Temporary Residency in Spain


Oct 22nd, 2013, 03:10 PM
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Temporary Residency in Spain

I am an Australian citizen about to apply for a Non Lucrative (non work) Temporary Residency in Spain. My understanding is that, once approved, this is available for 5 years (renewed annually). My question is does this residency status in Spain allow freedom of movement within the EU, i.e. do I avoid visa's for EU countries with this status.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 03:25 PM
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Never heard of "Temporary" Residency in Spain. Where did you hear of it ? If the Spanish Embassy, suggest you ask them.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 04:30 PM
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Immigration legalities are best determined straight from the caballo's mouth.

Check Spain's websites.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 06:05 PM
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You've been misinformed - IF (and it's a big IF) you get any kind of residency in Spain like the kind you mention, then it applies to the rest of the Schengen area.

But as suggested above, don't look for opinions and hearsay, go to the official channels only.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 11:45 PM
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"My question is does this residency status in Spain allow freedom of movement within the EU"

Of course it doesn't

This isn't some obscure point of legal procedure. First, there's no freedom of movement for humans within the EU: six of the EU's 28 members aren't part of the Schengen deal, and no Schengen visa or residency permit gives you right of access to the six that aren't part of Schengen.

Second, an Australian with a residency permit for Spain who can't claim UK or Irish citizenship (which presumably you can't) certainly needs visas to work, often to study, and often to do a lot of other things in the "other" 21 Schengen states. You will often need separate residence permits for living in some of them. This needs to be checked with each individual state you intend working or living in: the Spaniards won't necessarily know.

Those two points are simply elementary.

What's probably bothering you, though is something else. Within Schengen, there is usually more or less complete freedom of movement, so most of the time you're not going to encounter border checks anyway (though to repeat: you WILL if you cross an intra-EU border with a non-Schengen state).

But intra-Schengen controls may be imposed temporarily, without notice. The slightly obscure issue that's probably worrying you most is "with the residency permit, what rights do I have (as opposed to what, in practice, can I get away with) to make short visits elsewhere in Schengen?"

That's the question you need to ask your Spanish consulate.

But if you propose living in Europe, might it not show just the teeniest amount of respect for your hosts to learn the basic facts of how Europe governs itself?
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