HMA Message to British nationals living in Spain or visiting the country

update 19/03/20  21.50 There are still lots of questions about returning to the UK from Spain, Here’s Ambassador Hugh Elliott’s latest message. Today the Embassy have also uploaded a Q&A to provide further guidance at this link: https://bit.ly/2UeKvpW An update from Ambassador a Hugh Elliott We advise British travellers who wish to return to the UK to make travel plans as soon as possible.  More info: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain ************************************************************************** As police cars are now patrolling the main tourist …

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Important Reassurance From EU for ExPat Workers and Retirees

Protecting citizens’ social security rights (Part of) Press release 30/1/2019 The Commission has consistently made clear that the rights of EU citizens in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the EU are our priority. They should not pay the price for Brexit. Today’s proposal aims to ensure that in a “no-deal” scenario, the entitlements of those people who exercised their right to free movement before the UK’s withdrawal are safeguarded. These entitlements include periods of …

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Brexit: citizens’ rights and what you can do NOW

UPDATE 01 August 2020 Living in the EU preparing for Brexit: UK nationals in the EU There will be no change to your rights and status as a UK national living in the EU until after Brexit. You can still work, access healthcare and collect your pension as you do now. The Withdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. You will be covered by the …

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Changes to Social Security and Autonomos (Self Employed)

If  you struggle with Spanish and you are an “autonomo”  – a self-employed person, you may not understand a text you have received  from the Social Security recently – something like this one  The text directs you to a website here  Individual letters are also being sent out which detail the same information as on the website. In a nutshull from the 1st of October all self-employed workers must carry out all their procedures involving …

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Canarian Health Authority to distribute two million new health cards

The Health Minister of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Manuel Baltar, has announced a  new issue of replacement individual health cards  will begin to be rolled out to  users of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) as of yesterday, the 18 December.  The distribution of the two million cards is to be completed before October 2018. Eligible patients can collect their cards from the administrative areas of their own local surgery “Centro de …

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Law Approving Urgent Reforms For Self Employed Workers comes into force

The Law on Self-Employment Measures  intended to make life easier for the self-employed  passed unanimously in Congress and has now passed in the Senate without change. Some measures take effect the day after their publication in the BOE  on the 25 October 2017 while some do not come into force until January 1st 2018. Some of the most welcome measures in the  “Ley de Reformas Urgentes del Trabajo Autónomo” are : Measures for start-ups As from the 1st …

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Certificates of Residence – Quirks and Questions

As well as the standard requirements to become a resident in Spain , you either have to be: • Currently working legally in Spain, or be self employed and so have a Spanish income, Or you have to prove your income is sufficient to support you and your family, this is done either; • by having a lump sum in a Spanish bank or regular income over a period of time from a Spanish source …

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BREXIT

On 29 March 2017, the British government triggered Article 50, which begins the formal process of the UK leaving the EU.Currently there are no changes to the rights and obligations of British citizens living or visiting Spain, but if or more likely when changes are confirmed I will post information here, you can also check the UK Government’s own links here and here as updates occur.

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