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Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 10:24am
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Norman2168

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Hi all. Do I get free medical care if I take up residence in Spain.  I believe it takes  up to 5 years to  become a full time resident . what care am I entitled  to up to the 5 year point. I will get my state pension in October this year .

Cheers Norman 

Norman2168

Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 11:56am

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Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 11:56am

Hi many thanks 4 your reply.

Would u have a break down on the finical requirements required to live in Spain permanent. If not could you point me in the right  direction. 

Your help is appreciated. Cheers Norman 

tebo53

Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 12:22pm

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Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 12:22pm

Norman2168 wrote on Thu Sep 9, 2021 11:56am:

Hi many thanks 4 your reply.

Would u have a break down on the finical requirements required to live in Spain permanent. If not could you point me in the right  direction. 

Your help is appreciated. Cheers Norman 

Hi Norman, 

To live in Spain permanently you firstly you need to apply for a non lucrative visa from the Spanish consulate while you are still living in the UK. 

You will need to meet the income and healthcare requirements. The income requirements are that you have an income of around €27,500 per annum. You will need to have full private healthcare paid for a full year. 

If you gain the NLV you can move over to Spain and apply for residency within the first 90 days. 

You do not get any free healthcare cover from the Spanish government. You can however apply for a S1 healthcare cover from the overseas healthcare team in Newcastle UK. As a retired UK pensioner drawing UK pension you may be entitled to healthcare cover in Spain paid by the UK government. 

Steve 

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Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 12:36pm

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Posted: Thu Sep 9, 2021 12:36pm

Hi Norman,

Just to add to Steve´s post, the Overseas Healthcare team can be contacted by email at [email protected]

The Non-lucrative visa (which does not allow you to work and is typically the one applied for by pensioners) lasts for a period of 3 months and 15 days, during which time you need to move to Spain and apply for your first residency permit within 1 month of arriving in Spain.  You can only apply for an S1 up to 4 weeks in advance of moving, which is why you need private health insurance for the first year.

Some members have already started the NLV process and one of them has written a helpful guide here:

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

Kind regards,

Kim

Kelvin1960

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:14pm

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:14pm

Did you obtain your Irish passport ?

If yes, the NLV doesn't apply to you.

Kimmy11

Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:37pm

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Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:37pm

Kelvin1960 wrote on Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:14pm:

Did you obtain your Irish passport ?

If yes, the NLV doesn't apply to you.

Well spotted, Kelvin! 👍

Hi Norman,

If you have an Irish passport you can apply for Spanish residency as an EU citizen, for which the financial requirements are much lower - around €6,000 for the first person and €11,000 for a couple, and you only have to prove these finances for your first application.  If you're granted a temporary 'Certificado de Registro', it lasts for 5 years, at which point you achieve settled status and can apply to exchange it for a permanent residency certificate.

Also, if you qualify for the Form S1, you won't need private health insurance for the first year.

Kind regards, 

Kim

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