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Old 5th January 2014, 09:08 PM
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Ok wow .. Lot to take in... Ok so is the 600 in euros or pounds? ... And would that just be for adults or kiddies 2?
My husband has lived in Greece before kids were born but I've never ventured out of my home town.. To say I'm petrified is putting it lightly ... I am worried about, kids settling, house, legal things, healthcare, schools, home sickness, no friends :-( xxxx
I am excited but feel if I research enough and maybe make a few friends on here I'll be
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My profession is flexible .. I don't rely on my wage here but maybe if I brought my kit I might get a few mums etc? My Spanish friend said there are NO good Nail Techs in area and that I could probably do well?
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Requirements vary from area to area, but in most it seems to be around 600 euros/ month/ person incl kids into a Spansh bank account. In addition some areas also seem to ask for around 6000euros per person savings in a Spanish bank. You said on anothe post your husban earns around £2500/ month - don't know if that's nett or gross, but either way you could be struggling to satisfy the authorities you have enough for 5 people, especially if you don't have a very substantial amount of savings.

As well as considering your husbands autonomo payments, you also need to consider how much he'd be taxed in Spain instead of the UK. He should also check any other impact Spanish requirements may have on running his business.

It sounds as if you have a lot of research to do between now and March. You need to be in possession of all the facts before you can begin to deal with "legalities" during your visit in March.

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I'm Actually really worried now .. We have no savings ... And I feel completely out of my depth.. We want to do things properly x
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please don't do it ,three kids ,no savings ,no job.sorry you wouldn't last a month.there's no benefit system here like the uk,hundreds of euros for school books,even school lunch is six euros per child, per day ! the list goes on
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My husband does have a job & a good one ... He's very successful xx

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The best thing to do IMO, is to have a few fact finding trips - to look around at the basics, costs, distances, "feel" etc. Visit some ex pat bars and get chatting to those who are already living there, visit the schools and maybe try to chat to other parents?, have a look at properties, talk to some agents (dont sign anything til you're sure lol). I have to say that there are/were many nail technicians where we lived in Benalmadema, but who knows - maybe visit them too?????

It'll all make it seem a bit more real and maybe more achievable???

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Sorry what's IMO? Yes I'm definitely going to research properly and if it's not viable financially or any other way we won't come.. I'm stressed beyond belief and hoping I so enough research to be sufficient .. I'm a salon owner at home and that will be run whilst I'm in Spain.. I'm highly qualified and compete nationally in uk.. I love beauty and nails and hope to bring my kit out xx

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Which makes a huge difference. That's not to say it will be easy though, even so, especially with young children.
Been there done that ten years ago. I had two daughters and my husband worked away. I was used to him being away but it's a whole different ballgame in a foreign country where you don't speak the language,
However, we made it, and so do others. It's much harder than living in the UK, but for us it's been worth it.

Sadly, we are the minority. Out of the maybe 20 expat families we met in the first year, we're the only one still here.
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Sorry what's IMO? Yes I'm definitely going to research properly and if it's not viable financially or any other way we won't come.. I'm stressed beyond belief and hoping I so enough research to be sufficient .. I'm a salon owner at home and that will be run whilst I'm in Spain.. I'm highly qualified and compete nationally in uk.. I love beauty and nails and hope to bring my kit out xx
IMO = in my opinion lol !!

Its more about being able to show and prove your ability with your profession, which wont be easy in a saturated and price driven market. I'm not trying to put you off tho, I'm trying to find a way for you to relax and see it as an adventure. We were in Spain for five wonderful years, but had to return due to kids education, husbands desire to stop commuting etc. Its a wonderful country to live in, but its a harsh country and its still not out of recession.

But visit - see what you think and feel. That will help. One thing I will say tho, dont burn your UK bridges. Maybe see it as a two year "sabbatical" and see what happens???

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Regarding state schools, you'll need to be empadronados (a registered resident) before you can apply to schools, and the application process for the September intake may well take place very soon after you arrive (assuming that to be March). So you might not get the chance to do the paperwork before the deadline for state school applications. I'm not sure how it works in Murcia so you'll have to do your own research.

For the 2 year old and 4 year old this shouldn't be a problem, since there should be a few nursery schools around the place that can take them. But for the 6 year old it might be. That's because education is obligatory from 6 years upwards in Spain so from then on the only options available are state school, private school or home education (illegal but people do it). If you miss the main intake then it might be difficult to get the 6 year old into a decent state school, the best ones will be full and he may end up having to go to one that is far from where you intend to live. Again you'll have to do your own research on this. I'm not familiar with Murcia, just trying to give you things to bear in mind from my experience in Madrid.

Being on the padron is NOTHING to do with being registered as resident (foreigners list).

... but the op will require both (I seem to recall) to get children into school.
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One thing you might want to bear in mind with regard to schedules is the UK will stop issuing S1 forms from 1st April, so to take advantage of them, you will need to get moving.
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