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I did it.   The spanish embassy doesnt physically ask you to give up your citizenship per se.   In fact, US and Spain do NOT have reciprocal relationships, and thus this would be very difficult to prove either way.  The spansh embassy lady said it was just a verbal formality in that you then COULD NOT USE YOUR US PASSPORT in SPain if something came up since signed that you had 'given up your US rights if on Spanish soil"

Also, you cannot renounce your US citizenship unless you are physically on US ground.  That is, a US embassy or US soil, so even if you said you did, it wouldnt be recognized by US authorities
Anyone that has been here please chime in.

I have received my placement for BADAJOZ. I am also taking my wife & newborn. Is there a reasonable chance I will be able to get plenty of work teaching private English lessons to supplement the income?

Also any info you know about the place you have experienced would be welcome, I have watched the promotional video & read about the place but first hand experience is more valuable to me.
We are also taking our child. I also would like some clarification from anyone who's successfully got a visa for their spouse or child.

According the the student visa info & what others have said, every person coming with me needs their own visa & visa appointment.

So my question is this: Since they are getting their visas because of mine (student visa), do they need to have separate insurance to cover them. And do I need to show financial means to provide for their entire stay?

Expatriates in Spain / Costa del Sol - good places for senior expats to live?
« Last post by skippobon on May 31, 2016, 03:06:37 PM »
Hola a todos!

Can anybody recommend urbanisations or places to live which would be good for an elderly British couple?
My parents are looking for a place in the Marbella/Estepona area and are hoping to find somewhere with similar aged people for socialising.

Thanks in advance!

Finding work in Spain / Part-time TEFL courses
« Last post by samasher on May 26, 2016, 05:51:57 PM »

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the difference between part-time and full-time TEFL courses? My current work schedule won't allow me to study full-time for a month but I did find this course:

Does anyone know if part-time courses are as well recognised / respected as the regular full-time courses?

Visas & Immigration / Insurance and the Auxiliar program
« Last post by Lotus123 on May 17, 2016, 04:05:49 PM »
Hey there,
For those on the Auxiliar program....
It's confusing, do you get insurance after you get in to Spain?  Because it seems you need it to get the visa. 
If we do have to get our own health insurance,
Anyone from US get a cheap easy option for staying in Spain? 
Many thanks!
North American Language and Culture Assistant Program / Re: DELE exam
« Last post by aperry on May 05, 2016, 12:58:25 PM »
Speaking of DELE, if you fail the exam first time time around, can you retake it?
Self-Employment (Autónomo) / 20% allowance for new autonomo?
« Last post by ni68ana on March 30, 2016, 06:48:37 PM »
Hi all,
I'm thinking of starting as an autonomo here in Spain. I was told by an asesor who I met with that when you first start off as an autonomo, you can deduct 20% from your gross income for tax purposes - in addition to your other expenses - to make it easier for you as a new entrepreneur. I think she said it applied for the first two years. Can anyone confirm this? I've searched all over the internet but couldn't find a thing about it. Really hope it's true!
Thanks in advance :)
Hi all,
I'm an American citizen married to a Spaniard, and we've been living here since September 2015. I understand that I'll be eligible to apply for Spanish citizenship one year after that - in Sept. 2016.  Questions regarding dual citizenship aside, what I'm wondering is - how long does it take from the time you apply for naturalization, until you actually get the process completed and have the Spanish passport in your hand? Does it depend on the registro civil where you apply? We'd be applying in Zaragoza.
Any experiences or information you could share would be very helpful.
Thanks a lot in advance!  :)

You might even have other assistants in the same school as you depending on how large it is. 

If you work in a medium-large city, there will be a lot of other language assistants in the same city.  Even if you work in a town there will probably be a few other assistants in the town.  If you work in a really small town there will probably be other assistants in neighboring towns or the nearest city/larger town.  So no matter where you go, there will be other language assistants around probably.

Definitely check out the facebook groups for the program, once you get to Spain other people will post about meeting up in your area.

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