We were married in London in September last year and want to move to Spain. We visited Spain last month intending firstly to register my presence and get my NIE and then apply for residency for both of us. However, when we got there we found that we needed an appointment to submit our residency application, and depending upon the area that we apply the length of time we wait for the appointment varies greatly. So now we are back in London and Sher is here on a UK visitor visa. We are going to apply for a new Schengen visa for her via VFS London to go to Portugal, as they will accept applications from people in the UK on C visitor visa's. Then we want to go to Spain to apply for residency. But this time we want to be prepared and understand the process properly. At this stage we are not sure where exactly in Spain we want to live and so our thoughts are to apply to a local office where we can get an appointment quickly. Can anyone tell us how the process works exactly and how we should go about it. I understand that firstly I need an NIE. Also I will have to have a Spanish bank account and then we also get health insurance. We need an accommodation address for our application which of course we can change later. Also I know that once the application is in then Sher is entitled to stay at least until a decision is made. Would she be allowed to leave Spain and return while we are awaiting the decision? Also, once we are there in any case is she allowed to stay beyond the expiry of the Schengen visa being the wife of an EU national? Hope someone can help. Pete and Sher.