Since the referendum in June 2016, the British ex pats have been flocking to sign onto their towns Padron.
The Padron is similar to the Electoral role in the UK. It is necessary to be registered on the Padron to obtain the residentia status for EU nationals or the TIE “ Tarjeta de Identificacion de Extranjeros” for non-EU nationals.
It has been recorded across numerous municipalities in the Alicante province, that approximately 5000 ex pats have registered on the Padron over the past three years, which indicates a rise in Residentia applications.
It is no real surprise that these new registrations have occurred after the Brexit referendum, forcing previously reluctant applicants, who never really felt it necessary to sign onto the Padron, or obtain residential status to finally concede and register themselves as living in Spain.
Why the sudden change of heart I hear you ask? Well whilst Brexit was looming its ugly head, with new dates, new extensions, talks breaking down, General elections and the dreaded Covid 19 attacking at the final hurdle, the British Ex Pats wanted to retain their former privileges and services.
It is indicated that some of the new applications have been residing in Spain for a number of years without any issues. It will be interesting to see the actual figures over the next year, but Covid 19 could balance the numbers due to the financial strain the pandemic has put on the country, forcing people to return to their home countries. Only time will tell!