Moving to Spain Checklist
1. Apply for an NIE number
Since 2007, the resident card has been abolished. Irish citizens who relocate to Spain are required to register within the province of their new home and to obtain an NIE number. The latter is necessary for many procedures (working, acquiring real estate, opening a bank account, registering your car, etc.).
How Long is the NIE Number Valid?
The NIE is valid for 5 years. It can be requested at the police station of your residential area or from the Immigration Office (Oficina de Extranjeros), upon presentation of the duly completed form, an identity document and two photos.
2. Register at the Irish Consulate
When you arrive abroad, you must register with the Irish consulate in the district of your place of residence. Irish citizens are not required to complete this registration, although it is recommended. This will allow you to participate in local elections and ensure your safety in the country (important information, warn your loved ones in case of problems, etc.).
3. Which Spanish Banks to Choose?
To open a bank account, you will need an identity document and your NIE number. The most popular Spanish banks are BBVA, La Caixa and Santander, popular with individuals and Banco Sabadell, more directed towards professional customers. Online banks are very popular and preferred by the Spanish because they provide all services for free.
You can open an account as a non-Spanish resident, i.e. non-taxable and not subject to Spanish income tax if your main residence is defined in Ireland.
4. Social Security Number
To obtain your social security number, you must register with the municipal census (empadramiento) at the town hall of your place of residence.
5. Taxes in Spain
Your taxes will depend on your living situation when registered either in Ireland or Spain. If you work in Spain, you will be considered a resident and subject to income tax. The tax treaty signed between Ireland and Spain specifies the conditions in order to avoid double taxation in matters of income and wealth tax.
6. Will your Qualification be Recognized in Spain?
Qualifications will be sometimes necessary to be able to work in Spain. Although no work permit is required for European nationals, depending on the job you practised in Ireland, you will be asked for a diploma equivalent from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to be able to work and you settle in Spain.
7. Moving to Spain With a Dog?
If you plan to move to Spain with your pet, you will need to follow the Spanish legislation, at least 21 days prior to travel date. Your dog needs to have an ISO pet microchip inserted and be vaccinated for rabies.
8.How Can you Move to Spain With your Car?
If you are transporting your car to Spain, you will need to register your vehicle in Spain. Be aware that formalities can be long and tedious.
9. More useful information can be obtained from the Embassy of Spain in Ireland at: https://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/dublin/en/Paginas/index.aspx
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