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5 Ways to Stay Living in Spain

There are many ways to stay in Spain, and a huge number of stories about how our compatriots did it. I will tell you not only about my success in this difficult matter, but also about the failures and nuances that I had to face on the way to the coveted residence.

In Spain, I ended up in love, initially to the language, which led me to a language internship, and then to my future husband.

It was when I got married that I received my resident card. But believe me, this is far from the only and not the easiest way to stay in the land of sun and jamon.

My original goal was a student or work visa, living together with a loved one, and so far no marriage. But faced with a number of problems, it became clear that marriage is the most convenient way to be together. So how to stay in Spain:

Student residence
It allows you to live in Spain during the period of education, participation in research or training, and also provides the opportunity to work in the country, but not more than 20 hours a week.

This option at the time of graduation in Russia was ideal for me, and I was actively engaged in applying for a master’s program in Spain. Prepared documents, learned the language, filed applications online. Once in place, I met with the dean of the faculty, and he literally dissuaded me, saying that the chosen direction would not provide me with work in Spain, and most likely I can only apply it in Russia. As a result, I abandoned the idea of ​​acting without obvious prospects for a professional future.

Therefore, advice: before applying for study, carefully study the features of the future specialty and its relevance in the Spanish market.

Working residence
The next opportunity to stay was a working residence. I had a lot of proposals at that time in Spain, but as soon as the employer found out about the lack of a residence and the right to work, his enthusiasm subsided. As it turned out, getting a job in Spain is not an easy mission. If you are not a narrow specialist, then the employer must prove your uniqueness and necessity to the state. The employer creates a job and a vacancy for him, according to the law, all “suitable” Spaniards are first sent to this vacancy, then candidates from the EU, and only then, it’s possible to get to foreign specialists, including you. It is extremely rare that the Spaniards are ready to bother so much and this is not always possible.

Tip: it’s easier to get a job in international companies, where you can initially get a position in the Russian office and, thanks to the knowledge of the language, transfer to Spain. But keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be transferred or that you will be given a visa for a long time.

Residence Permit
I have not considered this option. It seems to me that only very patient and desperate people are ready to go for it. I was not ready to stay in the country illegally for three years and not go anywhere, so while there was no residence, I wound every month to Russia, so as not to exceed 90 days on a tour visa.

If nothing holds you and the prospect of a no-exit regime from the country for three years does not bother you, then why not. This is usually done when leaving as a family. The main thing in this situation is not to face the police, to be a respectable resident and to prepare in advance all the necessary documents at home (notarized powers of attorney, certificates, passport, criminal records, etc.) so that you do not have to leave Spain.

Tip: Arriving in Spain for illegal residence in the first 90 days of your tour visa, register for housing. In Spain, this process is simple and landlords usually do not refuse. Thus, you will have confirmation that all three years before applying for the residence you lived in Spain, and not in some other country in Europe. It is also worth saving all your checks, signing up for a gym / library / getting a ticket, going to the centers for social integration of migrants – in general, doing and keeping everything that can confirm your residence and active participation in the life of a new country.

Residence based on financial solvency
A profitable way if you have at least half a million euros lying around and there is the possibility of passive or remote income.

A long-term residence permit without the right to work can be obtained by confirming your financial viability, having a source of solid income outside Spain, providing information on all values, and a bank statement with the largest possible amount (such that the Spanish government does not have questions about that you really have plenty of funds). The minimum sufficient income per family member per month according to the IPREM index in 2019 is 537.84 euros.

Real estate purchase and investment
Everyone knows and is very popular way to move to Spain, but not cheap.

To obtain such a residence permit, you must perform one of these points:

purchase real estate worth at least 500 thousand euros;
open a business in Spain, confirm its effectiveness and create jobs.

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