Moving to Spain after Brexit. Each year more than 18.8 million people visit Spain with thousands of them deciding to stay for good. According to official figures, 69% of British people living in the EU live in Spain, making Spain the perfect choice for a new life. With more than 300,000 British Citizens living in Spain it has become one of the most popular countries to move to for a new life.
Since it was decided to leave the EU, those thinking of moving to Spain after Brexit have been wondering how leaving the EU will affect them. We have put together a guide of moving to Spain after Brexit to provide people with all the information they need. This guide has been put together with the help of Nicks Removals, who help people from the UK to move to Spain with their professional removal service.
Can Brits still move to Spain after Brexit?
Yes! People living in the UK can still move to Spain after Brexit.
The Spanish Government have always said that they will welcome British holidaymakers and British citizens who want to visit and live in Spain. So, as far as moving to Spain after Brexit is concerned, nothing has changed.
Moving to Spain after Brexit
It is important that those wishing to move to Spain after Brexit to gain Spanish residency as soon as possible to avoid any changes that could taken place after the 31st December 2020 when the transition period has expired.
Gaining Resident Status In Spain
It is currently taking longer for people to obtain resident status in Spain due to people moving to Spain and those already living in Spain applying for residency before 31st December 2020.
To gain residency in Spain the authorities want to make sure that you have the financial funds to support yourself. They want to make sure that those moving to Spain are not going to be a burden on the state. So, to obtain residency in Spain, those moving to Spain after Brexit mist prove they have an income of more than 700 Euros each month.
British expats in Spain after Brexit – How To Apply To Live There?
For those people living in Spain for at least five year, they will be able to make an application for indefinite permission to live in Spain, this is called ‘permiso de residencia de larga duración’. This means ‘long term residence permit’.
To stay living in Spain after Brexit there are four main conditions.
No criminal record
That you have not been ejected from Spain
You have private health insurance
You have a net monthly income of at least £700 for a family of two. For each additional member of the family, you will need to prove that you have an extra £266 per month per person.
Working In Spain After Brexit
For those people wishing to move to Spain from the UK and want to work in Spain after Brexit, they will need to apply for ‘permiso de residencia no lucrativa’ which is a ‘non-profit visa’. You must prove that you have enough money to live on from a permanent income.
Moving to Spain after Brexit as self-employed
If you are self-employed and want to move to Spain, then you will need to apply for Autonomo’. You will need to show proof of self-employment while applying for permanent.
You will need to show that you have the relevant qualifications
Have enough funds to invest and run the business to make it viable
Provide details of the number of people you will employ if you intend to employ anyone
Show proof that you have enough funds to support yourself.
You will be asked for a business plan. It is important to make sure that this is understandable for Spanish Authorities. It may be worth speaking to other business owners to ask for advice.
When moving to Spain after brexit you will also have to confirm that you don’t suffer from a serious illness.
Retiring after Brexit
In order to retire in Spain after Brexit, you will have to confirm the following:
You have no serious illness
You have an income of at least £2,000 per month
Proof of ability to sustain this income for one year
The process – what happens when you are accepted?
When you have been accepted, you will be issued a visa within 1 month. You must enter Spain within 3 months for this to remain valid. If you have permission to work and you don’t register with the social security office within three months of your arrival, your right to remain will lapse.
Where to apply for permission to live in Spain, after Brexit
It is important when moving to Spain after Brexit that you gain permission to live there as soon as possible. When you want to apply to permission to live in Spain after Brexit you will need to have all the correct documentation when visiting the local Spanish Consulate.