Document quality is the key to success with Spanish public administration

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” With the demise of the face-to-face appointment, where you could speak up for yourself and argue the toss if necessary, your documents now have to do the speaking for you. The move to online for everything from your visa appointment to the TIE card…

Got your visa? What you need to do first when you arrive in Spain

Getting a non-lucrative visa in your Passport is no mean feat, and it’s the start of your new journey in Spain. Find out more about what comes next and what you need to do first when you arrive in Spain. VERY IMPORTANT: make sure you get an entry stamp in your passport. Pretty straightforward if…

Upsticks Spain – What is IBI?

Those of you who already own a home in Spain will know the answer – IBI is the Spanish equivalent of Council Tax in the UK. IBI stands for Impuesto Sobre Bienes Inmuebles (literally “tax on immovable goods” or real estate tax, also known as SUMA in some areas of Spain) and all property owners…

Registering your vehicle with DGT Tráfico – proof of address

If you’re buying a Spanish car or registering a foreign vehicle with the traffic authorities (DGT – Dirección General de Tráfico) in Spain you’ll need to provide proof of address. Depending on your circumstances, there are three ways to meet this requirement: Padrón Certificate – Certificado de empadronamiento By far the best way to prove…

Photographs for identity documents – how to get them right first time

The Upsticks guide to all things photos “A picture is worth a thousand words”, especially when applying for visa and identification documents. The photograph on any ID document is critically important, that’s why it’s essential that you make the effort to get the correct specification and format. Whether it’s for a new passport, visa, driving…