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Applying for residency

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:16pm
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Hi does anybody know if I can apply for residency at the town hall in la zenia. I currently live in the UK but I bought a property in villamartin in 2006. I have an nie number and spanish bank account and I had a padron that has recently expired. I also have taken out a healthcare plan with no Co payments and I have approx 8000 euros in my bank which I can increase if necessary

Kimmy11

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:51pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:51pm

Hi Paul,

It sounds as though you meet all the requirements - you can check against Jim's guide:

Jim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 1 - Theory

but you can't apply at a Town Hall, you need to make an appointment at a National Police Station or Extranjeros (Foreigners) office.  Before the Covid-19 lockdown, all residency applications for UK citizens were being processed only at Alicante, but I remember Jim saying, not that long ago, that some of the other National Police stations, e.g. Orihuela, are also processing applications, but you have to call in to make an appointment, rather than doing it online.

Kind regards,

Kim

Paul59

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:02pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:02pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:51pm:

Hi Paul,

It sounds as though you meet all the requirements - you can check against Jim's guide:

Jim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 1 - Theory

but you can't apply at a Town Hall, you need to make an appointment at a National Police Station or Extranjeros (Foreigners) office.  Before the Covid-19 lockdown, all residency applications for UK citizens were being processed only at Alicante, but I remember Jim saying, not that long ago, that some of the other National Police stations, e.g. Orihuela, are also processing applications, but you have to call in to make an appointment, rather than doing it online.

Kind regards,

Kim

Thanks very much Kim you have confirmed what I was thinking. I am hoping to come over in July for a couple of weeks,  if the Spanish will let me in, so hopefully I can arrange an appointment in Alicante. I will need to renew my padron though which I understand I can do at la zenia town hall. I presume the townhall is all up and running? 

Kimmy11

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:18pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:18pm

Hi Paul,

Yes, you can renew the padron at your Town Hall.  Ours had been closed, but it's now open by appointment.  By the time you come over in July, we should be into the "new normal", but probably best to check specific arrangements with your own Ayuntamiento.

Kind regards,

Kim

Paul59

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:22pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:22pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:18pm:

Hi Paul,

Yes, you can renew the padron at your Town Hall.  Ours had been closed, but it's now open by appointment.  By the time you come over in July, we should be into the "new normal", but probably best to check specific arrangements with your own Ayuntamiento.

Kind regards,

Kim

Thanks again

Regards

Paul

RayD

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:08pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:08pm

I note that you say you live in the UK.

Is it your intention to move here and live permanently in Spain, as that is the purpose of residency?

It will of course also change your tax position and you will become a tax resident in Spain as well.

Paul59

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:10pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:10pm

RayD wrote on Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:08pm:

I note that you say you live in the UK.

Is it your intention to move here and live permanently in Spain, as that is the purpose of residency?

It will of course also change your tax position and you will become a tax resident in Spain as well.

Hi Ray... Yes that is my intention my partner will be joining me and he will be working from Spain for a UK organisation and I am retired on a private pension 

Paul59

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:13pm

Paul59

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:13pm

Paul59 wrote on Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:10pm:

Hi Ray... Yes that is my intention my partner will be joining me and he will be working from Spain for a UK organisation and I am retired on a private pension 

When you say "as well" when referring to tax position you don't mean I'll be paying in Spain as well as the UK do you? 

RayD

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:32pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:32pm

Paul59 wrote on Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:13pm:

When you say "as well" when referring to tax position you don't mean I'll be paying in Spain as well as the UK do you? 

No, you will be paying tax in Spain and not in the UK. You don't get a choice and Spain insists that residents pay tax here. There are exceptions such as civil service and army pensions, but they still have to be declared in Spain.

There is a form called 'Spain Individual' which you get from HMRC. You have to fill this in and it ensures that the UK don't tax you as well.

Bearing in mind your partner is working from Spain, you may need proper financial advice.

Angebadge

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:03pm

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Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:03pm

Not wanting to be provocative, really just asking.....I thought you could only be “on” the padron if you were resident in Spain?🤪🥂

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