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Old Mar 3rd 2024, 6:16 pm
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We are seriously looking to retire in Spain. After 15 years in Canada the snow is becoming less attractive. Can anyone advise the best route to take. Apply from Canada or come back to UK for a month and apply from there. We have two dogs to bring with us.
Not sure where to start. Have started learning the language and we can actually retire in 20 months but we are also in a position to move when we feel ready.

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We are seriously looking to retire in Spain. After 15 years in Canada the snow is becoming less attractive. Can anyone advise the best route to take. Apply from Canada or come back to UK for a month and apply from there. We have two dogs to bring with us.
Not sure where to start. Have started learning the language and we can actually retire in 20 months but we are also in a position to move when we feel ready.
What visa are you looking at. (presuming you are NOT EU citizens)
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That's the thing- we only started researching today. We do have British and Canadian passports
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Here is a link to the non lucrative visa. If you apply for this visa you will not be allowed to work.

https://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consul...lucrativa.aspx

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Yes come and live where we never see a flake of snow...Costa Blanca

Some useful links

https://www.ageinspain.org/moving-to-spain

https://www.pellicerheredia.com/en/open-library/

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Yes come and live where we never see a flake of snow...Costa Blanca

Some useful links

https://www.ageinspain.org/moving-to-spain

https://www.pellicerheredia.com/en/open-library/

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I've seen snow fall in Benidorm several times...

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A sprinkling yes I have to but does not last long!
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I would be inclined to start the process in Canada because I don't imagine you want to have to move the dogs twice.

​​​​​​If you don't like the look of the NLV or you don't meet the minimum income requirement, take a look at Portugal. It's easier to obtain the equivalent visa (D7) with a lower income requirement and free state health care.

Are you absolutely positive that neither of you are eligible for an EU passport? It would be far easier if you were and only one of you needs to qualify.

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Start visa process in country you are resident, regardless of passport.
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Start visa process in country you are resident, regardless of passport.
Very sensible, as you need documents from your current or recent country of residence, such as police criminal record. Much easier to get it while you are in Canada than after moving to UK.
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I would be inclined to start the process in Canada because I don't imagine you want to have to move the dogs twice.

​​​​​​If you don't like the look of the NLV or you don't meet the minimum income requirement, take a look at Portugal. It's easier to obtain the equivalent visa (D7) with a lower income requirement and free state health care.

Are you absolutely positive that neither of you are eligible for an EU passport? It would be far easier if you were and only one of you needs to qualify.
I have just sent my passports off to be renewed but Britain is no longer part of the EU unfortunately.
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I have just sent my passports off to be renewed but Britain is no longer part of the EU unfortunately.
Indeed, it's unfortunate to say the least!

What I actually meant was do either you or your partner qualify for an Irish (or other EU) passport?
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Health insurance is a potentially serious showstopper if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. You will need to sign up for a suitable insurance policy with a Spanish company or a foreign one that operates in Spain. It must have no exclusions whatsoever and not require any co-payments.

This is really the first requirement you should sort out as it can stop the whole visa application in its tracks if you cannot find a suitable policy.
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Health insurance is a potentially serious showstopper if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. You will need to sign up for a suitable insurance policy with a Spanish company or a foreign one that operates in Spain. It must have no exclusions whatsoever and not require any co-payments.

This is really the first requirement you should sort out as it can stop the whole visa application in its tracks if you cannot find a suitable policy.
Thanks for this. We are both very healthy except for hubs is on an anti depressant but I can't see that presenting a problem. We have recently had our annual medical and that all came back clear
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