Immigrate to Spain from UK

Updated on Thursday 09th July 2020

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Citizens from many countries are attracted to Spain and UK citizens make no exception. The relocation options, among which business and employment-related ones, along with the sunny weather, compared to that of the UK are some of the most important attraction points for those who decide to move to Spain.

If you are a UK citizen and are considering the idea of immigration to Spain, you should know that there are several formalities you need to comply with. Below, our lawyers present the main options for those who want to immigrate to Spain from the UK.
 

No visa requirements for those who immigrate to Spain from the UK


The UK has left the European Union which has created some uncertainties for those who are in the process of moving to Spain from the UK. However, there are a few aspects to clarify and the first one is that British citizens who already live in Spain do not have to apply for any visa. This is also the case of those who will immigrate to Spain from the UK by the end of December 2020 thanks to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Our immigration lawyers in Spain can offer detailed information on the procedures to follow for those who plan to move here by the end of 2020.

The procedure of immigrating to Spain from the UK is also presented in the infographic below:
 
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Conditions for moving to Spain from the UK


The conditions under which a UK citizen can emigrate to Spain are the following:
 
  1. he or she has an employment offer or is self-employed and has arrangements in this sense in Spain;
  2. he or she has a business or plans to set up a business in Spain, thus being eligible for residency;
  3. he or she is a student and is enrolled with a Spanish educational institution;
  4. he or she has other family members living in Spain and is moving with them;
  5. he or she is a retired person and has the financial means of supporting him/herself and health insurance.

It is important to note that there is no requirement for applying for a residence permit if you plan to immigrate to Spain from the UK under any of the circumstances above. However, you will need to complete other requirements, just like in the case of EU citizens.

If you plan on emigrating to Spain, our lawyers are at your disposal with complete assistance in registering with the local authorities, as well as with other services, such as housing support.
 

Registration with the Central Register of Foreign Nationals


Those who immigrate to Spain from the UK and who plan on staying there for more than 3 months must register with the Central Register of Foreign Nationals. They have who options in this case:
 
  • to register with the local office of the Register in the province the UK citizens live;
  • to register with the local police station in the city they live, if there is no office of the Register.

The main documents to be presented are the passport (which must have a validity of at least 6 months) and Form number EX18 which must be filed in two copies. Apart from these, other documents must be presented depending on the status of UK citizens moving here.

One of the following statutes can be used:
 
  • that of workers for which the employment contract or paychecks is required as proof;
  • that of self-employed persons for which proof of registration with the Economic Activities Registrar is required;
  • that of retired persons for which proof of public health coverage must be presented;
  • that of students for which various documents are required, among which the letter of enrollment with a university or other form of education.

For non-employed persons who immigrate to Spain from the UK, proof of financial funds to support themselves and family members and health insurance coverage must be submitted.

We can also assist those interested in immigration to Spain from the USA.
 

Obtaining a NIE number in Spain


Another requirement for those who immigrate to Spain from the UK is to obtain the NIE (national identification number) number. This will grant British citizens the possibility of buying properties in Spain. This will also allow them to register for taxation in Spain, thus being eligible for permanent residence and citizenship.

Our immigration lawyers in Spain can offer more information on how to move here from the UK and the formalities involved.
 

What will happen when emigrating to Spain from the UK after Brexit?


Foreign citizens who have plans to immigrate to Spain from the UK after Brexit and after the conditions of the Withdrawal Agreement end should know that the UK Government plans on concluding separate conventions with each country of the EU, Spain included.

With respect to the number of UK citizens living in Spain:
 
  • in 2019, there were 365,967 UK citizens officially registered in Spain;
  • compared to 2018, their number increased by 3% in 2019;
  • almost 50% of British immigrants live in the region of Alicante and Malaga;
  • in 2018 and 2019, the number of British citizens in Spain increased by 1 to 3%.

If you want to immigrate to Spain from the UK, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers.