Oh the Spanish certainly love their paperwork don’t they?! Since we arrived here nearly 3 weeks ago, it has been a non stop paper sorting, filling, back and forthing to certain offices. I think my husband and I have lost a fair amount of weight from the stress of it all!
On our first week we sorted out the ‘padron‘ and as the Spanish call it ‘Empadronamiento’. Basically this needs to be sorted out at the local town hall (Ayuntamiento). The whole family needed to be registered as residents this helps with the registering us with healthcare and schooling for the children. We brought a copy of our passports, rental contract and all other paperwork that we have, just to make sure. We were advised to ‘TAKE EVERYTHING’ just in case. Thankfully the above documents was enough for them and we were advised to come back ‘mañana‘ to get our official documents which needed to be signed by the Mayor in order for it to be official.
They issued us with individual padrons, they also issued us with a ‘familiar’ padron that can be used to register at the local clinic (which is very important as the school will ask for them to be checked out before starting school). Luckily, the school let our children start without it for now, but we have an appointment for next week with the local GP so that certificate can be handed in to the school.
We are currently in the process of sorting out our NIE at the moment, as you can imagine its quite a long and drawn out process which involves a lot of queuing and paper filling. I will write another blog post regarding our experience. But for now, at least we have the kids in school and and GP which is a big relief!