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Working for room & board?

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Spain.
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Working for room & board?

Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:24 am

I am aware of hundreds of offers of room and board in many countries in return for "a little help." I am wondering about Spain's position on this: (1) can I get in trouble for accepting such an offer on a no-lucrativo visa; and (2) would the person offering get in trouble?

(2) is more important, as my penalty would be merely getting kicked out of the country, but theirs likely harsher.

I know USA considers it work, and one site (WWOOF) advises you to lie to the US immigration people. WorkAway.info is more sophisticated: they just say it's my responsibility to get the correct visa. And I know that China has kicked out thousands of people who were teaching English on tourist visas. I know a lot of people are doing it, but I prefer to keep things legal.


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Re: Working for room & board?

Post Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:14 pm

Hi Wes
If you google housesitting / pet sitting / sitting snd work... in Spain, you'll find a few sites with home owners offering such positions. I've lived here in Spain for many years and have never heard of a problem. Most times, it's just for a few weeks or months and I don't think anybody would even notice.
Good luck!


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Re: Working for room & board?

Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:06 pm

The question isn't whether anyone would notice, it's what's legal.

AirBNB got in trouble a few years ago for.a Spanish legal issue.

There's a lot of such trips in USA, too, but it's still illegal, and the consequences are deportation and/or never being allowed back in.

China kicked out thousands of foreigners teaching English with tourist visas.


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Re: Working for room & board?

Post Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:54 am

Hi Wes,

This was a very thoughtful question. My wife and I would like to move to Spain in the next 6 months. I was wondering the same thing about working for room and board. It's important to us that we do everything by the book. Have you found a satisfying answer to the question you posted?

Thanks
Ben

 

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Re: Working for room & board?

Post Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:49 pm

I'm curious. What type of "work" would you do? Look after pets, keep the house clean? That sort of thing? Or are you more capable like a Mr. Fixer?

I have a house that may be empty part of the year and wondering about this type of thing? I don't want to rent it and get involved in all that tax situation with the government. So on the flip side I am interested in what the findings are.

 

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