Category: First steps

Got somewhere to live? Got your papers in order? Probably not! It’s an obstacle we all have to overcome… it’s all part of the experience!

Finding housing

When you first arrive in any city, the first thing you’ll need to do is find somewhere to live. Unfortunately, with Malaga now forging a reputation abroad, it is more...

Public healthcare

If you have both your NIE and social security number and you are in work then you are entitled to free healthcare in Spain. There are a number of health...

Social security

This is another essential step for anyone who would like to stay long term, get a job and have access to free healthcare. There are a number of social security...

Getting on the ‘padrón’

If you’re going to stay in Spain long term then you really need to get yourself registered on the ‘padrón’ (population census). This is important for a number of reasons;...

The NIE: your passport to Spain

If you are planning on staying in Málaga for a longer period of time, you will quickly notice that you a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (NIE) for almost all paperwork,...