most important document you have if you are moving to Spain for more than three months.

      Your Spanish residency can be:
      Short term/Long term/Permanent.
      The procedure to apply for your Spanish residency varies between European Union and non-European Union countries.
      Right now, (july 2020) The UK is a member of the EU, but this is changing as we all know.
      Our advice is to apply now, while we know the rules and start to enjoy your retirement in Spain!
      Best wishes,
      Ian

  • Mike Goode

    Hello! We live in Spain and are residents. We travel to France each year and spend probably four months there. Will we be able to do so in future please?

    • Ian C.

      Hi Mike
      At the current time there is no change to residents rights and you will be able to do this.

      Thanks

      Jane

  • Marco Federighi

    Good afternoon. I am a British citizen resident in Spain and I am completing the EX23 form to apply for a new Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE). The form requires my name and two surnames = but being British, I only have one and my passport does not include my mother’s surname. What do you advise me to do: leave the second surname field blamk, and also the firlds with the give names of my parents (thus making the form consistent with my passport), or to fill in the second surname field with my mother’s surname, which doesn’t appear in my passport? Many thanks!

    • Ian C.

      Thanks Marco we will reply to your further enquiry.

  • Marco Federighi

    Good evening. My excuse for repeating myself – I thik an earlier comment of mine has got lost. I am a British citizen resident in Spain. In completing the EX23 form to get the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros, should I simply use my surname (which is my father’s surname) as in my passport, or add my mother’s surname which is not in my passport or any other fficial document? The EX23 form has two firlds for surnames, and requires also the given names of both parents – which is fine for people from the Spanish world, but not for foreigners who normally have one surname only. Many thanks for your attention.

    • Jane

      Hi Marco
      You should use your name as per your passport. For your mother and father it will be their first/Christian name you should use. You do not require to use 2nd field.

      Hope this helps

      Jane

  • Andrew

    Hi my partner owns a property in Torrevieja she is a resident for 12 years,I am applying for residency but my state pension is just under the threshold will this be a problem as i have monies tied up in the property and pay no rent. T.I.A.

    • Jane McGuire

      Hi Andrew

      We would require more details to give a full answer. I will e mail you.

      Regards

      Jane

  • Mark Lang

    Good evening,
    My wife and I are in the process of selling our house in the UK with completion approximately at the end of September. Due to a surgical appointment we cannot move to Spain until just after 20th October. We initially plan to rent a property and apply for residency before we move the majority of our money to Spain in case we are unsuccessful with our application. Our plan is to retire early and self fund our retirement from the balance of our property sale, my wife also currently receives ESA and PIP, I believe she will lose the PIP but can retain the ESA if we are resident before 31st December. We have a friend in Spain that works for the Spanish National Police who has offered to help with our application although they live in Madrid and we plan to move to Costa Almeria. As the timeframe from our arrival and 31st December is under 3 months is obtaining residentia a real possibility or a non starter?
    Kind Regards
    Mark & Debbie

    • Jane

      Hi Mark and Debbie

      You can still request your appointment when you arrive and should be able to complete as application before 31st December. If you need any help please contact our office.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Mark Lang

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for the response, as my wife who is 62 currently receives ESA and PIP would she be entitled to apply for the S1 form for access to the Spanish medical system?

    Kind Regards

    Mark & Debbie

    • Jane

      Hi Mark

      Debbie would only be entitled to S1 if receives her state UK pension.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Steve

    Hi, my wife is a computer programmer and has been told working from home will be the new normal at her company forever. She has been learning Spanish for several years and is keen to live there one day. With deadlines approaching she is considering moving over for several months to get her residency before 31 December. As her husband of 12 years, the idea of living in Spain in the future appeals but my job is not as flexible at the moment. Would I be able to join her as her spouse automatically (or more simply) or would I also need to apply for residency and spend several months in Spain too? Are spouses allowed to work too? Many thanks, Steve

    • Jane

      Hi Steve

      Currently it looks straightforward for you to join your wife and become resident after 2020, where about in Spain do you live? Yes both of you will be able to work.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Yolanda

    Hello
    I am currently living in Spain and have been here since July 2019, I applied NIE residency card October 2019, I understand that I can continue staying here after brexit, Is this correct? The card is a temperate card without photo ID, therefore, how long is this card valid for and when can i replace this temperate card for a proper photo ID residency card?

    Secondly, I have a property in the U.K. I took residential mortgage, since I left I rent it to my cousin, do I pay income tax on this income? I pay income tax in the U.K. for this, do i hace to pay tax again in Spain now that I’m a tax resident? And when is the deadline if so please?

    Kind regards
    Yolanda

    • Jane

      Hi Yolanda

      Yes this is your residencia card and at the present time no rush to change to TIE, further detail on dates to have changed may be announced over next few months. You will require to do a tax return this year if you became a fiscal resident last year, and will be due tax on worldwide income. If you wish us to assist you complete your tax return please contact us.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Helen jones

    Hi!I have been living and working in Ibiza since 1992. I have residencia and empadronamiento but still retain my UK citizenship. I am married to a Spaniard and have 2 sons with spanish DNI’s. Can my kids apply for UK passports? the oldest is 23.
    great site by the way! regards Helen

    • Jane

      Hi Helen

      Thanks for the feedback.

      We believe we do not have an agreement with UK for dual citizenship but suggest you contact the UK Foreign Office to confirm this.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Sandeep Savla

    Hi, My Wife & i are currently in North Costa Blanca at an apartment which we own since 2010 & normally spend less than 180 days here in Spain. We are both semi retired and pay our taxes in UK and would like to continue with this arrangement as we have other assets in UK and would not like to become a Tax resident in Spain as well as it will be too complicated for us. We both work on a freelance basis from home.
    Can you please let me know if its worth us applying for Spanish Residency under the terms of the withdrawal agreement.
    If we do not apply for residency, will we be able to spend more than 90 days in Spain in one trip?
    Finally if we do apply for residency, how long is it valid for and if we have to pay for Private health cover every year in Spain? We currently have private health cover in UK as well.
    Can you please assist.

    • Jane

      Hi Sandeep

      You can apply for residency and if less than 183 days in Spain would not be fiscal resident, although tax office may ask for lots of details to confirm that. If you are not resident you can only spend 90 days in 180. Initial residency is valid for 5 years then can be made permanent, healthcare is dependant on whether you are in receipt of State Pension.
      If we can be of further help please contact us. Kind Regards

      Jane

  • David.

    Hi, I have lived in Spain as a resident since 2004, and have the original Green resident´s form, I have an NIE number, SIP card, Spanish bank account into which goes my UK state pension, am I still secure here.
    Many thanks in advance for your response.
    David.

    • Jane

      Hi David

      Unless anything is announced that you need to change green card to TIE then all is in order for now.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Jayne

    Hi I have heard so many different things so I wonder if you can help. I have a house in Spain and not one in the UK. I haven’t been a resident up to now and know I need to be one if I am wanting to be in Spain more than the rolling 90 days. I work from home self employed for a UK company and earn less than the UK tax threshold. I will also have a private pension of £72 a week starting from December. I am 56. I am wondering what I would have to pay in Spain? Is there a minumum for paying autonomo? I can’t afford to pay all my wages as autonomo. I know it’s harder to get residency now. My 26 year old son is a resident if that my help? Many Thanks for any advice

    • Jane

      Hi Jayne

      You would require to contact a fiscal advisor to go through your tax. There is no minimum for autonomo. Your residency application will not be any different due to your son being resident.
      If you decide to come over to live and apply for residency please contact us if you wish us to assist you.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Monica Sharma

    Hi

    I hope you can help me please.

    I am a UK born resident. My husband is Spanish with a Spanish passport. He has not been resident in Spain for 25 years and has indefinite leave to stay in the UK. We want to move to Spain, retiring early with a view to buying a property or at least rent to begin. Or does owning a property make a difference?Can we still do this post January 2021 brexit date? Or should he move there before January 2021 to make it easier? Is there a specific length of time he needs to live there? Could I join him more easily after that date?

    I believe I’m allowed to be out of the UK for 5 years without losing my residency. I ask you this in case things don’t work out in Spain. I am assuming I could return with my husband to the UK?

    I hope you can answer my questions. I find this all very confusing and if I need to move quickly I will.

    Regards

    Monica

    • Jane

      Hi Monica

      It makes no difference to be a property owner. Currently to apply for residency you require to show 3 months of living in Spain and as we do not know what the criteria will be in 2021 it probably makes sense to come out earlier. You will still be a UK citizen and can return there at any time. I hope that helps if we can assist with your application please contact us.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Auriel

    Hi, I’m from the UK and I’ve had my permanent residency of Spain for over a year and to get it I had to show I had private medical insurance. Now I hear I am entitled to Spanish state medical care with my status so do I still need to have private medical insurance? My daughter got her permanent residency too last year with no issues. Will it be difficult for my son, who is studying in Australia, to obtain his after this year? Thanks so much for your views.

  • Chris

    I am really struggling with understanding the changes. We own houses in Spain (Orihuela Costa) and the UK.

    My wife and I currently spend 112 days in Spain between January and May (but come back to the UK for a couple of days in the middle of this period) and then 60 days between August and October.

    My understanding is that this will no longer be permitted because of the 90/180 day situation.

    I understand that we can apply for residency in Spain but pay our taxes in the UK as we currently spend 170 days in Spain but 195 days in the UK.

    We are retired and receive occupational pensions but don’t receive the UK State pension for another two and four years respectively. Because of this can we access the Spanish Health System?

    From what I have read we would have to pay for private health insurance for a full year in Spain. This seems mad as we have no intention of changing our situation in the future.

    Do these changes mean that we MUST buy private health insurance for a year even though we have no intention of living in Spain for a full year?

    • Jane

      Hi Chris

      What you have quoted is correct as you are not yet in receipt of State pension. As you are becoming a resident of Spain you need to show you have adequate protection for medical conditions.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Leanne

    Hi, we own a house in Ibiza and have an NIE number. We have been coming here for over ten years but are resident and work for a company in the U.K. We are considering moving to Ibiza for a year or possibly more. Our children will be moved to school here too. Do we have to apply for residency or is there a visa we can get to stay here without residency post Brexit.

    • Jane

      Hi Leanne

      If you are moving for a year or more you will require to apply for residency.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Karen Micklethwaite

    My husband and I own a house in the Murcia region, If I don’t become a resident how much time will I be entitled to spend at the house in any one year?

    • Jane

      Hi Karen

      If you are an non EU citizen after Brexit it will be 90 days in 180 that you can spend at house.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Marion

    I want to have the freedom to join my husband (a resident) without the constraints of Schengen . We are both retired. uk citizens.I do not want to be a fiscal resident but have been informed that if I am granted residencia I will be REQUIRED to spend at least 185 days here and will automatically become tax resident. Is this true? It would be difficult for me because of family obligations in UK.

    • Jane

      Hi Marion

      At the moment you will become fiscal resident if spending more than 183 days in Spain. Currently if on a temporary resident card you cannot be outside Spain for more than 6 months in first year before residence may be revoked.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Neil

    183 days, tax and TIE
    Thank you for putting so much effort into giving us all information.
    What do you advise about our dilemma please?
    We wanted to return from Spain to the UK to get our affairs in order before returning to Spain in October to apply for Residencia. By doing this we would have stayed below the 183 day limit for tax residency.
    But Covid19 and The State Of Alarm meant that we couldn’t leave Spain until June 15th when the borders fully reopened. The Spanish Tax Authorities say that ALL days under State Of Emergency will be counted towards the 183.
    This has left us with 14 days of the 183, meaning that we cannot return to Spain until the end of December.
    But this only gives us until the end of the year to apply for our TIE.
    We have heard that if we apply online with a registered agent before December 31st then we will be ok, but is that true?
    Once our TIE application is made, with that automatically make us Spanish Tax Residents regardless of having spent less than 183 days in Spain during 2020?
    What a puzzle!
    Many thanks & best wishes

    • Jane

      Hi Neil

      We believe that the lockdown days are not being counted and you will not be fiscal resident in relation to this. Yes we can start the initial application process for you online and if we start that soon should be able to progress this when you come over in December. Please give us a call if you wish to proceed, which area are you in?

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Nigel

    My wife and i are 55 and are currently selling up in the UK to go traveling, retiring early, self funded. We hit our pension age at 67, after which we would like to settle in Spain. We could invest in property in Spain shortly, if it makes any difference, but would not want to settle until after traveling the world in 10 – 12 years time. Would you consider it important that we obtain NIE, TIE etc before the WA ends?

    • Jane

      Hi Nigel

      If you are not living in Spain then whilst you can buy property and obtain NIE you would require to show your living here to obtain residency. We are not clear of what changes will happen next year but please keep a watching brief on our site for updates.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

    • Ian C.

      Hello Nigel,
      I just saw your question and by sheer coincidence, I wrote a blog post yesterday which will, I think, work for you.
      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/blog/bare-ownership/retire-in-spain-buy-now-move-whenever-you-are-ready/
      We have clients who want to buy now, retire in ten or in your case twelve years.
      Simultaneously, we have sellers who are cash poor but asset rich. We are matching them together with amazing results.
      You can literally buy a house today for a 50% discount off the POST COVID price. A typical Spanish house that was selling for 150,000 euro in January is now selling for 20% less, so the asking price today is 120,000 euro.
      You can own that property for 60,000 euro plus costs if you allow the owner to retire the right to live there.

      It is a fantastic idea for people in your situation or any investor looking for a great deal here.
      Let me know what you think,

      Kind wishes,

      Ian

  • Neil

    Thank you Jane
    Before we can proceed any further, can you confirm if the days under lockdown will NOT be counted towards fiscal residence please as this is central to everything, and the opposite to all we have read.
    Our house is in Bedar near Mojacar.
    Many thanks for your help

    • Jane

      Morning Neil

      We have just spoken to the tax office who confirm that currently no new rule has been made that these days do not count, but this may change before year end and an announcement may be made. Apologies for the confusion, we had been advised this had been announced already. We will update the website when we hear more.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Samantha’s

    Hi, i am hoping to purchase a property in Spain in March 2021. With my young family. My children will need to go to state school. Is this still possible after brexit. Also I shall be working self employed. Can myself and family live in Spain permanently with us moving over March 2021. Or can we only stay for under 6 months. Thank you for your assistance

    • Jane

      Hi Samantha

      We cannot confirm what will be in place after Brexit at this time but I am sure there will be no problem with the school after you are a resident. Where are you looking to buy as we can assist you with property viewings, then also support you with your residency application, as we will have clearer guidance by this time. I will e mail you our full details.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Martin

    I have residency in Spain
    Should I return to uk for a period of time at what point do I lose my Spanish residencia

    • Jane

      Hi Martin

      Our understanding is if you have been legally resident for less than 5 years in Spain your status may be affected if you spend more than 6 months or more in one year in UK.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • ALLAN

    Hi

    I have been here for over 3 months and need to apply for residencia. I have an apartment in la Zenia that i bought 4 years ago. I don’t have a job at the moment but I own property in the uk and Bulgaria which I let out. Would bank statements showing money going in from the tenants each month be sufficient evidence or would i need other requirements? Its over £800 pound per month that I receive form them. I also have 35k in my uk account. Thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Allan

      You will require to show 3 months Spanish bank statements with 9000 euros in them. If you would like us to assist you with your residency application please get in touch.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Kevin

    Hi, my wife and I wish to move to Murcia, Spain next year. My wife is from Northern Ireland and can obtain an Irish Passport. My mother was Irish and I can also apply for an Irish passport. We plan on renting for the first 12 months before purchasing a property. If we both have Irish passports can get an nie and apply for residency? Will we be able to stay in Spain for more than 6 months of the year?
    Thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Kevin

      Yes you can both apply for residency which means you can stay in Spain for more than 6 months. We do not have confirmation of what the requirements will be next year for UK nationals but EU applicants should be as is now.

      Please contact us if you wish us to assist with your application.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • graham newell

    I have Residencia and own property in Spain but live mostly in the U.K. for personal and work reasons. I know I have to be in Spain for 90 days to maintain my Residencia and keep it under 180 not to become a financial resident. I am looking to move full time in 5 years. My questions are: 1/ as I have Residencia am I limited to 90 days out of 180 post December 2/ will my time in Spain be counted as part of my 90/180 days in the Schengen area ie can I still travel to France after my 90 days in Spain (I also have to visit other EU countries on a regular basis). I am getting very mixed messages from both my gestor and solicitor. Confused … I am!

    • Jane

      Hi Graham

      I can’t reply fully without knowing how long you have been resident as the criteria changes from up to 5 years and above 5 years. On your 2nd question as you are a Spanish resident it does not count towards the 90 days in Schengen area.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Michael

    Hi
    I have been living, working and studying in Barcelona on and off for the last 4 years. I returned back to the UK for a few months during the winter and because of the covid pandemic have been able to return to apply for residency. My parents own property in Alicante region and I plan to go there at the end of the month to apply.
    Will it now be too late to apply due to having to show that I have to of been living in Spain for 3 months prior to the application? Many thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Michael

      I would suggest opening your bank account as soon as you arrive and starting the process in the hope that they will accept nearer end of December nearly 3 months transactions.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • ANTHEA

    I am considering retiring to Spain with my husband and i am unclear what income we would be required to have to obtain residency. We have small pensions but would have capital. We would also be bringing our daughter and her two small children. She would not be working as the children are small but would intend to work eventually

    • Jane

      Hi Anthea

      We would need to know if you are talking about becoming resident this year, or next. Are you a UK resident? Which part of Spain are you looking to retire to? Please give us a call and we can talk you through after you provide us with answers to these questions. We can also help with any property search and other matters you require to assist you with your move.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Mike

    Hi, I am a British resident in Spain which I obtained in Mallorca early January 2020.after Brexit will I be free to spend a year or two in France for work and personal reasons without it affecting my Spanish status.

    • Jane

      Hi Mike

      The current guidelines to our knowledge is if you have been resident in Spain for less than 5 years, you cannot spend any more than 6 months in one year out of the country before your residency may be revoked.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • emma clay

    I have been left a house in Spain I am uk citizen born in UK am retired and have a disabled son.Is it possible to live there permanently and still claim the carers allowance and my sons disability benefit? Thinking this is not possible after brexit.any advice wellcome

    • Jane

      Hi Emma

      I am afraid we do not have enough information for after Brexit to answer this. Can you contact your local Social Security office in UK for advice.

      I hope you and your son have a lovely time once you move to join us here in Spain and if we can help with any other elements of your move, including finding accomodation please get in touch.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Wayne

    Great site guys!
    My wife and I have had a holiday property in Finestrat since 2005, complete with Bank account and NIE numbers, pay non residency tax and Suma!
    While we love Spain, we don’t intend to live there permanently ( for now anyway)!
    My question is can we still use this property for holidays going forward without any reason to apply for residency!
    We understand there is maximum dates we can stay at anyone time, however reading a previous mail you said it was 90 days in a 180 period!!!
    Does that mean three months there and then three months back in the UK and then be allowed back to Spain???
    Hope that’s not confused you too much??
    Thanks x

  • Elaine ONeill

    My husband and I own a property in Spain and currently live in the U.K. My husband has Irish and U.K. passports. He currently works in the U.K. but plans to retire in the next 2-3 years and spend half the year in Spain thereafter. I’m not currently working and want to apply for Residencia. I am a U.K. resident currently but plan to live in Spain for 3-5 months a year and return to the U.K. to work for 2-4 months out of the 7 or so I’ll be there, until my husband retires, when we’ll both spend up to six months (possibly more). We have a bank account and I have Spanish healthcare so I plan to apply for Residencia as people have advised me to before Brexit changes as I will not have the income post Jan 21 to meet the criteria. I will not reach U.K. retirement age until 2027. Can I ask if applying for Spanish Residencia but not Tax residence is my best course of action and if I can be resident without living in Spain for more than 6 months per year? Is this my best course of action?

    • Jane

      Hi Elaine

      We do not know exactly what the criteria will be after Brexit. Currently if you apply for residencia you will become a fiscal resident after 183 days. If within first year you spend more than 6 months out of Spain your residencia may be revoked.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Adrian

    Hi I wonder if you can help. We own a house in Murcia ( NOV 2019). We would like to live in Spain from about August/September 2021. Should we apply for residence now? We are due to Spain tomorrow but have not been to the house since COVID. Could we apply after Brexit as if we were a USA citizen? Seems like back timing for us. We would be self funding 12 years from UK retirement. Could we get private health insurance at this point.
    Thanks in advance for your help

    • Jane

      Hi Adrian

      As you will require to show 3 months Spanish Bank statements you could not start your application for a few months. We do not have what criteria will be next year confirmed as yet but we do expect similar to USA. Please contact us and make an appointment if you wish to discuss further.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Steve ward

    Hi, currently touring Europe in our motorhome , we left the UK on the 7th July 2020. We are planning on staying in spain for 3 months then Portugal for 3 months, back into France and aim to get home next June ( 2021 ) what will happen with this Schengen rule of only staying for 90 days at a time in the Schengen area, will this apply to us as when we left the UK we were still able to travel without any restrictions? Of course we won’t have any visa, green card etc as these were not required when we set off, will this cause us any problems ?

    • Jane

      H Steve

      As UK will not be part of Europe the Schengen rule will apply from 1st January. This could cause you issues at any passport checks.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Daniel

    Hi – thanks for the great info on this site. I’m a UK citizen and would like to obtain a TIE before Brexit withdrawal. I plan to live in Spain and work (remotely) in UK. I am in the UK now. I can visit Spain to rent a property and apply for residency – but I cannot stay and spend 3 months in Spain before 31 December (I can pay rent/tax/any fees etc. but cannot physically remain in Spain). Is this possible?

    E.g could I fly out now, arrange a tenancy, apply for TIE, and return temporarily to UK? I have around €3000 monthly income in UK but no Spanish bank account or tax status. Have I left it too late to do this ‘legally’ before brexit? Many, many thanks indeed.

    • Jane

      Hi Daniel

      You will require to show that you have lived in Spain for 3 months as part of the process. You can still apply next year but as yet we do not know what the criteria will be.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Tracie

    Hello! I’m looking to apply for residencia before UK leaves EU end of Dec. I’ve been living in Spain for over 3 months (Mar/April/May/June 2020) & Aug til present…on a boat not on land! Would this count & be considered towards the 3 months? ie with a bank account & dated receipts from Spanish Marina’s showing entry dates?

    Or do I need to start from scratch with utility bill & a tenancy agreement?

    Also I read that it takes 10 years to gain citizenship & that Spain requires you to give up your UK passport – is this true? Or is there a way to reside in Spain long term and not relinquish ones UK passport?

    Thank you for your help in clearing up this confusion!

    • Jane

      Hi Tracie

      To apply for residency one of the documents you require is registered on the padron at your address, you will not be able to get this for the boat. Residency means you are still a UK citizen with a passport.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Linzi

    Hi, My husband and I are planning to retire early and move to Spain and live there permanently very soon but are not quite ready to do that just yet as we are in the process of selling our business and still have a house to sell. It will be impossible to get this all done before the 31st December but we are obviously aware of the need to secure residency before that date. We are both 7 years away from state pension age but my husband has just received his works pension. We intend to buy 2 properties in Spain one to live in and the other one to rent out, which would provide us with an extra income. Would it be worth us buying one of the properties now and using that to apply for residency and if so, have we got enough time, because we would have to show the 3 months Spanish bank statements before we can apply . So bearing all that in mind, even if we bought somewhere tomorrow with cash, we would still have to wait 3 months before we could apply. What I am trying to say is, Would we still be ok as long as we had made the application before the 31st, even though it hadn’t had enough time to be processed before that date. With the 3 months wait now, we wouldn’t be able to apply until around about the 28th or even the 31st. Would they still allow us the extra time for administration and processing, as long as we got it in by the 31st, or should we just accept we are too late now.
    Many Thanks
    Linzi

    • Jane

      Hi Linzi

      To apply for residencia you need to have an address to register your padron on. The padron appointments for some areas are a few weeks late. Why don’t you give us a call and let’s chat you through the process.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Robert

    Hi, I am a UK Citizen who has been living between Barcelona, London and Cape Town since January 2014. I I just renewed my Barcelona apartment agreement on September 1st 2020 for the next 7 years. My first rental agreement was from September 1st 2017. Before that, I was staying in a Hostel in Barcelona. I have a Spanish Bank Account since 2017, but I get paid in the UK and transfer funds to my Spanish Account. I pay my taxes to the UK government since I am paid there, but I do my work here in Barcelona since I work digitally and also when I’m in South Africa. I am here in Barcelona now and want to become resident here. I have been back here in Barcelona since December of 2019. I do not have NIE or Padron, however I do have health records here in Barcelona when I use my EU Health Card going back to 2016. So am I eligible as a UK citizen to apply for TIE? My rent is €1339 per month that I have been paying since September 2017. Can you help me with TIE? Thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Robert

      We can help you submit your application. Firstly you will need to register on the padron then contact us and we can go through the process and costs with you.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Mrs aman

    Hi.can u help me plz my have a permit residence card of spain &my daughter have a spainish pasport. Can my husband get family permit uk visa & go to uk with daughter.plz help me give me any contact number for visa apply .Can you visa apply

    • Jane

      Hi Mrs Aman

      If you mean for a holiday you do not currently need a visa, this may change after end of year but have no formal notification of what it will be as yet.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Colin

    Hi,

    I am a UK citizen, but I also have a German Passport, after Dec 2020 will I still be able to move to Spain using my German passport without any of the restrictions that may come into force

    • Jane

      Hi Colin

      Yes you will be able to apply as an EU citizen.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Gail Castro

    My husband and i are uk citizens. We lived and worked in Spain for 9 years. We have Nie s and the green residency form. We still have a spanish bank account. We returned to the uk for family reasons in July 2019 but planned to return to return to live in spain in September 2020. Can we still return after Dec 31st as we are holding back on returning because of Covid.

    • Jane

      Hi Gail

      You would need to contact the Foreign Office in Spain just to check your residency has not been revoked, although if you are permanent resident then hopefully it is ok.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Jess

    Hi, I wondered if I could get some advice please? I moved to Spain a few of months ago for a job and thankfully have been granted the TIE card. Originally my boyfriend was supposed to come over also before the 31st December but now he can’t until next year. Would I be able to bring him over as my partner next year and would he have the right to work or do I lose this ability after that? I know it’s all a bit up in the air with Brexit but is it best to get married before the end of this year so it is clear our relationship started before the 31st Dec?

    • Jane

      Hi Jess

      We are not able to comment as to what the criteria will be next year as yet, but please keep an eye on our website for updates.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • andrew firth

    I hope you don’t mind me sending you this mail.
    We currently live in the uk
    We have owned a property in San Juan de los terreros since may 2017 . We have NIE’s, but we are not on the Padron.
    I am a police officer in uk. I retire next October , 2021. We are planning on coming to live in spain full time around 30th October ‘21.
    As such we have just purchased , or put down, a substantial deposit on another property in terreros, where we plan to live full time . We have put our uk house for sale and our other, smaller Spanish house for sale too.
    I have just been browsing on google , and have seen these articles explaining the requirements for living in Spain (as a retiree) post brexit .
    When I retire I will have no debt. The Spanish house will be paid for in full. No mortgage. However, I will not get the total of 2100-2500euro per month in pension wages . More around the 1400euro .
    I will have savings in the bank . Probably about 80000euros . Have you heard anything regarding these requirements. If so, is it going to be the straight 2300pcm and no accounting of your personal circumstances and the fact you can be self sufficient in spain and not have to rely on financial support from the government ?
    My wife has no income due to ill health and has stopped working this year . Is it still possible for her to apply for residencia if I fund her living in Spain from say November ? Then add me next year . Sorry for all the questions !
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Andrew

      We do not have as yet what the requirements will be after Brexit but I would imagine if you moved your savings to your Spanish account before application should be suffient. Please keep an eye on our website or contact us closer to the time of your move.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Yuri

    I’M UK citizen and tax resident. At the moment I’m spending about 100-110 days in Spain but considering to apply for TIE. Whether I’ll be automatically became tax resident in Spain after getting residency then ? I have no job and/or any economic activity in Spain whatsoever

    • Jane

      Hi Yuri

      Applying for residency is if Spain is your place of residence. Without this you can spend 90 days in 180 after Brexit. With residency after 183 days yes you will become a fiscal resident.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Andrew

    Hi there,
    I’m currently still living and working in the UK, but want to join my Spanish girlfriend shortly in Spain (Barcelona). My question is what is the best way to obtain the right to stay in Spain, give the limited time available before the transition period ends. I’d be happy to explore obtaining pareja de hecho status. Is there any qualitative difference from getting residency? It would be a bit difficult to get to Spain due to the current quarantine, so if that could be done remotely that wouod be useful. Any advice you could give would be appreciated. My sister also lives and works in Spain currently, if that is another avenue worth exploring.

    • Jane

      Hi Andrew

      I would imagine the pareja de hecho route will make things easier for you but I would imagine you will require to be there. You should contact your local registrar office to check how to do this.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Dave

    Hi Jane,

    I have a tricky situation as I have only recently decided that I’d like to move to Spain, I am a UK resident but would like to move to Spain to live and work. I went to Malaga at the beginning of September for a 9 day holiday and I loved it so much I stayed. I have only just returned to the uk this week as I need to help my family out with some stuff. I rent a room at a friends house in Malaga. Although I need to be in the UK for a little bit. Will I be able to apply for residency if I am renting the room but not living there for the full duration of the 3 months? I don’t want to miss the cut off of the end of the year and I know it’s cutting it tight! Please any advise or help you can give me would be amazing.
    Many thanks in advance.
    Dave.

    • Jane

      Hi Dave

      You would require to be on the padron at your friends address, I am unsure about Malaga but this area the next appointments are towards end of year. You will also require a Spanish bank account with around three months of transactions do you have an account? As yet we do not fully know what the criteria will be after Brexit but please keep an eye on our website for updates.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Dave

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for your reply and advice. I’m not on the padron and I don’t have a Spanish account currently. I’m looking for work in the area so don’t currently have any income in Spain. What would you advise that I could do? If you could email me directly that would be great as I didn’t you had replied until I came across this page earlier today

    Many thanks,
    Dave.

    • Jane

      Hi Dave

      I will e mail you directly as you are based in Malaga, and looking to deal with this quickly, I suggest you find a local gestor to assist you.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Henna

    Hey Jane,

    I am a UK national and married a Pakistani national in Spain two months ago. We were living in Spain since the last two years and just submitted our resident application. Just wanted to confirm if successful which cards will we be issued with?

    • Jane

      Hi Henna

      You will be issued with the new TIE cards. Congratulations.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Henna

    Thank you Jane, just wanted to ask you that will my partner be allowed to travel back to the UK with me on his TIE card? I’m a British citizen passport holder and he will have the TIE card.

    • Jane

      Hi Henna

      I have replied on your previous e mail.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Henna

    Hey Jane,

    Can my husband travel to UK with me on his TIE card as my dependent? I hold a British passport

    • Jane

      Hi Henna

      Your TIE is your residency card. Do you mean EHIC or SIP? We would need to know more details to be able to answer.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Sally

    Hi we are currently in process of obtaining Residencia we have all neccessary paperwork just waiting for appointment but what happens if we dont get appointment before 31st December.

    • Jane

      Hi Sally

      We have had no notification as yet of what process will be after end of year. We are seeing quite a few appointments coming up but obviously it is dependant on your local area. You should keep trying on different days and times.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Bill Taylor

    Hi there… my wife and I are UK citizens in our early 60s living in Spain, but have been unable to get health insurance for my wife who is disabled. I’m therefore considering applying for autonomo and starting a business primarily in order to get residencia and health cover for my wife. Can you tell me, if the business does not work out and we decide to return to the UK in 2021, can we surrender residencia here and get it back in the UK without difficulty? Thanks.

    • Jane

      Hi Bill

      You will be resident here but will still be a UK citizen so can return at any time.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Chris Baltzer

    I arrived in Tenerife on 4th October 2020 and will be returning to the UK at the end of March 2021. As I was already here on 1st January 2021 will any of this time count towards my 90 days in Schen­gen area and if so from how many and when will the 180 days be up and I can come for another 90 days?

  • Spain Residence

    Nice !!
    I got such a great help while applying for Spain Residency
    Thank you so much Spain Residence

    • Jane

      Thank you for your lovely feedback.

      Jane

  • Valerie

    Hi my husband and I were hoping to move out to Spain early next year, to buy a property and live there on income from selling our property in UK and redundancy, now because of new rules with brexit we have been told to go now for a week and get a long term rental , arrange a bank account for rent and bills and get our NIE and residecia go to police station for fingerprints and passport with lawyer who will charge us around 600 euros, is this possible and does this mean we can beat the deadline, I’ve been told we can come back to UK after this until we go out Earl next year as planned

    • Jane

      Hi Valerie

      You will need an address to be on the padron. In some areas new padron appointments are not until next year. As you will require to show three months use of bank account I do not see how coming for a week would cover this. You would also require private health care or S1 if you are a UK state pensioner. I would check all of the criteria out with your solicitor before you proceed or make any payment. Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Melvyn Clegg

    Hi Jane we own a property nr FortunaMurcia and pay non residents tax we don’t stay over 90 days. We claim for medical on our nie cards. Shot Wil happen afterBrexit. TIA.

    • Jane

      Hi Melvyn

      You will require holiday insurance for your trips after Brexit.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Agnes Delaneu

    I live in Majorca for 12 years, I am a pensioner with state pension paid into uk bank , I have a NIE number but no residencia. no 9000 euros in my spanish bank account or UK bank account where di I stand? Agnes Delaneu

    • Jane

      Hi Agnes

      You will require residencia. I suggest you contact a local gestor to check the criteria for Majorca. You will require to be on the padron and have S1 health cover.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Tara

    Hello team!
    I lived in Spain 2010 – 2012 and I have a green A4 residencia (resident comunitario) certificate with NIE number.
    To move back to Spain before 31/12/2020 would I need to apply for the TIE as a new applicant because I have been living in the UK since 2012?
    Many thanks

    • Jane

      Hi Tara

      You would require to contact the Town Hall to see if your current residencia is still valid first.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Tony Brown

    Hi some great information here I just have a question re tax in Spain. When we eventually move we will have around £200000 in savings , redundancy which will be more than enough to live on until we take our pensions. My concern is will we be taxed on those savings ?

    • Jane

      Hi Tony

      Without knowing the full details it would be difficult to advise. Certainly any income in form of interest etc would be taxed, or count towards your tax allowance. We can refer to you to our fiscal advisors if you wish.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Ben

    Thanks in advance! 1 Can I move to Spain before the 31st of December and still become a resident? 2. Do we know what happens if I can’t get the residencia before 31st December due to high demand? 3. Is the residencia automatic before 31st December?

    • Jane

      Hi Ben

      If you do not already live in Spain it would not be possible currently to have all the necessary documents to submit and have the application approved in time. We are still waiting on information of what happens next year. Please keep an eye on our website for updates and subscribe to our newsletter. I will also e mail you direct so you have our details.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Edward Jeremy Sandle

    Hello. I am 65 years of age and retired, with dual nationality,(Irish and British). My spouse is younger and all his work is currently in the Uk, he is freelance. We already own a house in Spain and are both on the Padron. We are seriously considering residencia in Spain but are unsure of any tax and health cover situations. Are we too late to apply? Can you possibly advise on these questions please? Very many thanks. E.J Sandle

    • Jane

      Hi Edward

      Unless you are a UK state pensioner then you will both require private health cover. We cannot comment on individuals tax situation. If you wish us to assist please contact the office.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

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  • Sue

    Hi, happy new year … husband born in Uk but now has Irish passport ; wife born in Uk and on Uk passport both living in Ireland for 17 years but want to move, live and self employed work in Spain post Brexit … think this might be a mind field but are there options to do this ???

    • Jane

      Hi Sue

      Your husband can apply under the EU route and you as a partner. Please contact us if you wish us to assist with this.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Matt Genower

    Hi
    My wife and I bought a property in Ibiza six years ago. Our business/work and tax paid is in the UK. For now we would be spending less than 180 days a year in Spain. We have a white NIE, Spanish mortgage but no residencia.~ which as I understand means right now we are sadly unable to travel to our home. Is there a scenario where we can work/pay tax in the UK but have some ‘registration’/TIE? within Spain allowing us to travel freely to our home?
    Ever hopeful
    Matt

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  • Stuart Pickthall

    Good Morning, I would like some information on how my family can move to Spain please. I currently work in Saudi Arabia and will continue to do so but my wife and 2 daughters would like to move to Spain! The intention is that my daughters will go to international school and eventually once settled my wife would like to work if possible. Can you confirm what type of visa/residency they will require and best place to start looking to do this.
    Kind Regards
    Stuart Pickthall

  • Johanna

    Hi there,

    Couple of friends (Who are both EU citizens) and my self have been thinking of putting a business together in the south of Spain for awhile, but CORONA Virus delayed everything. The project seems to go ahead this year and I wonder as a British citizen what are my options to move to Spain now that Brexit has taken effect. Would I have to figure as business owner? Can they just employ me? Would it make a difference what kind of business is?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Jo

  • Sheena Acton

    Hi hope you can help..my son has been travelling in spain for over 12months . He wants to become self employed and get his TIE …He has his NIE and just tried to open a bank account but he hasn’t got proof of earnings for last 12months as basically working day at atime cash on hand . Any ideas on how he can overcome this?

  • Kerri Reid

    Hello,

    My partner and I are waiting to move back to Tenerife, we still have out NIE from before and had lived there for 6 years in employment. We’ve been out the country for 2.5 years now.

    What are our options to moving back? My parents have a property over there, would it make any difference to the requirements if the property was in our name? I’m asking this as the €12000 proven will be an issue for us.

    Appreciate any advice you can offer.
    Thank you.
    Kerri

  • Terry Bentley

    My wife and I are both retired and receiving a state pension, I also receive a work pension. We bought a Fuerteventura property in 2014 and spend 80+ days prior to Christmas and 80+ days after Christmas in Fuerteventura, returning for the English summer. We have always registered with our local authority and both have DNI/Tarjeta de Residencia certificates and NIE Numbers.
    Since Brexit it has become unclear if we will be able to stay in our property for the same period as as before as although we stay always for less than 180 days it is always more than 90 days within 180 days.
    Could you please advise if there is a way in which we can continue our holidays as before. If this means applying for a visa could you please direct me to where this process is set out. Thank you

  • Mike H

    Hi – I am retired & have Irish & UK passports. My wife has a UK passport & we live in England. We have booked to stay in Gran Canaria from 11/21 to end 4/22 (about 175 days). We have NIEs, & I am in receipt of a UK state pension, & we have other income & assets. What is the most appropriate option for us to take to enable us to stay for nearly 6 months in GC? We do not plan to work in GC. I look forward to your comments.

    • Jane

      Hi Mike

      Unfortunately there is no option for your wife as a UK citizen she can only spend 90 days in 180. Sorry but these are the constraints now after Brexit.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Susan

    Hi, my parents have a home in Spain, and usually spend winter there, being careful not to overstay 183 days, returning to the UK in summer. My mum has a German passport and dad UK passport. Mum has lived and worked in the UK since childhood and has been married to dad for nearly 40 years, but always retained German citizenship. They are struggling to find any clear guidance on whether or not the fact that dad is married to an EU national means he could stay longer than 90 days in Spain in future. Are you able to advise please? They are financially independent with my dad receiving UK state pension and occupational pension, and my mum receiving UK state pension. Thank you

    • Jane

      Hi Susan

      As your Dad is a UK citizen he will be bound by the 90 days in 180 days unfortunately. If as a couple they wanted to become Spanish residents then this is when he could use your mothers EU citizenship to join as a spouse.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Tim Snaith

    Good afternoon, we have recently applied for and received our Spanish Residency (Dec 2020) having purchased a property in Alicante in October 2020. We are now back in the UK and due to a variety of reasons, not least COVID and vaccinations etc. not to mention a slow moving UK house sale, we may not be able to return until August 2021.

    One of our Spanish friends has said that since we will be out of Spain for more than 6 months our residency will expire. Is this true, and if so what would we need to do to stop it from happening. If we came back for a weeks holiday in April (assuming we’re allowed) would that re-start the clock?

    Thank you.

    • Jane

      Hi Tim

      The guidance we have had is that residency may be revoked if you are out of Spain for more than 6 months in any year for first five years. For full clarity I suggest you contact your local Spanish Consulate in UK.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Harley goldie

    Hi I am a uk passport holder but was born in Spain and lived there for 18 years I then moved to Malta for 3 years and now wanting to move back with my partner and trying to figure out how to get her residencia I am 21 and my partner is 19 any info and help is much appreciated

    • Tracie

      Good morning Harley
      Thank you for your enquiry. Your partner will need to apply for a Visa and once she has been accepted can then apply for Residency. Please see link below to assist.

      We wish you all the very best with your application.

      Kind regards
      Tracie

  • Lynette Matravers

    If I have 5 months a year in Spain, (working with someone who I care for, both myself and him are from England) can we stay with an extension or visa?? Also we travelled 12 Dec 2020, does the 90 days start after 31st Dec?? Or, fun our flight date?!

    • Jane

      Hi Lynette

      You can now only spend 90 days in every 180 in Spain. The 90 days for 2021 started 1/1/21.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Lucie Kinsella

    Hello,

    I am wondering if you could help.

    I had a NIE in 2009, I have documentation of this in the form of bank statements, bank account documentation and an old work contract. Not the actual NIE document itself unfortunately.

    In 2016 I acquired public liability insurance for a business I had with my 2009 NIE number. In 2019 I was told by an employer I needed to get a new NIE as i did not have my documentation and could not be renewed. I am trying to gain residency and have been told (not from a reliable source but by many expats in Spain) this would have been automated from having my NIE in 2009. Is this the case? If so would visiting the gestoria be the best course of action, although this is where I had my new one created. Also would the old one be wiped by a new application?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Lucia,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      An NIE number never expires, if you have lost the certificate you can apply for a duplicate, or it may be best to contact the Gestoria who dealt with this for you, as they may have a copy on file. In regard to the residencia, if you are a British passport holder, all application for residencia must be applied for, in person, via the Spanish Consulate, please see a link to their website below:

      http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3mSiMuwaKldYr62JJvZhvMbTTaxa_vUn1a04WFVCmO8lmtTRBzbIyOEUs

      If you hold an EU passport the process remains the same and the application would go through the Foreign Office. We hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Matthew Hardern

    Hello!
    I lived legally in Barcelona 2103-2015 working for
    A company paying taxes with all my paperwork in order. I’m a British citizen but still have my A4 NIE and local Padron paperwork and am
    Living back in uk
    Am I able to work/live legally in spain with these old documents or are they now redundant?
    I’ve read recently that if you’ve lived legally in spain before and can prove such, you still have rights to live and work there. Thanks
    Matt

    • Jane

      Hi Matthew

      If you do not have residency status then you will need to apply through the Spanish Consulate in UK. The proof of living here is recent proof such as a padron in last 3 months not from years ago.

      Kind Regards

      Jane

  • Brian Ring

    Hi,

    Just a quick few questions if that is ok.

    Myself and my partner are in the process of selling our homes in the UK (2 properties) we are looking to buy a villa in Spain (around 200,000 euros) in the Alicante area…

    1. My partner is European (Lithuanian, with Lithuanian passport but has lived in the UK for 20yrs) I am British and have lived in Britain all my life. We are running an online business which we would like to continue running but from living in Spain. Is there anything that would prevent us from doing this ?

    2. What are the very 1st steps we need to take, to purchase a property and move to Spain and take up Spanish residency.. ?

    3. What would be the tax implications that we need to be aware of and follow… ?

    4. Our intentions will be to reside in Spain permanently, would this be a problem, and if so, what do we need to do, have in place to make sure we are able to stay… ?

    5. I also read somewhere that a certain amount of savings in a bank account is part of the criteria, which is fine but is there anything else.

    Many thanks in advance,

    We look forward to hearing from you

    Stay Safe

    • Nicola Ryan

      Morning Brian,

      Thank you for your comments, and we can also confirm receipt of your email.

      Exciting times ahead for you and your wife, there are many beautiful areas in the Alicante area. Orihuela Costa is a very popular area and minutes from the beach, this area also offers great value for money.

      Briefly, your wife can apply for residencia as she holds an EU passport, and you can “piggyback” on to her residencia as you are married to an EU citizen, please see a link below discussing the requirements for your wife’s residencia:

      https://www.spanishsolutions.net/official-documents-in-spain/residencia-residence-status-in-spain/

      We will contact you to discuss this matter in more detail.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Sharon Lockey

    Hello, I have a query in regards to my dad and his common law partner. My dad and his partner are currently residing in Spain in his own house, he has his NIE and residency. He is collecting his UK pension and all seems okay for him, but his partner does not have NIE or residency status. She is not working and they are living comfortably off my dads pension etc. The query is now that Brexit has happened, what should she do to be able to stay in Spain with my dad. They have spoken recently about marrying, but i am unsure if this makes any difference. Residency now appears difficult and she has no regular income from Spain or the UK as under pensionable age currently. She is worried about travelling back and visiting UK that she will not be able to go back to Spain until 90 days have passed.
    What advise would you give?
    Thanks

  • Marion

    Hello my partner and I purchased a property in Spain in December and leased a bar we have Nie but were not told we should have been living in Spain before the 31/12/20. We do not have a Padron yet or a Electronic signature as we returned to England on the 18/12/20 and unable to travel back to Spain due to travel restrictions. Would it be possible for you to give us some advice please

    Thanks Marion

    • Nicola Ryan

      Morning Marion,

      We understand your concern.

      To enter Spain, you will have to wait until the travel ban has been lifted, as at the moment only Spanish nationals or residents are allowed to enter. In regard to obtaining residencia under the withdrawal agreement, you would need a padron dated 2020 and also at least 3 months Spanish bank statements to show your daily expenditure to prove you “live” in Spain. As you do not have this you have to apply for your residencia via the Spanish Embassy, please see a link to their website below detailing this, visas and the residencia requirements. We hope this helps.

      http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3mSiMuwaKldYr62JJvZhvMbTTaxa_vUn1a04WFVCmO8lmtTRBzbIyOEUs

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • John Sowerby

    Hello,
    I am planning to move to Spain, from the UK – a bit late, I know!
    I was previously resident between 1997 and 2004 so I have an NIE. Will that shortcu the process at all?
    Thank you
    John

  • Roger Haggett

    Hi,
    My wife and my self are considering applying for Spanish residency in around a year or so, both 60 years old. We have a property in La Romana in Mucia/Valencia district which has no mortgage and valued at 100,000 Euros, an income of 1,500.00Euros per month through private pensions, and equity of £160,000 in property in the UK which we are going to sell if we are successful in applying for residency.
    I have read a lot about the financial requirements needed for residency in Spain, particularly monthly income. Although we will have money in assets and savings I would like to know if we meet the monthly income requirements.

    Thanks and kind regards,

    Roger Haggett

  • Catherine

    Hi we have been in Spain La Zenia since February 2020 we where only staying for3 months but with Covid we got stuck here as all our flights were cancelled and we are still not able to fly we where on our way to Australia to live all our possessions paper work etc is all there
    Please help we now will have to apply for residency but will our overstay be on our passports when we leave here in 2022 or 2023
    Many thanks
    Catherine

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Catherine,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      If you can prove you have lived in Spain before Brexit (December 2020), via a padron and Spanish bank statements showing your daily movement, here in Spain, you can apply for the residencia under the withdrawal agreement. If you can not provide this evidence you would need to leave Spain after 3 months, or you would have a fine which will reflect the length of your overstay. We will contact you to discuss this matter further as we need further information to confirm exactly if residencia is possible. We look forward to speaking to you.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Aidan

    Hi,
    My wife and I (both British citizens) have been living in Spain for 17 years and both have our permanent residency (NIE). Our first daughter was born here 2.5 years ago and when we applied for her NIE it was the green card for EU citizens. Our second daughter has just been born, but now I don’t know which residency document we need to apply for so that she can get a NIE number and register with the doctor etc. (would she need a TIE?) and what documentation we would need to provide?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Nicola Ryan

      Afternoon Aiden,

      Congratulations on your new arrival.

      Your oldest daughter has the residencia which is the green paper. In regard to your youngest daughter, you will be able to apply for her residencia through the normal channels as you and your wife are already resident. We will contact you directly to discuss this matter further. We look forward to speaking with you.

      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Andrew Parkin

    Great website! I have a property in Spain for 4 years, as a holiday home. I applied for and was granted residencia in November 2020, We returned to the UK to arrange our affairs, however since then we have been stuck in the UK waiting to move permanently because of illness, lockdown, and lack of flights. It looks like we can now make the move in May. I have sold my UK property this month (April). As I have not set foot in the country since November 2020, am I liable for Capital gains Tax on my UK house sale? I am not registered for fiscal residency yet and am still employed in the UK until I leave.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Afternoon Andrew,

      Thank you for your enquiry and kind words.

      You have to take into account the days you are going to be in Spain in 2021. If at the end of this year, you have lived in Spain for more than 183 days, then you will have to declare the tax return in Spain by the end of June 2022, you would also be liable to pay capital gains on the sale of your property in the UK: And accordingly they should pay capital gains tax in Spain for the sale of the property in the UK.
      The tax year in Spain runs from January to December, and if at the end of this year you have not stayed in Spain for more than six months, you will continue to file your taxes in the UK. Even if you have your Residencis /TIE card.

      We hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • Jorge Ortega

    Hello,
    I’m Spanish living in the UK. My partner is British. We have two small kids, both British although I’m in the process of applying for dual natinality. We want to move to Spain. What are our options? Any information would be hugely appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Jorge,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Exciting times ahead for you and your family. If the children can obtain their Spanish passports, they would not require any residencia permits or visas. As your wife is British, she would have to apply for her EU/EEA family member visa (then residencia/TIE) via the Spanish Consulate as “married to an EU citizen”. The application would have to be obtained from your nearest Spanish Consulate before arriving in Spain. Please see a link below for the Spanish consulate discussing the requirements and the process in more detail:

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

      We hope this helps. Should you need any further assistance with your relocation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

  • LESLEY CALDWELL

    Hi, my request for Residencia (post Brexit) has just been denied. I understand that I can appeal but how can I do this? I do have private medical insurance and proof of financial stability but at the Extranjeria I was told I did not need this as I was married and my husband (whose request for Residencia has just been approved!) is working here

    • Tracie Miles

      Hi Lesley

      The documentation you will have received showing that your application was declined will have the procedure to follow to appeal. Your application was submitted as an individual however, you can apply as a beneficiary of your husband as he has residencia. If you live within the Murcia or Alicante provinces we can assist you.

  • Simon

    My daughter moved to Spain with her mother in 2020. Her mother (has a German passport) and has been granted residency. My Daughter does not have residency and is actually in Spain illegally. My Daughter is 17. What do I have to do (im living in the UK and a UK passport holder) to enable her Mother to apply for residency for her. Does she need my permission? Do I need to complete any forms?

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Afternoon Simon,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Can we ask where your daughter is in Spain, please.

      Your daughter can apply for her residencia on the back of her Mother’s as a dependant, but please note this would need to be done before she reaches 18 as she will no longer be classed as a child.

      You do not have to do anything, as only one parent’s signature is required for the residencia application. Your permission shouldn’t be needed. If your daughter is based in the Alicante or Murcia region, we would be delighted to help.

      We will contact you directly to discuss this matter further.
      Kind regards
      Nicola

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