Financial advice for expats: Bank transaction charges costing British expats millions

More than half of all British expats worldwide are incurring bank charges which are costing them millions each year when they transfer funds from the UK.   A survey of seven banks conducted by independence researchers for the Post Office International Payments revealed that, on average, expats would typically be charged at least £9 by their bank provider for a transfer of £500.   However, this can shoot up to £25 per every transfer of £500 depending on which bank they're with … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Real Estate Spain

  Housing is one of the primary considerations when you move overseas and Spain is no exception. Here’s what to expect when searching for a property in Spain.   To Buy or to Rent in Spain   Many expats in Spain move with the intention of a long-term stay. Buying property is therefore a common choice and investment property in Spain is popular.   Even for those who have decided to buy property in Spain a property rental may still be an attractive first move whilst … [Read more...]

How to Learn to Speak Spanish

  If you are planning on becoming an expat in Spain you will also most likely be considering how far your command of the Spanish language needs to go, and what the best way to learn Spanish is.   Do I Need to Speak Spanish?   This is a question frequently asked by expats. The answer for expats in Spain lies in personal circumstances and location.   If you are moving to a popular expat area in coastal Spain there is arguably less need to learn an abundance of Spanish … [Read more...]

How to find Jobs In Spain

  Spain’s economy is presently feeling the crunch and unemployment levels are currently high (over 21% as of May 2011), particularly amongst young people.   It’s not a picture that helps expats in Spain’s employment market but there are still opportunities if you know where to look.   Job Opportunities and Spanish Work Permits   To work in Spain expats from the EU and EEA do not require a work permit (but do need a residence permit).   Non-EU citizens however … [Read more...]

Spain Visa Requirements

  Here is an overview of the process for immigration to Spain and about Spain visa requirements for those expats planning a move to this southern European country.   Spain Visa Requirements - Residence Permits   All foreigners living in Spain for more than three months (six months for EU citizens) must apply for a residence permit within fifteen days of arriving in Spain. These are granted for an indefinite stay or for a specific duration for those working or studying for a … [Read more...]

Information About Spain For Expats

  Here is some useful information about Spain to help you settle in and get on your feet when you move to Spain.     Expatriates Moving to Spain Spain - Overview Spain Culture Visa Requirements Jobs in Spain Learn Spanish Real Estate Spain Information for Expats in Spain   Keeping In Touch: Spain’s Internet, Telephone and Television   When you move overseas it is important to be able to keep in touch with friends … [Read more...]

Understanding Spain Culture

  Some Tips about the Spanish Culture Before Moving to Spain When most people think of Spain culture undoubtedly flamenco dancing, bull fighting, sangria, sunny vacations and popular expat hangouts spring to mind. But there is much more to this southern European country that is home to over 40 million people.   The Spanish Way of Life   Spain successfully mixes the traditional with the modern and the lifestyle is laid back. The Spanish people are known as friendly and … [Read more...]