How to get your FBI check for visa from USA

Confusingly, the FBI Criminal Record check for a visa application from the USA isn’t actually called that – you need to get an “Identity History Summary” and here’s how to do it. There are three ways to get your Summary: Apply online via the FBI web portal Download the forms from the FBI and submit…

National Police Station Torrevieja – Foreigner’s Office

If you live in Torrevieja and surrounding areas, then your NIE, EU residency or TIE card appointment will be at the Foreigner’s Office (Extranjeria) of the National Police Station (Comisaria de Policia) in Torrevieja. The address is: CNP Torrevieja, Arquitecto Larramendi 3 03182 Torrevieja Here’s a Google Maps link for location, directions etc. Google Maps…

Healthcare in Spain for UK passport holders – the GHIC

Now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, there are now two types of healthcare cover available when travelling overseas – the UK GHIC (UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card) or if you have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK EHIC (European Healthcare Insurance Card). For most people, the UK GHIC…

Five top tips for a successful Non Lucrative Visa application

With many non-lucrative visas (NLV) under our belt, here are Upsticks five top tips for a successful application. Plan your relocation around the visa appointmentWhile we completely understand that people are keen to relocate to Spain as soon as they possibly can, trying to fit the paperwork deadlines and visa appointment around travel dates that…

What is a swallow?

A swallow, a beautiful migrating bird that spends the winter in one country and summer in another. These are pretty birds, with blingy, colourful plumage and voracious consumers of pesky insects, from moths to mosquitos.  “Swallow” is also a term used for people, those who migrate south for a warmer winter and return home with…