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Domingo was an excellent attorney that helped me to get documents for my father's citizenship. He remained in communication and very professional. Highly recommended. Thank you!! Domingo was very professional, and I thank him infinitely for his help obtaining the baptism and civil registration certificates of my great-grandfather for the citizenship of my father, who lives in Cuba. I recommend him with all my heart, and I thank him infinitely for his prompt help in reunifying a family. Thank you so much!!
Eddie Reyes
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Visas & Immigration Services

Are you planning to move to Spain? Are you looking for trustworthy and experienced immigration lawyers who can help you with your visa application process? 

 If so, our team of English-speaking lawyers in Spain specialize in providing visa and immigration services for expats. 

Our team of immigration lawyers in Spain are registered and regulated, ensuring that we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. With years of experience in handling visa and immigration cases for expats, you can trust us to guide you through the complex legal procedures with ease.

Whether you are planning to retire to Spain and are seeking a non-lucrative visa, or wish to relocate and work from Spain, so require a Golden visa or digital nomad visa, we have you covered.

Below you will find a list of the different immigration related services in Spain that our lawyers can provide.

Visas & Immigration Services
Our Lawyers dealing with Visas & Immigration Services

Our Immigration & Visas Services in Spain

All Immigration & Visas Articles

Non-lucrative Visa Spain - who should apply and how?

Spanish Immigration LawAs soon as you begin the process of moving to Spain, you will inevitably become entangled in the complex world of Spanish visas.In recent years, similar to other European countries, increasing levels of illegal immigration in Spain has given rise to social divisions and pressure for reform of Spanish immig... Read More

The new Spain digital nomad visa - do you qualify?

Spain has recently joined the ranks of EU countries offering a digital nomad visa scheme, positioning itself to compete with other Southern European nations like Greece, Malta, Cyprus, and Portugal in order to attract international talent by offering a residence permit to remote workers.The proposed digital nomad visa was create... Read More

Plan on Living in Spain after Brexit? Find out your best legal options

Background: Brexit negotiations, transitional period, and moreOn 29 March 2017 the UK formally triggered Article 50 - the formal process that a Member State uses to declare its intention to leave the EU.On 28 February 2018 a draft Withdrawal Agreement was published by the European Union to deal with, among other things, citizens... Read More

Unlock Your Entrepreneurial Dreams with the Self-Employed Visa Spain: A Comprehensive Guide

Since the 1980's, Spain has attracted people from around the world, and particularly northern-Europe, to live and work in the country. Often, the work they would do was related in some way to the tourism trade, including tour reps, bar staff and more recently property sales (including the dreaded timeshare sales!).While initiall... Read More

Requirements for Spanish Passport & Citizenship Applications

As a Spanish lawyer with extensive experience in immigration matters, it's my pleasure to guide you through the ins and outs of acquiring Spanish citizenship —a feat that carries numerous privileges but also presents its share of challenges. Becoming a Spanish citizen is not only about obtaining a Spanish passport; it's about ... Read More

Understanding the Rights of Non-EU Spouses of EU Citizens in Spain: The Family Reunification Visa

The European Union (EU) is known for its commitment to freedom of movement, which includes not only its citizens but also their family members, regardless of whether they are EU citizens themselves. This commitment is enshrined in the EU law, specifically in the Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of citizens of the Union and thei... Read More

Your Options for a Work Visa In Spain

Spain has long been a mecca for northern Europeans planning to spend their retirement in the sun. For most, this is a relatively painless journey, only needing to deal with some local bureaucracy. While Brexit has made the plans of UK pensioners more difficult to achieve, a non-lucrative visa in Spain is, nonetheless, within the... Read More

The Spanish NIE Number - why do you need it and how to get one

If you have dealings with Spain, whether it is during the application process for a non-lucrative visa in Spain or buying Spanish property for vacational use, it will be necessary to obtain a Spanish NIE number.First things first. NIE stands for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, which literally translates as an Identity number... Read More

Golden Visa Spain 2023 | Residency in Spain By Investment

Law 14/2013 is the legislation that sets-out the rules and procedures of Spain's golden visa program, and makes it possible for foreign investors to have the right to Spanish residency. The visa confers a residency permit as well the right to work in Spain, initially conferring a Spanish residence permit with a duration of one y... Read More

Retirement in Spain - a Post-Brexit pipe-dream for UK Pensioners?

The Spain Retiree VisaOver the last few decades, more and more pensioners from the UK and other northern-European countries have considered retiring abroad, with many making the decision to retire to Spain. Their motives are clear: why spend all year in a cold and damp climate when there is a sunnier, warmer alternative just a c... Read More

Healthcare in Spain - a simple guide for expats

Navigating the healthcare system in a new country can be a daunting task, and Spain is no exception. As an expat, understanding your healthcare options is crucial to ensuring you and your family's well-being while living abroad. This article aims to provide a brief guide to healthcare in Spain, specifically tailored for expats.S... Read More

Moving to Spain from the UK? Visas, Work and Getting Settled

Moving to Spain from UK in 2023: what are your legal options?Following the transition period, Brexit has come and gone, the process for British citizens considering moving to Spain from the UK has become more arduous and complex.The process faced by British citizens who want to move to Spain is currently the same as for other no... Read More

Residency in Spain: How to get from Tourist to Local!

Do you need to apply for a residency visa to live in SpainThe answer to this question depends on the answers to the following 3 questions:How long do you want to stay in Spain?Do you wish to work and earn an income while in Spain?Where are you from?We should first highlight one exceptional situation: If you don't plan to stay fo... Read More

Navigating the Spanish Visas Process: A Comprehensive Guide for Expats

It is understandable that applicants can find the emigration process to Spain and the rest of the EU daunting. Moving to a new country can be a stressful experience, especially if you do not speak the language. Requirements and regulations vary according to which country the applicant is from and, for British citizens in particu... Read More

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Architectural Services
Change of Property Use
Change of Property Use
Who Is This Service For?

Enterprising property investors seek to purchase property that is currently used for another purpose – typically as an office or industrial unit – and then change its use to that of residential.

Such changes of use are possible though they are heavily regulated and you will need the assistance of a local architect to navigate the applicable planning laws before making an investment of this type. Investment without seeking such guidance would be extremely dangerous and could easily see an investor lose a great deal of money.

Upon a successful application, the architect may be instructed to draw-up plans for any required modifications and the appointment of local builders and tradesmen to complete the work.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Technical advice prior to any change of use application
  • Review of local planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Analysis and professional opinion
  • Formal application undertaken on behalf of client
  • Planning department’s decision obtained and explained
Energy Certificate
Energy Certificate
Who Is This Service For?

Anyone who wishes to sell or rent out a property in Spain must have a valid Energy Certificate. 

This certificate contains information about the orientation, structure, energy and lighting systems of the property and to what extent it conforms to current energy ratings, with an energy classification of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) 

The Certificate has a validity of 10 years, though if any material changes are made to a property, the Certificate should be updated. This might include changing the windows or the heating system. 

Failure to possess a valid certificate when selling or renting a property will incur a fine of between 300€ - 600€.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial contact with a technical architect to arrange an appointment for a technical visit to the property
  • The technical architect will visit the property and then feed the details of the visit into a state technical database
  • The Certificate is issued with an overall Energy rating and recommendations for improvements

 

 

New Build Projects
New Build Projects
Who Is This Service For?

Sometimes we find the ideal place to live. The only problem is that there's no property that suits or that is available! In which case, the only option apart from waiting for a suitable property to become available is to build a new home from scratch. This is ideal for those who have a clear idea of what they want, yet are unable to find it among second-hand properties in the area they want to live

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial consultation with an experienced English-speaking Architect to discuss plans and including expert advice on design, use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Making formal submission to obtain planning-permission
  • Management and co-ordination of the building works including employment of local builders and tradesmen
  • Project Certification
Planning Application/Consultation
Planning Application/Consultation
Who Is This Service For?

Regardless of the size of your project - be it a simple extension or a multi-property urbanisations, you will need to obtain the requisite planning permission from the local authority in Spain. 

Our lawyers and architects have a wealth of experience in making such applications and are available to assist English-speakers from the beginning through to the successful conclusion of any size project.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial consultation to discuss plans and including expert advice on use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Making formal application for planning-permission where required
Property Survey Structural Report
Property Survey Structural Report
Who Is This Service For?

Anyone purchasing a property of any size is strongly advised to obtain a technical survey on the property. Often those buying property abroad are cash buyers and, as a result, are not required to obtain a survey of the property before purchase. Many don’t bother. We feel that this is a major error, since a survey could save you a huge amount of money in expensive repairs later on, and potentially allow you to renegotiate the property purchase.

Even if buying with a mortgage, any survey required by the bank will only include a valuation as well as any obvious and serious defects that would affect said valuation. Arranging a private survey provides much more information and will provide you with the information you need to be confident about the investment you are making in a foreign country. Quite simply one of the most important investments you can make regarding property!

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial consultation to discuss different surveys available: condition report, building survey or structural survey
  • Visit to property and compilation of report
  • Delivery of report in your language
  • Follow-up discussion as required to answer any additional questions you may have
Refurbishments & Extensions
Refurbishments & Extensions
Who Is This Service For?

Current homeowners and those planning to invest in a second-hand property may wish to extend or upgrade the property. Indeed it is often the case that buyers acquire a property on the basis that they will be able to extend or refurbish the property to make it suitable for their purposes.

Property extensions will in most cases require planning approval and the assistance of a local architect to whom you can convey your plans and obtain expert advice on the viability of those plans.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial consultation to discuss plans and including expert advice on use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Making formal application for planning-permission where required
  • Management of project, engagement of builders and other tradesmen
  • Post-project Certification
Regularisation of Property
Regularisation of Property
Who Is This Service For?

Often a property is acquired only to discover that one or a number of elements of the property are legally 'deficient'. Typical examples might be an extension to the property added by a previous owner a or swimming-pool for which appropriate planning permission was never sought.

Normally any such irregularities would be discovered upon legal due-diligence by a conveyancing solicitor. Other types of deficiency range from procedural to technical and may be simple to rectify or rather more complex, depending on the specific problem at hand. 

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial consultation with an experienced English-speaking architect to determine the gravity of the problem and the best solution
  • Depending on the recommended solution, the architect will make submissions on your behalf to the relevant local authority board or tribunal or may engage a solicitor if required
  • Representation throught the regularisation process, with the new title registered with the appropriate registry
Currency Exchange
Currency Exchange
Currency Exchange
Benefits of this Service

Every year we help thousands of individuals save money on their foreign currency payments for property purchase, emigration, overseas mortgage repayments, etc.

If you make or receive payments in a foreign currency, we could save you a great deal of money and make your currency transfers simple.

We guarantee much better exchange rates than the ‘tourist rates’ you would normally get from your bank and can save you up to 6% on currency transfers typically saving you £5,000 on a £100,000 transfer.

A is for Account:

Open a free account with us - Your account can be opened the very same day and you will be assigned a dedicated account manager.

B is for Better Rates:

Your account manager will keep you informed on currency market movements and get the best exchange rate for you at the time. Once agreed, this rate is then guaranteed for you.

C is for Currency Transfer:

Once you have paid for your currency we will immediately transfer the money to the bank account specified by you, anywhere in the world.

 

Benefits at a Glance

  • Highly competitive exchange rates
  • Quick and easy same-day transfers
  • Free tailored service with our currency experts
  • Dedicated Relationship manager
  • Safe & Secure transfers
  • Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority
Estate Agents
Estate Agency Services
Estate Agency Services
Who Can Benefit from this Service?

This service is tailored for expats relocating to Spain who want expert assistance in navigating the Spanish property market. 

The real estate market in Spain has evolved a great deal in the last 15 years, because buyers have become more diverse and are no longer simply looking for a sunny retirement home or holiday villa - though these are still the most sought after properties.

As the work-from-home concept has taken root, more and more people from Northern Europe are considering a permanent move to Spain, and its year round sunshine.

So, whether you are looking for a holiday home or a permanent residence, our English-speaking estate agency partners around Spain will help to simplify your transition with their expert knowledge of local market dynamics.

Benefits - Why Choose Our Service
  • Personalized Property Search: Tailored options that match your specific needs, preferences, and budget.
  • Legal and Financial Guidance: Expert advice on Spanish property laws, tax implications, and financial considerations via Advocate Abroad's lawyers
  • Language Support: Overcome language barriers with our multilingual estate agents.
  • Local Market Insight: In-depth knowledge of various Spanish regions, ensuring you find the right location.
  • Assistance with Paperwork: Help with all necessary documentation, from initial offers to final contracts.
  • After-Sale Support: Ongoing assistance with settling in, including utilities setup and local recommendations.
Financial Advisors
Offshore Pension advice (QROPS)
Offshore Pension advice (QROPS)
Who Is This Service For?

If you are an expatriate and you have a pension pot which is worth over £70,000 you may be able to release it from the restrictive UK system and it’s ever changing rules entirely. If your pension value is between £30,000 and £70,000 we now have exclusive access to cost effective products that could mean a transfer is beneficial. 

Benefits include: Leave ALL unused pension funds to your beneficiaries free of UK IHT (Inheritance Tax); Much greater investment freedom; Tax free lump sum of up to 30%; Take income from your pension in a much more tax efficient way.

What Does This Service Consist Of?
  • Initial discussion to discuss existing pensions
  • Request of information from existing pension providers
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email including a brochure for the QROPS provider
  • Follow up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Apply for the QROPS and complete necessary paperwork and ID requirements
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Retirement planning
Retirement planning
Who Is This Service For?

Imagine that you are retiring tomorrow? How much money would you like to or need to write yourself a cheque for
to ensure that you will have enough in the bank to last you, your spouse and possibly even your family for one year in retirement?

One of the most fundamental issues for you to think about when deciding on your financial planning options is to make sure that you are preparing for your retirement sufficiently and appropriately. Many expatriates do not get ahead in the retirement race by saving hard as they are scared of this approach encroaching on their standard of living today. However, with careful planning it is easy to get ahead without hindering your current lifestyle.

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your retirement goals and current circumstances
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email
  • This will include a step by step guide as to the best course of action
  • Follow up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Savings & Investment Advice
Savings & Investment Advice
Who Is This Service For?

We know it is very easy to fall in to the ‘live for today’ mindset and not plan for the future when you’re living overseas. 

Thus, we have devised this simple, step by step report to show you how to take your financial future seriously, and avoid being one of those expatriates who returns home with nothing more than a mass of photos and memories - and perhaps even debt!

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your investment goals and current circumstances
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email including a brochure for the recommended provider
  • Follow up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Apply for the investment and complete necessary paperwork and ID requirements
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Succession Planning
Succession Planning
Who Is This Service For?

Even if you have an existing financial advisor, it is unlikely they will be able to introduce you to the tax-saving opportunities available in your new country of residence.

Furthermore, a local advisor in your new country will more likely understand your unique expatriate status, how that relates to any tax saving potential in the nation in which you are residing, and how you need to structure your affairs appropriately in case you should ever want to repatriate or relocate elsewhere. 

Planned correctly, a move to another country can have some very special future tax advantages.

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your tax liability and current circumstances
  • Free Report and recommendation sent via email, including advice on how to minimise succession taxes
  • Follow-up discussion to explain the detail and answer any initial questions
  • Ongoing support and wealth management
Insurance Services
Health Insurance
Health Insurance
Who Is This Service For?

Below is a list of the services included in our health insurance policy.

Upon request for a quotation, our staff will be able to provide you with additional information you may have about this service regarding any exemptions, limits, voluntary excesses etc.   

Please note, our insurance products and services ensure that our clients understand their rights and obligations despite being in another country. In fact, our services have been designed with the international traveller in mind, and our call centres, documentation and our consultants are all able to assist you in English to give you peace of mind and certainty, in an uncertain world.

  • Valid Health Plan for purposes of immigration (not age restricted - policies available for over-75's!)
  • More than 51,000 medical professionals and 1,000 centers, with highly prestigious medical professionals and centers
  • Primary Care: GP service, Diagnosis tests, Paediatrics, Nurse Care, Emergencies, Check-ups
  • Specialist Medical Care: All major fields, Radiology/CT Scans, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, Podiatry, Speech & Language therapy
  • Hospital Care: Hospitalisation, Surgical intervention, ICU, Childbirth, Psychology, Single room with bathroom, Accommodation including meals and medication, Bed for companion.
  • Medical telephone lines such as the DKV 24-hour doctor, 24-hour pediatric line, and others more specific like psycho-emotional support with a team of psychologists, women's health, pregnancy, sports, nutrition, etc.
  • Worldwide travel assistance in case of emergency, with generous limits in the market: up to 180 days and €20,000.
  • Dental Cover: Consultations, cleaning, diagnosis; Discounts on other services – supplement applies
  • Lifelong policy guarantee following 3rd renewal.

Please note, there is a minimum period that applies before certain services become available.

Home insurance
Home insurance
Benefits to Clients

We insure traditional homes and large luxury villas.

Different modalities with varying degrees of coverage to choose from:

  • Basic modality (Ensures only fundamental risks at an affordable price).
  • Fire modality (If you only want the essential coverage to meet mortgage law requirements).
  • Complete modality (A wide range of coverage for your home's protection).
  • Plus modality (State-of-the-art insurance with the broadest guarantees and coverage limits).

DKV EcoHogar, the first ecological home insurance, not only protects and cares for your home but also alerts you to phenomena forecasted by the State Meteorological Agency. We'll send you an SMS 24 hours before the event begins, when your home's postal code may be affected by one of these phenomena.

Our policies offer coverage for the protection of the insured and their family against risks affecting their home and its contents, as well as damages to third parties.

Civil liability coverage for adult children while residing in the insured home.

No-claims bonus up to 10%.

Make a Will
Create Will & Testament
Create Will & Testament
Who Can Benefit from this Service?
  • Making a Last Will and Testament in Spain is essential for English-speaking expats residing in or owning assets in Spain. 
  • Whether you are a long-term resident, a property owner, or planning to settle in Spain, making Spanish Wills is crucial to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, adhering to the unique aspects of Spanish inheritance laws.
Prerequisites
  • To make a Will in Spain, it is necessary to be of legal age and sound mind. 
  • It is useful to understand the implications of the 'forced heirship' system in Spanish law and the ability to select the applicable national law for your estate. 
  • Additionally, owning assets or property in Spain or planning to be a resident at the time of your death qualifies you for this service.
Procedure: Our Approach

Initial Consultation:

  • Understanding your personal circumstances and estate planning objectives.
  • Discussing the specifics of Spanish inheritance law and its impact on your estate.

Legal Guidance:

  • Exploring the 'forced heirship' system in Spanish law.
  • Advising on the selection of the applicable national law for your estate.

Document Drafting:

  • Drafting a Will that accurately reflects your wishes and complies with Spanish legal requirements.
  • Ensuring clarity and precision in the language used.

Notarization and Legal Formalities:

  • Arrange appointment with the Notary
  • Attendance at the Will signing, act as translator
  • Guidance on registering the Will with the Spanish Wills Registry.
Advantages of this Service

Choosing our service for drafting your Last Will and Testament in Spain offers numerous advantages:

  • Peace of Mind: Ensuring that your estate is managed according to your wishes.
  • Expertise in Spanish Law: Navigating the complexities of Spanish inheritance law tailored for English-speaking expats.
  • Simplified Process: Making the process clear and straightforward, reducing potential legal hurdles.
  • Tax Efficiency: Advising on estate planning strategies to minimize inheritance tax liabilities.
  • Supportive Guidance: Offering continuous support throughout the process, from drafting to registration.
Key Elements of this Service
  • Tailored advice on Spanish inheritance laws and the implications for expats
  • Assistance in selecting the applicable national law for your estate
  • Drafting and notarising a legally compliant Spanish Will
  • Guidance on estate planning to mitigate inheritance tax liabilities
  • Support in registering your Will with the Spanish Wills Registry
Mortgage Services
Commercial Mortgages
Commercial Mortgages
Commercial Mortgages

If you are buying a property that banks will class as a commercial premises (offices, shops, hotels, B&Bs etc.), we can offer mortgages to suit your purposes. The mortgages available are generally 50-60% of the purchase price (or valuation if lower) and conditions differ from those for residential properties.

Some banks will allow you to purchase through a newly formed Spanish limited company (Sociedad Limitada or “SL” company). 

If the company is set up as a shell company for the sole purpose of buying the property, meaning it will not actively trade after the purchase, it can be possible to secure mortgage terms that would apply for a residential mortgage.

Construction Mortgages
Construction Mortgages
Construction Mortgages
 
For this type of mortgage, the best products are where the banks will offer a loan against the plot of land (up to 50% of the cost, or value of lower) and also for the construction works (up to 70% of the cost, or value of the project, if lower).
 
We have arranged many construction mortgages over the years and can offer expert guidance on the process. If you are interested in this type of mortgage, we would advise that you contact us as soon as possible, as the approval process can be lengthy.
Holiday Home Mortgages
Holiday Home Mortgages
Holiday Home Mortgages

Holiday home mortgages are generally for non-resident property buyers who do not live in Spain. The maximum borrowing amount is up to 70% of the property purchase price (or valuation if lower). Lenders offer fixed, variable and, in some cases, mixed rates.

For variable rate mortgages, the rates are based on the annual Euribor reference rate with a percentage margin added to this, for example, annual Euribor + 2%. 

We will help you negotiate the very best mortgage conditions available in the market at any given time.

 

Investment Mortgages
Investment Mortgages
Investment Mortgages

Investment mortgages are for those property buyers planning to rent out their property after purchase, or where the buyer already has at least one existing mortgage in Spain.
We have provided alternative finance solutions for property buyers who may have a sophisticated investment portfolio. We can help put together back-to-back loan arrangements secured against listed investments. This can be where the lender takes over as custodian, or where a guarantee is provided by the existing custodian of the assets.

Primary Residence Mortgage
Primary Residence Mortgage
Primary Residence Mortgages

Primary residence mortgages are for those where the property in Spain will be their main residence and they already pay their income tax here, or in exceptional cases are about to start paying taxes here. 

For this type of mortgage, it is possible to secure mortgages up to 80% of the property purchase price.

Your English-speaking mortgage broker will help you to overcome the administrative difficulties often encountered when obtaining a mortgage in a country different to the one where your earnings originate.

NIE Express
NIE Express
NIE Express
Who Is This Service For?
  • For anyone who needs to arrange an NIE (Foreigner Identity Number) in Spain fast!! 
  • Whether for purchasing property, inheriting assets, establishing a business, or paying taxes, the process can often be time-sensitive and require minimal hassle.
  • However, this is where the challenges arise. The NIE application process is overseen by the Spanish National Police or diplomatic services, and as a result, it is typically a slow procedure that can take weeks or even months to complete. 
  • This delay can prove costly for individuals who urgently need to address business or personal matters.
Requirements

Requirements and Conditions:
To apply for a Spanish NIE number, certain requirements and conditions must be met, including:

  1. Not being in an irregular situation in Spain.
  2. Clearly stating the reasons for requesting the assignment of the NIE.
Procedure

The NIE can be obtained in person at the request of the interested party. 

The application can be made directly through the General Directorate of the Police, or it can be submitted through the Foreigner's Offices or Police Stations. 

If the foreigner is not in Spanish territory at the time of the request, the NIE can be requested through the General Directorate of Immigration and Borders, via the Spanish Consular Offices abroad.

Required Documents:
 

When applying for an NIE, the following documents are typically required:

  1. Completed NIE application form (Form EX15), including personal information.
  2. Identification document from the foreigner's country of origin or passport (original and copy of all pages).
  3. Passport-sized photograph.
  4. Document certifying the reason for requesting the NIE.
  5. For EU residents, proof of residency in Spain is necessary, while non-EU foreigners need to provide proof of entry into Spain.
Benefits
  • Fast NIE Service: - obtain an NIE number in days rather than weeks
  • No need to queue at the local Foreigner's office - all is managed with the simple signing of a Power of Attorney which can be completed in less than 5 minutes at a local notary office
    For those seeking to obtain an NIE quickly, there is a service available that can expedite the process. This service typically includes the following steps:
What Does This Service Consist Of?
  1. The service starts with an initial phone call or office consultation to explain how the service works
  2. Dual language power of attorney provided to you for local notarisation and legalisation wherever you are located and then can be sent directly to our lawyers
  3. Once we receive the paperwork from you, together with payment for the service, your NIE number(s) will be ready within a few days!
Translation Services
Translation Services
Translation Services
Why Translation?

Documents that originate from outside of Spain will need to be translated into Spanish for many different legal and administrative processes before they can be used by local authorities here.

For formal processes, you will need a Sworn or Official Translator in Spain to translate and affix their stamp to the document. An Official Translator is approved by the Spanish Ministry of Justice as having the skill to carry-out this process for any legal proceedings as well as any other process that requires a Sworn Translator.

Examples of documents you are likely to need to get translated include, but are not limited to:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Financial Accounts
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Deed Poll Name Change
  • Company documents (e.g. Articles of Association)
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
Processes That May Require Translation Of Documents

The list is in fact potentially endless and will depend on the particular process that you need to complete in Spain. Below you will find a list of processes and the documents you may need to have translated into Spanish.

Inheritance

For inheritance proceedings it can often be necessary to arrange for translation of an official death certificate if death occurred outside of Spain, unless an International Death Certificate has been issued. Also, if only a non-Spanish Will is in existence, this may well need to be translated also.

Divorce Proceedings

If a couple were married in the UK or other non-Spanish speaking jurisdiction, and they have children born there, it will be necessary to have the marriage certificate as well as the birth certificates of any children born outside Spain translated. Furthermore, any other documentation relating to assets abroad may need to be translated.

Property Purchase

If a mortgage is required in Spain, it may well be necessary to justify your income, and should you be self-employed/business owner, then it may be necessary to have previous year's financial accounts translated to Spanish so that the bank may approve an application.

Immigration

Health insurance covering the duration of your stay in Spain is necessary. The terms and conditions of such insurance are may need to be translated. Also, any economic means (pensions or any other income) by which you might prove that you can afford to stay in the country, will need to be translated.

Enforcement Of A Foreign Court Order Or Judgment

Depending on the nature of the Court Order or Judgment that you have obtained in a foreign country, in order to have it enforced in Spain you may be required to follow the legal proceedings of 'Exequatur' which will require you to produce a translation of the original Court decision, carried-out by a Sworn or Official translator.

Languages We Deal With

Our team of official translators are able to deal with many languages, though most popular would be English, German, French, Dutch and Russian.

Next-day Service

Translations of documents will be returned the next working day, as long as the documents are sent before 2pm.