when moving to Spain there are a few things that you will need to do first before you even start to build your new life in Spain.
Many people from the UK, are now moving to Spain in search of a better life and for many it is a long life dream and if it is just for more sun, to start a business or even to retire there, the reasons vary but there are a few things that everyone must do first.
The Europe regulations welcomed at at the beginning of 1992 means that all EU citizens can now work in Spain under the same laws as the Spaniards and will have the same rights and benefits with the Social Security system and National Health Services in Spain.
This means that you, your partner and dependents all have access to the same services as the Spanish.
Getting An NIE:
This is great news if you are considering moving to Spain. One of the first things that you will need to do is register at your local Police Station and get an NIE certificate.
This is just a Foreigners Identification Number. But you will need it for just about everything you do here in Spain.
Here is just a few things that you will need it for:
Opening a bank account.
Buying or selling a Spanish property.
National Health Services
Buying a car or boat.
Starting a business.
The easiest way to get one is to find a good accountant or lawyer, now the best way to find a good accountant is ask the local English people in the town that you are moving to as they will have already had to use one and can recommend a good one and let you know what it is going to cost you.
If you are thinking of starting your own business in Spain as I did, then my advice to you is to get a good accountant who will help with all the papers you are going to need as this is a very difficult process even if you speak Spanish . Remember that everything here in Spain takes twice as long as in the UK so start things as early as possible.
The First Years:
The first few years in any new country are the hardest, you will need to get to know your new area, local customs and people and one of the best ways to do this is to mix with as many locals as you can even if you feel uncomfortable at first. They will open many new opportunities for you as well as giving you a real look at how the Spanish live. If you are moving to Spain and you really want to stay there then you must learn to Speak Spanish.
Blending In With The Locals:
There are many people that are living in Spain and who have less than a basic understanding of the language and it is possible to live this way for many years.
It is a shame if you are moving to Spain long term and can not understand what your locales are saying, not only that but with even some basic phrases you will find that the locals will open up to you and this will speed up your integration and help you live the way you first dreamed of. Many local Spanish people want to learn English so this is a great way for you to help them as they help you, just ask at your local bar and you will be surprised at how many want to learn.
Mix with the locals as much as possible and your stay in Spain will be a permanent one.