Due to vast opportunities and ease in the country, native Spanish speakers and translators choose to live in the Philippines as expatriates. At the same time, Filipinos also strive to live in Hispanic countries due to career and family purposes.
With more than 400 million speakers, Spanish is one of the most important languages in our globalized world. Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, including the Philippines, until English became widely embraced.
Here’s some of the things that Filipinos might want to remember before living in Spain and other countries:
Documents and Registrations
1. Empadronamiento – proof of residencey or residency permit to live in the barrio. This should be updated every time you change address
2. Pardon – should be renewed every two years until a permanent residence permit is acquired
3. Residencio de largo duracion – a permanent residence permit
To those who are in an irregular administrative situation and would like to apply for a residence permit, one of the requirements is 2-3 years of residence, which can be proved by one’s empadronamiento.
Learning the Language
English proficiency in Spain is relatively low in comparison to other European countries. You need to know Spanish as soon as you set foot on Spain as all signboards, product labels, important documents, everything is in Spanish. There are many associations, Filipinos and non-Filipinos, which give very cheap language classes. The government has adult schools and the famous Escuela Oficial de Idiomas. It is relatively cheap and offers quality teaching.
Employment in Spain
Spaniards are currently starting to migrate to other nearby European countries and even in Asia for wok opportunities. In Spain, most Filipinos work in the service sector, restaurant, hotel or domestic work. To work legally, one has to have residence permit or NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero). To get a NIE, one has to be hired from the country of origin or live in Spain for a certain number of years and fulfill the different requirements for arraigo social, laboral or familiar.
Applying for an opportunity to live in Spain country will require a Filipino to have a Schengen visa. This visa also grants access to other European countries that you would want to visit. You can also apply for countries with Portuguese as their official language.
It is best for aspiring workers and immigrants to consult with the embassies and legal document translators in order to avoid confusion with paperworks. Often times, having legal documents smoothly translated into Spanish or other European language enable foreign companies and government agencies to approve any application.
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