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pmaxfield replied to the thread Retirement in Spain/in our 60's/from US on the Spain forum:
kathianddennis initially posted:
Reading a lot in this forum but not much on people like myself that are soon to retire and believe they have chosen Spain. Would love to hear more about how the transition was, how they chose a place to live, did they visit it first, what their daily days are like, how are they dealing with missing family and the budget they have each month, etc. So far I have seen very little on this forum.. People post but don't get much response. Love to hear from people that really retire at retirement age, in their 60's, on social security or similar and take the plunge and move abroad. Was it scary, exciting, stressful. Love to hear it all. Thanks! Kathi & Dennis
pmaxfield replied 2 hours ago with:
Kathi and Dennis, We are asking the same questions. Perhaps we can share information. Paul and Brenda
GMorrell replied on May 12, 2015 with:
Choose to live......sorry!
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sdamazo replied to the thread green Card with Spanish Home Purchase on the Spain forum:
2cartalkers initially posted:
Recently we have been reading articles regarding the issuance of a green card by the Spanish government if a home is purchased in Spain. Does anyone have any information on whether the Spanish government has agreed to move forward on this proposal? My wife and I are both U. S. citizens and very near retiring and moving to Valencia and this has more than piqued our interest. Thank you!
sdamazo replied 6 hours ago with:
Many of us have both citizenship but it may be an american requirement. I know many american living in Spain and they kept theirs. There are some formalities to live here, but it seems easy to get a resident visa. Apart from embassy inquiry, if you visit Spain, bank manager can provide more detail on financial/documentation issues too.
sdamazo replied 6 hours ago with:
Many of us have both citizenship but it may be an american requirement. I know many american living in Spain and they kept theirs. There are some formalities to live here, but it seems easy to get a resident visa. Apart from embassy inquiry, if you visit Spain, bank manager can provide more detail on financial/documentation issues too.
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LD replied to the thread Moving to Spain's Coast on the Spain forum on June 29, 2015:
LD initially posted:
We are from the U.S.--my son and I and thinking of moving to Spain. I am an ESOL Teacher. I would like to visit this summer and consider moving. Would like to ask some questions: -Can we start the residency process from U.S. or must we be in Spain? - If we move, must we leave after 90 days? -Can we stay temporarily until the permanent residency is finished? - Can I look for work with out permenant residency? Sorry for all the questions, but hope for help. Many thanks.
LD replied on June 29, 2015 with:
Thank you so much for your advice, I will do that.
cwells67 replied on June 29, 2015 with:
You MUST start the process for residency within the US at the consulate that serves your state (http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/spanish-consulates-usa.html). You MUST make an appointment to submit any paperwork... So, to answer your questions: -Residency must be started in the US. Spain does not make it easy to submit for residency while in Spain. -When you have to move depends on your visa. You have a 90-day visa in your passport, but after 90 days you would have to leave. In order to work here, you must have a work-related visa. -The permanent residency process takes about six weeks to three months for approval. -Of course you can look for work, but you may not be hired until you have a more standard residency visa and authority to work. To be honest, the number of British teachers providing English lessons here in Spain may make it difficult for an American trying to provide English, but I have friends who are successful at it. Unless you work at a school or academy, the pay is very low, but in the larger cities there may be many opportunities to teach English. Good luck!
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LD posted Moving to Spain's Coast on the Spain forum on June 28, 2015:
We are from the U.S.--my son and I and thinking of moving to Spain. I am an ESOL Teacher. I would like to visit this summer and consider moving. Would like to ask some questions: -Can we start the residency process from U.S. or must we be in Spain? - If we move, must we leave after 90 days? -Can we stay temporarily until the permanent residency is finished? - Can I look for work with out permenant residency? Sorry for all the questions, but hope for help. Many thanks.
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nik18 posted Seeking long-term rental on the Spain forum on June 24, 2015:
Hello everyone Although I will be checking this site and others regularly, I would be grateful if anyone can assist me in regard to finding a long-term rental property. I'm currently living in the South of England; Due to health reasons and the hope a warmer climate will ease my symptoms, I am planning to relocate to Spain around October/November time. To that end I am seeking a studio apartment or similar inexpensive self-contained accommodation for long-term rental, i.e 12 months plus. Location is not too important however as I can’t drive any more I will need to be within walking distance of basic amenities such as a supermarket and doctor, and also close to regular or semi-regular public transport which connects to larger towns and facilities. Thank you!
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pmaxfield replied to the thread Thinking of Spain for Semi-Retirement on the Spain forum:
LovetheBeach initially posted:
I am researching several Spanish speaking countries for semi-retirement. Though once nearly fluent in Spanish, I now am a bit rusty with the language. I have no concern about language as it will not be too difficult for me to regain my Spanish. I would like any information from expats who live near the coast regarding small town living in Spain. I do not care for big cities, and have lived in tourist oriented areas for most of my life, so tourists don't bother me. I would like your personal viewpoints on life in Spain regarding weather, cost of living, ease of integration into the Spanish community, and why you chose the city or town you live in as opposed to other options. Also, what other expat forums should I be looking at for more info Thank you for any info you can provide.
pmaxfield replied on June 22, 2015 with:
WE are interested in Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca areas for part-time retirement in Spain. We would love to correspond with y9ou about your expereince. Would you consider providing an email for exchange? Our email is plm_1954@yahoo.com. Thank you. Paul and Brenda
LovetheBeach replied on June 13, 2015 with:
chopchi, Yep! That is correct! If one wants to retire in Spain, that assumes permanent residency.
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darcy1889 posted Finding work in Spain as a Caribbean national. on the Spain forum on June 20, 2015:
Hi All, My name is Darcy and I am a new member and first time poster. I know that you all have probably read these types of posts hundreds of times but I am in need of some advice or assistance or anything really. I am from a tiny twin Caribbean island known as Trinidad and Tobago. I am a recent university graduate (BSc. Psychology) and I also have an intermediate Spanish level. I have been helping Spanish speakers with English online and in person for almost 5 years and i feel in my heart that i have truly found my calling. For me the ideal experience would be for me to work in Spain but I am starting to feel like there are no avenues for someone like me. I know my chances would be better if i had a TEFL or CELTA certificate but the cost of doing it in my country is almost twice or three times the average price. I considered doing it online but i really don't want to miss out on the practical aspect of the course. I see that there are some jobs which would hire persons without the certificate but i realize the chances of getting those are next to none. My country was recently granted visa-free travel to Europe but even with that I would still need to do the impossible, which is obtaining a work permit. I feel like I am out of options but I don't want to give up on something that I really want to do. Has anyone ever been in this position? What would be the best step? I am willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish this. Thanks in Advance guys! ^_^
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Tes posted Lesbian expat looking for lesbian friend on the Spain forum on June 20, 2015:
Hi girls, I've just arrived to Barcelona and would like to make friends with other lesbians in order to go out to parties, beaches, picnic etc. Please contact me on tessismith2@gmail.com
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Hi just wondering if anybody had any information, tips/advice for relocating to Spain and putting my two children into school, aged 7 and 3, what is recommended Spanish state or British/international private etc. what is the process, procedure etc? Any information would be appreciate!!!! Thanks
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sandocameron initially posted:
Hi, I'm noving back to London from Barcelona after 11 years, and am looking for transport to move about 10m3 of boxes. One-way van hire companies only operate from the south of Spain, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know. For example, if you need to return a hired van to the UK, sharing the costs... Thanks, Alex
Laughed58 replied most recently with:
Hi go on Tortola forum guy called les does pick ups from ametlla de mar near Tarragona or in that area he brought my dog back England to Spain 300 euro so not over top prices good luck
Shalak replied most recently with:
Hola Alex, I have just read your post and am interested to know how you're getting on with finding a way to move your things from BCN to the UK overland. I've just got back to the UK from an extended stay in Asia, and am researching options for moving my things from Barcelona, where I had been living for a few years, to Britain. The possessions I have in Spain amount to around 6 suitcases (3 x hold-sized and 3 x hand-luggage sized). They're not heavy and mostly contain clothes and fabrics, so possibly I'll be able to ship them. I can be flexible on dates and my main issue is keeping costs to a minimum as my budget is really limited at the moment. Looking forward to hearing from you - all the best and hasta pronto! Beth
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