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Looking to move to La Marina

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:03pm
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Claire40

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We are planning to move to Costa Blanca next year and interested in La Marina urbanisation- is this a good place to live for a young family? We are early 40s and have a daughter who will be 3 when we move- are there any kindergartens in the urbanisation or would we have to drive to take her somewhere else? We are from London and would be looking to make friends with similar age families. I have an Irish passport so we are EU citizens. I will be working remotely and my husband is a self employed painter & decorator/ property maintenance, would it be easy for him to find work there? Thanks in advance. 

Flyingduck81

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:06pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:06pm

Do you hold UK passports? If you do, do either of you have parents or grandparents that were born in Ireland? 
If you only have access to UK passports, you will need to look at visa options. It is not really worth saying much more until you know just how you can get residency in Spain.

marcliff

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:33pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:33pm

La Marina urbanisation has a large ex UK community (along with other nationalities). From UK, anyone wishing to take  up paid work must have a confirmed job offer before moving to Spain. If not working then a non lucrative visa would be required that shows and income of at least €28,800 a year for the head of the family and €7200 for any further members of the family.

Children in Spain can attend free pre school from aged 2 (talking of reducing that age) but depends on vacancies in the school and is not compulsory. 

La Marina urbanisation comes under the San Fulgencio municipality and there are several pre schools listed there with one taking them from aged 1.

It's the visa you require to move in the first place that is the main thing to overcome. Jobs are only offered to non EU citizens if an EU citizen cannot fill the post (as certified by the Interior Ministry). EU citizens (including Irish) do not need a visa but must go on the register of foreign EU citizens residing in Spain which is a lot lower in requirements.

You would also need full health cover for you and your husband but the child would get free cover. You also need to show a complete vaccination record before children are allowed to register for schooling. CAV-EAP publishes mandatory vaccination schedules.

Claire40

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:56pm

Claire40

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:56pm

Flyingduck81 wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:06pm:

Do you hold UK passports? If you do, do either of you have parents or grandparents that were born in Ireland? 
If you only have access to UK passports, you will need to look at visa options. It is not really worth saying much more until you know just how you can get residency in Spain.

I have an Irish passport so we’re fine, we’ve already looked into everything. 

Claire40

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:00pm

Claire40

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:00pm

marcliff wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 3:33pm:

La Marina urbanisation has a large ex UK community (along with other nationalities). From UK, anyone wishing to take  up paid work must have a confirmed job offer before moving to Spain. If not working then a non lucrative visa would be required that shows and income of at least €28,800 a ...

...year for the head of the family and €7200 for any further members of the family.

Children in Spain can attend free pre school from aged 2 (talking of reducing that age) but depends on vacancies in the school and is not compulsory. 

La Marina urbanisation comes under the San Fulgencio municipality and there are several pre schools listed there with one taking them from aged 1.

It's the visa you require to move in the first place that is the main thing to overcome. Jobs are only offered to non EU citizens if an EU citizen cannot fill the post (as certified by the Interior Ministry). EU citizens (including Irish) do not need a visa but must go on the register of foreign EU citizens residing in Spain which is a lot lower in requirements.

You would also need full health cover for you and your husband but the child would get free cover. You also need to show a complete vaccination record before children are allowed to register for schooling. CAV-EAP publishes mandatory vaccination schedules.

Thank you for your reply, that’s good to know for the schooling. I have an Irish passport so we are EU citizens so I hope that makes it easier for work. I will be continuing my job as I work remotely but he will need to find work.

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tebo53

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:20pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:20pm

Claire40 wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:00pm:

Thank you for your reply, that’s good to know for the schooling. I have an Irish passport so we are EU citizens so I hope that makes it easier for work. I will be continuing my job as I work remotely but he will need to find work.

Even though you have Irish passports you still have to register your presence with the national Police within 90 days of arrival and prove you all have healthcare and the required income. You can't just move to Spain permanently without registering. 

https://administracion.gob.es/pag_Home/en/Tu-espacio-europeo/derechos-obligaciones/ciudadanos/residencia/obtencion-residencia/inscribirte-residente.html

Steve 

Claire40

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:32pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:32pm

tebo53 wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:20pm:

Even though you have Irish passports you still have to register your presence with the national Police within 90 days of arrival and prove you all have healthcare and the required income. You can't just move to Spain permanently without registering. 

https://administracion.gob.es/pag_Home/en/Tu-espacio-europeo/derechos-obligaciones/ciudadanos/residenci...

Thank you that’s really helpful. Would he be able to find work before the 90 days though or would he not be able to work until we have registered? 

tebo53

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:10pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:10pm

Claire40 wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:32pm:

Thank you that’s really helpful. Would he be able to find work before the 90 days though or would he not be able to work until we have registered? 

Has your husband got an Irish passport? 

If he has a UK passport he will need to apply for and get a contracted work position as part of his residency application. 

I Don't know about work vacancies in the area you are interested in but in the area where I live there is many professional painting, decorating and home maintenance workers out of work and are willing to offer their services at rock bottom prices just to make a living.

It's not easy living in Spain if you are of working age as its always long hours for minimum wage.

Steve 

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:26pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:26pm

Claire40 wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 4:00pm:

Thank you for your reply, that’s good to know for the schooling. I have an Irish passport so we are EU citizens so I hope that makes it easier for work. I will be continuing my job as I work remotely but he will need to find work.

He'll be able to remain as a dependent of an EU citizen if he hasn't got an Irish passport (I am, married to a German), but you will still need private health insurance. And you will also have to have your marriage certificate translated officially into Spanish, and apostille by UK Gov if you were married in the UK 

Claire40

Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:29pm

Claire40

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Posted: Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:29pm

tebo53 wrote on Sat Jun 8, 2024 5:10pm:

Has your husband got an Irish passport? 

If he has a UK passport he will need to apply for and get a contracted work position as part of his residency application. 

I Don't know about work vacancies in the area you are interested in but in the area where I live there is many professional painting, decorating and home maintenance workers out of work and are willing to offer their services at rock bottom prices just to make a living.

It's not easy living in Spain if you are of working age as its always long hours for minimum wage.

Steve 

He doesn’t have an Irish passport but from what I have researched he would be an EU citizen as we are married so has the same rights. That doesn’t sound good on the work front, can I ask where you live? We plan to buy a property cash with no mortgage so only want to be working part time, that’s the reason we want to move to get rid of the big mortgage we have here in London, and obviously for the beautiful weather and culture. We’ve never been to Costa Blanca before we always go to Costa del Sol but it’s too expensive to buy a property there now. 

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