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When I first received my visa paperwork in Miami, there was a half-sheet of paper attached to my visa. It stated that I had to register with

the police within 30 days of entering the country. Three weeks ago, when I first went to the police station, I was given a ticket that was personally more important that Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket. It was my entrance to the police office station.

golden-ticket(Actually, it was for 25 November at 19:00… can you imagine any official office in the US being open at 7:00 in the evening? Me, either. Image courtesy: http://goo.gl/ih8vZS)

 I was prepared. I had all of my official documentation, my rental agreement, my visa paperwork, my “certificado de empadronamiento” (obtained fairly painlessly at a different police station near the city center), my passport (and a copy of each page), my Spanish bank account information, my receipt for the €15.15 I paid to the bank, a set of passport-size photos, and my ticket.

Thirty-seven minutes later, I walked out of the office with my official letter indicating that I had officially ordered my residence card. I have to go back in 30 days to pick it up… in person, of course. Not so bad, considering some of the drama I have had to endure for my driver’s license.

At the end of the day, though, this means that I am now an official resident — for one year, at least — of Spain. The adventure is now fully underway!