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Jim's guides - your complete guide to moving to and living in Spain

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am
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Alex

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Our very helpful member Jim has put together lots of informative guides on everything you need to know about living in Spain. We have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and Jim or any of our other members can help you with your queries.

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The NIE

Residency in Spain

The Padron

How Brexit will affect living in Spain

Healthcare in Spain

Insurance and Wills in Spain

Tax in Spain

Driving in Spain

Driving licences in Spain

Utilities in Spain

OAP discount cards

Wood burners

Mail and telephone

Spanish Language

and finally...

Gilly09

Gilly09

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Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:36am

Posts: 196

Location: Ciudad Quesada

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:36am

Wow thank you so very much Jim this is so very kind. Gilly

jimtaylor

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Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58pm

Posts: 2555

Location: Almoradí

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58pm

Gilly, it's Alex who has gone to the trouble of compiling and formatting the list, so it's he who should be thanked.

Lesleyrose

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Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:03pm

Posts: 247

Location: Playa Flamenca

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:03pm

Alex wrote on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am:

Our very helpful member Jim has put together lots of informative guides on everything you need to know about living in Spain. We have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and Jim or any of our other members can help you with your queries.

The NIE

Residency in Spain

The Padron

How Brexit will affect living in Spain

Healthcare in Spain

Insurance and Wills in Spain

Tax in Spain

Driving in Spain

Driving licences in Spain

Utilities in Spain

OAP discount cards

Wood burners

Mail and telephone

Spanish Language

and finally...

What a lovely couple you and your wife are ... just going to go through your guide in chunk size pieces

Thank you Jim

Les

CathW

Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:03am

Posts: 30

Location: Los Montesinos

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:03am

Dear Jim and Alex - this is amazingly helpful and I thank you for taking the time to explain all of this so simply and in so much detail.  This is VERY much appreciated.  Thank you!

mal johnson

mal johnson

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48pm

Posts: 197

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48pm

Once again Jim has come to the rescue to keep everyone thinking of settling in Spain up to date with relevant and useful information, although I'm not quite at that stage of life yet, (work getting in the way), I would also like to say a big thank you to him and to Alex for this helpful post.

tashnfin

Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:47pm

Posts: 7

Location: Orihuela Costa

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:47pm

Thank you so much jim and alex

Amazing advice

Linda57

Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:04pm

Posts: 51

Location: Orihuela Costa

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:04pm

Alex wrote on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am:

Our very helpful member Jim has put together lots of informative guides on everything you need to know about living in Spain. We have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and Jim or any of our other members can help you with your queries.

The NIE

Residency in Spain

The Padron

How Brexit will affect living in Spain

Healthcare in Spain

Insurance and Wills in Spain

Tax in Spain

Driving in Spain

Driving licences in Spain

Utilities in Spain

OAP discount cards

Wood burners

Mail and telephone

Spanish Language

and finally...

Jim your information is invaluable and your advice is second to none Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda x

briret

Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:56am

Posts: 22

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Posted: Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:56am

Hi Jim

Absolutely excellent and invaluable 

Happy new year

Brian

CathW

Thu Jan 3, 2019 5:53pm

Posts: 30

Location: Los Montesinos

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Posted: Thu Jan 3, 2019 5:53pm

HI Jim and everyone else and happy New Year.  I really appreciated all of this information and it was helpful in trying to help us decide which paperwork we needed and how to go about getting it.  Our situation is unusual in that we spend our year between the Republic of Ireland and Spain, spending roughtly 6 each in total in each country (2 x 3-months in each).  We are both retired UK citizens but I also have an Irish passport.  Now we were all set to get the Residentia but I have now received the following advice and I quote:

"By getting Residencia in Spain you are saying that you live in Spain full time. This is why you need a padron for Residencia because your permanent address would be in Spain. Also when the DWP issues an S1 form it can only be sent to a Spanish address and you would be telling them you have left the UK."

This person recommends that we do NOT get the residential as we are not in Spain full time but I was under the impression that it was a legal requirement if in Spain more than 3 months.  They also stated that we should apply for the Padron, when again I thought that we should not for the same reason that we are not in Spain permanently.  Is anyone able to clarify please?

With many thanks and best wishes

Cath

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