replied to the thread Looking for a relative
on the Spain forum on October 23, 2014:
Hello can anyone advise me on how to look up addresses / people in feungirola? My father moved to feungirola from the UK a few years ago but we have lost touch . He is quite elderly and his family want to make contact.
Any help or advise would be greatly received!!
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Thank you for your help!!
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Hi,if he is a resident he will in in the list of empadronamiento(registration) at Feungirola Ayuntamiento(Town Hall).You could try calling the British Embassy in Madrid as he should have registered with them as well.They may not supply you his details but they can contact him to give him your contact info.If for some reason he is living under the radar the only way to find him would be footslogging all over the area and doing detective work.I assume your have already done the obvious Google and FB type searches.Good luck.
replied to the thread 90 day requirement
on the Spain forum on October 21, 2014:
So how do folks get around the requirement to leave Spain every 90 days? We are getting ready to move early next year from US. Any advice would be appreciated
I just completed the residence endurance tribulation. Luckily for me I was doing it in London as I retired from Working in for the US government from there. My advice is to start early and get all your ducks in a row, especially proofing the financal part (as how you will receive your income as it has to be equitable to over a specific amount of EUROS per month, I think somewhere around 2500 EUROS). This is really really big for the Spanish. Also medical insurance, the Spanish only recognize certain international companies and my advice is sign up for a Spanish company that provides in the area you are looking to live (think HMO). Finally get all documents officially translated and apostiled by the state department (this includes the background check, the Spanish do not reccognize the FBI as a true US Department by itself). Good luck and have fun, took almost a tear of tooing and frooing for mine)- Matt in Baza Spain
Unfortunately, you can't get around this requirement unless you become one of the undocumented. We just retired to Spain after submitting everything our consulate asked for since we felt it was a bigger headache to move every three months. Do you really want to leave for another country for 90 days just to return to Spain again? You would probably also pay a premium rent if you just want to stay 3 months. I would recommend becoming friendly with the reps at the consulate closest to you. Are you within a reasonable distance from the consulate? Yes, completing the paperwork was stressful. We even had to get a rental contract!! But our residence card was issued within 6 weeks (instead of three months) for the date of departure we requested. We saved two months rent at our temporary apartment in the States. By the way, if you arrive in January or July, you can take advantage of seasonal sales. Great time to buy sheets, towels, etc.
I hope this is helpful.
posted Buying a restaurant in Majorca, Spain
on the Spain forum on October 17, 2014:
We are planning to retire in Spain in the Alicante area. We are getting our paper work in order and have a few questions on what the embassy in our area would accept as proof of income. I am still working but plan on my retirement date to be end of June 2015. I have the projected report from the Social Security office showing how much I would get at retirement. I also have a 401K. So showing our bank statements with lump sums in savings and checking, and statement showing lump sum for 401K, is this suffiecent, or do they want all spelled out as to what is the dedicated payment every month/quarter? Would be appreciative for any advice on this.
replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Thanks for your email peter, but we are from the USA, so it might be a little different with income, than GREAT BRITIAN. But your email was most helpful.
We are gradually selling/donating our household items, and working on reading thru the requirements for the visas. We are making a lot of lists as to what is needed and needs translated and doing a timeline also. Wish us luck
replied on October 13, 2014 with:
All I can say is Buena suerte!
Reformed part stone country house with 24,000 sq mts of land. Own water and electric, solar system, very quiet and private.
replied to the thread State Schools in Estepona
on the Spain forum:
My husband will be starting work in Gibraltar at the beginning of next year and we are trying to decide on where to live. The obvious would be Gib, but as is quite expensive we are thinking of Estepona instead.
We have two boys one will be nearly 9 and the other will be 4.
We've done an internet search and know that there are a lot of schools in Estepona and it's surrounding areas, so I'm hoping you could give me a more personal insight about the schools.
Does anyone have children who attend state school in Estepona? Did they settle in well? Were they accepted by the spanish children? Were they given the help they needed to learn spanish? Are there any schools you would recommend or any that should be avoided? Anything else you think I should know?
Also, if anyone sends their child/ren to international school, same questions as above, but also, do you think it's value for money, would my children be better off going to international school so that they don't have the added pressure of learning spanish as well (although in the long term, I'd like the whole family to learn the language).
We are in a fortunate position that we haven't found a property yet, so we can find a good school first and find somewhere close by.
We all can't wait to move, but are worried about the kids schooling, so any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
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Also, have you been to Estepona before?
If not, do you know that there are other places near Gibraltar before Estepona that you can live?
Cadiz and Estepona are near.
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Will check it this afternoon. However, you need to check where exactly is the place you want to live in Estepona. It is a bit large and as i said there is a lot of good options.
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