Following new laws, British expats were given only days to depart Spain.
Due to new laws, many British expats are fleeing Spain as a result of BREXIT.
Experts say that British expats are departing Spain “in droves,” citing a drop in the number of Britons in the nation. As a result of the UK’s exit from the EU, more rigorous immigration laws have been implemented. Citizens of the United Kingdom can now visit Spain without a visa for up to three months for vacation or business. Earlier this month, news surfaced of Britons who had been denied residency in Spain and given only 15 days to depart or face being labeled as illegal.
The Local Spain obtained documentation from Spain’s immigration office outlining the laws that apply to British citizens.
“You will be advised that, unless you have a qualifying document to stay in Spain, you must leave the Spanish territory within 15 days of receiving notification of this resolution, unless exceptional circumstances arise and you demonstrate that you have sufficient means, in which case you may extend your stay up to a maximum of ninety days,” it says.
“If the given period passes without a departure, the rules of Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000, of January 11, will apply in circumstances of being irregularly in Spanish territory (article 53.1.a of the mentioned Organic Law 4/2000).”
Overstaying can be deemed a “severe infraction” by authorities, according to the Spanish government.
Fines ranging from €501 (£429) to €10,000 (£8562) are possible penalties, as well as probable expulsion from Spain and a six-month to five-year ban from the Schengen area.
According to Anne Hérnandez, the president of the citizen help group Brexpats in Spain, she has been approached by Britons seeking assistance owing to the rules.
“We don’t have accurate data on how many people are impacted,” she said, “but I am aware of numerous cases in and around Málaga.”
“Most applications are being refused due to a lack of documentation of lawfully dwelling in Spain in 2020, such as a padrón (town hall registration), medical insurance, or other proof persons were truly living here before 2021,” says the report.
“It’s terrible stuff,” Ms Hernandez remarked, “when you think that British applicants would have sold up in the UK to buy their ideal home here, shipping all their furniture and things.”