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The Expatriate Cafe / Spanish Citizenship
« Last post by JIMTB on October 14, 2014, 09:21:20 PM »
I am curious if anyone can help clarify a few things for me.

I am in the process of obtaining my Spanish citizenship (thru my mother who is a Spanish citizen).  When I first went to the central registry in Spain with copies of everything (My mother's birth certificate, her marriage certificate to my father (she was married in Madrid), copies of my birth certificate, my fathers birth certificate) along with other things I thought would help (a U.S. FBI background check showing I have no criminal record) I was told by the person there that I did not qualify because spanish citizenship was not conferred from mother to child prior to 1977 only father to child and doubly told me that because my birth certificate (which was U.S. State Department Issued because I was born abroad) didn't have an apostle it wasn't valid.  I came back to the U.S. and went to Spanish Consulate where they took everything (minus the background check because they didn't need it, apparently) along with an apostle on my birth certificate.  At the same time I learned that even with my State Department issued Birth Certificate I needed an original birth certificate from where I was born, So I obtained that, which ironically did not need an apostle (go figure).  In any case, everything has been turned in and its been several months and I have heard nothing... At what point should I be concerned?  What if they take all this time to deny it again? What recourses are available?  I grew up in Spain until my early teens... My mother is still a citizen and the entire purpose of my requesting citizenship is so that I can go back to Spain and help her in her old age.  I am trying not to be frustrated but after being told I couldn't have it due to a sexist (and untrue, it turns out) statement and jumping thru hoops to prove this, even tho, most records are right there in Madrid, I am less certain I will actually be able to.
Hello, the Chicago consulate states they require only a state level background check to be performed. I know Michigan has a service called ICHAT, which is supposed to be a state-wide check and takes 5 minutes to complete and you can print it off for a $5 fee. Does anyone know if I could print this off and then have it apostilled by the secretary of state? Would this suffice? It just seems too easy and I feel like I will have to go and get my fingerprints done or something. Thanks!
North American Language and Culture Assistant Program / last minute NIE renewal
« Last post by winnielove86 on October 01, 2014, 04:35:48 PM »
 I had a crisis and have not found a new school or language assistant program to renew my student NIE card that is soon to expire...

What are my options?

...Last minute placement in a language assistant program? Or find a course or university? (I don't have the financial means to enroll in an expensive school....) Will a letter of enrollment in a three month course be sufficient to ask for more time here as a student? What kind of schools and/or courses are respected and/or accepted by the NIE office?

...I just need a quick pick me up to avoid becoming illegal.

Any help is apreciated!
PS: I noticed response time is typically slow for the forum, así que les agradecería un millón si algú me respondiera dentro de poco.

You'll want to ask your question in one of the Facebook groups, almost no one uses this forum anymore.

To answer your question, no one will know or care if you haven't graduated yet (but it seems silly to put off finishing your degree when you've only got one class left to take--Spain's not going anywhere).  And there's no such thing as a "selective" placement.  You get placed wherever there's an opening.
We are looking for native actors to join our interactive theatre company You Are The Story for this school year, from October to June. We have grown quite a bit during these last few years and we're looking for motivated and experienced actors. Singing and dancing isn't required, but it will help a lot if you have some experience as well. Improvisational skills are essential, as you will deal with kids constantly.

We do shows both in Madrid and throughout Spain, and we do open box office shows for general audience as well as shows for schools (i.e. Teatro Maravillas, Teatro Colón...)

There's no driving license required nor we want you to do more work than acting and helping with the set/props/costumes. We have technicians and management people with our actors at all times.

The pay rates may vary with the amount of shows done per month. They're always scheduled way in advance so you can choose how much do you want to work each month, but you could earn more than 1000 €  if you're available enough.

If you want to check out what we do and how do we work, please visit our website:
Expatriates in Spain / New folks looking for advise
« Last post by lucasbuck on September 08, 2014, 07:30:26 PM »
My wife and I are both experienced teachers (I have 15 years in elementary, she has 11). We both recently finished up our National Boards and each of us has multiple degrees and certifications. We both have our masters in elementary education and our Rank 1 certifications (30 hours +, mine is in educational technology, certifying me to teacher computer courses in all grade levels).
We have taught together for years, this being the third school we have been hired at together. We’re good at our job, and are usually requested to apply at at-risk schools to help support their program. (If anyone is interested, our web site is )

We do not have children of our own and love to travel. After much consideration we have decided that we would like to become expat teachers, and move to another location permanently. We have researched, but have to admit, it’s a bit overwhelming. Many sites we have visited focuses on teaching overseas short term. We would be interested in finding a permanent home, buying a house, etc. But getting information on retirement, cost of living, etc. has been somewhat difficult.

If anyone could provide any suggestions on areas to focus our research it would be greatly appreciated.
As someone who was just an auxiliar in Galicia (in Ourense), I say don't worry about any of that. Yes, Galicia has a different language but everyone is bilingual at the least and speaks both Gallego and Castellano. In my experience, when you address people in Spanish, they will answer in such, regardless of what they might prefer. And Gallego is not that difficult to understand, anyway, it's kind of a blend between Spanish and Portuguese, with a touch of local-ness. Galician Spaniards are some of the nicest people I've ever met, and I'm saying that as someone who spent her first year teaching in Madrid. Galicia is a much better place to get a real feel of the country and to make lasting relationships with locals (when you think of Spain, traditionally, you think of the south, aka Andalucia, but the north is a hidden gem you shouldn't discard). Also, chances are, your school is going to be much more excited that you're there than a school in a larger comunidad would be. The only thing I would warn you about is that in Galicia it rains A LOT. Last year we had nearly three months of rain straight from January to March. Other than that, I've visited Lugo, it's a beautiful city with a very unique wall surrounding the old center, which you can walk on. It's connected well enough for anything that isn't Madrid or Barcelona.
PROFEX, threw me a huge curveball yesterday, letting me know that I'd been adjudicado una plaza on the Balearic Islands. I applied really late in the cycle this year (the last day, actually) and only after doing so did I realize that placements are made on a first-come-first-serve basis. I had no idea they gave out assignments this late in the process :o I'm guessing someone deferred really late...anyway, I pretty much discounted the idea that I would get placed this year completely, and decided to delay my graduation 'til this fall (I put on my app that I had graduated this summer). So I'm taking the last course I lack for my degree (literally 3 hours prevent me from graduating), but this seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up. That is, I've heard that the las Baleares are pretty selective, so I'm really not sure if applying next year would land me una plaça tal rica. I really wanna find a way to go and finish my degree summer of next year.

I looked online, and they say it's open to graduates as well as seniors (not sure if that means you have to have a degree by the time you get there or not). Do you think I could swing it and complete my degree in the summer next year? Do you guys know if they check to see that you did graduate? I could probably get ejected from the programme if they find out I didn't, right?
Thoughts? Consejos? Qué opinan Uds?


PS: I noticed response time is typically slow for the forum, así que les agradecería un millón si algú me respondiera dentro de poco.   ;)
PPS: Sorry for the essay
Employers post job opportunities / Full-time English Instructor Wanted Immediately
« Last post by jackhuang1127 on September 03, 2014, 12:30:57 PM »
AMC language School is currently looking for self-motivated and responsible full-time teachers.

Location: Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China
Starting time: September
Pay: Monthly salary of 15000RMB
Round-trip plane tickets will be provided for
Housing: Accommodations will be provided for

 1. A minimum Bachelor's degree
 2. A certificate in teaching English preferable
 3. At least 2 years of residential experience in English-speaking countries
 4. Minimum 1 years of English-teaching experience

Job Location Details:
School/Company Name AMC  language School
Country China
Zhengzhou City, Henan Province

Please send your resume or CV along with a head shot to
The good thing about English is that everyone wants to learn it, so a great way to make new friends is through conversation exchange.  There's probably a conversation exchange group in Lugo where you can meet a lot of people and comfortably work your way into Spanish. 

Yeah and dont worry about the Galician language.  Everyone can speak Spanish, and more than likely most people speak Spanish as their first language and prefer it anyways.
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