If you are considering buying a property in Spain, this is probably one of the best times to do so and obtain a Golden Visa by investment in real estate. After a few years of economic recovery, the effects of the COVID are starting to be felt in the real estate market. As a result, they are probably at their lowest value or even rebounding slightly, so a good portion of the properties that are on the market can be bought for a fraction of their real value.

For Indian investors, the purchase of a property in Spain in which they invest an amount of at least 500,000 euros will allow them to apply for the Golden Visa Spain or special residence permit for investors.

However, before buying a real estate property in Spain we advise you to spend some time researching and informing yourself on what to do and what to avoid in order to stay away from the problems and difficulties that others have experienced in the past. Here is some useful information and advice to help you plan your purchase for the Golden Visa by investment in real estate.

 1.- Choosing the property, paying the deposit and signing the reservation document

Our first advice is to put yourself in the hands of a reputable real estate agent who will help you find and choose the perfect property that meets your needs and expectations. The intervention of an agent will usually save you time, money and surprises. Their fees are always paid by the sellers, so there is no cost to your pocket. A solvent agent with a long experience in the area knows the properties perfectly well, the locations that may interest you most according to your expectations, the best locations within each complex or development, the nearby facilities, the distance to health or leisure centers or the security of the area, and it is a fact that, besides the price, it is important to take into account all these factors when choosing a property. In Orience, we usually work with Colibree, a real estate agency implemented throughout the territory and consisting of highly professional agents.

Once you have chosen the property, it is advisable to pay a deposit and signing a reservation document. The deposit is usually a small amount (between 3,000 and 6,000 euros) that is held by the real estate agency or the seller’s lawyer and serves to secure the purchase and remove the property from the market, as well as to freeze the price. It is important to emphasize that, should the buyer decide not to complete the transaction, he/she will not be able to recover the deposit.

 2.- Appoint a local lawyer to advise you on the purchase

Your local lawyer has the tools, contacts, knowledge and experience to verify the legal capacity of sellers, developers and other intermediaries; to draft or review every document to be signed that may compromise your interests; to ensure that all legal requirements are met; and to make sure that the property is free of debts, liens or encumbrances.

A local lawyer not only knows the applicable legislation, but also the area and the potential problems or advantages of one or the other option, so his or her knowledge will be very useful to you.

At Orience we have a team of lawyers with extensive experience in the Golden Visa by investment in real estate sector. In addition, we can carry out most of the procedures by power of attorney, which will allow you to make your purchase without the need to travel constantly to Spain.

 3.- Open a bank account

You will need a bank account in Spain to pay for the property and all the expenses associated with it, such as the community fees and the bills for the utilities of the property (water, electricity, etc.). You can use any bank in Spain, but it is advisable to open the account in a bank that has a branch located near your property.

Before opening the account it is advisable to prepare all the personal documentation, as you will have to go through a strict compliance process

 4.- Obtaining the NIE

The Foreigners’ Identification Number (known by its Spanish acronym NIE) is a unique, personal and invariable number used to identify foreign taxpayers. All foreigners with economic, professional or social interests in Spain are obliged to apply for the NIE before the competent body of the Ministry of the Interior. You can obtain the NIE at the Spanish Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence or at the Police Station of the Spanish city where you live, work or intend to buy a property. The problem of doing it in person is usually the time needed, the queues to be done, etc. Orience offers its clients a fast and hassle-free NIE service.

 5.- Study of the property and signing the purchase contract

Once the deposit has been paid and the reservation document has been signed, the owner or his representative must provide the purchaser with the documentation of the property that will allow him to study the viability of the operation from a legal, urbanistic and fiscal point of view. Normally it is somewhat complicated for a private individual who does not have basic knowledge of the Spanish legal system to carry out these checks personally, so it is always advisable that they place themselves in the hands of a professional. At Orience we carry out exhaustive checks in property registries, town halls, communities of owners, supply companies and other organizations.

The signing of the private purchase contract takes place between two weeks and one month after the delivery of the deposit and is usually accompanied by the payment of 10% of the purchase price. There are different types of purchase contracts, but the most commonly used is the Deposit Contract, which provides that if the buyer withdraws from the purchase, he/she will lose the amounts paid. If, on the other hand, it is the seller who withdraws, he must return double the amount received.

 6.- Signing of the deed of sale and delivery of possession

The purchase process ends with the signing of the public deed of sale by the buyer and seller. At that moment the seller grants title to the property to the buyer and the buyer delivers the rest of the agreed price. The signing of the deed of sale is formalized before a notary public. The notary is a public servant and, therefore, independent of the parties, who gives public faith that these have agreed the transaction and that they have done it according to the law.

Prior to the signing of the deed you will have to transfer to your Spanish bank account the funds to cover the price, taxes and expenses that will be incurred. Due to the investment control policies and the obligation to certify the payment methods and the origin of the funds, it is convenient to prepare the transaction in advance.

As soon as the deed is signed at the notary’s office, your title deed is already reflected in the Land Registry as a result of the notary’s own telematic presentation. However, further processing is required, which consists of withdrawing the original document from the notary’s office, settling and paying the corresponding taxes and, finally, presenting the deeds at the Land Registry for full registration.

If the property is not registered in your name in the Land Registry, you will be able to own it privately, but you will not enjoy the guarantee that the registration in the Land Registry offers you against third parties. The registration process is usually completed within one month.

 7.- Apply for the Golden Visa

Once you have completed all the procedures detailed here, you will be able to apply for the Golden Visa by investment in real estate. The investors coming from India, must carry out this process in the consulate of their city of residence. Orience guides its clients through the entire process and, if necessary, contacts the corresponding consular office.

 

Barcelona, the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia, offers the best combination of nature and cosmopolitan lifestyle, allowing its residents that buy real estate in Barcelona, to enjoy warm summers in La Mar Bella, hiking the Montjuic and visiting its Castle, and experience the city life filled with cultures and traditions, which make the city unique.

Barcelona has ranked 8th in The World’s Best Cities 2021 report by the International consulting firm Resonance; no wonder the city is home for many expats, making this community account for 20% of the city’s population. Moreover, numerous international entrepreneurs choose Barcelona as the location of their business for its proximity to other neighboring countries in Europe and Africa, as well as the large and varied public that includes locals and non-Spanish citizens which ensures a successful business.

Why choose Barcelona to start your new life

Another reason Barcelona is part of the top 10 best cities in the world is for the perfect balance between work and personal life. There are many places in the neighborhoods of Barcelona, such as libraries, coffee shops or public areas in parks or universities, that invite people outside, with the privilege to work in a quiet and peaceful place. This has a positive effect on the people that buy real estate in Barcelona, for the environment and essence that the city releases makes its residents enjoy living in the city.

In addition, the city has not only some of the best neighborhoods, but it also has the hidden gem of El Parc de Collserola, that will give you the opportunity to have an unforgettable hike. The 8,000 hectare area of one of the largest natural parks in Europe allows you to discover and learn from its natural area with a diverse flora and fauna, as well as  to have the opportunity to witness an amazing overving of the city.

Best neighborhoods to buy real estate in Barcelona

The different yet equally fascinating neighborhoods in the city have their singular characteristics, which makes them unique and beautiful.

Buying a real estate in Barcelona depends on the priorities one has, if you are looking to purchase an extravagant house, with rustic and sophisticated facades, the neighborhood of Sarria-Sant Gervasi and Les Corts is the best choice with an average price of €5,133 per sq m in Sarria, and €4,944 in Les Corts. The upper northwest area of Barcelona is known for its luxurious streets, its proximity to El Parc de Collserola, and the location for the best international schools in the city.

On the other hand, if you are longing to live in the heart of the city where everything is near and different cultures fill the streets, La Ciutat Vella is the perfect place, with an average price of €4,000 per sq m. Hidden in the oldest area of Barcelona you can find the best cuisine from around the globe, cozy and exceptional music bars, and historical streets that will lead you to the Barceloneta beach.

Furthermore, with the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine to the country, more international investors are eyeing to buy real estate in Barcelona, for the properties are low in demand (due to the lack of tourists and the freeze in real estate) but still have a great potential for capital in the long term.

How can you live in Barcelona

One of the best options is through the Golden Visa Spain, which will allow applicants and their family members to live, work and study in the city of Barcelona, as well as to travel within the Schengen area without an additional visa. The permit will let the visa-holders enjoy all the aspects of living in the Comital city: from the extraordinary Mediterranean weather, to the low cost of living, and the mix of different cultures, that combined with the nature, history, architecture and art makes Barcelona the ideal location to buy a property.

 

People from different parts of the world are getting interested in moving to the Northern Hemisphere where the weather is soothing, there is better financial stability and the overall lifestyle is wonderful. All of these components are present in Spain, which ranks third, behind Canada and Japan, in a study on the most popular destinations to move to. The Mediterranean country has more than 3,000 hours of sunshine, some of the best beaches in the world, and an exquisite gastronomy achieved by the fresh and flavourful ingredients that the land offers. That and the low cost of living compared to other European destinations, makes Spain the perfect place for people that are planning on moving out of their countries and the Golden Visa Spain can help you to do this.

Spanish Educational System

Another reason why people decide on moving in Spain is for the educational system that the country offers, which has updated its teaching techniques in order to offer the best quality education to the students. The country has some of the best international schools, whereas foreign students will have the chance to be exposed to the rich culture of Spain, and also learn the second most spoken language in the world; an opportunity that can be a huge advantage when it comes to personal and work development.

Before the pandemic, more than 125,600 higher education students (including the almost 53,000 Erasmus students) came to the country to benefit from the quality education and the budget-friendly lifestyle – two essential aspects for university students that are looking for the best country to reside while pursuing their studies.

Where to live with the Golden Visa Spain

When it comes to where to live in Spain, Madrid and Barcelona carry a significant advantage compared to other parts of the country, for a guaranteed success in your business with the millions of tourists that visit the two major cities each year. Locals, tourists and citizens from neighboring countries are abundant all year long, which makes the capital, Madrid, and the Comital city, Barcelona, strategic market locations that ensure growth regardless of the on-going pandemic.

Another preferred location is San Sebastian, situated close to the French border. Choosing this coastal city will ensure a splendid quality of life filled with delightful cuisine, golden sand beaches and pleasant ambiance.

There are other locations that can be the top picks for foreigners that want to live in Spain, like the Balearic Islands, Valencia or Malaga; all of them magnificent and charming depending on your preference.

How to get the Golden Visa Spain

Moreover, the best option for international entrepreneurs that want to live in the country is the Golden Visa Spain.

This permit will allow the holders and their family members to live and work in Madrid, Mallorca or any place in the country, benefit from the Spanish Education System and travel to different countries within the Schengen area without the need of an additional visa.

The process for this residency option typically takes 60 days, without a minimum required length of stay in Spain in order to benefit from all rights granted by it, as long as the investor chooses among these investment options:

  • A real estate investment of a minimum of €500,000
  • A €1,000,000 investment in shares or business of Spanish companies
  • A €2,000,000 investment into Spanish government bonds
  • A fund transfer of €1,000,000 into a Spanish bank account

The first step to apply for the Golden Visa Spain is to reach out to our experts in Orience International to advise you on what is the best investment option for you. Afterwards, you will proceed with the submission of the required legal documents as well as the residence application. Once your residence application has been examined and approved, you will be issued a residence permit that will allow you to enjoy the high quality life that Spain offers.

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Known for its distinguished architecture, turquoise water, and splendid Mediterranean weather, Palma de Mallorca is one of the prime destinations for tourists and expats that decide to live in Spain. According to Statista, the capital and largest city of the Balearic Islands welcomes different nationals from a variety of countries every year, Germany and the United Kingdom being on top, with over 4.1 million and 2.4 million respectively. Not only does the island attract short-term visitors, but the exceptional beauty of the Spanish island, the easy lifestyle, and the stability that the city offers makes Palma the new home of choice for thousands of expats each year. In this article we will tell you why it is a good idea buy real estate in Mallorca.

Reasons to buy real estate in Mallorca

There are many reasons why international investors choose to buy real estate in Mallorca. Through investment, foreigners can acquire a visa that will let them live, work, and study in Spain.

Thus, families from all over the globe can reside on the island with the opportunity to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle, where the perfect balance between work and leisure, family and food is achieved.

Characterized by its splendid climate, dreamlike beaches, and singular architecture for its mixed Arabic, Spanish and modern features, Mallorca is a splendid place to live in. Furthermore, in spite of its small size, the island is well connected with direct flights to all major European cities. Son Sant Joan Airport in Mallorca is the third busiest airport in Spain after Barajas in Madrid and El Prat in Barcelona, with an average of 29.7 million passengers in 2019, providing several national and international airlines that offer connected flights to distant places all over the world that support the robust number of visits each year.

Majorican architecture characteristics

Another reason foreigners choose to buy real estate in Mallorca is for the exceptional architectural style characteristic of the island.

Houses all over Palma de Mallorca have distinctive elements that make the design of the buildings unique and stunning, wherein the main materials used are based on the regions they are located in. For instance, the use of stone in the construction of Majorican houses is because of the abundance of this material in the island. In the montane region of Tramuntana, the famous architectural style is the use of hard limestone; in Raiguer, the center of Mallorca, the use of stone and mud; and in Migjorn, in the south of the island, traditional buildings are made by hand-extracted stones from the seashores. Aside from the different forms of stones present in the architectural design typical in Mallorca, the use of wood, natural sunlight and terracotta colors are other ingredients present in their architectural design.

These features give the houses in the island the warmth and coziness that combined with the weather and the Mediterranean lifestyle, makes Mallorca an irresistible location to buy real estate.

Why residency in Mallorca is a good idea for Brits

As mentioned earlier, British are abundant in the Mediterranean island, not only as tourists but also as permanent residents of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca has become the escape route for Brits that have had enough of the gloomy and stressful life in the UK, exchanging it for the paradisiac lifestyle and wonderful weather in the island. Architecture and location are also aspects that British have in mind when purchasing buy real estate in Mallorca.

Investing in a luxury villa in Tramuntana will ensure gorgeous views in a pleasant and relaxing home, which can be the location of your plan B home for expats that acquire their residency permit through investment.

This option could be perfect for Brits that have decided to move outside their country because of Brexit (exit of UK from Europe), as buying real estate in Mallorca will grant them the chance to live, work and study in the country: a dream come true for expats that want to reside in Mallorca, one of the best places to live in the world.

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International investors choose to live in Madrid for its excellent quality life. With its perfect weather, and delicious gastronomy, the capital of Spain is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in the country. Many foreigners choose to live in Madrid, as being the capital of the country carries a significant advantage to entrepreneurs that want to become successful in their business, compared to locating in a non-touristic part of the country. Discover in the next post, why living in Madrid is a good idea:

An average of 6 million tourists visits the capital each year, which makes it a strategic market location for attracting locals, tourists and citizens from neighboring countries. Furthermore, the city has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe, which can easily give you the opportunity to visit other places in Spain, like Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia.

The best way for investors to live in Madrid is through the Golden Visa Spain, which comes with the opportunity to live, work and study in the country along with their family members. Applicants for this visa will be entitled to benefit from the recent reforms in the Spanish Education System, and the free high-quality healthcare system, as well as to be able to travel to the different countries within the Schengen area without the need of an additional visa. The process for this residency option typically l takes 60 days, without a minimum required length of stay in Spain in order to benefit from all rights granted by it, as long as the investor chooses among these investment options:

  • A real estate investment of a minimum of €500,000
  • A €1,000,000 investment in shares or business of Spanish companies
  • A €2,000,000 investment into Spanish government bonds
  • A fund transfer of €1,000,000 into a Spanish bank account

Living in Madrid: how can you get the Golden Visa?

The first step to apply for the Golden Visa Spain is to reach out to f our experts in Orience International to advise you on what is the best investment option for you. If Madrid is your preferred location for its advantages, you will proceed with the submission of the required legal documents as well as the residence application. Once your residence application has been examined and approved, you will be issued a residence permit that will allow you to enjoy the high-quality life that Madrid offers.

Before you start your application, you must decide where you are going to live in Madrid. There are different options: the history, art, architecture, parks, gastronomy and leisure options are scattered around the city, making it a decision based on your preferences. The famous Puerta del Sol’s neighborhood, Sol, and the residential neighborhood of Salamanca, are two of the most popular and touristic places to live in Madrid. It combines sophistication and rich cultural alternatives into the area, which can be perfect for some expats that enjoy residing in a lively place. The high prices in this area are arguably reasonable, and having the famous Retiro Park and the Paseo de la Castellana, for Salamanca, and the heart of the country, Sol, as your daily view is worth it.

If you are looking forward to living in Madrid in a place where you can find beautiful green places and modern skyscrapers in one area, you can choose to live in Tetuan. The diversity of cultures that fills this neighborhood, great parks, such as the Sahagun and Dehesa de la Villa, and the rich gastronomy in the area, has welcomed families and professionals to live in this side of Madrid. On the other hand, La Latina and Lavapies are less touristy than the previous mentioned. These areas are some of the most colorful neighborhoods, offering classic Spanish vibes with the best places to eat some tapas. Expats that decide to live here will have a more quiet and quaint experience.

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The combination of sea and mountains, with the prosperous city life of the Mediterranean city of Barcelona renders it the choice destination of many expats, making this community account for 20% of the city’s population. International professionals view the extraordinary weather of the Catalan capital, the low cost of living, and the mix of different cultures as the perfect place to live, and the large number of international families that are residing in the city further prove this point. The proximity to other neighboring countries in Europe and Africa, as well as the diverse public that includes locals and a myriad of non-Spanish citizens makes the coastal city one of the best places in Europe to locate your business and target a larger and more varied audience. In the next post we are going to talk about the main advantages of living in Barcelona:

The city is not only enjoyable for tourism and amusement. There are many libraries, coffee shops, and public areas in parks or universities that carry a quiet and peaceful ambiance hidden inside the busy city, perfect for people that want to bring their work outside their houses. Moreover, families from different parts of the world decide to live in Barcelona for the top-rated international and English-language schools that are in some of the best neighborhoods in the city, such as in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, providing their children with an international-level educational system combined with a safe and peaceful environment. These elite schools are proven to be even better than institutions in Finland, Japan and Korea. Moreover, students have the opportunity to learn the second most spoken language in the world, Spanish, which will ensure an advantage in work application and culture development. Consequently, there are many international professionals that choose living in Barcelona, regardless of their actual place of work, willing to fly back and forth just to be able to enjoy the sleepless streets of Las Ramblas, the modern and historical architecture, and the spectacular views that the beaches like La Mar Bella, or parks like Collserola, offer free of charge.

Living in Barcelona, which neighborhood I choose?

As international migrants venture to live in Barcelona, there are different neighborhoods in the city that are unique and ideal for everyone depending on the priorities one has. One of the best places for international investors to live is in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of L’Eixample, a massive suburb filled with modern shops, chic bars and restaurants with historical buildings such La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló of Antoni Gaudí, as well as the famous Sagrada Familia, as your daily view. Public transportation is really accessible in this area for the numerous bus and metro lines, perfect for people that work in any other part of the city. A 2-bedroom apartment averages €1,000-2,000 per month.

For families that are looking to live in Barcelona’s wealthiest urban area, they can choose as their new home from the neighborhoods of Sarria-Sant Gervasi and Les Corts, located in the upper northwest of the city near the natural park of Collserola. Private properties with rustic yet sophisticated facades are abundant in this part of the city, far from the crowded center, where housing prices can rise up to €2,500; but with the best international schools, safe and luxurious streets and El Parc de Collserola near, Sarria-Sant Gervasi and Les Corts are the best areas for families that want to live in Barcelona.

Lastly, for expats that are seeking to live in the heart of the city where everything is near and different cultures fill the streets, Ciutat Vella is the perfect place. This area consists of four neighborhoods: El Raval, La Barceloneta, El Gòtic, Sant Pere, and Santa Caterina i la Ribera; each of them with different characteristics yet so close to one another. Here you will find the best cuisine from around the globe, cozy and exceptional music bars, even Roman ruins glassed off in the middle of a park. This area has a charming and unique atmosphere that will make anyone fall in love with Barcelona (if they haven’t yet!), as it is difficult to compete with a neighborhood that boasts art, history, vibes and the beach, all in one area.

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UK Nationals are eyeing the opportunity to migrate to one of the best countries in Europe after the UK exits the EU (Brexit). International entrepreneurs see Spain’s potential for financial growth as the main reason to live and work in the country- the diversity of customers from its neighboring countries and the millions of tourists that visit Spain each year are a huge indicator of success in terms of business. In the next post we are going to talk about the opportunities of living in Spain:

According to the UK government, UK citizens that are living in or are planning to move to Spain should first register as a resident in Spain, register for healthcare as a resident and exchange their UK driver’s license for a Spanish one. Once you have been registered as a legal resident, you will be issued a biometric residence card called a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE), which will prove that you are eligible to enjoy the rights and privileges outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement, although it is not required to obtain the TIE as long as you own a EU residence document. Furthermore, UK nationals that are planning to or liviing in Spain can get support from organizations funded by the UK Nationals Support Fund in order to complete their residence application or registration.

British citizens that are planning on living in Spain after Brexit through real estate investment may opt to acquire the Spanish Golden Visa, which allows the whole family to enjoy the desirable and low cost of living while having the opportunity to work and to travel within the Schengen area. The residency permit will not require any length of stay before having to benefit from its advantages. The different investment options for this visa are outlined below:

  • A real estate investment with a minimum of €500,000
  • A €1,000,000 investment in shares of Spanish companies
  • A €2,000,000 investment into government bonds
  • A fund transfer or deposit of €1,000,000 into a Spanish bank account

Aside from these options, there are other residence programs for non-European citizens that want to reside in the country without investing. There are two permits available that are work-related and do not need an investment: the residency for highly qualified professionals, a permit that allows qualified professionals from outside the EU to live and work in Spain as an executive or manager through the Regulatory Law 14/2013 of September; and the inter-company residence, which allows non-EU workers to transfer, working in a company with offices in Spain. For non-European citizen retirees, the non-profit residence is available for them to reside in the country without the need to carry any type of economic activity, as long as they possess sufficient funds to settle in Spain. This permit allows the family members of the applicant to reside with them in the country.

Once you have decided what type of Spanish Golden Visa is best for your and your family, choosing where to live in the country is next. Spain is famous for its low cost of living, good weather, the exceptional culture and delicious gastronomy, but depending on your preference and your lifestyle, you can choose from different cities. Whether you choose to live in Barcelona, where the city life and the beach meet; Madrid, the capital with beautiful streets filled with theaters and high-class restaurants; Valencia, for its affordable lifestyle and famous cultural destinations; Sevilla, the heart of flamenco; or Granada, with its distinguished Arab architecture. All of them possess a myriad of nationalities and cultures, which make them perfect for expats since you will be able to meet other international residents, aside from locals, while enjoying living in one of the best countries in Europe.

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The contemporary city of Barcelona is the choice of destination for internationals that want to experience one of the best cities in the world combined with wonderful beaches and mountains. Its perfect Mediterranean weather welcomes everyone that wants to enjoy the culture, art, and gastronomy that the city offers, backing up its title of being the eighth-best city in the world to live and work in. For many locals, one of the secret paradises that the city hides is the wide park of Collserola, where an 8,000 hectare area of dense forest to hike, bike, or simply explore is located within the city’s metropolitan area. If you want to live in Barcelona, you may like this information:

El Parc de Collserola is one of the largest natural parks in Europe, a place where families go to discover and learn from its natural area with a diverse flora and fauna, as well as to have the opportunity to witness an amazing overview of Barcelona. This park represents a natural and ecological treasure to the city of Barcelona, filled with different landscapes brought by over 1,000 major plants cataloged and the 300 different species of animals living there. The best way to enjoy the park is to hike from the Parc del Laberint to Sant Cugat, where the park trail will be drawn like a maze that will lead you to different paths and sights. This walk through the largest park of the city will offer you an experience of a lifetime, for many may have visited the old streets of El Gotic and dined in one of the restaurants in La Barceloneta, but not everyone has had the chance to hike the hidden gem of Collserola.

One of the best places to live in Barcelona is the Sarria-Sant Gervasi area, which is part of the urban area near Collserola. Families that choose to reside in this upper northwest of the city will have the opportunity to live in the wealthiest district, with a safe and peaceful environment and easy access to the mountain life that Collserola offers. International families that wish to relocate to Barcelona choose this area for its distinguished and well-maintained buildings and streets, such as the Bellesguard designed by Gaudi. The seven neighborhoods of Sarria-Sant Gervasi consist of Bonanova, Can Caralleu, Sant Gervasi, Sarria, Tibidabo, Les Planes, and Vallvidrera. These neighborhoods have in common that all of them have incredible private properties with high-end luxury features that are far from the busy and crowded city center, as well as a magnificent view of Barcelona, while being surrounded by the beautiful park of Collserola.

Another reason why the Sarria-Sant Gervasi area is one of the best places to live in Barcelona is for the different top-rated international and English-language schools that are in the neighborhood. Residents of this part of the city will have access to the schools that have revamped their education system, improving the teaching quality, innovation, infrastructure, and curriculum to adapt to both foreign and Spanish students that enroll in the institutions. Some of these international schools in the area of Sarria-Sant Gervasi are the Benjamin Franklin International School, St. George’s British School, and Santa Clara International School. For instance, international families that choose to live in this neighborhood will ensure that their families will live in the best area of Barcelona, with access to the best schools and with the opportunity to hike and explore El Parc de Collserola.

If you are planning to buy real estate in one of the neighborhoods in Sarria-Sant Gervasi to live in the city along with your family, this is the best time. According to the real estate company Colibree, the price of housing in Barcelona will fall between 20% and 30% in the coming months due to the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, this decrease and the many advantages of living and working in Spain will attract many investors to purchase real estate and obtain residency in the Catalan city.

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The exit of the United Kingdom from the EU politically and economically, has left British citizens residing in a European country wondering how it will affect them. According to the official website of the European Union, UK nationals, along with their family members, will have to apply for a new residence status. The new biometric residence card, which is similar to the residence cards that are issued to other non-EU nationals living in the EU, grants one access to the rights defined in the Withdrawal Agreement, wherein the cardholder and family members will be exempt from ETIAS and visa requirements when moving to the European country of choice. Here are the rules to be met by non-EU residents that opt to apply for the new residence card:

  • Reporting presence
  • Registering your residence abroad
  • Registering your EU family
  • Registering your non-EU family

In order to obtain the new card, you will have to ensure that you meet all the stated requirements, so you can keep using your current residence card until you get your new biometric residence card. Although it is not obligatory to get the new card, it is recommended.

Once you have updated your residency status and ensured that you have gathered all the required documents, you will continue to be allowed to live in the country you have been living in. Nevertheless, all the benefits you are entitled to while residing in the EU country have to be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement in order to be lawful. For expats that are planning to return to the UK, the right to live, work, and access benefits and services, such as healthcare in the UK or the right to vote, has not changed.

There are different options for British nationals to choose where to live in Europe after Brexit. For all the options, however, you will need to register as a resident in the country, register for healthcare, and exchange your UK driver’s license for one from the country. 

Living in Europe: best options

One of the best options is Greece, with its ideal climate and marvelous landscapes, wherein great business opportunities can be available within the 2,000 islands that the country has to offer. All UK nationals resident in Greece should get the new biometric residence document before the June 30, 2021 deadline, in order to retain the rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. The eligibility for residency depends on how long one has stayed in the country: for those residing for 5 or more years, they will be eligible for permanent residency and a 10-year renewable residency document; for those with less than 5 years residing, they will be eligible for a document with 5 years validity.

The request for documents depends on the location, where you will be instructed to visit the Aliens Department of your area. For example, those living in Attica and Thessaloniki will be visiting the nearest Hellenic Police station that has an Aliens Department.

Another place where British nationals can live in Europe after Brexit is Spain and Portugal. The biometric residence is needed to ensure your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, regardless of how long one has lived in the country or is just planning to do so. If you have been registered as a resident before July 6, 2020, you will have a certificate that ensures your rights regardless if you choose to get the new biometric residence or not.

Different fees are also required to be paid in order to successfully acquire the biometric residence card and start living the European dream after leaving the UK. Furthermore, UK nationals that are seeking additional help to secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement can approach the UK nations Support Fund.

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The Golden Visa Spain is the best option for international entrepreneurs that are planning to invest in the country to benefit from the country’s potential for financial and lifestyle growth. Aside from having the opportunity to live and work within the countries in the Schengen region, once you become a holder of this visa, you and your family will be eligible to access the healthcare and educational system of the country. In recent years, Spain has been updating its education system through new and innovative teaching methodologies to offer the best quality education to their Spanish and foreign students. Therefore, the Golden Visa Spain will give your children the opportunity to learn in a school that leads in the world rankings.

How is the Spanish educational system?

Aside from its low cost of living and appealing weather, Spain is known to be among the best in terms of the educational system, as some schools in the country have been declared as among the best schools by the elite of education worldwide, proven to be even better than institutions in Finland, Japan or Korea. International students will have the opportunity to learn from the linguistic, historic, artistic, architectural, natural, musical, athletic, and gastronomical wealth of the country. Moreover, according to the 2015 PISA/OECD survey on the education standard of 70 countries, Spain has shown its great potential in terms of Science and Mathematics performance. All of these have led the country to guarantee that students develop a sense of belonging at school, wherein they are able to grow and achieve their full potential when it comes to career development.

The school system in Spain is divided into four levels:

  • Preschool (0-3 years and 3-6 years),
  • Primary school (6-12 years),
  • Compulsory secondary education or ESO (12-16 years)
  • Post-16 education (16-18 years).

The first 10 years of the students between the ages of 6 to 16 are obligatory and free of charge, for those who have enrolled in a public state school. After graduating from the compulsory secondary school (ESO), the child may choose what path to take: they can choose to take a vocational training of two years or continue on to post-16 education (Bachillerato). Upon deciding on the second option, the major he chooses in the Bachillerato will determine what course he will be taking at the University of their choice after they have passed the entrance examination (Selectividad). Pompeu Fabra University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, and the University of Barcelona are top 3 universities in the country that are part of the World University Rank of 2021, all of them in the Catalan city of Barcelona.

MBA for international students

Furthermore, international students can also acquire their graduate degrees in the country from some of the best business schools in Europe. The Barcelona Campus of IESE Business School – Universidad de Navarra is on top of the list in the Spanish MBAs, placed 12th globally in 2019. As a further testament to its international notoriety, IESE’s Full Time MBA program consistently boasts a student class that is predominantly non-Spaniard. The school offers flexible and comprehensive courses to maximize students’ potential in the fields of investment banking, management consulting, or entrepreneurship, among others.

Why apply for the Golden Visa Spain?

The reason why families aspire to obtain the Golden Visa Spain and decide to study in the country is not only for the quality of education but also for the budget-friendly lifestyle, an important factor for college students that are looking forward to getting international level education for less than in other schools in Europe. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to learn the second most spoken language in the world, after Chinese, which will be a huge advantage when it comes to work application and culture development, particularly useful in the emerging markets of Latin America.

You will also have the opportunity to live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, such as Barcelona or Madrid. In these cities are some of the most important colleges and universities in Europe.

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