Moving to Spain from Canada: The Definitive Guide

Canadian moving to Spain

The time has come, you are thinking about moving to Spain from Canada.



The dream.

A new exciting life is waiting for you in Spain.

You can feel it.

The sun.

The good weather.

The historical cities’ architecture.

The spirit of the small towns from old Europe.

Now it’s the right time.

You have the intentions.

You have the finances.

You are willing to spend time preparing everything for the big move.

But there is only one problem.


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You don’t know where to start

You must have tried Facebook groups.

Spanish official websites.


You may have contacted the Canadian immigration authorities.

It’s overwhelming, isn’t it?

One contradiction after another.

It’s so frustrating.

You may have spent a lot of hours going round in circles to get to nowhere.

Every new piece of information you read contains new steps, new procedures, new requirements, contradictory financial means.

Then you read some horror stories from Canadians living in Spain who got scammed, who had issues with the tax office, who had to try multiple times before they got their visas and Spanish residency cards.

Moving to Spain from Canada looks so scary.


But it’s not

No, it isn’t.

What happens here is that you have pointed into the wrong direction.

Let me explain.

There is one rule in Spain that applies to almost every single procedure you will do in this country (including consulates and embassies):

The final word is always at the relevant office

Mystery solved.

Now you know that Facebook groups, the forums, the official websites will not be helpful.

Some people dare to begin their visas applications with only the information they collected from the internet.

The outcome?

One trip after another to the embassy or consulate. One rejection after another.

Other people lose their visa rights because they didn’t apply for their Spanish residency in time.

It’s a complete waste of time that can be solved with a little bit of money, with the right guidance.


What group do you belong to?

There are several groups when it comes to moving to Spain from Canada:

  • Retirees, pensioners, savings
  • Business
  • Workers
  • Investors

Depending on where you live in Canada, you may apply for your visas in the Consulate of Spain in Ottawa, Toronto or Montreal.

Once you have your visa and are living in Spain, every foreign affairs office in Spain will have their own interpretations for when you apply for the Spanish residency card.

So, it is impossible to have an article on the Internet, a Facebook group, or even the official website every single aspect, scenario, consulate and foreign affairs office.


The critical points to be happy in Spain

Doing things the right way in Spain will have one outcome: peace of mind.

And “peace of mind” means not having any issues with:

  • The Spanish immigration authorities
  • The Spanish tax office
  • The property you will buy in Spain
  • The Spanish police

But you will not get peace of mind without making sure everything is done to perfection, legally, such as:

Here are some of the usual items of the Moving to Spain service:

  • Where to buy property (coastal, rural, city, small town, village)
  • How to find the right property (we will be your eyes in Spain to find the exact property)
  • How to buy property (the legal process)


  • Getting the visa in the correct Consulate of Spain in Canada
  • Getting the residency card in Spain (after the visa)
  • Tax ID number
  • Tax implications
  • Home and car insurance

And to get peace of mind all you need is:

A personalized service based on your unique situation

Yes, and that is why my personalized service is the best starting point to emigrating to Spain from Canada.

What I will produce here is:

  • A personalized strategy I will create for you exclusively based on your unique situation
  • A tailor-made road map so that your first steps in Spain are smooth and free of worries (immigration, finding property, legal steps such as buying property and tax related).
  • A true money saving machine because it will prevent tax issues, scams, unnecessary professional services

Moving to Spain from Canada has never been easier thanks to my personalized service, which I will only produce if I know it will be 500% effective.

After we speak during the pre-Spain stage, I will be in the position to know whether I can help you or not (I will let you know how it works in a moment).


Why do I know so much about this?

Let me introduce myself.

My name is David Ruiz, and I’m the man below.

David Ruiz

Since 2010, I’ve helped more than 10,000 foreigners from EU and non-EU countries settling in Spain through my business Torrevieja Translation.

I know very well the ups and downs when moving to Spain, the fears, the expectations, and how to protect foreign people from scammers, tax issues, immigration issues.

Otherwise, I would not have been able to write so many books for living in Spain:

I was born and grew up in Murcia (southeast Spain) but I lived in Peoria Illinois (USA) between 2001-2006, where I graduated from college (Computer Programming and Web Technology). Then, I transfer to a four-year degree in Information Technology from Franklin University.

In 2010 I got laid off from my last computer programming job and I decided it was time to work with people, hand to hand, on the ground, helping foreigners in Spain. This led to creating my relocation, translation and interpreting business.

The Spanish system is not a mystery for me, not only because I’m a Spanish-speaking native but because my real experience is in-person, dealing with the Spanish system face to face.

I short, I’m not an amateur trying to scratch a few pennies selling relocation services or ads on my website. If you hire my services, I will bring the “peace of mind” I mentioned earlier.


Moving to Spain from Canada: how does it work?

Here is my three-step process.

1. Pre-Spain stage

We will ask a few basic questions by email to know what group you belong too.

Based on your personal situation, if I’m totally sure I can help you, we will offer an initial online session to revise your personal situation. 

2. Action Plan stage

We will produce an initial action plan. If you would like to work with us, then we will create the road map for moving to Spain, where I will:

  • Use my exclusive research methodology and experience helping Americans moving to Spain.
  • Speak with the Consulate of Spain.
  • Speak with your relevant foreign affairs office in Spain
  • Search for property (not rentals or Airbnb, unless we are working on the actual property purchase process)
  • Discuss any questions with my team of collaborators about your specific questions

My team of collaborators include:

  • Lawyers: experts in property law, immigration
  • Legal advisers: tax, consultancy
  • Real state agencies
  • Property agents
  • Official translators

3. Post-Spain stage

This will happen here, when finish your Spanish residency process, property search, legal property purchase process, etc.

Please let me know the exact concerns you have, your plans, your wishes, your dreams ?

As mentioned earlier, I can guarantee that my services for moving to Spain from Canada will save you thousands of Canadian Dollars in mistakes, potential scams, issues with the tax office, time wasted at the consulate or immigration offices, or unnecessary professional services.

But (very important)…

Our services are not for everybody, especially:

  • If you are on a tight budget
  • If you think you can DIY
  • If you don’t think you will need professional help for moving to Spain (immigration, housing, taxation).
  • If you believe that Facebook Groups have all the answers for moving to Spain.

Otherwise, we will be happy to help :-)


Yours Free

Spain 101 is a free ebook full of unique tips that will save you thousands of Euros when moving to / living in Spain.

Would you like to get it now?

Please click / tap on the image below:


Coverage areas

Alicante Province

Costa Blanca: These are my usual in-person coverage areas in Costa Blanca Spain,  Altea,  Calpe, Orihuela Costa,  BenissaGuadalest,  GuardamarJaveaMorairaAlicante, La Marina, DeniaVillajoyosa, Pilar de la Horadada, Benidorm, El Campello, Santa Pola, and, of course, Torrevieja; as well as other towns near Alicante.

Inland Alicante province: OrihuelaElche, Pinoso, Almoradi, Alcoy, Orba, Rojales, Biar, Crevillente, Los Montesinos, San Miguel de Salinas, Benijofar, Algorfa.

Murcia Province

Costa Cálida: including Costa Calida SpainSan Pedro del PinatarLos Alcazares, Santiago de la  Rivera, Mar Menor , San JavierMazarronAguilas.

Cities and towns in Murcia province: 

CartagenaYecla, Sucina, Totana, Alhama, Molina de Segura, Fortuna, Murcia city.

Other areas in Spain

I have collaborators almost everywhere all over Spain, so no worries, I can assist you anywhere you are in Spain, in cities such as: Zaragoza, Vitoria, Bilbao, Albacete, Almería, Logroño, Avila, Badajoz, Caceres, Majorca, Zamora, Barcelona, Burgos, Oviedo, Cadiz, Santander, Castellon, Pontevedra, Ciudad Real, Cordoba, Cuenca, Gerona, Granada, Guadalajara, San Sebastian, Huelva, Huesca, Jaen, Navarra, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gijon, Leon, Lleida, Lugo, Madrid, Malaga, Orense, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Sevilla, Soria, Tarragona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Teruel, Toledo, Valencia, Valladolid.