Planning to Relocate to Spain? Get Some Tips
Spain is a country that seems to hold a special place in the heart of UK people. With amazing weather conditions and more than 8000 km of beaches, Spain is the second country in the world with more British expats. There are currently over 370000 British people living in Spain, a number that only seems to be on the rise, even after Brexit.
Spain is a country with a lot to offer to British expats. The main perks in the country for British people tend to be its amazing weather conditions, incredible gastronomy, rich culture, excellent communications, wide catalogue of international schools and great healthcare system, all hand in hand with a lower cost of living compared to the UK.
There are a lot of charming places to live in Spain, although a favourite destination for British expats seems to be the southern coast of the country. Coastal towns like Marbella, Nerja, Mijas, Malaga or Fuengirola have a steady growing population of British people.
If you are planning on moving to Spain from the UK, there are a few steps you will need to take, so this transition can run smoothly. Here are a few of the things you definitely should consider before moving to Spain:
The NIE number is the ID number Spain uses to identify foreigners. The process to get one is pretty simple:
- Download the application form EX-15
- Fill out the form
- Bring it to your nearest Spanish consulate
The process can also be done once you arrive in Spain, but you would need to visit an immigration office or police station to do so.
Brexit brought many changes into the table, and some of them apply when we want to file for residency in countries like Spain. There are many ways to apply for Spanish residency, but the most common are:
- A Tie Card: only UK citizens that resided in the country before 31 December 2020 can apply for this card. It will require you to bring proof of residence before this date to obtain it.
- A Visa Residence: UK citizens entering the country after 01 January 2021 will need to apply for this process as any other foreigner. There are two types of Visas available, the Residence Visa or Non-Lucrative Residence Visa and the Golden Visa. We recommend that you consult with a legal expert and pick the one that better fits your needs.
Living permanently in Spain means that you will have to start paying taxes and become a Spanish Tax Resident, a prerequisite to obtain for your NIE. British citizens that reside in Spain for a period of over 183 days per year need to file their taxes. In order to do so, you need to:
- Fill your Personal Income Tax (IRPF) — Model 100, which taxes you according to your worldwide income.
- Declaration of Assets — Form 720, which needs to be filled if your overseas assets exceed the €50000 mark.
Spanish has an amazing free healthcare system you will be able to enjoy once you become a permanent resident. However, in order to apply for it, first you need to be removed from the NHS register. Then, you need to meet any of the following criteria:
- As a pensioner, you need to submit an S-1 Form issued by the United Kingdom.
- As an employed or self-employed person, both you and your family can access the public Spanish healthcare system.
- If you happen to not meet the requirements stated above, you can apply for Convenio Especial or for a private health insurance.
Overall, the Spanish healthcare system is not only free, but also one of the best health systems in the world, so we greatly encourage you to apply for it.