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Moving to Spain?

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 9:07am
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Hi I currently live in Cyprus, for past 20yrs, now feel time for move. Due to health, have COPD, after research find costa blanca good pref near salt lakes areas.  I know area is big any helpful views on areas to concentrate looking at appreciated. I am retired widow with 2 dogs so would be looking for long term rental accommodation in bungalow, dog secure, max 2 beds, quiet area. Budget around 1,000euro/mth. Is this possible?

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 10:02am

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 10:02am

Jenine wrote on Fri Jul 28, 2023 9:07am:

Hi I currently live in Cyprus, for past 20yrs, now feel time for move. Due to health, have COPD, after research find costa blanca good pref near salt lakes areas.  I know area is big any helpful views on areas to concentrate looking at appreciated. I am retired widow with 2 dogs so would be ...

...looking for long term rental accommodation in bungalow, dog secure, max 2 beds, quiet area. Budget around 1,000euro/mth. Is this possible?

Do you have an EU passport or is it a UK passport? 

Steve 

Jenine

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:22am

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:22am

tebo53 wrote on Fri Jul 28, 2023 10:02am:

Do you have an EU passport or is it a UK passport? 

Steve 

Hi I have uk passport but of course have the Cypriot residency meu1. I have checked residency requirements for Spain and don’t seem as complicated as Cyprus.

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:23am

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:23am

In any case Spain is not very pet-friendly. You will possible need special permits if dogs exceed 20/25 kgs. each and will have to proove qualifiaction as dog tennant. Some breeds are considered aggressive and must be held in special conditioned areas subject to frequent police controls. Pets are usually not allowed on any public transport

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:15pm

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:15pm

Jenine wrote on Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:22am:

Hi I have uk passport but of course have the Cypriot residency meu1. I have checked residency requirements for Spain and don’t seem as complicated as Cyprus.

You'll need to apply for a visa to live in Spain as you are a British citizen. Can you apply for a Cypriot passport on the basis of your 20 years' residency there? That way, you'll be an EU citizen and moving to Spain will be a lot easier. 

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tebo53

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:19pm

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:19pm

Jenine wrote on Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:22am:

Hi I have uk passport but of course have the Cypriot residency meu1. I have checked residency requirements for Spain and don’t seem as complicated as Cyprus.

As a UK passport holder you will need to apply for the non lucrative visa if you are retired, otherwise a work visa.

The non lucrative visa will require you to have an income of €28000 per annum and full healthcare either private or through the S1 healthcare scheme. 

Steve 

Jenine

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:35pm

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:35pm

You have obviously never been to Cyprus which is one of the worst countries for animal cruelty and landlords not wanting to rent out properties to people with pets. However in my time here always found some property owners ok. Both my dogs, breeds allowed, are well behaved and don’t damage house or property and I would have absolutely no reason whatsoever take them or probably myself on a bus! Never used one here for 20years. Thank you for your “helpful” comments.

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:40pm

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:40pm

tebo53 wrote on Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:19pm:

As a UK passport holder you will need to apply for the non lucrative visa if you are retired, otherwise a work visa.

The non lucrative visa will require you to have an income of €28000 per annum and full healthcare either private or through the S1 healthcare scheme. 

Steve 

Not sure that's right. If you are already a long term or permanent resident in one EU country you can generally move to another EU country without a visa. You just need to take out residency in your new country if staying more than 90 days and that's for retirement or work visits.

You do need to prove your income and health cover but you don't require a visa from your home country in order to do so.

From Immigration portal EU

"Certain categories of non-EU residence permit holders, and their family members, may be able to move more easily from their EU country of residence to another EU country, where both countries have adopted applicable EU rules."

Other sites state you simply move to another EU country with your permanent resident certificate and apply for residency in your new country. German, French and Italian (can't find a Spanish one) state if you are a non EU citizen with long term residency in a EU country you can freely move to another EU country and can apply for residency in your new country without the need of a visa but just proved the financial and medical means but I can't find those requirements for someone who is already a EU permanent resident. Must be there somewhere but all the countries I looked at say you don't need a visa to apply for residency in another country.

Darro

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:51pm

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:51pm

I believe the rules marcliff speaks of apply to non EU citizens who have resided in an EU country for 10 years or more.

"Certain categories of non EU residence permit holders" does not include UK citizens who are only non EU because of Brexit.

If there are any UK citizens here who have successfully switched residence under the 10 year rule it would be good to hear from them.

Jenine

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 2:34pm

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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2023 2:34pm

Thank you for comments on residency etc. I do have S1 which I know covers my health care in most cases. Does anybody have any comments on areas near salt lakes which are nice so I don’t waste time when I come out after summer going from one end of costa Blanca to the other. Thanks.

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