- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
So after going through literal HELL with my now ex-fiance and his completely secret life with another MARRIED woman, I am trying to forget how I wasted the last 4 years of my life putting all my dreams and goals behind me for him. So, I am trying to move to Spain as an au pair. Living in Spain is something I have wanted to do since I started college, through study abroad, but since I met the “love of my life”, I never got around to going. Anyway, it is trugnin out to be a lot more confusing than I first thought.
I just got my passport, and I have already found a wonderful family in Spain. However, I completely underestimated the beast that is the visa laws for Spain.
I am currently a full time college student, but online, through an American university. I will continue my courses while I am abroad. For this reason, I cannot get a student visa as in Spain you must be enrolled in 20 hours and I simply cannot, firstly, pay for that while I’m already paying for college, and it would just be completely unreaslistic to take 35 hours a week from 2 differnt schools, complete my au pair duties, and ever see more of Spain than from inside the house.
SO I looked into work visas. Pretty much impossible because I need to gain a work permit from Spain, which would never happen because I would have to prove no one else in the country could do the job. Plus unemployment is terrible and they’re not going to let a foreigner work.
So basically my dreams were crushed. Then I found out about a residence permit, a temporary one, that let’s you stay in the country for 9 months to 5 years. I would be a dependent of the family and live in their home, and I would not be earning a salary, just some pocket money (which IS different).
My question is: has anyone been/known of someone being an au pair in Spain, and how did they do it? I know I’m not the only person to work as an au pair over there and not take full time classes. I am completely at a loss for what to do. I am currently still living in the same apartment with my ex (although I don’t see him that much since he’s too busy with his new f**k buddy…sorry, I’m still understandingly pissed off about it) becuase I JUST got a job one month ago and I found out about him one week later. I just can’t move out financially, but I HAVE to get out of this country for my own sanity. (If you’re wondering how I’m paying to get over there, I’m getting a few thousand from my ring).
Literally ANY advice or tips would be helpful. My host family has never had an au pair so they are not really sure how to help either.