How To Move To Spain – Planning, Visa, Residency, Housing, Settling

If you want to live in Spain, you have come to the right place!  Welcome to Wagoners Abroad.  We know it can all be overwhelming planning a move and this is the page for you to bookmark!

This is the mother of all moving to Spain posts, so go ahead and save it to your favorites right now.  

Move To Spain - Planning your move, Best places to live in Spain, Getting a long-term visa to live in Spain, Getting settled in Spain with schools, banks, and more. We have been through the process and have helped hundreds of others through it too. Now is the time to live your dreams and move to Spain. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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We have been living in Spain a few years and have so many things to share with you.  Keep on reading and we will show you tips for planning and preparation, as well as share our experiences about public education, banking, medical insurance and more.  Oh and we can help you with obtaining your Spanish visa as well.  We have helped so many people and families with making their dream to live in Spain, come true.  Keep on reading and if you would like help, we offer consulting! (We can help you with the visa process, deciding where to live and more).

We have written many posts on how we obtained our Non Lucrative Residence Visa and were able to move to Spain. I thought it would be helpful to organize them all here for you.  When looking for residency in Spain, there are several options for the Non EU citizens, specifically US Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Australian Citizens.  Alan has written a very detailed and very affordable ebook to help you through the process of applying for the Non Lucrative Residence Visa for Spain.  There are many other types of Spanish visa options available, but this is what worked for us.

Move to Spain and visit Setenil de las Bodegas Sentinal de las Bodegas Spain - City built into Rocks. We can live in Spain because we have the non lucrative visa. You can apply for one too!

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Medical Insurance Spain – For Resident Visa Application

Many North Americans (US Citizens or Canadians) who are thinking of applying for the Spanish non-lucrative visa, have been asking about the medical insurance Spain coverage requirements.  If you are looking for information on health insurance in Spain, this is the perfect place for you to start!  It has been a hot topic for us lately and keeping our email inbox buzzing away.

 

Explaining Medical Insurance in Spain or Health Insurance options to meet the resident visa requirements? Read more about Private medical insurance Spain on WagonersAbroad.com

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Tips For Getting Settled In Spain – Resident Card, Bank, School, Phone

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

Legality in Spain

Legality

What does the word mean?  It turns out that it can be incredibly nuanced from one person to another.  There are also differences between American and Spanish versions of legality.  I will admit that in my younger days, there were times when I operated in the gray areas of legality, but those days are gone.

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Our First eBook Launch! – Live In Spain

Announcing our first eBook

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!

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Spanish Resident Card Renewal Process – What is going on?

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!

Resident Card RenewalIsn’t this image adorable? Alan made it!

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Our 1 Year In Spain Is Up – How Long Will We Stay?

As mentioned in our post reflecting on 1 year in Spain, we have started the process for our resident card renewal.  Our resident cards officially expired on August 28, 2013.  We had the choice of renewing our resident cards or say adios to Spain.  After much family discussion and a long look at the budget, the goodbye part just wasn’t option (at least not for now).   As mentioned before, if we can supplement with some income, we can go a bit further. So how long will we stay in Spain?

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How To Apply for the Spanish Resident Visa – for the American Traveler

We have been asked a few times “How do you apply for a Spanish Resident Visa?”  Let me start by saying, it was not quick and easy.  I know we applied specifically for Spain, but when researching other countries, the requirements were very similar.

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Spain Expat – Getting Settled check list

When you are moving abroad, so much planning and preparation is involved.  It is always handy to have a check list, to be sure you haven’t missed anything.  Once you move abroad, that doesn’t mean the check list stops.  There is even more to do to get settled into your new location.  Here is a sample of our check list of To Do’s once we arrived in Spain: Continue reading