Spanish residency after Brexit: the aftermath

Spanish residency after Brexit

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NOTE: Article updated on 04 January 2021

Can you imagine how the Spanish residency after Brexit will be?

It looks like some kind of apocalypse, doesn’t it?

One day, you wake up; and there is no Spain.

No more sunshine.

No more gardening on your Spanish property.

No more great weather.

No more walks on a promenade by the beach.

No more driving on the right.

No more social life.

No more great Spanish healthcare.

Spain is whipped out.

Spain is not on the map anymore.

You can’t move to Spain anymore.

The happy retirement in Spain is gone.

The new life in the sun is gone.

Spanish residency card

(It might not be this kind of asteroid, but…)


The imminent (and metaphoric) falling asteroid

There is a fast-moving event about to hit Europe.

Maybe in a silent “nothing-changed” way.

Or maybe like the rock-made asteroid that it’s believed to be the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

The name of the asteroid?

You know it.


And its consequences are totally unexpected.

Because Brexit itself was totally unexpected a few years ago.

Because what Brexit will bring in the future is totally unpredictable.

Only by looking backwards, we will able to see the real aftermath, but only when we are in the future. Only then we will be in the position to confirm how the Spanish residency after Brexit will be.

In the meantime, you should get your Spanish documents right, and forget about…


The friend of the friend of the friend

I get emails almost on a daily basis from people asking what they should do, whether they should apply now for Spanish residency or wait to see what Brexit brings.

They have heard stories told by the friend of the friend of the friend.

They have been told that: “the Spanish residency after Brexit will remain the same”.

My question: How do the friends know whether the Spanish residency process will not change?

Day in and out, I am at the Spanish national police and immigration offices doing residencies and nobody knows yet.

  • The police don’t know
  • The Spanish government doesn’t know
  • The Spanish tax office doesn’t know
  • The local town hall doesn’t know
  • The Spanish newspapers don’t know because they write about what the previous announce and publish

Therefore, as you can imagine: The friend of the friend of the friend has no clue.

My recommendation:

Get protected and apply for your Spanish residency card in Spain before 31 December 2020.


Because nobody knows yet how Spanish residency will be after Brexit.

Because beyond Brexit it’s all rumor, theory, hypothesis.

The only thing guaranteed is the way the Spanish residency is done now, today, in the present.

Here and now.

As water falling… here and now… no past, no future.

Spanish residency benefits

(This is the sound of your Spanish residency)


Brexit’s aftermath

Something is going to change.

Hard Brexit.

No deal.

Out of the EU.

It really does not matter what we call it.

It really does not matter how much we read about it.

It really does not matter how much we blame politicians.

There is an imminent change about to happen, and that is why you should get protected.

Many years ago, I found a text which says something like:

<<Some people read so much about tragedies that they become experts in tragedies.

Other people choose to read about solutions, about hope, about overcoming obstacles. Therefore, they become experts in those fields.>>

What side would you like to be on?

Would you like to be an expert in Brexit?

Or perhaps you would like to protect yourself, have your Spanish residency and see Brexit as an episode that did not stop you living legally in Spain?

Spanish residency rules

(Write your own History before and after Brexit)


Spanish residency after Brexit: David’s prediction

I have heard some possible scenarios too… from official Spanish sources.

Here are the two ones I believe that could happen:

  1. Non-EU visas for British citizens (perhaps similar to the Spanish non-lucrative visa)
  2. Special Spanish residency ID cards for British citizens (which could start out with a visa… or not)

None of them will make the Spanish residency card process any easier than it is now.

  • There will still be healthcare requirements.
  • The financial means requirements could be dramatically increased.
  • There might be criminal records required.
  • Medical certificates to know the general health condition.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Apostilles.
  • Letter of intent.
  • Everything that’s in English would have to be translated into Spanish in the official format.

However, if you have known me in person and have already read some articles on my websites, or any of my books, you will know that I’m a very pragmatic person when it comes to solving problems for living in Spain.

That I don’t like to play with variables, statistics, possible scenarios, interpretations (the list goes on).

That I don’t like to agitate people because there might be an unclear EU directive, a UN law, or an interplanetary law that goes against the Spanish way of proceeding.

That I don’t care about what the friend of the friend of the friend says, the forums, confusing websites (even the official ones) or Facebook groups full of anonymous and non-professional people (who can take you through a painful path due to their “free” advice).

I play with the Spanish rules, and more precisely with the relevant office’s rules.

Yes, I’m a problem solver.

I’m a plastic surgeon when it comes to relocation services for living in Spain, not a theorist :-)

I’ve been dealing with the Spanish system for almost a decade, since 2010, on the ground, going through my own frustrating learning curve.

All that matters to me is solving the problem.

Getting things done.

Making you happy through my services (visit my “Hall of Happy Clients” under Testimonials, up on top).

In Spain, you don’t need somebody who will defend you from the dark army located in the evil woods, but somebody who grabs your hand and helps you bypass the evil woods (that’s me ?).

Spanish residency visa

(The bypass is worthy… it will take you to similar paths)


So, what’s the ultimate point?

Getting your Spanish residency card.


As simple as that.

Being a resident is the beginning of your Spanish journey, which will allow you to stay in Spain legally.

My recommendation is to:

  • Stop reading about Brexit
  • Stop reading about how the Spanish residency after Brexit will be
  • Stop reading conflicting and non-sense on social media

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