Things to do before you Move to Spain.

At Just Law Solicitors we are the first to say that when you Move to Spain it can be an exciting and life-changing experience, but it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared before making the move. Here are the things you should do before you pack your bags and head to Spain:

Move to Spain
Get ready to Move to Spain
  1. Research the visa requirements: Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to live and work in Spain. Make sure you research the requirements and start the application process well in advance of your planned move. We have an English speaking Spanish visa lawyer. Ana can advise as to which Spanish visa is the best for you. Whether it is the digital nomad visa, DNV. The non lucrative visa, NLV. The student visit or the golden visa in Spain, to name but a few.
  2. Learn Spanish: While many Spaniards speak English, it’s always a good idea to have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish before moving to Spain. Consider taking a language course or using language learning apps to improve your skills. Have a look at you can have face to face lessons with native Spanish speakers.
  3. Find a place to live: Before you move to Spain, it’s important to secure accommodation. Whether you’re looking to rent an apartment or buy a house in Spain, start researching your options and getting in touch with real estate agents. Be careful the process to buy a property in Spain is very different to that of the United States or the United Kingdom. It is advisable to take advice from us before you sign or pay anything.
  4. Sort out your finances: for most people living in Spain is affordable. However, make sure you have your finances in order before making the move. Set up a Spanish bank account, transfer money to cover your living expenses, and notify your current bank and financial institutions of your move. At Just Law Solicitors we include opening a Spanish bank, and an NIE number for clients buying their home in Spain.
  5. Get health insurance: It’s important to have health insurance in Spain, as healthcare costs can be high for non-residents. Research different Spanish health insurance options and choose a plan that will provide you with coverage for any medical needs. we can recommend a good broker. Remember after year 1 you can pay and join the Spanish system. This is called the Covenios Especiales. Everyone is accepted irrespective of pre-existing conditions. The costs of this are very reasonable.
  6. Register with the local authorities: Once you arrive in Spain, you’ll need to register with the local authorities and obtain a foreigner’s identification number. We include this for our clients.
  7. Get a Spanish will. You can choose which legal jurisdiction, but take advice from us to ensure you make the right choice.
  8. Avoid the capital gains tax trap in Spain. If you have an exemption in your home country it will not be recognised here. Take advice. We have a specialist tax lawyer.
  9. Network and make friends: Moving to a new country can be daunting, so try to network and make friends before you arrive in Spain. Join expat groups, attend language exchange events, or use social media to connect with other expats and locals.

It can be a daunting experience. Buy by following these steps, you can ensure a smooth transition and make the most of your experience living in Spain. The first thing to do would be to get in touch with our specialist immigration lawyer.

We also have the Move to Spain Podcast, on spotfiy and apple.

John Towell LLB(Hons)

Malaga – Fuengirola – Marbella and online since 1992.