Blog: Britons have to meet five EU demands to move to Spain after Brexit – Express

Spain was listed as one of the top 10 countries to move to in 2022 by International Living. The ranking aimed to “help you with the exciting business of choosing where in the world will best suit your needs”.

By analysing factors such as cost of living, health and happiness, the experts have been able to conclude which destinations best suit a range of expat needs.

Britons have consistently been attracted by a life in the sun and over the years many of them have moved to Spain.

But post-Brexit rules mean British people are now considered third-country nationals and therefore have to comply with new regulations to be able to leave in the EU state.

First of all, Britons must obtain an NIE number before they arrive in Spain.

This is the Spanish identification for foreigners and is required for any activity from working to studying to buying a home or starting a business.

Applications are made through the closest Spanish consulate.

Picking the right residency is the next hurdle post-Brexit Britons must face before booking their one-way flights.

Depending on the exact purpose of their stay, a different type of visa may be applied – student, work, family reunification, or an investment visa.

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If they have the necessary funds, one of the easiest ways to become a legal resident of Spain is through the Golden Visa.

It is a part of the country’s Law of Entrepreneurs, which encourages outside investments in Spain in exchange for residency.

British citizens who have resided in Spain before 31 December 2020 and can prove this fact with the necessary documents can apply for a TIE card (Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjero) instead.

Living in Spain will also mean incurring taxes in the country unless the expat decides to stay on Spanish territory for no more than 183 days per year.

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Income Tax and a Declaration of Assets will otherwise be required.

Britons who plan to permanently live in Spain must tell the UK’s NHS to be removed from their register.

This is so they can access Spain’s free healthcare system as new residents there.

Finally, expats must register their new address with the authority in their chosen area of the country.

This is the register of all people who live in that particular city or town and is handled by the local Town Hall.

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