Why Attaining Spanish Residency and Citizenship is easier than ever
Are you thinking of finally making that move to the Costa del Sol? Well, you’re not alone. There are many expats and wannabe expats emigrating to this warm and cultural part of the world every year, and quite understandably, a large percentage of them don’t want to leave.
If you’re one of those taken by the idea of a beautiful lifestyle in Spain and are considering buying a property on the Costa del Sol, we wouldn’t mind betting that the thought of becoming a permanent resident in Spain has crossed your mind.
That’s good news, but there is more…
You may have been feeling apprehensive about the amount of paperwork and lengthy queues involved in the process of applying for residency or citizenship. This is a real concern for expats moving to pretty much any country you can think of, but fortunately there have been some changes made recently that will make the whole process much easier for everyone involved.
In 2015 Spain introduced some new laws and made some revisions to pre-existing legislation. This was done in order to make procedures more simple for all involved, but the intention was to be able to offer more rights to foreigners wishing to become Spanish citizens, and offer more in terms of residency provisions and for this if you move to Spain must see the properties for sale in costa del sol.
Spain has made changes over the course of 2015 which favour the intentions of potential investors; this means that whether you are looking to purchase a buy to let property in Marbella, or secure yourself a residency in order to stay here on the Costa del Sol and/or become a Spanish national, the process should now be a lot easier for you.
A thing known as PIN here in Spain came about last year, and is an abbreviation for Intensive Nationality Plan. The PIN means kissing goodbye to tedious, lengthy queues, bureaucratic processes and paperwork in favour of digitalised applications. Who ever would complain about that?
It hasn’t come about solely to convenience newcomers to the country, of course; there was a huge backlog of paperwork from 2015 onwards and with the Ministry of Justice still trying to process around 200,000 applications from as far back as six years ago, the PIN was established with the cooperation of Spanish registrars and notaries in order to bring the timescale down drastically.
The Investor’s Law has also been improved
Last summer the government improved the Investor’s Law (when they established the Golden Visa), which allowed foreigners to attain a residency in Spain if they made a property investment here. Due to the large number of initial applications, they extended the program so that common-law partners and families were included and the process to apply and renew was simplified.
Along with this, provisions were established for foreign workers in both social security and healthcare. The Golden Visa is to date a popular prospect for foreign investors, more so than in most other European countries.
Now that the whole process for applying for residency is simplified by digitalisation, things are looking up across the board and there was never a better time to invest in property on the Costa del Sol. The electronic process means that applicants are able to keep an eye on the status over the internet.
You may be required to understand the language and culture
There is one proviso though; applicants wishing to attain a citizenship must prove their ability in the Spanish language and understanding of the culture by passing the Instituto Cervantes language tests. This shouldn’t pose a problem to those who wish to integrate themselves into the culture; after all, speaking the language seems like a natural progression when living in a foreign country full time, and socialising or working there results in an experiential understanding of the culture.
That seems like a recipe for a great life, so if you’re planning to move to the Costa del Sol, perhaps now is a great time to indulge in a bit of tuition? There are many Spanish language courses available both in Spain and abroad, and many other methods of learning.
The whole process may not be totally streamlined and polished yet, so dependent on the type of application you wish to submit, there is a possibility that you might have to tolerate a long queue or two in a local police station for the time being, but that’s a great way to make friends with other expats and learn a thing or two you didn’t know before about how things work here in Spain.
All in all, buying a townhouse in Marbella or a beautiful beachfront villa has never been easier. If you talk to Paradise Marbella about what options you have, we are sure you’ll walk away happy in the knowledge that that dream home is soon set to be a reality.