I literally abandoned this project for the past 4.5 months. I’m sorry! I don’t know if people still read this or whatever, but if you are a soon-to-be new auxiliar and you found this blog, I will be updating it to document my 2nd year living in Spain!
Here’s my current situation:
I left Spain after the program ended and my best friend and I travelled around Europe for 2.5 weeks. It was the trip of a lifetime and I’m so glad that she got to experience life in my pueblo, meet my Spanish friends and boyfriend (?!) and travel the world with me! Amazing times were had. I arrived back in good ol’ Buffalo at the end of June, and have been suffering here ever since. Working a part time job, trying to revive and invigorate old friendships so I don’t die of boredom, and counting down the days til I go back to Spain (25!).
For those of you wondering about my legal status of living in Spain, I will briefly explain. This summer I didn’t get a new visa or anything, because my TIE (the card with my foreigner’s ID number on it) does not expire until October of 2012. So as soon as I return to Arcos, I’ll make a little trip over to Cádiz (the extranjeria, not the comisaria, i’m told)to renew. And I should be all set! But I mean… it’s Spanish bureaucracy so I’m expecting something will go wrong, hopefully nothing tragic! Haha.
Anyway, my next feat is getting Spanish citizenship! Thats right folks, this girl is tryna be able to legally live in Spain for as long as she wants, with or without a job as an auxiliar. There are different requirements for different circumstances, so obviously I will only speak to what I know and what applies to me. Maybe this will be helpful to someone someday because I have been mildly searching for info on getting spanish citizenship and haven’t really found many personal accounts. Here’s what I know so far…
My dad’s mother was born in Spain, my dad was born in the USA (cue Bruce Springsteen…). Since I have a grandparent who was a spanish citizen, I only need 1 year of legal residency in Spain before I can apply for citizenship. Since my 1 year will be up in October when my NIE expires, I can apply after that.
This is a REALLY helpful link (to the minsterio de justicia) with lists of info about documents that you need to apply, based on your situation. Mine is the 1 year of residency because I’m a descendiente de un español/a. Here’s the list of what I need: