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Full Residency in Spain for EU French residency card holders

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 3:19pm
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Tentgirl17

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We are retired Brits living in France (19years) with full resident status.

When researching the requirement for living full time in Spain we have found conflicting information.  i.e.

  • If you are an EU citizen from another EU member state, you only need to live in Spain for two years to become a permanent resident. 
We are aware that we have to register and get a NI number etc but other forums say that you cannot become a permanent resident until 5 years have passed.  

We will be able to fulfill the financial requirements , have no police records and have private health insurance...is that not enough.  We just need to know

We would love information about the best areas regarding healthcare, property prices and general services and amenities from people who live there full time.. Pros and Cons please

We have received a lot of good advice but nothing regarding the above government quote or details about areas on the Costa Blanca

Thank you

Ann

Swimmer57

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:17pm

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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:17pm

You aren't EU citizens any more if you are Brits! Unless you have French citizenship too?

tebo53

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:32pm

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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:32pm

Tentgirl17 wrote on Sat Jul 30, 2022 3:19pm:

We are retired Brits living in France (19years) with full resident status.

When researching the requirement for living full time in Spain we have found conflicting information.  i.e.

If you are an EU citizen from another EU member state, you only need to live in Spain for two years to become a permanent resident. We are aware that we have to register and get a NI number etc but other forums say that you cannot become a permanent resident until 5 years have passed.  

We will be able to fulfill the financial requirements , have no police records and have private health insurance...is that not enough.  We just need to know

We would love information about the best areas regarding healthcare, property prices and general services and amenities from people who live there full time.. Pros and Cons please

We have received a lot of good advice but nothing regarding the above government quote or details about areas on the Costa Blanca

Thank you

Ann

You may have full residency in France but are you still UK passport holders?

I think you have have ample advice on your other extensive thread.

https://www.costablancaforum.com/jump-to-post/?id=622772

Steve 

Tentgirl17

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:15pm

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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:15pm

No an EU passport. 

However, we have asked for information regarding

Areas where we can get first class health care , markets & shops. Can walk to bars, restaurants, the sea. Where there is local transport and a cosmopolitan community......perhaps a lot to ask but we in our late 70's and although very fit and young at heart we know that as we get older we will need services within striking distance.

Where do you live and what is it like ?? Is there somewhere you would recommend ? We do intend to rent and take a good look at various areas between Valencia adn Alicante but local knowledge is always good.

tebo53

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:30pm

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Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:30pm

Tentgirl17 wrote on Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:15pm:

No an EU passport. 

However, we have asked for information regarding

Areas where we can get first class health care , markets & shops. Can walk to bars, restaurants, the sea. Where there is local transport and a cosmopolitan community......perhaps a lot to ask but we in our late 70's and although very fit and ...

...young at heart we know that as we get older we will need services within striking distance.

Where do you live and what is it like ?? Is there somewhere you would recommend ? We do intend to rent and take a good look at various areas between Valencia adn Alicante but local knowledge is always good.

If you had mentioned at the start that you had an EU passport we could have got to this point a lot sooner.......

If you have an EU passport then all you need to do is pack up your things and move over to Spain. When you have moved to Spain you need to sign on the foreigners register at the National Police station and get on with your lives. 

My wife and I retired 2 years early and moved to Benidorm. I doubt that you will be interested in this location so I won't go into any detail except to say we have loved every minute of Benidorm and would not dream of moving anywhere else. The multinational community here are second to none who make life wonderful. 

Ah yes, the healthcare facilities here are superb 👌 

Best of luck.

Steve 

Paolo51

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:10am

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Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:10am

If by EU passport you mean the red one issued by the UK before Brexit then you are not eligible for residency in Spain without having to start your application for the NLV back in the UK as you are still a UK citizen.

Swimmer57

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:46am

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Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:46am

Tentgirl17 wrote on Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:15pm:

No an EU passport. 

However, we have asked for information regarding

Areas where we can get first class health care , markets & shops. Can walk to bars, restaurants, the sea. Where there is local transport and a cosmopolitan community......perhaps a lot to ask but we in our late 70's and although very fit and ...

...young at heart we know that as we get older we will need services within striking distance.

Where do you live and what is it like ?? Is there somewhere you would recommend ? We do intend to rent and take a good look at various areas between Valencia adn Alicante but local knowledge is always good.

Tentgirl, is your EU passport French? Or do you both only have UK ones? 

Tentgirl17

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 4:36am

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Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 4:36am

Swimmer57 wrote on Sun Jul 31, 2022 7:46am:

Tentgirl, is your EU passport French? Or do you both only have UK ones? 

Mine is EU plus UK but my husband is just UK. However, it seems that he can live with me in Spain as we are married, so thank you for your help.

We do still need an answer to our other question which was information about the best areas to live in for being close to services, especially healthcare, shopping , walking distances to sea, restaurants and bars.

Ann

bradders

Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 9:38pm

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Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2022 9:38pm

Hi Ann, have you considered La Zenia or Villamartin, you would be near the boulevard so plenty of shops bars and other amenities, quite a few English shops in the area such as Iceland, big expat community British and Irish, beach only a short walk or bus journey, choice of 2 airports (Murcia and Alicante) if going back to visit UK, good transport links to other nearby towns by bus no train as of yet 😥, hope this helps and good luck with your search

Wayne and Mel

Tentgirl17

Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2022 4:44pm

Tentgirl17

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Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2022 4:44pm

bradders wrote on Mon Aug 1, 2022 9:38pm:

Hi Ann, have you considered La Zenia or Villamartin, you would be near the boulevard so plenty of shops bars and other amenities, quite a few English shops in the area such as Iceland, big expat community British and Irish, beach only a short walk or bus journey, choice of 2 airports (Murcia and ...

...Alicante) if going back to visit UK, good transport links to other nearby towns by bus no train as of yet 😥, hope this helps and good luck with your search

Wayne and Mel

Hi Wayne & Mel, Thank you for the information.  At last someone has answered our question about areas to live in. Many thanks again, Ann

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