Tony Holmes and his family. Image – Sun Lawyers
Sun Lawyers on the Orihuela Costa in Alicante helped a couple obtain their non-profit visa and move to the Costa Blanca. In this article, Tony explains how Sun Lawyers helped them obtain their visas to start their new life in Spain.
Tony Holmes and his wife Sam moved from Ashford in Kent to Javea on the northern Costa Blanca in August 2021. While Sam was granted a work visa as a teacher, Tony and their two children were invited to obtain a Non-Profit Visa (NLV) through Avocats du Soleil. With the help of the law firm, the family settles happily into their new life in Spain. Here, Tony picks up their story.
“We had used Sun Lawyers for the purchase of a property in Javea and after that they put us in touch with their relocation expert, Mark McMillan. We knew the Golden Visa was an alternative, but spending €500,000 on our property was a bit much, so we opted for the NLV,” says Tony.
“We started the application about two months before our planned departure date – you have to provide the Spanish consulate in London with a travel date and then you get a slot for your in-person appointment to present all the documents. I started putting all the paperwork together and Mark helped us every step of the way. If there was ever anything I wasn’t sure about, I picked up the phone and he provided a solution.
“In addition to justifying financial autonomy (I had to justify €48,000 for the three of us for two years) with bank statements, we had to take out private health insurance (€1,800 for all of us) and plan a police check (ACRO) and medical certificate.
“A little advice here – make sure your medical certificate is written exactly as it should be (with the wording translated into Spanish, certified and apostilled). Ours had not been, so it was rejected by the consulate , but I have to say the staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office were very helpful in liaising directly with our GP about the form of the words.
“On our second visit to the consulate, we made it – just a few days away – and luckily we were able to leave for Spain! The delay has resulted in additional costs, so I would advise anyone embarking on this process to expect to pay a bit more if you need to expedite the application. Paying €350 + VAT per person for Sun Lawyers to help us with the purchase undoubtedly saved us a lot more. The cost of the visa itself was £516 each.
“It was totally worth it. We are all so much stronger and happier as a family now that we live here, the children are happy in their new schools and I am renovating the house. I joined the local padel club and we have a new social life through the school. With the NLV I am not allowed to work, so I am thinking about the possibility of registering as an Autonomo (independent) in the future. We have no regrets and just wish we had done it sooner.
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