There is before the schooling, the business of the residency application. This must be done by means of a family application and is quite straightforward in the majority of cases. Note that each child is a family member from the day he or she is one day old, so the deposit will cost € 10,000 per child (unless you applied under the old residency scheme where the deposit will remain at € 7,000).
In all categories of residency when you apply with children you will require for those under 18 years old:
There are further requirements for children applying under category D, we will need to discuss.
This ruling is important and will affect you if you have children in your family unit.
A child will only have his residency extended to the day before his or her 25th birthday, irrespective of parents renewal date. Prior to that date you must apply to have the child (now counted as a new individual adult) registered as a new adult and individual.
This then means that IF the original family unit applied under the old passive residency law, then either the child or parents on his behalf will be required to pay a new bond of €30,000 (i.e. an additional € 23,000). The child will require an own bank account and have a bank certificate of deposit isssued in his name. On the plus side as a sibling, he or she will be allowed to continue to live in the same address.
IF you applied under the new law, then Immigration are not only going to require an increase in the bond (from €10,000 to € 50,000) but also a new and individual investment of €350,000. This could take the form of the share of a property, but all families that apply MUST be aware of these rulings and take action way before the due date.
If under Category D active residency presumably the way around this is for the company to employ the dependent or pass to him or her 20% or more of the company shares. He or she then should be able to apply for a residency permit.
Further new minor regulations require insurance for child dependents that was not required before with new bank certificate for certain percentages of the minimum wage here ( about € 12,500) for each child and spouse which is Immigration´s way of proving you have sufficient funds for supporting the children.
Another procedural point is that you cannot apply on behalf of child dependents until your own ( and your spouse) applications are approved. Unlike passive residency which can take up to 6 weeks, the cards for active residency normally take about 3 days. Of course we have to prove effective custody in that both spouses agree for the children to live with one parent in Andorra, but that can be easily done.
In addition to the French, Spanish and Andorran schools available in most parishes, there is also an independent school where most english speaking expat children attend. The medium of many subjects is in English, but children will very quickly become fluent in most if not all of the three main languages in Andorra, Catalan, Spanish and French.
It is easy to secure a place for your child in this independent school called the Agora International School. The school offers a multilingual international education.
The school is located in the La Massana valley at the village of Aldosa, and is for children from 6 to 18 years old. The primary school is from 6 to 12 years and thereafter the children progress to senior school.
The fees for the international school are €750 for a one off enrolment, then €670 per month with additional and optional monthly costs of €140 for food and €150 for transport to and from the school. If more than one child enrols then there is a 10% discount offered.
In addition to all the usual education and exams, a variety of winter and summer sports and activity camps are organised.
I can arrange for parents to meet the director for preliminary visits. I can also arrange for introduction to the state schools if desired.
Please click here or on the logo to the left to go to the school website.
Additionally for resident children (only as the International School does allow non resident children) there are available the state education systems of Andorra, France and Spain. These are non fee paying but will depend on the age of your children and whether there would be language difficulties, in a nutshell, the earlier the better !!!
Once you are fmiliar with relocating children and education in Andorra please return to the application process.