Couple ‘divorced’ by residency application red tape


Husband and wife Gary and Anne Blackburn find themselves legally separated in their bid to become officially resident in Spain and free to enjoy a new life in the sun.

Gary has an appointment to go through the formalities to obtain his residency card, the TIE or Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjero, next week – but Anne’s application for residency has been ‘knocked back’ three times to date and a fourth appeal to the Spanish government is in the pipeline.

Full report in today’s Costa Blanca News – available from supermarkets, tobacconists/newspaper shops and online at


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