Beside the fact that Spanish people don’t speak English – no offence. The second thing that I find like a “problem” is Spanish bureaucracy. For all people that are not from Spain / European Union they have to get TIE/NIE. Even if you’re from European Union country – like I am from Croatia, I was facing with the same problem. I needed to get my NIE.

From my experience Spanish bureaucracy is really slow and complicated. So, I decided to take you trough the process from my experience so it can be even a bit easier and faster for you.

First thing that you need to be prepared is when you get to the foreign office or to the police station – people don’t speak English, so you need Spanish for everything. Also, the same thing happens with all the information sites on the internet – everything is in Spanish. So let’s begin.

You will need a NIE/TIE to

  • Pay taxes and apply for paid internships
  • Apply for a NSS (número de seguridad social) or a Social Security Number
  • Apply for a business permit and starting a business
  • Opening a bank account
  • Prove you are a resident in Spain

What is NIE ?

NIE is Número de identidad de extranjero or a tax identification number in Spain known as NIE.

What is TIE ?

TIE is Tarjeta de identidad de extranjero or a Foreigner’s Identity card in Spain known as TIE.

The main difference is that people from European Union need just NIE and people who are not from the countries that are in European Union need visa and TIE.

How to apply for NIE / TIE?

Here is the link for application: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/

Steps (click on):

– PROCEDIMIENTOS

– EXTRANJERIA

– CITA PREVIA

– ACCEDER AL PROCEDIMIENTO

– mark your province (example: BARCELONA)

– EXPEDICION DE TARJETA DE IDENTIDAD DE EXTRANJERO/HUELLAS

You will probably need to wait your appointment around 5, 6 weeks (depends on the province) and after the appointment around 1 more month to get your card. Start your process as soon as you come to Spain and everything is going to be fine.

What do you need to apply?

EU citizens:

  • Appointment confirmation (sent to your email)
  • Passport and a photocopy
  • Proof of enrollment in a school or a job offer/contract
  • Receipt of paying the tax fee
  • A copy of the application form EX-18 (read below for more information)
  • A private Spanish health insurance with Europe coverage
  • Sufficient financial resources: an average of 532 euros per month or 6,400 euros per year

non-EU citizens:

  • Appointment confirmation (sent to your email)
  • Proof of enrollment in a school
  • Passport and a photocopy
  • A photocopy of your Spanish visa and entrance stamp
  • 3 passport-size photos, white background, not older than 3 months
  • Proof of registering yourself at the city hall (Certificado de empadronamiento)
  • A copy of the application form EX-17 (read below for more information)
  • A copy of the tax form 790 Code 012 (read below for more information)
  • Receipt of paying the tax
  • A Spanish health insurance (only if you are renewing your NIE)
  • Sufficient financial resources: an average of 532 euros per month or 6,400 euros per year (only if you re renewing your NIE)

IMPORTANT: make sure you don’t lose the receipt. You must present it at the police station.

Now take all your documents to the police station, wait in line and wait for your name to be called. Keep in mind that in most cases, not a single person speaks English at the police stations. If you do not speak any Spanish, I recommend taking someone who can understand and speak Spanish.

Let me know in the comment section below about your experience going through the NIE process. What worked well and what didn’t?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

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