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Javier Rodríguez

Javier leads Expat Agency and is an expert in Inmigration and Intercultural Exchange. He studied Law & Political Science between the universities of Granada (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic) and Poznań (Poland) and is an official collaborator at DGT (Directorate General of Traffic). He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish and is accustomed to work for expats from all over the world.


  1. Bill Dietrich
    December 7, 2016 @ 7:29 pm

    I’m a non-EU citizen, in Spain on a long-stay non-lucrative visa/residency. I assume when I achieve permanent residency, the “non-lucrative” (not allowed to work) clause will carry over ? I won’t be able to work in Spain once I get permanent residency ? Thanks.


    • Expat Agency
      December 8, 2016 @ 7:42 pm

      Hello Bill,

      You are right, it will carry over. You may need your residency status. In fact, it is not common to have a long-stay non-lucrative residency, so you may ask for a new permit.

      Kind Regards,


  2. Marjan
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:33 am

    I am non-eu citizen i ger the 1-year residency card through buying house in spain more than 500,000.00 euro i want to now i have to be in spain for 6 months each year to be able to apply for permenant residency card?
    Is it possible not to live in spain and just renew the 1-year residency card and after 5 years get the permenant residency?


    • Javier Rodríguez
      July 26, 2018 @ 4:39 pm

      Hello Marjan,

      Yes, it is, but please remember that to apply for the permanent residency after 5 years, you cannot have left the country for more than 12 months in total (during those 5 years).

      I hope it helps.


  3. Lauren Odlum
    December 11, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    Hi Javier, I have a quick question was hoping you could help me with.

    For a non-eu person when applying for the permanent residency, how do you prove you have been here for 5 consecutive years? Is the original residency card enough? Or do they need bills, payslips, letters etc?

    Also, If you are a non-eu and hold the temporary 5 year visa granted via marriage, however you get divorced before you can apply for the permanent residency card, are you still entitled to be able to get the permanent visa?


    • Javier Rodríguez
      December 11, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

      Hello Lauren,

      For the 5 consecutive years, the passport and padron are very important. They check the passport to see if there has been a continuity, which is not affected if you have been absent from the Spanish territory for periods of six consecutive months and that, added the time of absences, these do not exceed ten months within these five years.

      And about the second question, the answer is: no, you are not entitled to apply for a permanent residence permit (tarjeta de residencia permanente de familiar de ciudadano de la UE) if you get divorced before the fith year.

      I hope it helps.


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