Moving to Spain – Things to Do First

When you move to Spain, there are a few things you need to do before you start building your new life in Spain.

Many people in the UK are now moving to Spain in search of a better life, and for many it is a long dream, and if it is just about more sun, starting a business or even retiring there, the reasons vary, but there are a few things everyone has to do first.

The regulations of Europe adopted in early 1992 mean that all EU citizens can now work in Spain under the same laws as the Spaniards and will have the same rights and benefits as the social security system and national health services in Spain.

This means that you, your partner and dependents have access to the same services as the Spaniards. Receive NIE:

This is great news if you are considering moving to Spain. One of the first things you need to do is register with your local police station and get a NIE certificate.

This is just an ID number for foreigners. But you will need for almost everything you do here in Spain.

Here are just a few things you'll need:

Open a bank account.

Buying or selling a Spanish property.

Social Security

National Health Services

Buying a car or a boat.

Starting a business.

The easiest way to do this is to find a good accountant or a lawyer, now the best way to find a good accountant is to ask the local English people in the city you are moving in as they will have to use one and can recommend a good one and tell you what it will cost you.

If you think of starting your own business in Spain, as I think it is my advice to you is to get a good accountant to help you with all the documents you need, as this is a very difficult process, even if you speak Spanish. Do not forget that everything here in Spain takes twice as long as in the UK to get things started as early as possible. The first few years in each new country are the most difficult, you will have to get to know your new region, local customs and people and one of the best ways to do that to mix with as many local residents as possible you feel embarrassed at first. They will give you a lot of new opportunities and give you a true look at how the Spaniards live. If you are moving to Spain and really want to stay there, you have to learn Spanish.

There are many people who live in Spain and who have less than basic understanding of the language and have been able to live in this way for many years.

It is a shame if you are moving in Spain in the long run and you can not understand what locals call you, not only that, but even with some basic phrases you will find that the locals will open up to you and this will speed up your integration and to help you live the way you first dreamed. Many local Spaniards want to learn English, so it's a great way to help them as they help you, just ask in the local bar and you'll be surprised how much they want to learn.

Mix local people as much as possible and your stay in Spain will be constant.

Source by David C. Wright