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hello wonderful people! i've posted these questions in the spain forum, but have decided to copy them here, as i have received some excellent advice from the knowledgeable people on this site. i apologize if my situation isnt exactly relevant to the uk forum.
here's my situation:
i'm an american, married to a brit living in the uk on a setllement visa (us passport). we've been here for nearly a year and have decided to move to granada spain sometime this summer (probably july). i speak a good bit of spanish (if that matters at this point).

i'm aware that i will probably have to start over to get leave to remain in the uk if we stay more than 90 days, but that's not my issue at the moment.
for now i have a few very basic questions about getting the right to live and work in spain:

1- what is the name of the permit/card i need? i have heard several different names including EU family member residence card, temporary NIE, and EEA family permit. What is it??

2- how do i apply for this permit? i have done some reading on this forum and found a few answers. one involved getting a lawyer and recent copies of our marriage certificate. another seemed much easier involving 10 euros and a few forms. there have also been mentions of visiting the spanish embassy in the uk and the spanish consulate in caracas.... long story short, there seem to be many ways to do this... what do i do??

If it will not be expensive and too complicated, i would like to do it myself without a lawyer. but if it's too much to sift through, maybe a lawyer is the right way to go.
thank you so much for reading... sorry for the long-winded questions.
i would appreciate any straightforward advice anyone can provide.

cheers,
ol' galdo
 

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hello wonderful people! i've posted these questions in the spain forum, but have decided to copy them here, as i have received some excellent advice from the knowledgeable people on this site. i apologize if my situation isnt exactly relevant to the uk forum.
here's my situation:
i'm an american, married to a brit living in the uk on a setllement visa (us passport). we've been here for nearly a year and have decided to move to granada spain sometime this summer (probably july). i speak a good bit of spanish (if that matters at this point).

i'm aware that i will probably have to start over to get leave to remain in the uk if we stay more than 90 days, but that's not my issue at the moment.
for now i have a few very basic questions about getting the right to live and work in spain:

1- what is the name of the permit/card i need? i have heard several different names including EU family member residence card, temporary NIE, and EEA family permit. What is it??

2- how do i apply for this permit? i have done some reading on this forum and found a few answers. one involved getting a lawyer and recent copies of our marriage certificate. another seemed much easier involving 10 euros and a few forms. there have also been mentions of visiting the spanish embassy in the uk and the spanish consulate in caracas.... long story short, there seem to be many ways to do this... what do i do??

If it will not be expensive and too complicated, i would like to do it myself without a lawyer. but if it's too much to sift through, maybe a lawyer is the right way to go.
thank you so much for reading... sorry for the long-winded questions.
i would appreciate any straightforward advice anyone can provide.
You will receive better replies on Spain forum, as there are quite a few contributors with a similar situation, i.e. non-Spanish EEA citizen (often British) with non-EEA spouse/partner living in Spain.

From what I know, you don't need any visa or permit to move to Spain (unlike in UK), and after arrival, you apply for your residence card (Tarjeta de Residencia de Familiar de Cuidadano de la Union), which is quite straightforward. You don't need a lawyer, but it's probably worth using the service of a gestor who will cut through the red tape and is familiar with local regulations (which vary).
 
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