Well it is official, we received our notification of approval and paid our fees. Fingerprints and passport photos have been taken, so in a few weeks we will have our new Spanish Resident Cards, valid for another two years! Will we stay that long? Who knows, but we can if we want to. Woo Hooo!
So let me catch you up on what’s going on with us recently. We will also detail the entire process for the Spanish Resident Card Renewal. I know you are excited!
So you’ve successfully navigated your way through the paperwork of obtaining a Spanish Resident Visa. You’ve got your brand-spanking new visa affixed to your passport. Now what? You have 90 days to officially register in Spain and obtain your resident card (NIE – Numero de Identidad de Extranjeros), so the clock starts the moment you get your visa. Continue reading →
Live In Spain – Resident Visa Application Tips and Tricks
When we first decided to move and become an expat in Spain, nearly 2 years ago, we did plenty of online research to learn what we needed to do to make this happen. We knew we didn’t want to just visit for a few months and be a tourist. We wanted to Live in Spain!
Once we made the decision to remain in Spain, beyond our planned 1 year, it was time to apply for a Resident Card Renewal. At the time of our decision, it was near the end of May and we knew we were going to be out of the country from the end of June through sometime in August on our Summer Road Trip. We did our research on the renewal process and it seemed to be very straight forward, but we knew better. Now that we have lived in Spain for a year, we know that Spain seems to love Red Tape!
This is feeling very “real” now! Things are just plugging away as if it was meant to be. We will have to tell you about all of the “coincidences” or “perfect timing” that we have encountered on this journey thus far, including our Spanish Visa.Continue reading →
Well it has been nearly 3 months since we submitted all of our paperwork and it seems like a lifetime. We are so anxious to make more firm plans and stop living with “tentative dates” and limbo plans. The consulate did tell us 3-6 months, so we have a long way to go. Continue reading →
Doesn’t a US citizen need a visa to live in Spain? (Spanish Resident Visa Process)
You bet! As of today, we are still waiting for our Spanish Resident Visas.
Yes, we can go to many countries for 90 days without a visa, but that just wasn’t long enough for us. We wanted to really immerse ourselves and live there for a while. Back in October of 2011, we began to research our visa options on all of the countries of interest to us. Continue reading →