Well, we went to Extranjeria with all my paperwork from the list that was given to me a week earlier. I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone smiling and very willing to assist. This was a total 180 from last year when I was rudely told that I would have to leave the country since I was overstaying the 3 months! I guess the good thing about last year is that it made us start the residency process sooner than we had planned.
Anyways, submitted the paperwork on a Tuesday (July 15) and received a call on Thursday that my application had been approved so I went on Friday and picked up the “Resguardo de Solicitud o Renovacion de Tarjeta de Extranjero”!!! (We asked if they could rush it and they did!!!...) IMMEDIATELY went to the Comisaria de Policia - Extranjeros and presented the Resguardo, photographs, my US passport AND the “Certificacion de Inscripcion Padronal” (Alta) from the Ayuntamiento where I live. No one had told me that I needed that but luckily I had it! They took my fingerprints, my husband went to the bank and paid the 10,50 Euros while I waited and was given a stamped receipt and told to wait a few weeks when I would be notified to pick up my NIE card. I already have the NIE number and I was told that as of July 18, 2014, I had all the rights of any resident!
Next step: I’m assuming that in addition to opening a bank account, owning property, buying a car, etc., I will be able to start a business! I submitted proof of financial solvency (have enough $$$ to not be a burden) and I don’t know if I need a work permit or not since I will be an “Autonoma” in the future. Any comments with this?
Also, since my husband is a Spanish Citizen (dual US/EU) and after having my Residency for one year, can I apply for Spanish Citizenship at that time? I know I have to live here for 183 days before July 17, 2015 but I really want to get my Spanish citizenship so that I don’t have to worry about that restriction in the future….or do I? Does anyone know if I will still be required to live in Spain (EU) for 183 days every year even after becoming a Spanish citizen?