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. John Curson
    January 30, 2018 @ 4:41 pm

    Javier, thank you for this information. My wife and I moved here in November 2017 and want to be as legal as we possibly can. We were issued with A4 style white paper NIE numbers back in March 2017 to enable us to purchase our house. We got ourselves on the padron in November 2017. We were advised the we had 183 days to apply for residencia but perhaps that is wrong – some things here are so confusing.


    • snikpoh
      January 30, 2018 @ 5:57 pm

      John – You should only be on the padron if Spain is your habitual residence. If it is, then within 90 days you should register as resident.

      The 183 days ‘rule’ is that after being in Spain for over 183 days in any calendar year, you are automatically considered tax or fiscally resident. This means that you are obliged to complete a tax return on ALL world-wide income.


    • Javier Rodríguez
      February 12, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

      Hello John,
      Well, if you are a resident, things will be easier. It is a right but many people including policemen think it is an obligation. It can be an obligation if your home country has this rule, but not Spain.


  2. Debbie
    January 31, 2018 @ 9:20 am

    Regarding driving a car with non-Spanish plates, is this any vehicle, i.e. a non-resident’s vehicle if they are visiting, or a van hired in the UK to bring your possessions over, or just one that a resident actually owns? Thank you


    • Javier Rodríguez
      February 12, 2018 @ 12:42 pm

      Hello Debbie,
      If you are a resident in Spain, you cannot drive a car with non-Spanish plates, that’s all (whether it is yours or not). And even if you just show the policeman your passport suggesting you are not a resident, he will know.


  3. Sylvia Cheal
    February 2, 2018 @ 9:13 am

    My husband (British Passport) has lived in Canada for many years and holds a Canadian Drivers Licence. How can he get a Spanish Drivers Licence without having to go through driving schools, tests etc.

    He is 73 years old and been driving for 55 years !

    We are Spanish Residents and have been living in Spain for one year.

    Thank you


    • Javier Rodríguez
      February 12, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

      Hello Sylvia,
      Unfortunately, Spain doesn’t have any agreement (Convenio) with Canada. So he must apply for a new driving licence in Spain in that case, I am afraid.


  4. Martin
    February 8, 2018 @ 9:38 pm

    Hi, this information is really useful however I am a little confused about the tax status of a person earning less than €1600 a month but resident in Spain for more than 183 days a year.


  5. Fiona McAnallen
    March 9, 2018 @ 6:52 pm

    Hi… im living and working in Spain .. i have a green NIE cert which i thought was residency.. iv got a social seruriry number and also a health card… is residency something else i need ????


    • Javier Rodríguez
      March 12, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

      Hello Fiona,

      Nope, that’s all you need as a resident in Spain. Please just note you may need a “Padron” (registrarion at the town hall, “empadronamiento”) as well. Remember also to renew your green residence card after 5 years for a permanent one.

      I hope it helps.



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