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Moving to Spain? Join us for SPAINEXPO, the largest digital conference for aspiring expats to Spain!

Posted by on 11:27 in COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Moving to Spain | 0 comments

Moving to Spain? Join us for SPAINEXPO, the largest digital conference for aspiring expats to Spain!

The process for moving to Spain can be daunting and sometimes even more so for non-European citizens! At COMO, we’re asked a lot about visas and how to obtain them, what residency options are available to non-EU citizens, how to go about teaching abroad and of course, how to make Spain a long-term home — it’s what we do best! And we’re sharing all of our knowledge with you – for free! We’re thrilled to announce that we will be a part of the largest online conference about moving to and living in Spain, SPAINEXPO! This FREE conference is...

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How to do an FBI Background Check Online for Use in Spain

Posted by on 13:36 in Auxiliar Program, Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Spanish Bureaucracy | 0 comments

How to do an FBI Background Check Online for Use in Spain

Of all of the visa woes our clients most strongly detest, requesting (or perhaps more aptly put, waiting for) an FBI Background Check is almost always at the top of the list. Sending off for the check via snail mail often means wait times anywhere between 12 to 18 weeks. There’s also the option to apply for your check using an approved-channeler, which does expedite the process considerably, but can also cost and arm and a leg (and you’ll need those when in Spain). The good news – there’s finally a better way! The FBI...

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How to Get a Work Visa for Spain and Why it’s so Difficult for non-EU Citizens

Posted by on 11:40 in COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Moving to Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Residency Permission, Spanish Bureaucracy, Uncategorized | 43 comments

How to Get a Work Visa for Spain and Why it’s so Difficult for non-EU Citizens

Here at the virtual offices of COMO Consulting we’ve received hundreds of emails and blog comments from readers who are ready to join the Spanish workforce. They want to know how to work legally in Spain and what a company must do in order to hire a non-EU citizen. While we say óle to you and your ganas de trabajar, it’s going to take a lot more than lucky underwear and a winning smile to get your foot in the puerta. But if you have the patience of a saint and a hefty photocopy budget, it just might be possible. Read on to find out why...

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How to Apply to the Instituto Franklin to Teach in Spain

Posted by on 13:28 in COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Institito Franklin Program, Teaching in Spain | 2 comments

How to Apply to the Instituto Franklin to Teach in Spain

So, you want to apply to the Instituto Franklin to teach and learn in Spain. With the help of current participant Clare Boerigter, we walk you through the application process for 2017-18. Check out why Clare chose the Instituto Franklin in her last post. Other than having to gather documents and putting a good deal of thought into my two essays, I did not find Instituto Franklin’s application process to be that harrowing. But it did take time – so the earlier you start the better. I got in touch with one of the contacts listed on Instituto...

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Teach English in Spain: the Instituo Franklin Program Basics

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Teach English in Spain: the Instituo Franklin Program Basics

Teaching in Spain is one way to obtain a legal estancia in Spain and a good stepping stone if you’d like to live here long term. And there are no shortage of English teaching programs that provide you with a visa and stipend to make ends meet between your tapas and weekend trips! Clare Boerigter talks to us about how she decided to do the Instituto Franklin program, and what advice she has for teachers looking for a serious program with an M.A. involved. Last October I sat down with my laptop and a notebook and Googled “Spain +...

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Moving to Spain: 10 Pieces of Advice for Teaching Private English Classes

Posted by on 13:18 in Auxiliar Program, Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Trabajar / Work in Spain, Money in Spain, Private Lessons Spain, Teaching in Spain | 6 comments

Moving to Spain: 10 Pieces of Advice for Teaching Private English Classes

updated Summer 2018 Over the last decade, Spain has made a huge push for its population to become more proficient in English and as a result, native English speakers are in extremely high demand and there are plenty of ways to teach English in Spain. For Language and Culture Assistants, AuPairs or other jobs that are moderately paid, extra income from private classes can mean the difference between a frugal year or enjoying all that Spain and Europe have to offer. However, before agreeing to take on a new student, consider COMO’s Cardinal...

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Moving to Spain: Getting your Empadronamiento

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Moving to Spain: Getting your Empadronamiento

Updated summer 2018 A solicitud de empadronamiento is the procedure for registering yourself as living in a Spanish municipality and constitutes legal proof of where and how long you have lived at a certain address. The process of getting an empadronamiento is free and can be made by those residing in Spain regardless of legal status. Wondering why you need to be registered? Ojo: an empadronamiento is a requirement for obtaining a TIE in many comunidades and for its renewal process. Where can I get an empadronamiento? Typically, your city or...

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Moving to Spain: 12 Things to Remember

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Moving to Spain: 12 Things to Remember

updated Summer 2018 Wondering how to move to Spain? Asking yourself how you can prepare to move to Spain? Our biggest piece of advice to prospective expats is always the same: DO YOUR HOMEWORK! There are a number of factors that go into making the decision to move, from location to duration and everything else under the Spanish sol. As expats in Spain who have successfully helped others transition into their vida española, we want to make it easy for you. Here’s the Cliffsnotes version of the most important steps to take when gearing up for...

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Moving to Spain: 8 Questions to Ask Your Spanish Landlord

Posted by on 13:30 in Auxiliar Program, Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Llegar / Arrival in Spain, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Cost of Living in Spain, Housing in Spain, Moving to Spain, Paperwork in Spain, Teaching in Spain | 2 comments

Moving to Spain: 8 Questions to Ask Your Spanish Landlord

When moving to Spain, often your first order of business is finding a place to call hogar, dulce hogar. And, like many things in Spain, it’s an exercise in patience! Renting a flat in Spain is far from a simple task, but it’s one of the most important and should be one of the first things you do when arriving to Spain (after tapas, of course). After you’ve found a few flats you’re interested in viewing and have made appointments to see them, be prepared to ask your landlord the tough questions. While this may cancel...

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Moving to Spain: Must Know Vocab Words for your Health

Posted by on 13:30 in Auxiliar Program, Auxiliares Norteamericanos, Blog, COMO Vivir / Live in Spain, Health Care in Spain, Immigrant info Spain, Moving to Spain | 0 comments

Moving to Spain:  Must Know Vocab Words for your Health

updated Summer 2018 Often times when planning for a move abroad we stress over the vocabulary we think we’ll need – introducing ourselves, asking for directions, ordering food, saying please and thank you, etc – and skim over the boring stuff. But like it or not, getting sick in Spain is all but inevitable. So, before moving to Spain, brush up on some essential words to know for healthcare and hospitals in Spain before your fever-riddled brain all but annihilates your ability to speak Spanish. To get you started, COMO presents an A to Z guide...

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