“I’m sorry, we’ve just changed all the policies around that, you’ll have to call back in a few weeks” said the person at the Spanish embassy, promptly hanging up.
Great. I should be used to this by now, as it seems every time I get to grips with some aspect of the big move to Spain, someone changes the rules back in Spain!
Over time, I’ll be sharing some of the hurdles I encounter while planning the big move from New Zealand to Spain. For Europeans moving to Spain, and those who are already there, I’m sure some of the experiences will be eye openers that will probably make you ask the question that I often ask myself “Is it all worth the effort?”.
For instance, until late 2009 New Zealand did not even have a Spanish Embassy, and the Consulate here did not have the authority to provide visas. We would have had to fly to Australia to undertake the interviews, see an Australian doctor and then head back to NZ to wait for approval. Then fly back to Australia to pick them up!
If we were just visiting Spain, no problem, as New Zealander’s don’t need a visa as long as they don’t stay more than 90 days. Anything more permanent, and the effort grows exponentially the further along the process you get.
The effort and planning going into the move to Spain is considerable, more so when you are not from Europe. There will be delays, misunderstanding and moments of absolute frustration. The perspective my wife and I have taken on this is that it is good practice for when we have finally reach Spain and get to deal with the bureaucratic engine that is well know to all who live in Spain.
We will get there. I have no doubt about it. And the journey will at very least be entertaining. In my next post I’ll be covering how much money we need to make the big move, it’s scarier than you think!