posted Friends in San Sebastian
on the Spain forum on May 22, 2013:
posted New Expat Tip Tool
on the Spain forum on May 14, 2013:
replied to the thread Thinking about moving to Spain
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We are hoping to start up conversations to help us in our plans to move to Spain
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What information will I need for the 1 year tourist visa after arrival? We are moving to Alicante in July for 6 months to a year and were just planning on a trip to visit family in Sweden at the 3 month mark and come back to the US for Christmas. Will I need something in advance from my bank proving funds? Would a Gestor be the one to assist with that or could it be done easily without legal representation? Where does one get the forms? Thanks for any helpful info.
There are other things to consider, too. First, try living there for a period of time (say, two months) to get a feel for the area, consider your lifestyle versus your income, make some friends, and figure out where you might want to live. The zones of cities are very unique!
The visa thing is a little interesting, to say the least. Your passport gives you 90 days without any additional visa, so you can "try it before you buy it" without any additional paperwork. You can also apply for a "tourist visa" while you are there, which would give you a year. Bamlm has some great points, so be prepared to show what you do have in your paperwork or have someone in your home who can access your accounts and get whatever paperwork you need and scan it or send it to you directly.
In fact, I have some friends who are "serial tourists," who apply for a tourist visa every year, take a 2-week break back home or non-EU, and then go back to Spain.
Since jobs in Spain are difficult to obtain, being employed by a Spanish company can be tricky. However, many of these "requirements" are really paper tigers that you can exhaust to your satisfaction if you are persistent. If you speak Spanish, that really helps. If you don't (like me) and are learning Spanish, I have had excellent results with a program called Fluenz, from Fluenz.com. It really is outstanding instruction designed for adults, not children, like R-Stone.
Good luck, and keep asking questions if you have them!