Frequently Asked Questions

We have been living on the island for many  years and we are happy to share information and experience on the wide
range of issues that inevitably face anyone who plans to purchase real  estate in the Canary Islands and move to Spain.

Questions about purchasing real estate in Tenerife

Citizens of any country can buy property in Spain. In order to purchase an  apartment, villa or other property, you do not need to receive special  permission from the authorities or a resident card. At the same time, property  can be registered for both individuals, and legal entities.

In addition, there are no restrictions on the types of property: foreigners  can own apartments in the primary and secondary markets, buy villas with  land, buy land, and buy any type of commercial real estate.

Rights of property owners in Spain

If you become the owner of property in Spain, then you obtain the right to  apply for a multiple-entry Schengen visa. This visa allows you to stay in the  country for up to 90 days within a 6 month period.

In addition, in 2013 the so-called ‘Golden Visa Law’ entered into effect in Spain.  According to this law, a buyer of property which is worth more than 500  thousand euros has the right to apply for a residence permit for himself and  all his family members. However, in this case, the right of residence does not  entail obtaining a work permit in Spain.

Responsibilities of property owners in Spain

Once you become a property owner in Spain, you also gain responsibilities.  For example, you must regularly pay utility bills and property taxes. In addition,  if you plan to rent out your property, you must follow the rental law requirements.

In so doing, you must also comply with the laws of the country of which  you are a citizen. For example, citizens of Russia are required to report  that they are opening a bank account in Spain (a mandatory step when buying  real estate) to the tax authorities of the Russian Federation.

In any case, our clients are assisted by the best lawyers from beginning to end,  which means that they are 100% insured against any errors or inaccuracies in this regard.

Step 1: the preparation of a foreign buyer’s documents

In order to acquire property in Spain, a foreigner must obtain an identification  number (Número de Identidad de Extranjero, NIE) before any transaction,  and open an account with a Spanish bank.

The NIE can be obtained in advance, either at the Spanish consulate in  the country of which you are a citizen, or at the police immigration department  in Spain itself. In order to receive the NIE, you will need the following documents:  your original passport and a photocopy of all its pages, two photos, a receipt  confirming the payment of the state fee (about €15) and a completed application  form.

In order to open an account with a Spanish bank, you will need the following  documents: your passport, your NIE (a foreigner’s identification number) and  documents confirming your income (forms 2-NDFL or 3-NDFL, certificates for  the sale of property in Russia and others). It is essential that all documents are  provided with a translation into Spanish and proof of its legality.

It is important to note that whilst opening a euro account in a Spanish bank is free,  the bank may charge a quarterly (or annual) fee in the future.

Our team helps clients to obtain a foreigner’s identification number and to open a  bank account, providing support at all stages (for example, collecting documents,  filling out questionnaires and documents, paying fees, and so on).

Step 2: The deposit, the verification of the property and the preliminary sales
contract

After you find the property that you intend to buy, you give the  owner a deposit in order to “book” the property. After that this  amount is subtracted from the property’s full price.

Alongside this, the lawyers begin a thorough examination of the property and  of its owner. It is important that we offer our customers properties which  have been checked, thus saving you time.

After this, a preliminary contract is signed (‘contrato de arras’), which contains information about the property and the obligations of both the seller and the buyer.  At this point, the buyer transfers the seller 10% of the property’s overall value.  The preliminary contract also stipulates the fines incurred for its termination.

If the buyer purchases real estate using credit funds, then at this stage a loan application is drawn up. Our team also has financial consultants who can  assist and support the client in collecting a package of documents and  sending an application to the bank. Generally, the approval of a loan can  take from between a couple of weeks to several months.

Step 3: Signing the sales contract and property payment

The transaction for the sale of property in Spain always takes place  accompanied by a notary, who is responsible for its “cleanliness” and safety.  Therefore, all the documents pertaining to the acquired property  are transferred to a notary, who conducts a re-examination of the  property, to check for any encumbrances or debts.

On the day the transaction is concluded, the buyer, seller, notary,  accredited translator, and consultants for each party (optional) are present  at the meeting. In addition, the presence of a bank employee is possible  if the transaction is carried out using a loan.

If the contract suits both the buyer and the seller, the notary makes a request to  the Property Register and takes the property off the market. From this moment,  it is not possible for other potential buyers to purchase the property.

Following this, the parties sign a sales contract. Then, the buyer pays the remaining  cost of the property, and transfers the cheque for the taxes and fees to  the notary. The seller, on his part, hands over the keys, real estate documents  and receipts for the payment of taxes and utility bills.

Step 4: Registering a deal

At the end of the transaction, the notary sends the original contract to the  Property Register where, after further verification, the registration of the new  owner’s rights takes place. This process can typically last up to three months.

After the completion of registration, the buyer receives a statement from the  registry and the registered original contract of sale. After the transaction, it  is also necessary to renew the contracts for the provision of utilities (water,  electricity and gas).

Property Tax

In the secondary market, the tax on the transfer of ownership depends  on the region. For example, in the Canary Islands it stands at 6.5%.  Meanwhile, tax in the primary market (value added tax) stands at 10%.  When buying a plot of land, or commercial property, VAT stands at 21%.

Services of the realtor, notary and translator

Our company already includes payment for the services of a realtor in the  property price. Moreover, the best lawyers and notaries can provide  services to our clients at a special price. We can also recommend  professional translators who can assist you at all stages.

Mortgage fees

If the transaction is conducted through a mortgage, it is  necessary to consider the costs of evaluating the acquired property (up to
€ 500), the fee for establishing a loan (up to 1%) and the cost of property  insurance (up to € 1000 per year). A requirement for the services of a  mortgage broker may also arise (the cost of these services is up to 1% of
the loan amount).

Thus, the additional costs of buying property in Spain can total up to 15% of  the property’s value. 

Almost all Spanish banks consider applications for the purchase of property  through a mortgage from foreigners. Some banks also provide the  opportunity to get up to 80% of the value of the property in a loan.  Generally, this is a mortgage lasting for a period of 20-30 years at 1.5-3%  per annum.

In order to apply for a mortgage in a Spanish bank, you need to provide the  following documents: a 2-NDFL certificate or tax return, a certificate of  employment, a bank statement, your credit history from the country of which  you are a citizen and a certificate of ownership for any other properties .

It is important that, in order to receive a favorable decision from the bank,  monthly loan expenses should not exceed 30-40% of the family income.

With the competent and thorough preparation of all necessary documents,  the percentage of refusals in issuing a mortgage is less than 5%.

Questions about renting a property in Tenerife

Property rental is one of the most popular and profitable businesses  in Tenerife, as millions of tourists from all over the world visit this island every  year! Our team will help you to make a successful investment and to make  the right choice when buying apartments, villas or other properties  to lease in the future.

For this purpose, we only offer our clients properties in the south of the island.  This is where tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the amazing  climate of the “island of eternal spring”.

We recommend looking at options in the touristic centers on the south coast.  For example, Los Cristianos (Arona district) is a large resort city with developed infrastructure. Here, you can also find the fashionable Palm Mar  area, which is where the latest complexes with apartments, duplexes,  townhouses and other types of real estate are located. Las Americas and Adeje  are the touristic centers of Tenerife and are also where luxury residential complexes  and villas are being built (in the areas of La Caleta, Costa Adeje and Fañabe).  You can also buy apartments near elite golf clubs. And, of course, the most  beautiful part of the south of the island is Puerto Santiago (Santiago del Teide).  Here, you can find the beaches of La Arena, which boast black volcanic sand  and rocky coasts with breathtaking views.

Another important factor is the availability or possibility of obtaining a special  license – the VV (Vivienda Vacacional) – which allows the homeowner to rent  out their property on a short-term lease.

We only offer properties that have passed a strict selection process, which is carried out according to specific criteria. Thus, your property will always be in  demand and will make a profit!

If you already have all the necessary documents required to be able to rent  out your property, you can start doing it yourself. The availability of platforms  such as Booking and Airbnb make this process easy.

However, for those who do not want to deal independently with issues such  as settling and evicting residents, and monitoring and solving ongoing problems,  we can take on the handling of your property.

The Tefi team is ready to take on all issues related to your property, from  insuring it and paying taxes and bills, to resolving minor issues, such  as the installation of Wi-Fi, cleaning, repair work and the resettlement  and eviction of residents.

We provide the following services:

  • the search for and screening of tenants
  • the signing of a lease and the recorded
  • management of the lease process and
    the submission of any declarations
  • receiving rent and transferring money to the owner
    professional advice
  • repairs
  • property maintenance (cleaning, pool cleaning, and so on)

According to Spanish law, the profits gained from renting out property are  tax deductible and must be declared. The tax is 24% of the income amount,  and the property owner must also pay property tax (IBI),  which amounts to 2% of the property’s cadastral value (‘valor catastral’). This is paid once a year.

The party which is obliged to pay monthly expenses (electricity, gas, water and so on) is stipulated in the contract, and must be agreed between the property owner and the landlord. This is established by the mutual consent of the parties, and should be reflected in the contract.

In addition, according to Spanish law, the property owner is obliged to keep the property in good condition and he must carry out any major or minor  repairs at his own expense, in order to keep the housing in good condition.

Spanish law strongly recommends that you sign a written rental contract,  not only for the long-term, but also for the short-term. The contract can be  drawn up in any form. However, the main thing is that it contains the details  of all parties involved, information about and a description of the rented  housing, the terms of payment, and the rights and responsibilities of the owner
and landlord.

The contract must include:

  • The identifying details of all involved parties.
  • The amounts required for monthly payments and the terms of their payment.
  • An inventory of all items, for example household appliances, furniture and
    the state it is in, and so on.
  • A statement determining which party is responsible for paying the utilities.

When signing a rental contract, the tenant must pay a security deposit equal to  the cost of the monthly rent. After the termination of the contract, for any reason,  the amount of the deposit is returned in full if the property and all the items listed  in the inventory are intact. In the event of damage, the cost of the damage is  deducted from the deposit.

According to Spanish law, during the first five years of a long-term lease, the owner  has the right to increase the rent annually, but only in accordance with the inflation index (el Índice de Precios de Consumo, IPC) and only provided that this has been previously reflected in the contract.

A property owner can also sell his property, even if it has already been leased on a long term lease.

However, in this case, he is obliged to offer it to the tenant, indicating the price and terms of the transaction.

Tenerife: 7 amazing facts about the largest island of the Canary Archipelago

Tenerife is the largest of the 7 inhabited islands of the Canary Archipelago. The tropical climate, abundance of beaches, unusual volcanic landscapes, lush valleys, mountain ranges and UNESCO listed attractions make Tenerife the most visited island in the archipelago.

The autonomous islands of the archipelago have 2 official capitals: Santa Cruz, located on Tenerife, and Las Palmas – on the island of Gran Canaria. The parliament sits in Santa Cruz, and the government’s cabinet moves from one capital to the other every year.

What makes the island unique is that it has preserved ancient flora. Here’s an amazing fact: due to the island’s location, its flora and fauna developed in complete isolation from the mainland, without being subjected to any climatic cataclysms. Therefore, here you can come across rare plants that can not be found anywhere else in the world, only if in a modified state.

So, for example, the island has preserved unique relict forests, giant ferns and huge dandelions. The real treasure of the island is the Canary Island pine, it’s even the reason the national park around Teide was founded. This pine tree is endemic to the island, it can not be found anywhere else in the world. Its unique feature is that it does not need fresh water from the soil. Since there are no underground sources of moisture on the island, the pines have adapted to receive it from the air and clouds.

The island is relatively small – 2034 square kilometers, but it has 28 climatic zones. That is why part of the island is covered with lush greenery and fertile valleys and on the other part nothing but cacti grows. One day you can lie on the beach and swim in the ocean, get caught in the pouring rain, or come across some snow on top of Teide. But at the same time the weather on the island is comfortable without sweltering heat all year round.

This theory is connected with the mysterious local population – the gunches. The aboriginal people were described as tall, ginger and blue-eyed people. There are no versions about how and when they appeared on the island. Unfortunately, the local population has died out, its language and culture have been lost. Due to the incomprehensible origin of the gaunches, the theory appeared that Tenerife is the lost Atlantis.

The island’s tourism sector began to develop only in 1970-1980, and the authorities were forced to take this step. Prior to this, the main income was derived from the extraction of carmine dye, which the islanders received from special insects. But when artificial dye appeared, the population was left almost without work. Then the formation of Tenerife as a tourist center began.

The island is home to the Teide volcano, and you can peek into its crater. Teide is the highest point of Spain. You can reach the top first by car – to a height of 2150 meters, and then by cable car – to a height of 3155 meters to enjoy a breathtaking view of the island. The crater itself is a closed off zone, you are allowed to access it only with special permission. To obtain this permission, you must register on the official website.

Please note that fragments of volcanic rock should never be taken with you, otherwise you will have to pay a large fine.

Contrary to popular belief, Teide is not an extinct, but a dormant volcano. The last time it erupted was in 1909. Teide itself and the volcanic islands located next to it form a seismic activity zone, which is why minor earthquakes are often recorded in the region. But they are so weak that you cannot even feel them.

On the slopes of Teide there is a national park, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the most mysterious incidents of the previous century – the famous writer of detective stories Agatha Christie went missing in 1926. All the forces of the British police were thrown to search for, but they could not find the writer until she appeared on her own, claiming that she had an attack of amnesia. After this incident, Agatha Christie moved to Tenerife for a month, staying in the city of Puerto de la Cruz. One of the city’s streets was later named after her. Since 2007, the Agatha Christie Festival has been held here annually.

Leisure activities in Tenerife: things to do on the island

The largest island of the Canary archipelago is great due to the fact that there is always something to do here: be it a beach holiday, family leisure or outdoor activities. So how can you spend your free time in Tenerife?

Parks

Amusement parks are a great place to spend time with your family. So, for example, in the “parrot park” Loro Parque you can get acquainted not only with numerous species of birds, but also large animals, as well as exotic plants. The large park contains the world’s largest collection of parrots, as well as penguins, an aquarium with sharks, an enclosure with gorillas, and a pond with colourful Japanese carps. Here you can see tigers, pandas, meerkats and many other animals, including endangered species. This park boasts Europe’s largest penguinarium.

In the Forestal Park you can spend a day jam-packed with adventure. Enjoy a rope park and an entertainment complex with routes of various difficulties. In the rope park, the attractions are all suspended above the ground: these are suspension bridges, vines, and stairs among the branches, which will allow adults and children to spend a fun time in the dense forest.

In the picturesque natural park of Anaga, about 8 million years old, you can see many archaeological finds. The park is interesting because of its ancient tropical forest flora.

Last but not least, you can organise some quality family time in the ethnographic and botanical garden where you can see the Güímar pyramids and find out about the mysteries of Tenerife’s history.

In one of the two capitals of the archipelago, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you will never be bored. This port city has colonial-style buildings that are very well preserved, for example, the Church of the Conception. Here you can visit the Museum of Nature and Man, see the Marine Park, the Guimerá Theatre, and the works of Santiago Calatrava.

In the museum you can see a large collection of mummies, and in the garden-museum of Palmetum you can admire the largest collection of palm trees in Europe.

Of course, Tenerife is primarily associated with seaside vacations. There is such a wide variety of beaches that everyone will find a beach to their taste, be it sandy or pebble.

Benijo beach is a great example. It is located in a protected natural area surrounded by mountains. Because of the waves, this beach is more suitable for enjoying the magnificent scenery.

Almaciga is a beach with volcanic sand, the way to which passes through the mountains. The beach is more suitable for a secluded holiday amid breathtaking wild landscapes. The black sand beaches formed after the Teide eruption are one of the island’s natural attractions.

One of the most comfortable white sand beaches is El Camison: ideal for swimming, as it is protected from waves. Another comfortable white sand beach is Las Teresitas, surrounded by palm trees and protected from waves.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find Tenerife fascinating. For example, you can go paragliding. There are also great opportunities for surf lovers, because you can find many beaches with big waves on the island : Punta Blanca, Fuera de la Bajeta, Los dos Hermanos, La Fitenia.

Those who love long walks can visit the Maska mountain gorge – this is one of the deepest gorges of the island, reaching a depth of about 1300 meters. The trail begins in a village lost in the mountains and descends through the gorge to the ocean pier.

On the west coast you can admire the basaltic cliffs of Los Gigantes, separated by gorges that descend to the ocean. This part of the coast is inhabited by whales and dolphins, you can admire them while walking along the coast. In the gorges you can find wild beaches and harbors. Also, guided tours on yachts are regularly organised.

Is Tenerife the perfect place for you? Benefits of living on the island

Tenerife is called the “island of eternal spring”, but its advantages are not limited to pleasant weather. If you are considering moving to this island, it will be useful for you to learn about all the benefits of living on Tenerife.

Pleasant climate and beautiful nature

Without a doubt, Tenerife’s climate can be called the most comfortable in the world: the average annual temperature here is about +25 degrees, the ocean is nearby. It is a bit cooler in the winter months (average temperature in winter is +23ºC), but swimming in the ocean is possible even in January-February, although locals find the water temperature +19ºC cold for swimming.

Tenerife occupies a relatively small area, but at the same time it has gorgeous nature, several climatic zones (you can swim in the ocean, bask in the sun on the beach or get caught in the pouring rain in another part of the coast on the same day), a large number of hours of sunshine. If you like this climate and prefer warm sunny weather all year round, then Tenerife is the perfect place for you.

Due to the wonderful climate, flowers grow well here, so lovers of flower beds and gardens will be able to set up a whole garden on the balcony or terrace, which will delight you with bright colors all year round. If you become the owner of your own home, you can set up a garden not only with a flower bed, but also with fruit trees.

Tenerife mainly focuses on tourism, there is little industry production here, which means the environment is quite clean. Since mainly the coasts are populated, the central part of the island remains an ecologically clean zone, with wild nature and the vast expanses of the ocean all around. Life on this island is suitable for those for whom ecology is an important criteria in choosing a place to move.

A mild climate, great environment, quality products all make Tenerife a good place to improve one’s health. Moreover, the Canary Islands have one of the highest average life expectancies in the world – 86 years. The climate, beautiful nature, the proximity of the ocean, a large number of parks, clean air – all this makes Tenerife a great place for raising children.

Since there is almost never bad weather or significant temperature fluctuations, all year round you can walk in light clothes and shoes. The air temperature on the island usually does not fall below +15ºC (except for high-mountain villages), so there is no need for winter clothes here.

In Spain there is free public insurance, as well as private medical insurance. Depending on the type and monthly cost, you can obtain a virtually unlimited insurance coverage that allows you to visit any doctor. The cost of such a private unlimited insurance depends on your age and can start at 30€ per month per person. TEFI CANARIAS is the insurance agent of the two largest and most reliable insurance companies in Tenerife – DKV and Adeslas.

The Canary Islands is subject to the general regime of the Spanish tax system, even though the archipelago is recognized as a special economic zone with a low tax rate. For example, in the mainland VAT is 21%, in the Canary Islands it is 7%. This has a positive effect on the cost of most goods and services, from products in supermarkets to petrol at gas stations.

Quarantine vs visas and residence permits: answers to the main questions

On March 14, 2020, the Royal Decree implemented quarantine in Spain. In such circumstances, many questions arise regarding the stay of foreign citizens in Spain. In this article we have collected relevant answers to the most important of them.

All administrative deadlines and time frames granting certain rights are suspended for the quarantine duration from its first day, i.e. from 15.03.2020, in accordance with the Royal Decree of 14.03.2020. Therefore, the duration of the validity of tourist visas is also suspended. The countdown will resume after quarantine is canceled. These conditions apply to all foreign nationals residing in Spain.

In this case, a similar principle applies as in the previous case. The period of stay of foreign citizens in Spain under a visa-free regime is also suspended from March 15, 2020, in accordance with the Royal Decree of 14.03.2020.

The Royal Decree of 14.03.2020, which implemented a quarantine regime in the country, as well as the Clarifications of the Migration authorities regarding the suspension of administrative deadlines, indicate that if it is necessary to renew a residence permit during the quarantine, it is possible to consider electronic applications. If you have a digital certificate, then to renew your residence permit you should submit the corresponding electronic application through the platform of the administrative authorities.

If you don’t have a digital certificate, then applying for a residence permit renewal in today’s conditions is impossible. This procedure must be postponed and the documents must be submitted immediately after cancellation of the quarantine regime.

All documents submitted for consideration during the quarantine period will be considered as follows:

  • If the decision is positive, then the residence permit will be issued during the quarantine period;
  • If the decision is negative, then during the quarantine period it will not be issued so that the applicant has the opportunity to appeal the refusal. 

If the documents expire during the quarantine period, then you can submit them according to standard procedure immediately after the quarantine is canceled. This rule applies to all types of residence permits.

Appointments at the migration authorities and the police are canceled for the duration of the quarantine, but will be made again after its cancellation. The procedure for assigning new appointments has not yet been determined, but it is assumed that those who already had an appointment, but it was canceled, will be served first.

The validity period of a national visa is suspended for the quarantine period.

If the documents expire during the quarantine period, then you can submit them according to standard procedure immediately after the quarantine is canceled. This rule applies to all types of residence permits.

  • Will documents for a residence permit for investors be considered in the quarantine period?

For the applications for residence permits for investors, which were submitted before the Royal Decree of 14.03.2020, a positive decision will be carried out due to administrative silence. However, a resident card can only be obtained after the quarantine is canceled.

The article was prepared in accordance with primary sources:

  • Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14.03.2020 implementing quarantine due to the COVID-19 health crisis;
  • Royal Decree 465/2020 of 17.03.2020 on the modification of Royal Decree 463/2020;
  • A statement from the Head Office of the Migration Authorities regarding the suspension of the administrative deadlines specified in Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14.03.2020. 

Business immigration to Spain: basic requirements and criteria

One of the legal options for moving to Spain is business immigration. Spain is one of the European countries that makes it possible to obtain an entrepreneurial visa with loyal conditions for obtaining and extending a visa.

Spain’s immigration laws have changed significantly in recent years. Previously, investors and entrepreneurs who dreamed of living and working in the country, of opening their own business there, received a residence permit on a common basis, but with the introduction of the Entrepreneur Support Act, the situation has changed. Through this law, Spain has shown that it is ready to attract foreign investors.

It is also noteworthy that Spain has greatly simplified the process of obtaining an entrepreneurial visa. Moreover, people who have some kind of entrepreneurial idea can obtain this visa – it is not necessary to have the company, employees or investors themselves. The visa applies not only to the entrepreneurs themselves, but also to their family members.

Those who want to set up their own business in Spain can obtain a ‘Cuenta propia’, that is, a residence and work permit which allows them to carry out labor activities at their own expense. On these grounds, initial residency can be obtained for 1 year. Thus, this visa is suitable for those who would like to move to Spain for a year, try to set up a business there and see if the country is suitable for them for permanent residency. The entrepreneurial visa allows engagement in entrepreneurial activity and provides the right to work not only to the applicant, but also to their family members.

For a project to be accepted, it must meet three criteria:

  • There is no clear definition of innovation and there is no need to submit scientific papers, as is required for example, in England. Thus, most business plans meet this criterion. Innovation implies that there should be some kind of novelty in a business project.
  • Job generation. The applicant must indicate how many jobs they plan to create in Spain through this project.
  • A positive economic impact on the region in which the enterprise will operate. The company should be of economic or technological interest to the regional economy.

The experience and profile of the applicant, as well as their professional qualifications in conducting the relevant business, are important.

  1. The applicant shall not be a citizen of the European Union, or a member of a family of citizens.
  2. The applicant shall not have a criminal record, a ban on entry into Spain or any countries with which Spain has signed an agreement.
  3. The applicant must have a clear business plan which indicates the expected profits and investments. Investment in the project is not required, but the business plan must indicate that the applicant understands how and where he will attract investors.

Unlike with investor visas, an investment in the Spanish economy beginning at 500,000 euros is not required. It is, however, necessary to confirm the funding availability for living in the country and starting a business. This is around 25,000 euros per year per person (if the family moves, the amount is reduced).

Visas can be applied for at the Spanish Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. The response will arrive within 3 months. An aspiring entrepreneur will receive initial residency for 1 year, in order to study the market. After that, they can get a residence permit for 2 years, in order to start and run their business.

8 reasons why the Canary Islands are the best place to raise children

The Canary Islands are known for being sunny and boasting beautiful nature. However, they are also an ideal place to raise children: warm, sunny, safe, they have good ecology and you can swim there all year round. You can save on warm clothes and shoes, and the Spaniards are very fond of children. These are 8 factors in favor of the Canaries as the best place to move for families with children.

Climate and nature

Many people call the Canary Islands’ climate the best in the world. Tenerife’s average annual temperature is about +25. The ocean is nearby, so children can swim all year round. For such a small piece of land, there are several climatic zones, a variety of natural beauties and the weather is always good. Thus, families with children choose this place to take up permanent residency.

The islands have limited space, therefore there is a very low crime rate. Cars are rarely stolen because they will be found quickly in the small area, and because of the small number of cars, accidents occur much less frequently here than in large cities.

Tenerife has a good selection of vegetables and fruits and, here, you can buy environmentally friendly products, unlike in megacities. There are many different types of cheese, meat and seafood. In the Canaries there are no problems with high-quality and varied food.

The sun, the proximity of the ocean, the good ecology and the mild climate all contribute to better health. Families with children who are constantly ill in cities often choose the Canary Islands as their place of residence: here, immune systems improve markedly. In addition, according to statistics, the Islands boast one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

The small number of cars, the almost complete absence of industry and sparsely populated parts of the island boasting pristine nature determine a good, almost perfect ecology. For example, nobody lives in the central part of Tenerife and it is here that you can fine the large Teide National Park. Therefore, there is clean air and no pollution.

Being far away from large cities is another factor that determines the islands’ good ecology.

Due to the good climate, there is practically no snow or rain, and the cities are very clean. Locals maintain cleanliness in the streets and in the entrances of buildings, so it is beautiful and bright here.

Canary Islanders are very friendly. Since the people here are international, they are equally welcoming to people of any nationality, both in tourist and non-tourist areas. Furthermore, the Spaniards love children.

A huge number of natural parks and amusement parks, as well as various events, contribute to the benefits of the Canary Islands. For example, in the north of Tenerife you can find Loro Park, which is known for the world’s largest collection of parrots. In addition, here you can see various marine animals, huge collections of flowers, monkeys and flamingos. Loro Park is a cross between a botanical garden and a zoo.

There are many attractions in Siam Park, a large water park for teens and adults. For younger children, Aqualand is located nearby.

Children can also visit the eagle park, where, in addition to these magnificent birds, you can see crocodiles, jaguars, leopards and lions.

And these are only some of the places and entertainment which are available for children and adults!

How to move to Spain with a student visa

A student visa is one of the legal options of immigrating to Spain. This visa is the most economically friendly legal way to move to Spain. What are the advantages of this method of moving, what requirements do you need to meet?

Student visa benefits

In total, there are three ways to immigrate: a residence permit, a work visa and a student visa. The main difficulty in obtaining a residence permit is purchasing real estate and having a significant amount in your bank account (from 30.000 euros). Immigration with a work visa is only suitable for professionals who have the opportunity to get a job in a Spanish company. And for those who want to get a higher education in Spain, or who do not have the opportunity to apply for a residence permit, but who want to legally immigrate to Spain, can move there with a student visa. A student visa is the most economical legal way to immigrate to Spain.

It is also important to note that not only future students of higher educational institutions, but also students of Spanish courses in language schools are entitled to a student visa.

A student visa gives you the right to work, however, you can not work more than 20 hours a week. Additionally, the educational institution must provide the immigration authorities with a document stating that this work does not interfere with the learning process.

Anyone can study in Spain, since there are no age restrictions set by the law. However, when applying through the consulate in Spain (this applies to CIS countries), applicants older than 35 years of age may experience difficulty because they may be considered actually residents who want to benefit from a student visa. You won’t come across a problem if a person over 35 submits their documents through the Extranjería authorities or arrives in Spain to receive a second higher education or enroll in a master’s programme.

Good news for those wishing to immigrate – there has been a change in immigration laws at the end of 2018. Future students are now able to obtain a long-term study visa not only through the Spanish Consulate in their country of residence, but also through the Extranjería authorities. This can be done whilst already in Spain with a tourist visa. However, in this case, it is very important to comply with all the deadlines: a student visa application should be filed within 60 days from the date of arrival in Spain.

Therefore, there are two ways to apply for a student visa: at the consulate in the country of residence or while directly in Spain (within 60 days).

If you plan to take Spanish courses, then this should be an accredited school with classes at least 20 hours a week. A higher education institution may be private or public. The cost of studying at a language school varies from 3,000 to 5,000 euros per year.

A student who is already studying in Spain can change their educational institution, but it is better to finish the academic year, and transfer to a new school or university the following year.

1. The student must be enrolled in a course in an educational institution – a university or a language school.

The educational programme must be real: to extend the visa, you must provide a document certifying the completion of the programme and the passing of necessary exams. You will have to spend at least 20 hours a week studying.

2. It is necessary to confirm your place of residence

The advantage of a student visa is that a student can rent an apartment or even rent a room. A rental agreement must be submitted to the immigration authorities.

3. It is necessary to confirm the ability to cover your expenses during the course

The student must confirm that they have 6.500 euros in their bank account (Spanish bank or bank of their country of residence) at the time of the submission of documents. If thestudent’s spouse moves with them, this amount should be 13,000 euros per year. For comparison: to obtain a residence permit, the required amount is 26,000 euros per person.

4. References

In their country, the future student must take a certificate of criminal record and a health certificate.

5. Medical insurance

Medical insurance is required, just as it is for obtaining a residence permit: covering hospitalization and ambulances, without restriction on territory. The cost of an insurance, on average, is from 30 to 80 euros per month. Insurance must be issued for at least 1 year in one of the Spanish insurance companies, valid throughout the country.

The entire package of documents can be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain. Over the course of 30 days a decision will be made, and in the case of a positive decision you will receive a student visa for the entire duration of the programme.

The student holds the right to come for the entire period of study with a spouse, who also received a student visa, but does not have the right to work, although they are not required to be a student. In addition, a student’s family member has the right to leave and enter the country. As for underage children, they can be with their parents in Spain if their parents are studying, however, you can only apply for a children’s visa through a consulate in your country due to the latest changes in theSpanish immigration law.

After completing the educational programme, you can obtain a residence permit in Spain if you plan to continue to live, work in the country and obtain a citizenship. If we are talking about language courses, then after 3 years of studying, you can change a student visa for a residence permit with the right to work. There are two options: in the last year of studying, you can sign a work contract in a Spanish company and modify your study visa, or after graduating you can find a job and get a residence permit.

After graduation you can apply for a residence permit for one year in Spain to look for official employment. You can either sign a contract with an employer, or organize your own business.

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