Interacting Digitally with the Spanish Authorities

The Covid 19 pandemic, if not solely responsible for a changeover to electronic interaction by users with Spanish governmental organisations, has certainly consolidated that move to on line registrations for various authorities. This weeks announcement (1/3/21) by the Spanish Traffic authority ( Trafico) about the need for companies and professionals to deal with the authority ONLY electronically from now on, adds yet another arm of Spanish bureaucracy to that list. So how do you process …

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“Swallows” after Brexit, Green Residence certificates and the 90 day rule

* The UK had a transition period which ended on 31 December 2020. After this period, British nationals are subject to the Schengen area restriction of 90 days in a rolling 180 day period for visitors. Temporary visitors will not need a visa. Those who are legally resident in Spain (ie registered with the police immigration division) will obviously not be considered “visitors” for these purposes. * It is therefore vital to have registered as …

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TIE residence document: article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK and the European Union

If you can substantiate that you had everything in place pre 31/12/2020 to be considered as a settled status resident of Spain – i.e funds, health care, empadronamiento (and /or in some cases flight tickets, utility bills etc) or if not retired or early retired, documented employment or self employment in Spain pre 31/12/20, but just couldn’t get an appointment at immigration, r sort out your documentation in time– you may still be able to …

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Exchange of Green Residence Certificates for new Biometric TIE cards for British Nationals

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT BRITISH CITIZEN HOLDERS OF AN EU CITIZEN GREEN RESIDENCE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE EITHER A4 SIZE OR GREEN PAPER CREDIT CARD SIZED HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO DO ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT UNLESS THEY SO WISH. THE GREEN DOCUMENTS ARE COMPLETELY VALID FOR THE TIME BEING. Having said that at local level some officials are now refusing to accept the green paper. So it may make sense to exchange now for your …

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What type of “residencia” residence document should I have?

Below are the basic requirements for adult EU citizens in Tenerife Spain. Bear in mind that after the UK leaves the EU  British Citizens will be able to apply for a third country Foreigner’s Identity Card The details of this procedure are here (TIE):   BUT it is important to stress there is no obligation for those British people who already hold the green residency certificate (either credit card sized green paper or A4 version) to …

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Extranjeria – Year 2020 :extension of stay, residence and / or work authorizations – unofficial translation

Article 1. Extension of temporary residence and / or work authorizations and stay authorizations. 1. Temporary residence and / or work authorizations and stay authorizations for studies, student mobility, non-labor practices or volunteer services provided for in the immigration regulations, whose validity expires during the validity of the state of alarm and its successive extensions or have expired in the ninety calendar days prior to the date on which it was decreed, will be automatically …

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How to defer self-employed / Autonomos’ social security payments during the coronavirus state of emergency.

The scheme for the postponement of payments of contributions to the Seguridad Social which has been approved by the Spanish Government, is ONLY applicable to those businesses whose activity has NOT been suspended due to the State of Emergency Requirements and details: – the payment period referred to for Businesses is April to June and Automomos ( Self employed) is between May and July 2020. – For those businesses and self employed who do not …

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What to do if you are Unemployed now or laid off due to Covid19 closures in the Canary Islands

Workers are in DIFFERENT situations please read until the end of this page and watch for updates. The situation is changing daily. Latest 27 /3/2020:The Spanish Government has prohibited dismissals as a result of Covid19 and has approved a simplification process for the ERTE process (temporary suspension of contracts) “Maintaining jobs is the priority. If it is possible to join an ERTE scheme, dismissals are now illegal”  Translation of full Press release here *  Link to …

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Autonomos: Cese de actividad extraordinaria -Translation of An Explanatory note received from a Mutua

After the publication in the Official State Bulletin of the Royal Decree law-8/2020, o the 17 de march, urgent extraordinary measures to combat the economic and social impact of COVID-19, an extraordinary benefit for curtailment of of activity has been established. The duration of this is limited to one month from the 14 of March 2020, or until the last day of the month in which the State of Emergency is terminated, should this be …

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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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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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Where do I go to get Vaccinations for trips to other countries?

Whether or not you are eligable for national health cover here in Tenerife you can still use the International Vaccinations centre in Santa Cruz to get the  innoculations required for visiting other countries such as India. The centre is located just past the entrance to the Rambla near the Monumento a la Victoria “angel statue” Sanidad Exterior Rambla Santa Cruz, 169 38001 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife Teléfono: 922 99 92 10 You must make …

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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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Main Changes To Accounting Procedures for Self Employed from Jan 2018

Working From Home From 1 January 2018 those declaring their taxes using the direct estimation method are able to deduct part of the utilities expenses of a property partially used for their economic activity and also living expenses that directly relate to the economic activity. Article 11 of Law 6/2017 adds letters b) and c), with effect from January 1, 2018, to rule 5 of section 2 of article 30 of Law 35/2006, of November …

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Spanish Will

If you own a house in another country, you are most strongly advised to write a Will in that country to cover the property there – In Spain this means visiting notary and having the document drawn up in Spanish. Trying to administer an estate in Spain without the correct Will is like trying to walk in treacle! Remember When thinking about who should receive your assets, it is important that you consider all your possessions, …

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