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Moving to Spain: Budgeting Quick Tips for Your First Weeks in Iberia

Posted by on 12:15 in Auxiliar Program, Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, Money in Spain, Moving to Spain | 0 comments

Moving to Spain: Budgeting Quick Tips for Your First Weeks in Iberia

How should I budget for Spain, and how much money should I take initially? That is the million-euro question (every pun intended). Your first few weeks in Spain will be the most expensive, sin duda, and you may have to make your money stretch for months. One thing is certain – the more you bring, the more comfortable you’ll feel. We’ve talked to many ex-assistants or veterans who say to aim to save around 2,000€ to get you set up. This amount will allow you to cover the expenses involved in getting to Spain, arranging your housing...

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Moving to Spain: Spanish Education Basics

Posted by on 13:45 in Auxiliar Program, Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Moving to Spain, Teaching in Spain | 0 comments

Moving to Spain: Spanish Education Basics

For those moving to Spain in the fall to teach English, there are huge questions to answer as you wrap your head around your teaching assistant job. What does IES mean, and how old will my student be? What are timetables in Spanish schools like? And, perhaps most importantly, when will I have holidays and days off? This week we’re demystifying the Spanish school system with a beginner’s guide to school types and schedules. First, let’s take a look at the overarching school system in Spain, which consists of public, private...

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How to Apply for Spanish Nationality through Residency

Posted by on 00:58 in Blog, COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Residency Permission, Spanish Bureaucracy, Spanish Citizsenship | 122 comments

How to Apply for Spanish Nationality through Residency

Without a doubt, Brexit and the European Union have become buzzwords overnight. The UK’s big breakup with the EU has sent many Spain dwellers into a tailspin on how to apply for Spanish nationality. Luckily for everyone, the procedure for applying for Spanish citizenship was completely overhauled in 2015 and the new system, while more costly and restrictive (expect to pay upwards of 300€ for application fees and official exams), is more efficient and can be done entirely online. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! Let’s start with the...

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What are the Differences Between Pareja de Hecho and Marriage in Spain?

Posted by on 23:57 in Blog, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Marriage and Divorce in Spain, Pareja de Hecho | 38 comments

What are the Differences Between Pareja de Hecho and Marriage in Spain?

One of the most common petitions we get at COMO is for information regarding civil unions. Call it what you wanna call it – pareja de hecho, pareja estable no casada or unión de hecho – civil union numbers in Spain have jumped in the last decade, and it’s a common step for foreigners hoping to achieve permanent residency and the right to work. But what differentiates it from marriage, if anything? Both matrimonio and pareja de hecho laws are subject to family law in Spain and are open to both heterosexual and homosexual...

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How to Renew a Tarjeta Comunitaria

Posted by on 10:31 in Blog, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Marriage and Divorce in Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Pareja de Hecho | 10 comments

How to Renew a Tarjeta Comunitaria

They say that all good things must come to an end – and that includes five years of uninterrupted extranjería visits for those with a valid tarjeta comunitaria. If you’ve done pareja de hecho or got married as a non-European national, your are entitled to the five-year residency card with the right to work as the immediate family of an EU citizen. First time applicants for the tarjeta comunitaria are granted semi-permanent residency, but once that’s up, you’ll need to apply for a ten-year permanent resident card. The...

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How to Claim Packages Stuck at Spanish Customs in Barajas Airport

Posted by on 13:45 in Blog, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Spanish Bureaucracy, Taxes in Spain | 62 comments

How to Claim Packages Stuck at Spanish Customs in Barajas Airport

The holidays are a chaotic time at post offices in Spain, and for anyone who has lived in Spain long enough, it’s a time when lines are long, prices for shipping are sky-high and the inevitable holiday cheer package gets stuck in customs. While it’s enough to make you go full-on Grinch at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, you can usually get your packages back, though you’ll usually have to fork over VAT, or duty, tax. Read on, brave soul: I followed your advice on your Sending and Receiving Packages post. But my stuff...

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What to Expect at the Spanish Vehicle Inspection

Posted by on 11:26 in Blog, COMO Viajar / Travel, Driving in Spain, Moving to Spain, Paperwork in Spain | 6 comments

What to Expect at the Spanish Vehicle Inspection

While it’s easy to travel around Spain via public transport, as Americans, we both wanted to have the freedom of our own cars. After passing the Spanish driving exam and purchasing our vehicles, we’ve been able to reach out-of-the-way destinations and avoid overpacked buses to the beach! Our obsessions with Peuqeño Monty and Tibu kinda end there, though, as maintaining a motor vehicle in Spain turned out to be a lot more than we ever bargained for. Apart from insurance payments and maintenance, all vehicles registered in Spain are...

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Modifying Spanish Residency after Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Union

Posted by on 12:24 in Blog, COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Marriage and Divorce in Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Pareja de Hecho, Spanish Bureaucracy | 35 comments

Modifying Spanish Residency after Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Union

Many foreigners have found that one of the easiest paths to residency in Spain is through marriage or a civil union with a European citizen. Once unions are formalized and certificates printed, partners are eligible to apply for a Tarjeta Comunitaria, which grants holders legal residency for a period of 5 years and the right to work, among other benefits such as the possibility to work in other EU member states or the option to participate in the public health system. However, what happens (and we hate to quote One Republic here, but it seems...

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How to Renew a US Passport in Spain

Posted by on 13:14 in Blog, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Paperwork in Spain | 5 comments

How to Renew a US Passport in Spain

Ten years might seem like a long time, but times flies when you’re also flying and have the visas and stamps, to prove it. It’s a sad moment surrendering all of those memories to the US government, but luckily renewing your US passport in Spain is a pretty painless process. What will hurt the most is the hefty fee (105€ at the time of writing) and staying grounded while your new passport arrives. Step One: Make an appointment at your nearest American embassy or consulate Simply send an email or call to make an appointment....

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Careers in Spain, Tiffany H., Translator and Resume Writer

Posted by on 13:30 in Autónomo Status Spain, Blog, COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Work in Spain Series | 0 comments

Careers in Spain, Tiffany H., Translator and Resume Writer

Looking to break out of teaching and into another career in Spain? Tiffany cites thinking creatively and globally as the key to her success transitioning from an English teacher to a freelance translator and resume writer. Name: Tiffany Hardy City and Comunidad: Jaén, Andalusia Job Title: Resume Writer & Spanish to English Translator Why did you initially come to Spain? I grew up in the US-Southwest and always had a desire to become fluent in Spanish. So, I decided that during my junior year of college I would do a semester abroad. In...

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