Spanish residence for Britons living in Spain

For all Britons living in Spain, I recommend applying for Spanish residence before departure of Great Britain, these are the requirements. On 10 July 2012 the Spanish government introduced details of the new residency requirements for all EU citizens, including British nationals. The Ministerial Order sets out the new residency requirements and some of the documentation applicants may be asked to present. Applications for registration as residents will be filed in person in the Immigration Office of the province where they intend to reside or in the relevant Police Station. If the application for registration does not meet the necessary requirements for it to be processed, the interested person will […]

Living in Spain and bringing your pet

In Spain, as in the other EU member states, the legislation that applies to the movement of pets since 2003 is contained in Regulation EC/998/2003 which sets animal health rules for the movement of pets for non-commercial purposes. Non-vaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets aged under 3 months are allowed to travel, subject to prior authorisations, provided that they are accompanied by a passport. In order to request this authorisation, you should contact the Spanish authorities and provide them with the following information: –  Name and date of birth of the animal. –  Microchip number. –  Passport number. –  Fax number for purposes of sending authorisation. Potentially dangerous animals In Spain, the following […]

Spain’s Golden Visa modifications

With effect from the 29th of July, 2015, an important modification on the Spanish Golden Visa (Act 14/2013 of support to entrepreneurs and their internationalization. Section on international mobility) was approved. The modification until now has largely gone unnoticed. The Act corrects some of the issues that until now have discourage foreign investment and puts Spain at the head of the most advantageous options on the global scene in relation to conditions for obtaining Golden Visa or Investor. The new regulation facilitates people traveling, residing and working in Spain (art. 65. “The issuance of an investor residence visa shall be legally sufficient to reside and work in Spain during its […]

Invitation letter for Spanish tourist visas

Foreigners wishing to visit Spain for private travel purposes from countries whose nationals are obliged to have a visa must obtain a letter of invitation as part of their visa application. The letter is an invitation to visit from a relative or close friend who is a citizen or legal resident of Spain. The person issuing the invitation must provide housing for the foreigner for the duration of his or her visit. As a member of the European Union and a signatory to the 1985 Schengen Agreement, Spain upholds the Schengen border code by monitoring foreigners who wish to enter other countries which are also party to the agreement. In […]

Travel tips for Spain

Over 56 million foreign visitors visit Spain every year (source: Instituto de Estudios Turísticos) making it one of the most-visited countries in the world. Entry requirements The documentation required to travel to Spain varies according to the country of origin. If you are a citizen of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: you will need a valid passport or ID card. Additionally, in the case of a minor travelling with an ID document, this must be accompanied by written permission from the parents. If you come from another country: The maximum stay in Spain is 90 days. There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to have […]

Obtaining an extension visa in Spain

In exceptional circumstances, you may extend your stay in Spain without having to leave the country. What an exceptional circumstance is, is decided on a case to case basis and is left to the individual immigration officer to take a decision on.. The period of validity and/or the duration of stay of an issued visa shall be extended where the Police consider that a visa holder has provided proof of force majeure or humanitarian reasons preventing him from leaving the territory before the expiry of the period of validity of or the duration of stay authorized by the visa The period of validity and/or the duration of stay of an issued visa […]

EU court finds the Spanish Inheritance and Gift tax discriminatory

The European court has just issued a ruling on the 3rd September which finds that the Spanish Inheritance tax is discriminatory as it applies different regulations depending on whether the heirs or beneficiaries of gifts are residents or non residents. The above mentioned ruling is important as the Inheritance tax is one of the highest in Spain, since the rates go from the minimum of 7,65% up to the 34%, depending on the wealth you get out of the inheritance/gift. The point is that as this tax is partially regional competence, many regions had designed specific tax exemptions for the benefit of those who were resident in their corresponding region. […]

Spanish communal property laws

Most of the properties purchased by foreigners are within flats, urbanisations or complexes subject to the Spanish law on communal property of buildings (“Ley de Propiedad Horizontal”). Such law lays down the rights and obligations of the owners towards the community and also the control mechanisms which are usually available to owners and the community alike. However, it is surprising the wide range of misunderstandings which arise among foreigners who purchase a property and find themselves all of a sudden with “hidden debts” and community decisions which are detrimental to their interests. In many cases, most of these problems are due to lack of information or perhaps to lack of […]

Spanish Wills and inheritance

It is a normal practice in Spain to recommend foreign clients who invest in Spain that they execute a Will at the Notary in order to rule their inheritance in Spain. As this usually accelerates the acquisition of assets out of inheritance, it has become very popular that the solicitors arrange shortly after completion an appointment to do the Wills and sort out this important formality. Even though doing the Will at the Notary seems easy, there are two important points which in many cases are forgotten and that your legal adviser should take into account: on the one hand, the restrictions to inheritance that your national laws impose; on […]

Prevention of conflicts in joint ownership situations

One of the most common and most problematic situations which arise nowadays is the conflict among several joint owners of a property. The most typical case is the non married couple who purchases a house and due to subsequent disagreements starts living independently from each other. What happens if Bill (owner of 50% of the property according to the deeds) gets fed up of the property and wants to have it sold to get “his part” back, of course against Grace’s opinion? And what if Grace had paid the full investment on the property (price and costs!) and Bill had not put a cent? Is there any compensation to the […]