This is often the nitty gritty nasty part of your experience moving to Spain. Working with the consulates to process your visa or residency can be a trial of patience, honesty and even self-reflection (am I not good enough for Spain?). From short term visas (Tourist/Schengen) to long term visas (Nonlucrative/Retirement Visa, Work Visa, Entrepeneurs Visa, etc) to Residency and Citizenship, this is the information critical to keeping your legal status to be in Spain.Explore
"To obtain Spanish citizenship you will need to swear loyalty to the King and promise to obey the Spanish Constitution and laws. "
- Spanish Citizenship and Dual Nationality
"...the legalisation procedure is difficult, lengthy, and expensive for everyone, making Spain an illogical choice for those who do not intend to be here for at least 2 to 3 years.""
- Visa for Spain
"If you hold this visa, you must stay in Spain for 183 days out of each year to maintain your residency. This automatically makes you a tax resident of Spain, so be aware that this visa will have tax consequences for you"
- Counting Your Days in (and Outside of) Spain
"Start looking for jobs. "
- The EU Blue Card in Spain
"One-year student visas may be extended. Six-month student visas may not."
- Student Visas for Spain
"As with most information about the bureaucracies of Spain, it's only a guide in your efforts toward a work visa."
- Work Visa for Spain
"You do not need to apply for a Schengen tourist visa to travel to Spain and the Schengen area if you meet the following conditions…"
- Schengen Visa for Spain: The Tourist Visa
"You’re now looking for a way to legally extend your time in Spain. What to do? "
- Arraigo Social: Staying Legal in Spain When All Else Fails
"There’s always two ways around everything and for journalists wanting to work in Spain there’s another option when it comes to getting your Spanish working visa."
- Freelance Journalist Visa for Spain
"However, it isn’t a lost cause, as the rights of an EU citizen are extended to their family members. So even if the process can be somewhat long and frustrating at times, keep your head up and don’t lose hope. "
- Registering as a Non EU Spouse in Spain
The nearly infamous, and relatively easy-to-get nonlucrative visa for Spain is now the primary route to Spanish residency for Americans, Canadians, Russians, and (thanks to Brexit) even for Brits. Here's a guide to doing the American NLV application process (assisted by an immigration attorney) with detailed consulate requirements variations and exclusive consulate ratings!
One of the unexpectedly important yet seemingly trivial tasks for expats is tracking your presence both in Spain and elsewhere as a means to determine tax obligations and meet residency requirements. Learn how to count your days, confirm the requirements for your residency situation, and review the technologies available to help you.
If it feels like you've spent all your extra time and Friday mornings clicking through to make a cita previa for your TIE or fingerprints appointment, you're not alone. Instead, try emaling your local office to share your grief and ask for an appointment!
How to obtain Spanish residency for EU citizens, their spouses and their non-EU family members: the registration certificate (certificado de registro) and the EU-family member residence card (tarjeta de residencia de familiar de ciudadano de la Unión) revealed
This article has information about alternative ways to get a working visa for Spain in particular for journalists. It will give you detailed instructions on how to get the visa, what documents you need, who to contact and if you are eligible to get a freelancer's working visa for Spain. It can help set up your visa before you have an actual job in Spain which is often hard to do.