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The 7 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to Spain

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Moving to a foreign country can be intimidating and scary. You’re leaving everything you know, your friends, and your family behind. There are so many things you have to worry about when you’re planning on moving to Spain or a different country.

Luckily, most people know that the key to successfully making the transition is to learn as much as you can about the culture and the language. However, there are some pitfalls along the way when relocating to Spain.

To help you ease your mind and make the transition to living abroad, we’ve compiled a list of the most common mistakes people make when moving to a new country. If you’re serious about moving to Spain, read on to learn what you can do to make the transition smoother and avoid mistakes when moving. Make your immigration to Spain simple!

Table of contents

  1. Moving to Spain Without Knowing What to Do
  2. Trying to Submit Your Application Without Help
  3. Leaving it Late to Organize Official Paperwork
  4. Leaving Spain Before the Permit is Approved
  5. Failing to have documentation properly translated
  6. Trying to Apply for Residency When in Spain
  7. Renting an Airbnb and Not Having a Proper Lease Agreement

Moving to Spain Without Knowing What to Do

Moving to a new country doesn’t have to be a scary and daunting experience. If you plan carefully, and learn as much as you can about the culture and the language. You’ll be able to feel more at ease and enjoy your time here more.

The type of permit that applies to your situation will largely depend on what plans you have in order to earn a living while in the country. It will be important to clarify whether you wish to relocate with the savings you have available and receive some source of passive income. 

There are many different ways to work in Spain including an employment contract with a company, self-employment, incorporating a Spanish company or as a remote worker for an overseas business. 

Trying to Submit Your Application Without Help

When you’re moving to Spain, it’s important to work with a professional immigration lawyer. The team at Lexidy LegalTech Boutique can assist you in completing forms and reviewing documents to ensure they meet the requirements. Our lawyers can speed up the procedure of obtaining an appointment. They know what each Office for Immigration Services requires within Spain. They are also able to contact these offices about specific requirements that may arise during your application process when necessary.

We accompany clients through every step of their application process so unforeseen problems do not occur.

Leaving it Late to Organize Official Paperwork

If you’re moving to Spain, then you’ll most likely need to have a certain amount of paperwork in order before you leave.This includes a valid passport, a health insurance card, and a lease agreement for your new residence. You should make sure that you have all of these documents completed and ready before you leave. They will definitely come in handy when you move to Spain. They are not always mandatory but different autonomous regions and Consulates seek different documentation.

The same thing goes for your family members if they are moving to Spain with you.

You may need to gather the following to complete various administrative tasks with Spain’s immigration officials:

  • birth certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • and bank statements

If you leave it until the last minute to get all of these documents, you might have a harder time once you move to Spain.

We recommend allocating up to eight weeks for gathering the right documentation. 

Furthermore, some Consulates are busier than others. So one immigration official could offer an appointment within a few days, while others may take up to two months. 

Leaving Spain Before the Permit is Approved

You can apply for some of Spain’s residence permits from within Spain. The main ones are the Golden Visa or permits for family members of EU citizens. For most visas and their renewals, you must remain in Spain until your application is assessed. This can be between 20 and 90 days.

However, if you leave Spain, your right to stay longer and return is uncertain. So we recommend that you travel with a tourist visa or wait until you receive confirmation that your permit has been granted.

Failing to have documentation properly translated

One of the biggest mistakes people make when moving country is not having somebody properly translate their documentation. If you don’t have your original documents translated, you will have a much harder time once you arrive in Spain. 

When you apply for a residence visa, you must have translated and apostilled documents like:

  • birth certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • proof of sufficient financial means
  • or employment contracts.

Only an authorized translator on a government list can translate these into Spanish.

Trying to Apply for Residency When in Spain

Generally, applicants can only apply for the residence permit at the Spanish consulate of their country of residence.However, sometimes applicants travel to Spain and try to apply for residency from within the country. This isn’t possible in most circumstances. 

You cannot reside in Spain without a valid visa or permit. You must request the permit at the Spanish consulate in your country of residence. The process of obtaining a permit varies depending on the type of permit. There are several types of permits, such as work permits, study permits and family permits.

For example, if you want to get a student permit, you will have to provide the Spanish consulate with all the required documents. This includes a copy of your passport, an application form and letter from the university where you plan to study.

There are rare exceptions such as being a family member of an EU national who already lives in Spain or applying for the Golden Visa program via the investor’s method.

Renting an Airbnb and Not Having a Proper Lease Agreement

You might be tempted to stay in an Airbnb or another short-term let when moving to Spain. Staying in an Airbnb can be a great way to save money. It can also be a great way to learn about the local culture and how to adapt to the new environment quickly. However, you should be very careful when staying in an Airbnb. Some parts of Spain do not allow short-term rentals. Visa applications require a long-term lease.

If you’re renting an Airbnb while you’re living in Spain, then you should have a proper lease agreement that states the dates you’re going to be living in the property. Also, you should have the agreement signed by your landlord.

All ex-pats must register with the local Spanish Town Hall after 90 days in Spain to obtain a TIE or residence card. This process requires a long-term lease and most Town Halls will reject the application if the agreement is a short-term lease. This is typical with Airbnbs.

How to apply for residency after Moving to Spain

First, you will have to gather the documents mentioned above and have them apostilled. This can be done through a notarized document. You can also have your documents apostilled by the Spanish consulate in your home country.

Next, you will have to submit your documents to the Spanish embassy in your home country. There are many Spanish consulates around the world. Once you submit your application, you’ll have to wait for the outcome of the application.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a residency visa that allows you to stay in Spain for at least a year. This can be renewed for two further years. However, you must enter Spain within a three-month period of receiving the entry visa. If you fail to enter Spain within 90 days, the government may withdraw your permit.

If you’re unsuccessful in your application, you can submit another application.

Researching Spain’s Tourism and Culture Before You Visit

One of the best ways to make the transition to living in Spain easier is to research the country and the culture. When you’re planning your trip, you should make sure to visit tourist attractions and learn about Spanish culture. This will help you feel more at home while you’re visiting, and it will also help you with the transition once you arrive in Spain. If you’re serious about moving to Spain, you should visit the country and make the transition as easy and smooth as possible.

Conclusion For Moving to Spain

Before even thinking about applying, you’ll need to be prepared with your application because residency programs in Spain are highly competitive and selective. You should have a detailed plan on how you’ll be able to cover all the expenses of your new life in Spain.

The residency application process can be time-consuming, and you’ll likely spend a lot of time researching the application process and residency program requirements.

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