Figuring out the intricacies and nuances of applying for Spanish residency was a daunting task. I needed an expert. Luckily, we found David Ruiz.

In addition to being completely knowledgeable about the process (including specific to our specific city in Spain), David was always available and patient to answer all questions, including an extremely helpful ‘face to face’ Skype meeting before we went to Spain to file all the paperwork.

The bottom line: my application for residency was approved, and in short order. David’s “guide book” and list of “to do” items that he provided to me before hand were invaluable. Literally, I could not have done it without him. My husband, Alfredo, and I were extremely pleased. I recommend him heartily.

David Perry, Palm Springs, California & Santander, Spain (DavidPerry.com)


Moving to Spain had been my dream for some time. But I wanted to make sure that I did it the right way. Thankfully, I was referred to David Ruiz through a dear and trusted friend. As soon as I reached out to him, I knew that he was who I wanted to help me with my non-lucrative visa (applying from the San Francisco consulate).

David helped me with every aspect of my application, including the required certified translations. Thanks to his guidance, my visa was approved very quickly, and on the first try. The consulate staff even complimented me for being so prepared.

After arriving in Spain, there are still so many things to do to establish residency and so much red tape. I had a lot of questions, and no matter what I asked, or how many times a day I wrote him, David was always happy to help.

I am incredibly grateful that I found David. His expertise and knowledge made both the non-lucrative visa and Spanish residency card processes as seamless as possible. Thanks to him, I am now a very happy resident of Madrid. I highly recommend David and his team of certified translators to anyone looking to make the big move to Spain.

Karen R, Madrid, Spain and San Francisco, California (Solo World Wanderer)


Residency application: Making the impossible possible!!

David was super helpful from the very start explaining what was required from us and how the process worked.

Due to restricted time (no residency appointments being taken after 30/03/19) we were not very hopeful of an appointment. David somehow obtained one for us at a days notice. We were in the UK at the time so jumped on the first plane out.

Unfortunately we were missing some key documents but David was able to arrange that for us so they were ready when we arrived for our 11am appointment.

David was very calming, confident and obviously very experienced in dealing with Spanish bureaucracy. He attended our meeting and successfully dealt with our application.

We would highly recommend David’s services. He is definitely a man who can!

Geoff and Angie


We are an Australian/British family with a 17 year old daughter, relocating from Perth, Australia to Costa Blanca and needed our Spanish Residency before Brexit happened.

David has been absolutely fantastic in obtaining our Residency within 6 days.

We had a few hiccups within the 6 days (none of David’s making but just the infamous Spanish red tape) but David had plans B and C ready.

He was very clear about what documents we needed and had pre-booked all the appointments before we arrived in Spain so we could ‘hit the ground running’.

His ability to anticipate what might be needed or might happen, coupled with his obvious translating skills meant appointments were smooth and quick.

We have also used him for official translating of Spanish red tape requirements for importing our furniture and he has been prompt and cost effective.

If you want a thorough, accurate and painless Residency application then we would absolutely recommend David Ruiz and his team.

Many thanks David for taking a big weight off our shoulders!

Jane, Peter and Harriet Holbrook, Perth, Australia.


David’ help is fantastic from start to finish.

I have lots of friends who say they know someone who can do the process at a fraction of the cost and are still waiting for their appointments or papers.

When David says’ it will be done IT IS…

Trust in him he is a man of his word!!!!

Ron & Shirley Callieu


When I was using Google to find out how to apply for my Residency in Guardamar, I came across “The 2019 Ultimate Guide to Spanish Residency Permit” from David Ruiz at torreviejatranslation.com. That was my lucky day and my lucky find!

David helped my Every step of the way and I successfully obtained my “Green Card” Residencia under difficult circumstances (flooding in Orihuela).

The fees are phenomenal value for money, and David clearly works very hard and late at night, as evidenced by the time of the emails received – but he always answers you.

I could not have wished for a nicer person, or a smoother application and I whole-heartedly recommend him. The slightly daunting process is lessened by his help.

I am very grateful to him.

Helen Elliott


Boy am I glad that I found David!

David and his team made the whole matter a breeze in obtaining Spanish Residency.

For me there were two things that stood out:

1. The pre-application meeting planning was exceptionally thorough, and because of this, no questions were asked by the authorities who just simply issued my Green Card.

2. I am amazed that he managed to get an appointment within a few days of me being ready as it was not possible to book an appointment online because of this Brexit nonsense.

I would recommend this service to anyone. You are in safe hands.

Ian Nairn Chartered Accountant, Pinoso, Spain


I found David through a Google search looking for help with Spanish residency. As I was getting mixed messages from the authorities of what they needed. David turned out to be a truly lucky find. Without David I really couldn’t have done it without him

Having arrived in Ibiza (whilst the Brexit chaos continued, back in the UK). I decided to apply for residency immediately. David was very thorough, letting me know what documentation I would need for various meetings.

Initially there was no Police meetings for months but out of the blue David secured one for me via a cancellation. He was constantly keeping an eye out for a meeting for me.

David is a really great man to deal with. Great personality and very reassuring and calm. Everything went smoothly due to his detailed advice that ensured we covered all angles.

I was well prepared for all the meetings with a wealth of documentation. David prepares you so well that at each stage of the process you walk away with a positive result.

I can’t thank him or recommend him highly enough for his advice and his service! 5 stars!

Ian Coulson / Director / Ibiza


David provided an excellent professional service to me and my husband Stuart in applying for our residency prior to Brexit.

I was worried we would not have enough time because we had delayed our applications. But the process was made simple by David. As soon as we had all the documents, he was able to get us an appointment with the police to get our residency cards.

A meeting to review the documents in advance ensured we were confident that we had everything we needed.

I would very much recommend David to anyone wanting help in negotiating any aspect of Spanish officialdom.

Debbie Hunter, Torrevieja


Once again, many thanks for all your very kind help, assistance and amazingly thorough knowledge of the processes involved in obtaining the Spanish residency card and the health card.

I would be delighted to strongly recommend you to anyone we meet who wants to go through the same process.

Robert and Patricia



From contacting David initially just for information I knew he was the right person to use. He wasn’t pushy and was upfront front the start on all the charges.

After sending all the info he required, the rest was very straight forward, he booked the appointment and got the NIE number on the day.

Can’t recommend David Ruiz highly enough and will be using him again in the near future.

John & Sandra Roper


I found the services of David Ruiz and his team invaluable in arranging my Residencia in Orihuela. The whole process from start to finish was excellent. I had used another company previously but after 6 months of trying, I gave up. I was given David’s contact details by a friend who had used his services and I was not disappointed.

From the initial response to my email to walking out of the Police Station with my Residencia a month later, the process was straightforward and professional and David walked my through the process all the way through.

Since I wasn’t in Spain for a few weeks before hand we conversed via email which did not cause a barrier or delay the application process in any way.

I cannot praise David and the team enough… I was able to arrive at the Police Station with my documents which David had checked for me the day before to ensure a smooth process, meet with his colleague who had an excellent rapport with the officials which really helped as I do not speak Spanish well and the whole process was over in 10 minutes.

I would not hesitate in recommending David Ruiz to anybody looking for a professional, stress free service. Thank you… I am still smiling.

Allison Straw (a very satisfied customer)


Many thanks again for helping Jane and myself getting our residency cards. Having all the information from you beforehand helped us to get the process done smoothly without any problems.

As the requirements change constantly you and your team were spot on with all of these requirements.

Kevin and Jane Croal


Not only is David and his team fast and have an impressive turn around time, he took a massive weight off my shoulders with quality control all along the way! Having asked for some fairly obscure requests in terms of delivery, he went above and beyond the call of duty and ensured that our translations were safely in our hands.

I would strongly recommend David and his services for whatever needs you have! The prices are reasonable, his response time is faster than the Spanish AVE high speed, and his willingness to accommodate you in each step of the process means the world to us!

Thanks David, we will count on you and your elite squad of translators in the future!

Ana Brittian


You know those people who just get it; who are mentally quick, natural problem solvers, and thrive in getting things done fast, without any fluff or over usage of words?

Well, David is one of those people. He and his team will always be my go-to team with everything legal.

Best, Rana


We arrived in Alicante, Spain on November 1, 2016 after having relocated from Washington, DC, USA. We were ready to begin whatever paperwork was required to get our residence cards and it all became a bit overwhelming since our Spanish is not quite where we need to be.  So, after an internet search for translators, we were able to locate David Ruiz who graciously accepted our invitation to meet and help us through the process.

David was very willing to come to Alicante and joined us for our first appointment to get our Padron certificate.  He then followed up for our visit to the foreigners office and from there set up appointments to complete the residence card requirements.  His assistance was invaluable and we will look forward to working with him when translations are once again needed.

We would gladly recommend his services to anyone requiring assistance as they settle into life in Spain.

Thank you.

Mark and Vick Britton


We would like to thank you for your exceptional help and assistance with our notary appointment.  We have now arrived in the UK and are looking forward to a worry free life due to your professionalism on our behalf.  All the best for the future (but please change the profile picture on your website though,  the real thing is much nicer!)

Freda & David


I arrived in Alicante province a few months ago wanting to obtain residency status in Spain, but unsure of the process and with little knowledge of Spanish. David has been instrumental in guiding me through the process. I now have an NIE number, am registered on the padron of my local town hall, and have my residency certificate.

David has helped me every step of the way, including the setting up and attending all the necessary appointments with me, and also taking me to the appointments. I thoroughly recommend David for the services he has performed for me. Thanks David!

Peter Luxton


I first met David in 2012 after having lived in San Cayetano for three months already. I had been let down by a local firm of translators who until that time kept fobbing me off with further appointments and further excuses. Almost at the point of giving up I noticed an advert in local newspaper so with nothing further to lose I contacted him.

What I found was a Charming, Pleasant young man with a very professional approach. Not being mobile, he drove early mornings from Torrevieja to pick me up and take me to Cartagena, not once but three times,  at the same time helping me juggle my two nationalities “English and German”. David is a magician, I ended up with my Padron and Spanish Residency on my German documentation and my National Health coverage on my English Documentation.

In short, a very nice professional young man who leaves no stone unturned.

Dietmar Robert Halfpenny – Santiago De La Ribera


David provided excellent services with an unusual level of speed and responsiveness while having detailed knowledge of all requirements to quickly cut through the red tape.

Highly recommended!

Gisle B.


Thank you for your book on “how to exchange your EU & British driving licence” and guide towards obtaining a Spanish Driving Licence. The experience was exceedingly painless. When I attended the appointment, the information was already there waiting for me to arrive. I also had all the papers, originals and copies etc., that you recommended and all went well. I finally received my Spanish Driving Licence by post, as predicted.

David C.


Genny and I would like to express our thanks for all your assistance over the last couple of weeks and especially on Monday morning with the Notary.  As I’m sure you can appreciate this has been a particularly stressful period for both of us but with your attention to detail and professional approach the whole legal process went very smoothly.

Genny and Mike (Total Signs and Graphics.co.uk)


I have used David for a number of services relating to my business. I highly recommend him as he is professional and knowledgeable. He’s also a very nice man.

Mark Harrison, Managing Partner at www.SeagateWealth.es


David’s help has been invaluable to me since moving to Spain six months ago. He made the process of obtaining my residency smooth and straightforward. I recommend him to anyone as he is very professional and I could not imagine how I would have fared without his services.

David truly understands the English way of thinking.

Rebecca Weeden – Valencia


I have only met David twice to translate for me for an injury I incurred and have denounced the town hall in Cartagena. This is obviously ongoing but David has translated for a witness statement at the town hall and had a meeting with my lawyer to clarify the situation for me.

He is very friendly and above all professional and really knows what he is doing. I have used English translators in the past but David knows what he is doing and I have every confidence in him and when my case progresses ie court I will have no hesitation about having him by my side.

Bob Hall – Cartagena


Last year was a difficult year for me as my husband died. I was in desperate need of an interpreter for both documents also in an official capacity, David was recommended. He dealt with all my problems in a professional and caring manner I would have been unable to cope without his help.

Jess Thomson – Ciudad Quesada


David has been our translator for about two years now and I am so glad that we found him .He has been a tower of strength to my husband and myself through some very difficult times and has always been there whenever we have needed him.

David offers a warm but extremely professional and personal service and I have no hesitation in recommending him .We both now regard David as a friend as well as a translator and it is very reassuring to know we have someone who we can trust and rely on so completely.

Ann & Ray Keating – Guardamar


I cannot thank David enough for his help and patience at a time of great difficulty for me. David translated a wide range of legal documents and obtained certified copies when required. I now live in New Zealand and we keep in touch. I have no hesitation in recommending David.

Kay Schneider – New Zealand