Fighting Bureaucracy

My Journey to Residency in Spain

Full personal timeline with all information included.

Application Process

First Visa

Arrival in Spain

Living in Spain

Planned Ideas

Saving Money (Youth discounts for ages 30 and below – Public transit, grocery shopping, and rent)

Changing TIE address

MOOC (First Year NALCAP requirement – Madrid)

Certificado Digital

NALCAP Renewal

TIE Renewal

There was such a void in specific information for me when I was in the situation of looking for a way to Spain, so I’m trying to leave a trail in case there are more people like me in the world. You don’t have to follow the exact path, but it’s great to know what options you have to get residency in Spain. I will be sharing detailed step by step info on the residency process along with the fun parts of being in Spain. I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. I am simply sharing my experiences paired with official information from the source.

Put simply, I used the Auxiliar de Conversación program (an assistant teaching program in Spain available to North American citizens) to qualify for Pareja de Hecho (civil partnership) with my Spanish partner. Residency through pareja de hecho is more than having a committed relationship. It’s a long and difficult process, and without already having residency established with a fixed income through the auxiliary program, I would have been rejected just like many other couples we know. Regardless, this guide can help many people who need help with various bureaucratic difficulties while in Spain.

To start, I applied for the Auxiliar de Conversación program. This is a part time assistant English teaching position through the government of Spain. You offer a native voice to English classrooms and help instruct lessons. You do not have disciplinary or grading responsibilities. I often refer to it as “all the fun parts about teaching”.

The entire process of joining this program through the Ministry of Spain (Profex) and maintaining residency will be covered. Although the information is specifically written for Profex applicants as an American, a lot of the information can be useful for auxiliar de conversación applicants through various other programs and from other countries.

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