Originally Posted by D.Lovelee
What is your obsession with "obtaining residency" ?
The only way you're going to "obtain residency" is to marry a native.
Your other option is to get a job that sponsors a work permit.
Go to Spain's Consulate and figure out which visa plan is best for you. No need to keep posting about it on a poker internet forum.
If anything more, go hang out at an expat forum dedicated to Spain and find out what other Americans are doing about their visas.
I've lived abroad for over 6 years, and I've never "obtained residency" anywhere.
It kinda sucks living anywhere on a visa leash that can be cut any day Immigration feels like it as a matter of policy, or when you talk to Immigration official that is having a bad day. All of the sudden, you are scrambling to get out of the country.
That's a pretty crappy way to live. It's hard to plan investments and future and most people doing this are bleeding their incomes, without acquiring any appreciating assets because of immigration and labor department restrictions. You're nothing more than an extended tourist delaying your eventual - necessary - return to somewhere where they actually allow you to stay trouble free.
Obtaining residency, and ideally another citizenship opens so many more doors. I'm really glad to hold both EU and US passports. It helps in many obvious and non-obvious ways. So if you're planning to spend a year or two somewhere, going to a place where you can "go legal" is always a plus and you might as well spend some time pursuing it in your free time.