Spanish Residence Permit Renewal – Approval

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In my mind, there are four (4) main steps to renewing a Residence Permit for Spain via a non-lucrative visa.  They are:

Step 1.  The Renewal Application

Step 2.  Approval

Step 3.  Residence Card Renewal Appointment

Step 4.  Card Pickup

This post will cover Steps 2 through 4.

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How to Renew a Non Lucrative Residence Visa in Spain

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My most popular posts all begin with the phrase “How to…” so here’s another one in the Spanish Non Lucrative Residence Visa series.  The first series dealt with the initial application that is able to afford you 12-months of residency in Spain.

This is the first post of the next series related to renewing that residency.

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How to Obtain your Residence Visa once in Spain

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To review, there are four (4) main steps to obtaining a Residence Permit for Spain via a non-lucrative visa.  They are:

Step 1.  The Application (from the U.S.)

Step 2.  The Approval and Visa pickup (from the U.S.)

Step 3.  The Arrival (to Spain)

Step 4.  The Residence Card Pickup (in Spain)

If you are reading with great intent, it is probably because you’ve managed to get by Steps 1 and 2 and are preparing for (or recently started) your trip to Spain on some kind of long-term residence visa.  This post will cover Steps 3 and 4.

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Spanish Residence Permit – Approval and Visa Pickup

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This post is long-overdue and the second part of rounding out the non-lucrative visa process for Spain while still in your home country of the U.S.

In my mind, there are four (4) main steps to obtaining a Residence Permit for Spain via a non-lucrative visa.  They are:

Step 1.  The Application (from the U.S.)

Step 2.  The Approval and Visa pickup (from the U.S.)

Step 3.  The Arrival (to Spain)

Step 4.  The Residence Card Pickup (in Spain)

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Spain Preparation – The Green Light

Only in Granada.  Photos taken on April 6, 2014.  Both scenes about 30 miles apart  Source
Only in Granada. Photos taken on April 6, 2014. Both scenes about 30 miles apart. Source

I thought it’s as good a time as any for the 6th update in this series as our family plans for our move to Granada, Spain.

If you’d like more background, you can see the evolution of our decision in these previous posts:

Part 1 – The Motivation

Part 2 – The Considerations

Part 3 – The Decision

Part 4 – The Commitment

Part 5 – The Application

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How to Apply for Non Lucrative Visa for Spain as US Citizen

Consulado General de EspanaLast Monday our family spent the morning in Chicago applying for non-lucrative visas that will hopefully permit us one year of residency in Spain.  This type of visa is also sometimes referred to as a non-profit visa and will not allow us to work while there.

Our experience was a bit different from others who had documented their process.  I think the requirements have changed over the years and I wanted to make note of what they look like at this point in time.

Most U.S. citizens are able to travel to Spain visa-free for periods up to 3 months.  We wish to remain longer than that.  This is the first step to enrolling our kids into public schooling for the 2014-2015 academic year in Spain.

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Spain Preparation – The Commitment

Alhambra in WinterThis will be our view in about a year (Source:  @alhambraonline)

I thought it’s as good a time as any for another update.  As most of you know, our family will be moving to Granada, Spain this summer.

If you’d like more background, you can see the evolution of our decision in these previous posts:

Part 1 – The Motivation  (guest post at Pretired.org)

Part 2 – The Considerations

Part 3 – The Decision

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