About SpainGuru

SpainGuru is a portal to information on work permits and residency issues in Spain. In addition to the information on our web site, we offer in-person events and consultations.

SpainGuru was founded by three American expats in Spain who learned the hard way what it takes to get Spanish work residency.

The road to residency seems long and confusing. But we're here to let you know that there is hope! It is possible to live and work in Spain long term, even without a corporate sponsor, and we are proof.

Each of us have our distinct stories: Christina's journey started out as a year abroad to be an English language teaching assistant, Shaheen came to study at Madrid's IE Business School, and Stacey bought her plane ticket almost on a whim.

Now all three of us have managed to obtain permission to live and work here. Throughout the journey, we've all been active on social media. Christina is admin of the largest Facebook book in Spain for English speakers, with more than 7,000 members, Stacey is known for her La Guiri Habla blog and minor YouTube celebrity, and Shaheen has become a go-to resource for expats with her American Expats in Spain Facebook group, and stint as content manager for expat housing resource Spotahome.com. She is also co-founder of copywriting and translation agency VeraContent.

With our expertise and strong network of contacts in the expat community, we decided to compile our knowledge, to make things a little easier for our fellow non-European expats looking to make Spain their long term home. Stay tuned for lots more useful info!

In the meantime, if you have a question you'd like us to answer ask it here! We'll create blog posts for the most in-demand topics.

Meet the Gurus!

Christina Samson

Christina left a California PR job in 2010 to fulfill her dream of living abroad and speaking Spanish. She did the auxiliar program. However, eager to build on her professional background, she eventually got residency (no easy feat!) by becoming a freelance worker (autonoma) and is currently a Communications Specialist for the United Nations.

Stacey Taylor

Stacey moved to Madrid in 2008 after college to work as an EFL/ESL teacher. She is from the pre-Auxiliar period when it was more difficult to obtain residency. She was "irregular" for a few years until she finally got residency and made a career transition into Marketing thanks to her LaGuiriHabla blog project.

Shaheen Samavati

Shaheen moved to Madrid in 2010 to do an International MBA at IE Business School. Afterwards she spent a year doing "internships" in Malaga, before getting her work permit and becoming a registered freelancer. She currently runs a copywriting and translation agency called VeraContent.