My husband is a British citizen, but I'm an Iranian citizen. He wants to immigrate to Spain. I want to know whether I should go with him or whether he must go first and find a job? Does it take long?


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Since your husband needs a job to have a right to stay in Spain and sponsor your residence card beyond the first 3/6 months, it would seem easier if he got a job first.

Alternatively, if you have enough savings, you could apply for a residence card as the spouse of an “economically non-active” EU citizen immediately. You could even work yourself on that basis, even if your husband does not have a job yet.

  • Can't the wife stay with the husband if he proves his status as an active job seeker?
    – phoog
    Nov 13, 2015 at 21:35
  • @phoog In principle, yes. Job seeking is why I wrote 6 months. After that, it should indeed still be possible if you prove you are still actively and have a good chance of finding a job but I don't know how realistic this is in practice.
    – Gala
    Nov 14, 2015 at 7:22

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