For many, the intricacies of the law are some of the most difficult and time consuming aspects of your move to Spain (and in a post-Brexit world that means it's true even for Brits). Read up on identity cards, social security, visas, consumer rights, amnesty/arraigo social, voting, embassies/consulates, wills, driving, and how to get the help you need.Explore
"...should give you an idea of what to expect or not expect from yours."
- Embassies and Consulates for English Speaking Countries
"Getting a Spanish driver's license can be expensive because you have to take classes. The good news is you can study for and take the test in English.""
- Driving in Spain: Licenses and Regulations
"It isn't a magic wand, but very often it works like one ...."
- Consumer Complaint Forms / Hojas de Reclamaciones
"Firstly, we need to know that the Spanish insurance accident report form is the standard form, folded in two, with a blue outer cover that says ..."
- Spanish Traffic Accident Reports
"You will need to be part of the Social Security system."
- Social Security in Spain
"Keep in mind that if you can vote in Spain, then you can run for office too!""
- Voting in Spain
"This is such a pain in the butt that I won't blame you if you decide to just hire a gestor or asesoria to get the appointment for you."
- Instructions for the TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros) Application
"This, of course, does not mean you get automatic residency in Spain, nor will it make it any easier to get residency.""
- TIE, NIE, DNI, NIF, CIF, Social Security
"The gestor knows his way around the intricacies of Spanish administrative bureaucracy ...."
- Gestor, Gestoria, Asesoria?
"A child born in Spain is not automatically a Spanish citizen - though, with a few rare exceptions, any such child has the right to receive Spanish citizenship."
- Getting Married, Weddings & Giving Birth in Spain
"You have decided to tie the knot with your Spanish honey. The first thing you need to do is get all your US paperwork in order. "
- Getting Married in Spain - Non-EU Foreigners Marrying a Spaniard
"Whether you are here in Spain legally or not, you should register with your local padrón"
- Empadronamiento: Town Hall Registration in Spain
"...the process is much simpler if there's a Spanish will.""
- Wills: The Legal Will & Inheritance in Spain
Gestores and Asesorias are often mentioned on the forum and articles around the site when discussing issues of bureaucracy. We realized many of you don't know what a gestor is or how to find one. This article is to inform you about what a gestor is and what he/she can do for you.
This article is about what are, and how to use, the official consumer complaint forms, known as Hojas de Reclamaciones, which allow any consumer who has a complaint against a Spanish restaurant, bar, shop, service provider, and many other businesses, to enter the complaint officially and easily.
The padrón is the single most important evidence of residency – you might even need it before you get a visa or residency. Brits just learned this the hard way with Brexit in 2020. Learn how to empadronarse, the benefits of the padrón, the pitfalls and the documents you'll need to present to complete and renew the empadronamiento in your town or city.