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  1. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Hello everyone! My name is Alessia and recently I had a job interview as hotel receptionist for a company in Madrid, now when I asked for what kind of salary they where offering, the hr manager said to review the "hostelería" contract for the community of Madrid. So after consultation, it shows...
  2. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Hello I hope you are well. I worked in Madrid between 2005/6 and was registered for National Insurance. Does that mean, do you think, that that national insurance record still exists for me? I ask because I am wondering that if it does it will save me re-registering once I arrive in Spain in the...
  3. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Hi! I was planning to retire and move to Spain this year, now this covid-19 thingy have put a temporary halt to my plans, but I'm still researching. I was originally planning to move to Valencia, since Madrid and Barcelona are too expensive. I spoke to some people that basically told me that I...
  4. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Canadians planning to move to Spain need advice Hello All, New to this very informative forum. We don’t see any threads on the various visas available; at least not current ones. We’ve read about the much publicized €500,000 Golden Visa & that you can own up to 3 properties totalling this...
  5. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Hi I have recently moved to Madrid from Cape Town. My house has a pool and I was wondering when the best time of year is to "bring it back to life" Currently its covered and has not been used for over a year so there are things living in it. I have been advised that, rather than bother trying...
  6. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Hey, I am trying to get an objective opinion on a topic that has been bothering my mind recently..concertado o bilingual public school an expat's opinion. I recently moved my kids from a public school to a concertado school. The primary motivation for the move was a place where they could stay...
  7. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    I´m a non EU citizen looking for properties to invest the required amount for a resident Visa. Prices in Madrid (and in Spain in general) are going up. Is there a suburb or neighborhood in or near Madrid that is still affordable? Or maybe a neighboring town?
  8. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    (To start with, my Spanish isn't that great. I probably speak intermediate level and never bother to conjugate. I feel the plumber capitalized on this. Read on) I had a plumber over to fix a leaking tap. To get it done, there is a number I call and they source for plumber around, who are...
  9. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    I can ask a lot at expatforum.com, and have, and am grateful to get tips and feedback from other expat angloparlantes like me. But I continue to think all the while that there must be a Spanish language internet forum used by locals to seek advice on shopping, professional services and so...
  10. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    I am an American expat in Madrid, will use my accountant in the states to file my personal U.S. tax return, but seek a gestor in Madrid to help file my Spanish return. I know I won't have to worry about 2017 taxes for many months, but might as well start research now. I believe that I could...
  11. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    I seem to be days away from a signed contract from someone to buy my apartment in Brooklyn. Once I have that, Ill start working on getting a Spanish visa. If you are wondering why I'd wait, it's because it typically takes 3 months from contract to actual sale. Anyway, I have a tentative plan to...
  12. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    Hey, Following a couple of conversations, I have been thinking of renting a property in the Central path of Madrid (currently, I Sol or Opera in mind). This property would be refurbished and sublet on sites like airbnb, bookingCom for shortlets and service tourists that visit this city all...
  13. Articles: Europe
    It is well known that British, German and Swedish expats flock to the Spanish coast but new research shows that the country’s capital city Madrid is the top place in the country, in Europe and third in the world. The only cities that are more popular than Madrid with expats are Melbourne in...
  14. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    I'm looking for a long-term rental in Madrid, and sometimes see several separate internet listings for what appear to be the same unit, with different agency names and contact phone numbers. Along the lines of: LISTING #1 -- 1 bedroom 93M €1,000 -- five photos -- agency name and contact #...
  15. Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain
    I'm a UK citizen trying to get a Criminal Record Certificate (Certificado de Penales) from a time I lived in Madrid for a job here in the UK. There is something about legalisation with a Hague Apostille - can someone explain what this is and if I need to get it? I'm applying for the CdP via...
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