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Should I register my residence abroad?

Published on 2023-11-19

The process of moving to a new country involves more than filling out  basic paperwork; it is also crucial to register at the local municipal office.

If you have recently moved to a new country and believe you have completed all the necessary paperwork, there may be one more thing you might need to do: register at the local municipal office. This process, known as "empadronamiento”, is a common practice in many countries and offers several benefits to expatriates.


Upon arrival in Spain, it is necessary to register with the 'Padrón,' the Municipal Register of Inhabitants. This step, established in 1985, is mandatory for all residents and comes with multiple benefits. By registering, you can enroll your children in school, use municipal facilities, access public health services, and more. Additionally, it facilitates processes such as registering a vehicle, using the local swimming pool, obtaining a library card, getting married, and voting in municipal and European elections if you are a European citizen.


In Japan, it is mandatory to register at the municipal office within 14 days of arrival. This process includes registering the resident card (zairyu card) and may require additional documents such as marriage or birth certificates. Upon registration, you obtain the 'My Number' card, an identification system linked to Japan's social security and tax systems. This card is essential for receiving social benefits, municipal services, opening a bank account, and various other procedures.


In Germany, the registration process (Anmeldung) must be completed within the first 14 days of residence. This procedure is required for all residents and is carried out at the local municipal office. Providing a filled out and signed form, a valid identification document, and a certificate of residence are common requirements. Registration is essential for administrative procedures, obtaining the tax identification number, and complying with labor requirements.

General Benefits

Registering at the municipality of residence not only meets legal requirements, but also facilitates daily life and provides protection in case of changes in personal circumstances. For European citizens, registration is crucial for stays exceeding 3 months in another European country.

In Argentina, in most cases, it is an indispensable requirement for customs to approve the export clearance of the move, allowing the client's belongings to leave the country.

In summary, the “empadronamiento” is an essential step that enables expatriates to start their life in the new country, ensuring their recognition by the local authorities and providing access to a variety of services and benefits.


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