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What are my chances !!!

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:05am
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redboygymE

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I am an over 70 Pensioner asking for Advice, Information, and constructive opinions as to my chances of

being able to live in the Costa Brava area of Spain.  My desire to emigrate to Spain has increased since the 

passing of my wife in June 2021. As many people know and accept you can't live on memories and you

must get on with life. I know this is a bold step but being prepared for it, with the Forum's help I will achieve it,

and advice and Information of all kinds is essential to ensure I don't fail on my quest.

When I reached pensionable age of 65, I embarked on a different journey. My goal was, (as a pensioner), was

to go trekking in the Himalayas, up in the Annapurna Sanctuary.  Needless to say, I achieved it.

I am now 82 and would like to retire to the Alicante region. I am seeking an area that is mainly British ex- pat but still maintains

the influence of traditional Spain, I would be looking for a apartment to rent on a long term basis with at least 2 bedrooms, fairly 

close to beach with facilities. The rent I am willing to pay would depend on the quality of the property. Needles to say a garage

would be a necessity and preferably within the area. 

Any assistance and advice to begin a new chapter in my already adventurous life, will be gratefully received.   

Thank you

tebo53

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:19am

tebo53

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:19am

Hello Red.......

Firstly you will need to apply for a non lucrative visa from the Spanish consulate in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. 

As a single person you will need to prove that you have an income of around €28,000 per annum and have full private healthcare paid for a full year. After your first full year here you can apply for healthcare through the S1 healthcare scheme which is paid for by the UK government. 

There will be some other documents that you have to show but easily obtained. 

If you are successful with your non lucrative visa you can move over to Spain and apply for residency.

How to apply for a Non-Lucrative visa (NLV)

Steve 

DUI

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:21am

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:21am

Are you a British Citizen?If you are Its now quite difficult to retire to Spain.You will need a Non Lucrative Visa which you have to apply for at the Spanish Embassy or Consulates in the UK.If you are a EU citizen (Irish) just hope a plane and turn up.Wish you luck.

Darro

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:22am

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:22am

Are you aware of the need for a visa and the associated financial requirements, i.e. around €28k/pa for a single person?

redboygymE

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:39am

redboygymE

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:39am

DUI wrote on Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:21am:

Are you a British Citizen?If you are Its now quite difficult to retire to Spain.You will need a Non Lucrative Visa which you have to apply for at the Spanish Embassy or Consulates in the UK.If you are a EU citizen (Irish) just hope a plane and turn up.Wish you luck.

Thank you for your prompt reply. It was helpful and I liked your cheerful optimism about the next plane, because I have 

an Irish Passport as well as a a British. My hope now is that I get many more replies with as much optimism.

Once again thank you. 

GrahamLynn

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:42am

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:42am

Welcome to the forum, but I’m a bit confused by your question. Are you thinking of moving to the Costa Brava as per the beginning of this post and/or the Costa Blanca.

I can’t advise on moving to the Costa Brava, but as I think you are looking more at Costa Blanca, then Alicante province is a great area to retire. However it’s a huge area and you need to look at a number of things.

First you’ll need to ensure you meet all the criteria to enable you to obtain residency. 

So much easier to obtain residency with an EU Passport, but you still need to meet health and financial cond


if you meet the criteria you need to consider if you want to live In Costa Blanca North or Costa Blanca South, two totally different areas. Both beautiful in their own rights,  both have lots of expats, but they just feel different.
Once you’ve decided North or South I’d suggest a quick viewing trip to see what locations feel right for you. Lots of information available on  Google & YouTube if you want to have a virtual look round first. Lots of tv programmes currently showing  A Place in the Sun, A New Life in the Sun, Bargain Living Brits, Sun sea and selling houses, they’ll give you an insight into the area. I’d take what the presenters and estate agents say with a huge pinch of salt! The Costa Blanca has so much more to offer than Benidorm, Quesada Arches and Villamartin Plaza. 

Most expats tend to live away from the beach, as those areas can be horrendous busy in summer with a huge influx of both cars and people. Most people live within a 10/15 minute drive to the beach  in areas that can be dominated by expats rather than Spanish. But at least in those areas it’s easier to meet and make friends and there’s always lots to do and new hobbies to try.

So, as long as you fit the criteria to obtain res, pick yourself a location, you’ll get lots of good advice from the people on the forum.

Lynn

tebo53

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 10:25am

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 10:25am

redboygymE wrote on Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:39am:

Thank you for your prompt reply. It was helpful and I liked your cheerful optimism about the next plane, because I have 

an Irish Passport as well as a a British. My hope now is that I get many more replies with as much optimism.

Once again thank you. 

It would be nice and helpful if poster say they have an Irish/EU passport in their first post, it would save a lot of time and effort from other members who try to help!!

Steve 

DUI

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 11:28am

DUI

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 11:28am

redboygymE wrote on Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:39am:

Thank you for your prompt reply. It was helpful and I liked your cheerful optimism about the next plane, because I have 

an Irish Passport as well as a a British. My hope now is that I get many more replies with as much optimism.

Once again thank you. 

Jump on a plane,rent somewhere,see if you like it.Nothing to lose.Take it from there.You’re luckier than many with your Irish Passport.

GrahamLynn

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 11:29am

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 11:29am

I agree Steve, it does get a bit tedious having to ask all the while if they’re British or Irish?

We can only presume that people don’t realise how different the procedures are for EU and non EU passport holders for both applying for residency or looking for a  job.

Threads then usually end up with the whole Brexit argument rearing it’s ugly head.

We should have a competition, first forum member to reply British or Irish ten times wins a lollipop!

Lynn

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 4:51pm

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Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2022 4:51pm

A couple of sites that may help are:

Citizens Advice Bureau Spain for bureaucratic stuff, and

N332 for anything to do with driving in Spain.   This site is run in conjunction with officers of the Guardia Civil for English speaking people and has an English version of the Spanish equivalent of the Highway Code.

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