Moving to Spain from USA: The 2019 Guide

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Let’s start with a simple question about moving to Spain from USA:

What are the steps you should follow before the big move?

And what about this other simple question:

What other essential things will you need after you move?

I can imagine what you might have done so far.

You have been reading countless websites.

The official ones.

The bloggers.

The travel sites.

The amount of information is overwhelming.

So confusing.

You don’t know where to start.

It looks like a big mess, right?


Yes, it’s a huge chaos of information

But why?

Well, there is one thing most people forget:

The free information on the internet does not equal accuracy

Actually, many websites rank higher on Google because they’ve used the strategies to rank higher. Only that. No guarantee you will be reading useful and complete information.

If you read between the lines, many websites use this cold incomprehensible tone (information possibly translated using Google Translate).

Other websites are just personal opinions about who got their visas and their Spanish residency cards (maybe outdated information, or simply wrong because you will apply in a different Spanish consulate in the USA and immigration office in Spain).

Then you get the law firms and solicitors websites full of technical words you don’t understand (even though they are written in English).

But nobody really tells you what you need.

Because nobody really knows what you need.

Because nobody can offer you a customized action plan as the guide I will introduce in a moment.


The starting point: the visa

You are within one of the following groups:

  • You want to live in Spain but you don’t need to work because you have your own money (savings, pensions, remote job, business).
  • You want to work in Spain and be employed by a Spanish company.
  • You want to create a business in Spain.
  • You want to study in Spain.
  • You want to invest in Spain (property, bonds, companies)

Each and every group has its own visa, requirements, fees, ways to apply.  

Without the visa, you will not be able to stay in Spain longer than 90 days, which is the usual tourist visa timeframe.

So, you must start with a visa in the USA. No choice.

Unless you are married to a Spaniard or to an EU citizen that has Spanish residency, you will not be able to do anything in Spain while visiting as a tourist without a visa.


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

Living in Spain

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

The reason why I’m telling you this is because I know the American way of thinking (because part of my heart belongs to Peoria, Illinois 😊).

The Spanish system is not a mystery for me, not only because I’m a Spanish-speaking native but because my real experience is on the ground, helping people in person.


The biggest mistake most Americans make

It’s simple: trusting everything they read on the Internet.

Then, all of a sudden, you are in Spain, a foreign country full of laws and regulations you are not familiar with (potential fines, issues with the tax office, or even been deported if you don’t live here legally).

Living in Spain is the dream, but having a dream does not guarantee the winds will blow in favor.

Needless to say that, as a foreigner, you will be a better “victim” for people who will try to scam you in Spain (many of them will dress smartly, but no worries, I’m here to protect you from them :-) )

When you move to Spain there are other things that you should keep in mind besides your visa. Depending on the group you belong to from the previous list, and besides the type of visa you will apply for, you might also need advice on (just to name a few):

  • Property (buying/renting)
  • How to find a job
  • How to create a company
  • Tax
  • Driving in Spain
  • Home/car insurance
  • Basic safety tips
  • Basic tips on the best/worst places to live

That’s why I have created a unique tool that will make your move to Spain smooth as butter.


Introducing the only Tailor-made guide for Americans

Moving to Spain from USA

Now I should detail:

  • The benefits of purchasing my guide
  • The consequences of not purchasing my guide
  • The bonuses you will get when you purchase my guide

But I will not do that because:

  • I don’t have a standard guide (for all groups) to sell
  • I need to you what group you belong to (otherwise I could be giving you the wrong information)


Moving to Spain from USA: Let me explain

The 2019 definitive guide for US citizens is:

  • A handcrafted guide personalized for you upon request
  • It is a research project
  • It is the most accurate source of information on the planet for living in Spain
  • It is the best piece of information you will ever read

And you know why?

Because I will write it for you.

Yes, exclusively for you.

I don’t want to give you a single piece of information you will not need for living in Spain.

My guide will be a project I will craft for you based on what you really need and what you would like me to research.


So how does it work?

Here is my method.

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

I will propose the guidelines for your guide.

You can ask me as many questions as you would like.

No problem if you have extremely technical questions. I work with a team of collaborators experts in the main fields you will need for living in Spain:

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

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


Shall we speak?


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