Get your Residencia immediately! – Update

Brexit

Do you have your RESIDENCIA? time is running out!

A Change in Criteria for Alicante

Sun Lawyers are the people to go to if you are looking to become a Spanish resident, especially with Brexit looming even quicker around the corner.

Don´t forget that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has pledged to get Britain out of the EU, deal or no deal, and that means time is running out!

It all may seem a bit daunting, but here at Sun Lawyers, we´ve lost count of how times we´ve gone through this process down the decades, and it is straight-forward.

Sun Lawyers will do virtually all the work for you to give you peace of mind, and make sure that you have all the correct documents to enjoy your time in Spain.

Delays earlier this year in applying for a residencia have all been cleared up, but now is the time to get yours if you haven´t already done so.

Forget the bar talk and rumours, because it is all very simple, and you should apply for a Spanish residency card if:

    • You’ve spent more than 90 days in Spain.
    • You want to be legal in Spain.
    • You want to be legible for the Spanish healthcare system.

Let´s examine those three points in more detail.

You’re staying in Spain for over 90 days

It´s all down to the law, and clearly states that if you spend more than 90 days in a 180 day period in Spain (or any other country in the Schengen area), then you must apply for a residency card, which in effect is a stay permit. The embassies of the EU have stipulated that as long as no other citizens from the Schengen area are obliged to obtain a Visa for the UK, then British citizens will have a reciprocal agreement to not require a Visa for the Schengen zone, but the 90 day rule will still apply.

If you are from the UK, the Brexit issue is clouding the waters, but essentially you have to get yourself covered with a residencia, pure and simple, and we at Sun Lawyers can get that sorted for you and your partner and family.

The proposed UK-EU withdrawal agreement allows residencias to continue, but they will then be swapped over to a different card, which the Spanish government said earlier this year would be a straight-forward process.

That looks like being the case as well in a no-deal Brexit scenario according to Madrid, but you must get a residencia right now, and time is ticking by quickly.

You want to be legal in Spain

This is a simple matter of “peace of mind”, as doing everything according to Spanish rules can only bring benefits, and Sun Lawyers have the expertise to tell you what´s what!

As an example, an EU person that is residing in Spain, once you have obtained your Spanish residency card, you then you have a period to switch your EU licence for a Spanish driving licence.

Yes, EU driving licences are valid in Spain (as long as they have not expired), but since it looks likely that the UK will be leaving soon the EU, then you will see on the British Consulate websitea recommendation that if you are resident in Spain, you need to stay within the law and swap over to a Spanish licence, rather than going through all kinds of hassles, some of which could cost you time and money. There still have been no agreement for British licences to be valid in the EU once we leave and may be required to have an international licence from the DVLA to legally drive here in Spain.

That´s just one example over being legal, and we at Sun Lawyers have the checklist that you need to make sure that you will be fine for many years to come.

You want to use the Spanish healthcare system

Essentially there are two main categories here:

Limited and temporary healthcare in Spain.At present, this must be done through the EHIC health card, but this does not include ongoing treatments and as, yet no bi-lateral agreement has been signed to continue with this for UK citizens once the UK leaves the EU.

Permanent all-inclusive healthcare in Spain.Right now, state pensioners from other EU member states can transfer their rights to health care from their country of origin with the S1, E121 &E106. In the future, we will see if it is still the case for UK citizens, depending on negotiations between UK and Spain. Requirementsfor non-workers and early retirees to qualify is to have proof of Spanish residence during at least a year and then they can begin contributions (Convenio Especial).

Sun Lawyers will sort that out for you, once you have got that residencia, and there are countless people that we have helped on that score, with many years of experience on how to do it.

Ready to act?

It is common for Sun Lawyers to see people postponing important decisions, like the need to apply for Spanish residency or sorting out the taxes or buying a home with a reputable lawyer.

Don´t plough on without the right advice and experts behind you and get in touch with the English-speaking Sun Lawyers team to apply for your Spanish residency, which is imperative that you get right now!

If you have any questions, then please send an email to admin@sun-lawyers.com or call on the office & ask for the Relocation Department on +34 965 321 193.

ALICANTE City Appointments:

  • PENSIONERS REQUIRE STATE PENSION PAID DIRECTLY TO SPANISH ACCOUNT AND S-1 CERTIFICATES) WITH CURRENT ACCOUNT BEING USED ON A REGULAR BASIS, FOR 3 MONTH PERIOD, PRIOR TO GAINING A RESIDENCIA,
  • NON-WORKERS REQUIRE 7,000€ AVERAGE BALANCE EACH IN SPANISH ACCOUNT OVER LAST 3 MONTHS
  • MARRIED DEPENDANT APPLICANTS WITHOUT OWN HEALTH CARE OR FINANCIAL MEANS WILL REQUIRE UP-TO-DATE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (NO OLDER THAN 3 MONTHS FROM ISSUE) PLUS A LEGAL TRANSLATION BY A SPANISH REGISTERED TRANSLATOR

TODAY WE HAVE JUST STARTED TO GET MORE APPOINTMENTS FOR ORIHUELA CITY FOR THIS MONTH FOR UK NATIONALS WHICH MEANS THAT CLIENTS NOT MEETING THE NEW ALICANTE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO PROCEED AGAIN AS BEFORE

 


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