Advice for expatriates in Spain
29 June, 2022duguech
Living and working in Spain as a foreigner is a great experience. However, legal formalities, cultural change and adaptation make it a complex process. To get the most out of your stay in Spain, take note of these tips for expatriates:
Before traveling to Spain the first thing you have to do is to leave all your affairs settled in your home country. I am referring to debts, services to be cancelled, bank accounts, pending certificates, authorizations, powers of attorney and even closing the contract with the telephone company. You will save yourself foreseeable inconveniences and unnecessary trips that may entail extra expenses.
Keep in mind that you are going to change your life and also your currency and this will affect your economy. Evaluate alternative options for your new stay. Apart from the foreseen expenses, keep a cushion for situations that you do not count on, but that always appear.
Also think about the change of lifestyle. Maybe your future job is closer to home than you think or maybe you need a car. Contemplate downsizing and new expenses.
Look for your new bank. Ask for references if necessary, although Spain has a robust and secure banking system. Don’t forget to check with your bank to see if you can use your cards abroad and the credit you have available.
Learn the basics of taxation and Social Security in Spain. Even if your company supports you, you should know something about taxes, how some economic measures affect you as a foreigner, or what to do in case of dismissal.
Organize your documentation well on the day of your trip. Bring originals and photocopies. Address and details of your stay when you arrive.
Once in Spain, keep your documentation up to date and comply with the deadlines of the legal procedures. The deadlines for application and renewal of documents must be met. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months.
Make sure you have full medical coverage for you and your family. Think about life insurance if you have children or dependents.
Research about the city, mobility alternatives, cultural and family activities, the neighborhood where you will live, etc.
Try to make friends. Get involved in the company’s activities and in your children’s activities.
Travel, explore, soak up the culture. Spain is a plural country, with many lifestyles and customs to learn and enjoy. Adapt to the schedule, even if it’s hard. Spain is different.
Keep an international mobility lawyer close to you. Moving to Spain can be easier if you have the right legal advice.
Don’t know where you should send the documents? How long do you have to wait? Are you missing any additional documents?
At Duguech&Dip we will evaluate your situation, and we will accompany you through the whole procedure with the institutions. Schedule an appointment with us.
This information does not constitute under any circumstances legal advice, serving only for informational purposes. In case you need professional services in Global Immigration and Mobility, please contact us.
* It should be taken into account that the regulations of any of the countries analyzed, as well as the established procedures, may change at any time and without prior notice.
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