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Information from Canadian expat residents of Spain appreciated.

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    To answer the question in the title: yes. You'll need a residence permit. – phoog Jan 18 '18 at 7:06
  • A residence permit from Spain, or a residence permit from the "EU" organization? Thanks. – LCFoodExperts Jan 19 '18 at 19:20
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    The EU does not issue residence permits; each member state issues them. So you will need a residence permit issued by Spain. You ought to be able to find some relevant information at the Spanish consulate nearest you. – phoog Jan 19 '18 at 23:47
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Only Schengen visas and long-term residency are EU regulated, but in both cases the decision lies with the member states.

The only exception is the EU blue card which requires a work contract and relevant degrees.

Spain does have retirement visas but it is possible that they prefer to promote their golden visa schemes instead.

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