On July 10th 2012, the Spanish government introduced some new requirements that will alter Spanish Residency applications. These changes will affect all EU citizens including British Nationals who plan to reside in Spain for more than three months.
The controversial decree was passed with the thinking that by clamping down on economic migrants, Spain's economy would save somewhere in the region of one billion euros! The health sector would show the biggest saving, as at the moment Britons account for 25% of all medical procedures that are carried out on foreigners. Last year alone that equated to roughly 74,000 Britons.
The new rules mean that, EU residents applying for Spanish Residencia will probably be asked to provide financial proof that they can support themselves and any dependants. They may also be asked to show evidence of any private medical insurance they have.
With these new rules now in play, other documentation may also be required but this will depend on each individual applicant's circumstances.
One thing that doesn't change is the fact that Residencia must still be applied for in person. This can be done at your local 'Oficina de Extranjeros' (Foreigners Office) or any designated Police Station within the first three months of you living in Spain.
For further up to date information on how to get your residency certificate here in Spain, please visit our other page below.
These new residency requirements help to highlight that more than ever, if you are coming to Spain to live permanently you will need to make sure that you and your dependants have adequate medical insurance in place. At Health Plan Spain, our cover starts from only 13.00 Euros per month.