Are you going to start a challenging career opportunity in Spain? Are you already overwhelmed with all the documents you need? Don't worry, if you already got your job in Barcelona we are here to provide you with a practical guide to better understand the process of how to obtain the NIE number (Foreigner Identification Number) and all the details you need to know.
What is the NIE number?
The NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros) is a personal and exclusive number (example: X1234567-Y), issued by the Office of Foreigners for the foreigners who relocate to Spain for more than 3 months for economic, professional or social interests. You should personally request the NIE in the General Police Department through the Immigration Department or in police stations, however, in case you are not in Spain yet, you can also start your procedure of requesting the assignment of the NIE in Spanish Consulates abroad. Both EU and Non-EU citizens can have NIE, for non-EU residents, a TIE (Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero) which stands for the physical (card) document of the number needed while EU citizens can use their passports in addition to their numbers to validate their numbers.
Why do I need a NIE number?
The NIE number is required for all kinds of paperwork, official proceedings or economic and professional interests if you do not have a Spanish Nationality. However, it is important to keep in mind that this number does not entitle you to reside in Spain. You may need the Spanish NIE number for several occasions:
To open a bank account
To establish a business or to have a Spanish job contract
To become self-employed
To buy real estate
To buy a vehicle
To study in Spain
To register for the national social security health plan
To apply for a driver’s license
To arrange utilities: for having internet and gas/electricity/water accounts
To file a tax return or for any sort of administrative request inherent to the foreign office.
How can I get the NIE number?
Here is a step-by-step guide to obtaining your NIE number:
First things first, access the website to start with the process on this link and follow these steps:
Choose “Barcelona” in “Provincias Disponibles”.
In the menu that appears, click on “Certificados EU”.
On the new page, click again on the section and choose “Certificados EU”. Then click on “Aceptar“.
The next page explains the documents you have to bring (don’t worry we have them in English below), then click on “Entrar” at the bottom.
Choose Pasaporte and fill in your passport number, full name (same as on the passport), your country and press “Aceptar”.
Click on “Solicitar cita” and then “Siguiente” and follow the instructions.
Save and print the confirmation (you will need it at the appointment).
If you cannot get an appointment in the first place, don’t worry, we all had the same problem. Try early in the morning, around 8-9 on weekdays to higher your chance or get help from an agency to fasten the process.
What documents do I need for the NIE appointment?
Once you have booked your appointment, you have to be careful with all the documents you require in order to have a comfortable appointment.
First: Do not forget that you have to pay the 012 tax fee (model 790) which is between 10-15 Euros. Access the online form here, fill in your personal information, select “Asignacion de NIE”, fill in the city and date information and select “En efectivo” for the cash payment and go to the nearest bank with the printed document.
A document justifying why you need the NIE number. For example, an offer letter from the company hiring you. It MUST include the start date of the contract, type of contract, full company name and NIF (Tax Identification Number) with original signature.
The printed confirmation of your appointment
The EX15 document (you can find it here).
Your passport and a copy of all the pages of your passport!
Two small size recent photos
Your European Social Security card or Private insurance card and a copy (for non-EU citizens the procedure is different, and the information can be found here)
Stamped tax payment form
Be present in the given location on the day of your appointment and make sure you bring every document listed above!
Do you still have some doubts, or you want to share with us your comments? Do not hesitate to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need professional help we recommend NIE Barcelona!