July 16, 2009 - Posted by Erin in Traditions

In the spirit of keeping my blog updated, I thought I would add another to mark a couple of big events in the past week.

First, and most momentous, is the completion of all of my residency crap (sorry Dad, I know you don’t like that word). It’s been a long year of paperwork and running around to a ton of different places only to find out that you’ve probably just spent a bunch of money and time on the wrong thing and will have to go hunt it down elsewhere. It’s involved consulates, finger prints, background checks, transcript verifications, lawyers, medical verifications, notaries, employment verifications, a million photos, a trillion stamps on everything you can think of, and the list really does go on (and keep in mind, that for each of these steps, you need to probably multiply by five because that’s how many times we had to do each thing). What’s amazing, is that despite how complicated it’s been, for me it has probably been as smooth and quick as one could hope for. I know too many people here who are living here illegally only because being able to make it through this process has been too impossible for them. In fact, I’ve never met anyone here who has actually completed the process within just one year. I owe it largely to Jacob who was so persistent and would research everything to death so that we knew exactly what our marching orders were. That, and that we really were able to divide and conquer – me running around like crazy in the States during each of my trips, and him here meeting with lawyers and stalking various agencies.

Anyway, it’s been a long, ugly, messy year, but finally I am super legal, and will be until at least March of next year when I have to go through the process again (not the whole thing – thank goodness).

The next big occasion was a wedding which we attended on Saturday – the first actual wedding that I have been to here in Spain. Many things similar, many things different….and after spending so much time with weddings (doing flowers and planning), I was of course particularly “observant.” Let’s just say, the bride was beautiful, the food was AMAZING, and the party was like none we would ever have in the States.


5 Responses to “A little of this, a little of that”

  1. Sofia Says:

    Congrats Erin!! This page looks great and some very usefull tips! Love the July 2009 site 😉

  2. Heather GG Says:

    I realize this comment is to an old post, but I’m curious, you did the residency paperwork independently? I mean, not as a fiance or wife of a Spanish citizen? The paperwork for getting Spanish/EU residency as a wife literally took me an hour, so I wondered if the process had changed since 2001. I realize you were probably going about if differently, right?

  3. Erin Says:

    Yes – I did the paperwork independently by getting a job, which was no small task! It was a long, laborious, expensive process, which apparently no one else manages to get through (so far I’ve never met another American who has managed to get residency (via work) unless they’ve come with some large company). Now we are working on getting married and there is a whole new set of hoops to jump through – in fact, we just got our application more or less rejected last week for presumably no reason at all (which actually doesn’t surprise me given how efficient the processes are here – I could go on and on about this). I’m not concerned that we won’t be able to fix it, but it’s a pain nonetheless! I’ve learned to expect the unexpected here, always!

  4. Seriously Spain Says:

    I’m always so thankful I have EU citizenship and not American, so the residency in Spain was so easy. I’ve only met a couple of Americans who’ve even bothered. Most work illegally but as Spain’s economy is just about paralyzed, most of them have gone home already. European isn’t too welcoming to Americans at this point but, then again, with US politics it’s not really surprising.

  5. Erin Says:

    Oooh, I’m always so jealous of those with EU citizenship! Europe is your playground! Most people I know have tried ridiculously hard to get residency in Spain, but it just hasn’t worked out. The whole process sets you up for failure. In the end, I somehow managed to make it happen, but I’m not sure how much it helped me since I could only work in one very precise sector. It seems like working illegally is almost easier. Fortunately, now that I’m married, I don’t need to worry about any of it!

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