06 Apr 2013 14:16:
As I understand the SIP system
a) You have to have "residencia" to get health care
b) Prove income to support yourself
There is an alterrnative way to get a SIP card if you are under UK retirement age and that is for the DWP to write a letter saying that you are no longer eligible to received heathcare via the NHS - once again though you have to have resicencia, and be aware that if you talke this route you have now denied yourself health care in the UK
If you don't already have residencia then getting it now will be much harder as, once again as I understand it, not only do you have to prove annual income but also prove that you have €6000 lodged in a bank account.
I certainly discussed this with DWP recently and was told that I stood very little chance of getting one.
Regarding the double taxation laws themselves, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I split my time between UK and Spain - usually slightly more in Spain I have to admit so go over the 183 days which makes me a tax resident. However, after the 1st year away from the UK you only have to spend 90 days in the UK to be classed as tax resident. So just where am I tax resident as I ususally spend quite a few more days than the 90 in the UK?
Heaven forbid that someone will make it clear to me.
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