VIDEO: British Ambassador and Spain’s Secretary of State for Migrations send a joint message to UK nationals in Spain

VIDEO: British Ambassador and Spain’s Secretary of State for Migrations send a joint message to UK nationals in Spain

One week on from the introduction of a new residency document for UK nationals protected by the Withdrawal Agreement and some changes to the application process, HMA Hugh Elliott and Secretaria de Estado de Migraciones (Ministerio de Inclusión, Seguridad Social y Migraciones) Hana Jalloul recorded a joint message for UK nationals living in Spain. The Ambassador and Minister acknowledged the many questions from UK nationals about the new system and sought to provide clarity and reassurance. They were clear that the green residency certificate (whether A4 or credit card-sized) remains valid proof of residency status and rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, even after the end of the transition period. Speaking […]

End to EU free movement in UK a step closer after MPs pass immigration bill

End to EU free movement in UK a step closer after MPs pass immigration bill

British MPs have approved the government’s immigration bill which aims to end EU freedom of movement rules in the UK, one of the key factors that led to Brexit. The measure has now cleared all stages in the House of Commons after being passed by 342 votes to 248 on Tuesday night. It is next due before the upper chamber, the House of Lords. The legislation ends rules that have helped millions of EU citizens to live and work in the UK, and will instead give equal rights to people from outside the bloc. “We’re ending free movement — so people can come here based on their skills, not where […]

BREXIT: Citizens’ Rights following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union

BREXIT: Citizens’ Rights following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union

The overall objective of Part Two of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (the Agreement) is to safeguard citizens’ rights derived from European Union (EU) law exercised by European Union citizens residing or working in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and by UK nationals residing or working in the EU and their respective family members by the end of the transition period provided for in the Agreement, and to provide for effective, enforceable and nondiscriminatory guarantees for this purpose. This Guidance Note is purely informative and […]

Differences between Residence Non-Lucrative and Golden Visa in Spain

Differences between Residence Non-Lucrative and Golden Visa in Spain

RESIDENCE NON-LUCRATIVE Economic means Sufficient economic means at the time of the visa application, or proof of a source of regular income without having to engage in any business or professional activity in Spain, for the requested period of residence and in the following amounts: A monthly amount of 2,134 Euros for 2018 or its equivalent in a foreign currency to support yourself during the requested period of residence in Spain. A monthly amount of 532.51 Euros for 2018 or its equivalent in a foreign currency for the support of your dependents during their requested period of residence in Spain. The minimum income required is 25,608 Euros annually plus 6,396 Euros per each additional family member. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]