To save on space I have omitted the number of time wasting office visits that had to be endured regarding the subject of this week’s column.
Those of you who have had to deal with Spanish ‘red tape’ will know exactly what I mean! All who are anticipating a retirement on Spanish state pension, can now read on and weep!
According to Spanish law it is a requirement that, irrespective of how many years of contributions you have under your belt, it is obligatory to work the previous final two years up to claiming your pension.
With this in mind, just under three years ago I decided to check how many further years I would need to qualify. I was duly investigated and informed that, if I became autonomous again, I needed to work and contribute up to March of this year. (2016) I decided to regain my autonomy and subsequently, worked, paid my dues and duly turned up last March to stake my claim
The first hiccup was my residencia. This ridiculous tiny piece of paper had become so worn, they couldn’t make out the NIF number. Couldn’t they just look me up on the computer? Don’t be silly! Appointment at residency offices for duplicate? Six months! I subsequently supplied an old readable residencia containing all relevant information – rejected, out of date. I then supplied an even older undated form – rejected, no expiry date!
On gestors advice I then obtained a list of my residency records stamped and verified by the Guardia Civil. Rejected, no reason given.
After some four long months I managed, through a colleague, to get a slightly earlier appointment at the residencia offices and duly obtained a duplicate, which I then submitted to the authorities.
To cut a very long story short, I have now been informed they have made an error and I am still 14 months short of qualification. I now owe them eight months autonomos since March. And have to go back to work!
They have embargoed my bank account and left 55 cents. Be careful out there. They’ll shaft you if they can!
Keep the faith