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Question American moving in with Spanish fiance

Would like some advice. First, I have read previous posts about similar concerns but I feel the need to inquire about my situation to see if anyone can offer some advice:

- I am an American with about 10 years teaching (credential, full-time).
- My fiance is from Barcelona and we have decided to live there at her place.
- I am thinking of getting married over there.
- I am planning to ask for a Leave of Absence from my work here in the US. If granted, it will be good for one year. During that time, I intend on teaching English in BCN and hopefully work enough hours to stay.

What type of visa should I apply for? I have a feeling that the application process is all about timing my submissions and getting the correct visa.

Thanks for any advice,

- Frank

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If you plan on teaching, you're going to have to apply for a visa that gives you permission to work. If you don't have a job lined up that is willing to sponsor you, it's going to be quite hard.

Here's more info about working: Páginas - Trabajar en Espańa


In my experience, the easiest visa for you to get would be a student visa. It's going to be hard to live together in Spain if you're not married.
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Would like some advice. First, I have read previous posts about similar concerns but I feel the need to inquire about my situation to see if anyone can offer some advice:

- I am an American with about 10 years teaching (credential, full-time).
- My fiance is from Barcelona and we have decided to live there at her place.
- I am thinking of getting married over there.
- I am planning to ask for a Leave of Absence from my work here in the US. If granted, it will be good for one year. During that time, I intend on teaching English in BCN and hopefully work enough hours to stay.

What type of visa should I apply for? I have a feeling that the application process is all about timing my submissions and getting the correct visa.

Thanks for any advice,

- Frank


as far as I'm aware there isn't a specific visa for 'fiances' , so you'd be applying 'cold' as it were

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if you want to work, you would need an employer to offer you a contracted job & they would have to prove that there is no EU citizen available for it

alternatively you could apply for a student visa which allows for I think 20 hours a week, but of course you would have to be registered on a recognised course - although I believe that in some circumstances these are granted for 'research' - I don't know if that might apply to you



you could look at something like this Teach English in Spain | Spain - but you might not end up in or anywhere near Barcelona

if you're planning on getting married anyway it would be easier to do so before you come - that makes things much easier
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Thanks for the advice! My fiance and I will be getting married soon after I arrive in BCN. So, I might be in that 'no-man's land' of needing a job to get a Visa, and needing a Visa to get a job.

I am bilingual and have experience in teaching English to non-native speakers. I am currently looking at teaching positions through the internet and my fiance is doing what she can over there. I am sure this is a common dilemma.
Again, thanks for your feedback. I got lots of research to do

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Thanks for the advice! My fiance and I will be getting married soon after I arrive in BCN.
If she's willing why not get married before? Even if it's a civil service. You can always do it again for the family (or whatever the reason is for waiting) once you arrive.
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Hi! I did not think that where our marriage will take place mattered much. Thanks for letting me know. I need to find more information about marriage and its role in the immigration/visa process.
Thanks!

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You can get married after you arrive with your normal tourist visa. It is alot of paperwork here, but if you get married in the States you will need to get your Libro de Familia first before you can apply for residency here. The process in Spain can take longer than the 3 months allowed, but you will be fine. I did exactly that myself. However you can't work until you have the residency done. It took 7 months for me , start to finish.
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You can get married after you arrive with your normal tourist visa. It is alot of paperwork here, but if you get married in the States you will need to get your Libro de Familia first before you can apply for residency here. The process in Spain can take longer than the 3 months allowed, but you will be fine. I did exactly that myself. However you can't work until you have the residency done. It took 7 months for me , start to finish.
Why would any expat need a "Libro de Familia"? We live here and don't have one.

Also, I thought you could start work with just an NIE/DNI and then use your job to prove income for your residency.
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The difference is the OP is American marrying a Spaniard, and a Libro de Familia is a requisite part of the paperwork for getting residency. You are speaking from your own experience as an EU person living in Spain. You do have the right to work, but we non-EU don't, unless we have the proper visa or acquire residency through marriage.
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Yes, being an American means different rules There seems to be different avenues to attain the same goal:
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a. Residency
b. Work visa

2.
a. Get hired while still in the US
b. Work visa

Any others?

I left out Student visa because I do not think that will be for me.

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