I have been struggling to get much time to sit down and get to grips with writing the e-book but I have decided to just get down as much content as I can to the sub titles I have written down.
While writing about what a NIE is and who needs one and why, I was struck by an idea that rather than wait until the book is finished, and I have no idea when that will be, I should get something posted up now! Purely because getting a NIE, is an important part of the process in moving to Spain.
After all the beauty of the Internet is that it’s instant! Somebody out there wants to know what a NIE is, how they can get it etc, etc…
That’s easy they just look up NIE on google. That’s Correct !
Having typed into google ‘How to fill out a NIE form’ I found many different websites with sources of information about NIE’s, I even found a company that will get your NIE for you! The qoutes for getting a NIE for someone in the UK are €370.18 or €547.29 for two. That’s expensive, in my opinion. My relocation companycharges €100 to accompany clients, translate and aquire their NIE, here in Spain.
What is clear is that help is missing when it comes to on how to fill out a NIE form, so I have come up with the idea to supply a link to download the NIE form EX-14 and make a video and PDF translated document on how to fill out the NIE form.
This should be of help to those who want to prepare everything they need before they travel to Spain, those people who have bought off-plan properties where the Developer or Promoter doesn’t offer the service of acquiring a NIE or those people applying for their NIE via the Spanish Consulate in their home Country.
This should be available within a week or so 🙂
UPDATE: Okay, after a little more research using different keyword phrases around the word NIE, I have found a few sites that have translated the NIE form into English. May be there is a market to translate it into German, French or even Chinese? I see no real reason to re-invent the wheel but I shall continue with the my idea, as written above and make it a bit more accessible in video & PDF form. So, carry on watching this space!
Latest Update: 30th December 2010. I have had a change of heart. While writing the ‘HOW TO GET A NIE’ section of the e-book, I have gone into such detail on how to get yours, download the application forms and how to fill them in and the cost and the documents you will need etc. I have decided not to post the PDF & video here, instead you will be able to get all this in the e-book ‘The A-Z of Moving to Spain‘.
I don’t know where I am going to place this, may be it will go to as a sales page for the book or possibly as a prologue but I definetly think it is important I let people know the reasons for writing it.
What do you think of this piece and where should it go?
COMMENTS BELOW PLEASE.
IT WON'T BE A LEMON, I PROMISE!
You might think the reason behind writing this book is Money or the fact I have moved to Spain, could not get a job so like quite a few others decided to knock up a quick e-book and make a fast buck on a subject where you can find all the information you need, easily on the internet.
If thats you and you are sceptic on spending less than the cost of a single trip to McDonalds for a meal on something that will almost certainly give you more information on how to successfully move to Spain than any other e-book written before, then I’ll tell you a little about me and the book before you head off to McDonalds!
Yes, money is one reason I’ve written this book. Of course it is otherwise I’d give it away for free.
Now we have got that out of the way, I’ll swiftly move on!
I moved to Spain at the time of writing this, 8 years ago. I didn’t speak Spanish and unbeknown to me Andalucia has a really strong dialect that is very hard to get to grips with at first. To add to that, Andaluces tend to leave off all the endings off a lot of words and sometimes sound like they are speaking with a lisp! ‘You’ve been warned!’
With my wife being Spanish I obviously had an advantage and my life was made easier having someone who spoke the language. That said; my wife had been living in London for 10 years and found moving back to a different part of her homeland a big culture shock.
Things don’t normally work out as you think they will and thats what happend to us. We thought she would get a job fairly easily but after a few months of trawling around the City passing out our CV’s to all sorts of companies the feedback we got was that she was over qualified. That’s still a phrase I don’t really understand. If I was an employer I’d much rather employ someone I knew could easily fill the position and had the qualities to benifit the company rather than someone who would need their hand held and need to be trained.
Still that’s probably why I am not an employer.
To cut a long story short, after about 5 months I got a job and that’s when I knew my Spanish had to improve.
I had already taken a 1 month intensive beginers course before finding employment, which had given me a base.
I have worked for several Spanish companies since and have learnt a lot along the way. For the last 4 years I have been running my own Relocation & property management company, in Jerez, Cadiz.
So, you see I am not out of work and not just after a fast buck!
Now, all I have to do, is convince you that having all the information & resources in your hand and in one place, will save you from wasting 100’s of hours trawling the internet for each peice of the puzzle of information you need to arm yourself with.
Well, even better than that because I have read lots of forums, e-books, articles and websites and the one thing they all have in common is that they all tell you what you have to do when relocating to Spain but they don’t tell you how to do it.
That’s why I have written this e-book and that’s why it is called ‘The A-Z of Moving to Spain: Not just what to do but HOW to do it!
I need a little help and feed back from you!
I am in the middle of writing an E-book. First I want your opinions on the title A-Z Moving to Spain: Not just what to do but HOW to do it!
A little long I admit but I want to get the message across that this book covers just about everything you need to know about moving to Spain.
The other help I need are suggestions on what exactly prospective movers to Spain are likely to specificly want covered. That’s where you come in.
I have a A-Z List, so far these are the topics covered. Can you please help me cover what you think is missing or need covered?
I thank you in advance and look forward to your comments.
A- Automono (self employed), Ayuntamiento (local council),
B- Buying a car, house, banking, bank repossesions, bull fighting, beaches, buiders,
D- Driving in Spain
E- Education, EHIC,
F- Fiestas, food, football,
G- Gestors, golf
H- health insurance, health care, hospitals,
I- Internet,IBI, insurance, inheritance tax, Imolbiliarias (estate agents)
K- Kilometer 0,
L- Learning Spanish, laws, lawyers, land grab,
M- Making money in Spain, mobiles, medical centres,motos,
N- NIE (national identity for foriegners)
P- Policia (Police), pensions,
R- Residencia (Residency), renting, Retiring,
S- Schools, starting a business, seguridad social (social security), shops & shopping, Semana Santa, siestas,
T- Tax, Telefonica, TV,
W- Wills, wine,