Barcelona International Welcome
Just moved to Barcelona or thinking of coming here to live? If you’ve chosen Barcelona as the setting for your life project, congratulations! You’ve chosen a wonderful city. But right now, you must have a lot of questions that need answering: What paperwork do you need to sort out when you arrive? How do you find a place to live? How do you set up your business? Where can you do your favourite sport? Which school do you choose for your children?
You can find the answers to all these questions and many more on the Barcelona International Welcome web portal www.barcelona.cat/internationalwelcome. This is Barcelona City Council’s official website for recent arrivals, where you can find, in English, all the information you need for beginning your new life in the city.
You’ll find practical information for everyday life in the What You Need section, which deals with things like flat hunting, education, access to healthcare services, public transport, how to pay for things and how the tax system works. It also explains the steps you need to follow when you’re setting up a business, carrying out a business activity or looking for a job.
Knowing what paperwork you have to deal with when you move to a new city and above all how to go about getting said paperwork, can be a real headache. That’s why the website’s section on administrative procedures and processes is especially useful. No one enjoys doing these things, but some are essential and necessary. The Formalities section includes an exhaustive list of all the different processes, from registering as a city resident or getting an Identity Number for Foreign Nationals (NIE), to registering your car or your pet. The Barcelona International Welcome website explains what every procedure is, why it’s important, and what steps you need to follow in each case. All in one place and in clear, comprehensive language.
As well as providing easy access to practical, necessary information, the Barcelona International Welcome website can also be a gateway for building your own network of contacts and friends in the city. In the Activities section you’ll find a list of events, ranging from informative sessions and conferences on specific subjects, to workshops on cultural networking or business matters. Due to the pandemic, these sessions are currently held online, but as soon as the public health situation improves, face-to-face sessions will be gradually reintroduced. Most of these activities are in English, and taking part in them is a good way of meeting other international residents who haven’t been living in the city for very long.
Barcelona International Community Day
One thing you really shouldn’t miss is the international community’s big annual get-together! In addition to the regular schedule of activities, every October, the Barcelona City Council organises Barcelona International Community Day, a fair featuring the exhibition stands of companies, organisations, international schools and NGOs interested in international talent. This is an all-day event with an extensive programme that includes a wide variety of activities that’s aimed at bringing Barcelona’s international community together for a great festive event.
Barcelona International Welcome newsletter
If you want to keep up to date with news about this big annual get-together, all the other activities programmed on the website and the big news stories about the city, you can subscribe to the Barcelona International Welcome newsletter using this link.
Lastly, we can tell you that in the last quarter of 2021, Barcelona City Council is planning on opening a new office to provide personalised attention for international talent arriving in the city, with the aim of helping newcomers to settle into their new personal and professional lives. This new service will undoubtedly complement the Barcelona International Welcome website, and it will be a major step towards making Barcelona a more welcoming and open city.