Category Archives: Javea Residency
The news is full of the mass exodus from Spain as thousands of expats give up their dream of living in the sun and returning to blighty disheartened and disillusioned. According to the Spanish Government 250,000 foreign residents ‘fell off’ the Padron in 2016. That amounts to a huge number of people giving up on Spain and moving ‘home’.
Depending on the nature of an injury or the seriousness of the illness, you may be quicker making your own way to your nearest health centre. There is at least one Centro de Salud in each large town that has a twenty four hour ‘Urgencias’ department.
One topic that often concerns newcomers to Spain is whether or not they are required to register with the local authorities as a ‘resident’ of the area. Here I have tried to break down the basics of the Padron so people can decide if they may need to register their presence.
An NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero or Foreigners’ Identification Number) is an important piece of documentation that will assist anyone intending to spend a significant amount of the year in Spain. It is an essential document for many government related services such as registering a car you have purchased, or getting power or telephone connections installed, as well as registering the purchase of property and most importantly as far as the Spanish Government is concerned, paying your Spanish taxes.