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2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum
|23 June 2016|
|Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?|
|Location||United Kingdom (pop. 65.65m) and Gibraltar (pop. 34,000)|
|Outcome||The UK votes to leave the European Union|
Brexit is an abbreviation of two English words: ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’ and refers to the withdrawal process of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).
Residency in Spain after Brexit UK citizens can still move to Spain, but since the UK has now left the EU, those who want to make the permanent move will have to meet certain criteria in order to gain residency. These criteria vary according to your age, employment status and other factors.
Yes, you can still retire to Spain after Brexit but the conditions are more stringent and complicated. They involve showing proof of income and savings to show that you can support yourself in Spain. Healthcare is also an issue and receiving your pension if you are not already a resident of Spain.
If you are a UK National you can stay in France more than 90 days at a time. It is still possible for UK nationals (like Canadians, Americans & Australians) to live in France for 1 year to 4 years and also apply for permanent French Residency.
UK nationals can apply for either of the national visas, which include the temporary stay and Residency Visa, at the Consulate General of Portugal in either Manchester or London. To apply, you will need to provide a completed application form, which is available on the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign affairs website.
There’ll be no restriction on buying or owning a property. Portugal has not imposed restrictions on individuals of any nationality owning property, though it does have higher rates of property taxes imposed on owners resident in specified tax havens.
Portugal has an affordable cost of living at around USD 1,500–1,700 per month in smaller towns, or around USD 2,200 for larger cities. This retirement in Portugal guide explains the important aspects expats need to consider before they retire in Portugal and become a grandparent abroad.
In Portugal you can apply for permanent residency after five years of holding a temporary resident card, which can be the work permit (usually granted for one year the first time and then for two years after each renewal).
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