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Residency in Valencia is easy for many expats but involves many more regulatory hurdles for citizens of a number of other countries.

Spain is a wonderful country with fascinating past. Consequences of the roller coaster ride of developments during recent history continue today. Young professionals departed during and after the economic downturn a few years ago.

Some have come home to Valencia simply due to the lack of sun in northern latitudes. Many more Spanish nationals have returned to partake of an improved economy. Fortunately, a multitude of qualified expats from across the globe are willing to relocate. Many consider Spain, so expats are arriving in larger numbers to fill demand for qualified staff.

Citizens from EU member states can, more or less, move to and work freely in another country belonging to the European Union. Concerning others, the EU Blue Card was introduced several years ago. All parties benefit from more structure and transparency.

Expats from non EU countries need to apply at their local Spanish embassy or consulate. Those from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and United States are permitted to enter without a visa and apply for residency at the local immigration office within three months of arrival in Germany. Work is permitted thereafter. Qualifying criteria are very specific and changing employers early can be an issue.

Setting up a business and self-employment reveal many more prerequisites. Health insurance is an issue as is strategic plan. Details are available through the federal foreign office, however language is a barrier to acquiring knowledge so local help my be required.

By DeiaGreg / Jun 11 2018


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