Benidorm Expat Says Brexit Caused “Major Problems” Due to New Visa Rules for Spain | Travel News | To travel
Moving to sunny Spain is a popular decision for Brits of all ages, whether it’s for retirement, a new job, or just for a fresh start. However, since the entry into force of Brexit, the rules on free movement between the UK and the EU have undergone key changes.
Above all, the British must now apply for specific visas to be allowed to settle in the country.
According to one expat, this new rule is not only impacting those who are considering moving, but it is also causing “major problems” for those already living in Spain.
Tony Harrison, who currently lives in the Spanish seaside resort, told Express.co.uk some of the issues expats are currently facing.
“I think Brexit has caused major problems for many people living in Spain and certainly for many in Benidorm,” he explained.
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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) states: “On July 6, 2020, the Spanish government introduced a new residence permit for British nationals living in Spain who have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement – the Tarjeta of Identidad de Extranjero (TIE).
“This biometric card explicitly indicates that it was issued to the holder under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.
“All UK nationals legally residing in Spain before January 1, 2021 are eligible to apply for this card.
“If you register as a resident after July 6, 2020 but resided in Spain before January 1, 2021, you have to go through a two-step process to get your TIE. “If you meet the conditions and your application is approved, you will receive the ATTACH.”
However, according to Mr. Harrison, this process is “impossible” for many people.
“To get a TIE card which was introduced after Brexit for all UK nationals seeking permanent residence in Spain, you need to complete a certain
criterion which for many is impossible, “he continued.
“You either have to have a proven monthly income, a certain amount in the bank.
“My wife had to show that she had € 7,000 for three months.
“You also have to justify a 20-hour contract and private health insurance in some cases.
“Most of them were impossible for the most part and many are now seeking to return to the UK.”
In addition, the process of obtaining one of the new TIE cards comes with an additional price.
“The process for applying for your TIE is also very slow and can be costly, with many local lawyers charging high fees,” Mr. Harrison said.
“For some who had the old residence cards, the process was simpler, with this being exchanged for the new card.”
Expats who have not yet received their new residence permit may find themselves unable to access certain basic necessities, Harrison said.
“One of the most worrying elements of all this is that it will become increasingly difficult for expats to access bank accounts, services, health and even renting an apartment as all require a full residence permit, ”he said.