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Moving to Spain

Family Relocation Guide to Spain

Your move to Spain might be dictated by a variety of reasons such as a lucrative new job, retirement or simply a change of pace for your own sake. Whatever the reason you will need to be aware of a number of details to be able to adapt to the move without too much stress involved. Before you begin a massive undertaking like that you will most likely wonder what you can do and how you will plan for this. We aim to help you as much as we can as we begin with the following:

  • Relocation Guide

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    Depending on the nature of your move you will need different documentation for immigration purposes but regardless of that you will still need to visit the Spanish Consulate in whatever country or jurisdiction you live at this moment.

    • When there you must provide them with two National Visa Applications and two passport-sized photos with a white background.

    • If you are getting a job in Spain then you will need to also provide them with a letter from the Extranjeria (Immigration office) addressed to your employer.

    • Provide them with a valid passport with at least one year remaining.

    • You must also provide proof that you reside in your currently country in a legal manner.

    • Provide them with a Police Records Certificate

    • Provide proof that you suffer no contagion after attending a proper medical examination.

    Now since youll be moving in with your family remember that you will need a similar set of documents as well for them. If you have those ready you wont have any problems with the immigration process, however once you arrive you will need to do a few things. One thing you can be calm about at least is the fact that children and teens adapt to a new culture with adept speed. They will often learn the language long before you do but dont forget there will still be some disconnection between what they are used to and what they have to face now. Instead of trying to build a hype in their minds on why they should enjoy living in Spain let them discover something to like and love by themselves. As we all remember being forced to like something during our teenage years has never made us want to do it anyway. The soft touch might be a better idea here rather than hoping to change their minds through pushing them. They will need to form new friendships and the best way to do this is to let it occur naturally.

    Your pets on the other hand will need special care regardless of the fact that most animals dont need to pass special quarantine when they enter Spain as long as their documentation is in order. Your pet will still need to be identified with either a chip or tattoo. You will also need to provide the government with a written description of your pet and its exact origin as well as offering a complete veterinarian certificate in regard to vaccinations performed on your pet. Cats and dogs for example will need their vaccination stamps in order to prove they are rabies-free with and have been vaccinated over the past year. Some breeds of dogs require a microchip insertion for identification purposes because they are deemed dangerous. These include pit bull terriers, rottweilers, Akita, Tosa and some other large dogs so make sure your pup is allowed in Spain and know what you have to do ahead of time.

    The last and equally important aspect is organizing your move. Hiring a professional moving company will let you deal with less details and headaches as they take care of your belongings. Consider contacting several companies so youll have a more accurate sense of the market out there. They will provide you with information and free quotes on their services.

    Jan 2013