December 4, 2021

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Spain: Expert explains ‘implications’ for British foreigners

Diego Escafaria, partner at Fairway solicitors on the Costa del Sol, told Express.co.uk about the many challenges his British clients face when applying for residency in Spain. Some Britons have dubbed Britain’s post-Brexit approach “British money”.

Recent figures show that 2,400 British residency applications have been rejected this year.

Diego said the main reason is that they deliver them after the December 2020 deadline, and he now has no choice but to do it directly in Spain, at the Spanish Embassy, ​​via the UK.

The lawyer said: “The Spanish consulate in the UK is very difficult now. They refuse many applications for nonsensical reasons. They are very strict.”

Spain’s response to late requests is seen by some as arrogant.

Reader Sami said: “If I lived in Spain, I wouldn’t apply for residency. Portugal is a great alternative.

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Some Britons are angry at requests to stay in Spain (Image: Getty)

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“They really love the British and the way of life will remain the same without collapsing. Spain only wants Great Britain to have the money that supports the Spanish economy.

“Let them drown. Your arrogance will bring you down.”

Maureen E. also suggested Portugal as the best accommodation option: “Spain is a dump. They want ‘British money’…

“I don’t understand why someone would want to live there.

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“Portugal is very good, the people are lovely, the food is excellent, the accommodation is nice and clean.”

“They will come soon and ask the British to spend,” said Granza, claiming that Spain’s position was nonsense.

Migrants battled post-Brexit: some Britons can no longer enjoy life on the Costa del Sol (Image: Getty)

But not everyone sympathizes with those who complain that their applications are rejected.

One user, Ohwell-2020 asked: “Should we sympathize with those who missed the deadline?

“I remember everyone gave enough time for that.”

Likewise, Seawolf157 added: “Sorry, but if foreigners are too lazy to regulate their permits when Spain gives them so long, then only they should be blamed. I have no sympathy for them.”

Another user, Coolrain, admitted: “There is nothing wrong with the rules imposed by Spain.

“There are stricter rules in the UK…British citizens of the European Union must be treated as EU citizens of the United Kingdom.”

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Some even argued that arrogance is a British rather than Spanish trait.

AntiGammon said the rejection “serves them right” for not following the rules, adding: “The arrogance and superiority of the Brits is astounding.

“Anyone who wanted to remain in Spain easily could.”

Rawson, who lived and worked in Spain for some time, claimed: “I learnt to speak reasonable Spanish and integrated as best as I could.

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“I avoided the British community if I could.

“Few bothered to learn the language or mix with the locals.”

And DeeA, who has been there for nearly twelve years, shared a very positive expat experience, he said: “No problems as long as you obey the rules, and not try to get away with being the proverbial Brit abroad.

“If people want to live in Spain, embrace the life and the people – not just the climate.

“We’ve obeyed the rules, hold official Spanish residency, have Spanish driving licences, are in the Spanish health service, which is excellent.

Advising people to “keep your eye on deadlines”, he said Spain always gives “plenty of time” for citizens to “adhere to such changes”.