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    Dorcas Ebuara

    An NIE number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is very essential to start your life in Spain as a foreigner. It is a tax identification number for all foreigners living in Spain. If you are an EU citizen, you are required to apply for your number 3 months on arrival in Spain. However, a Spanish citizen has (Documento Nacional de Identidad) which means National Identity Document (NDI) with his/her unique information on it. In this post, you will get to know everything about getting your NIE number.

    The NIE number starts with a letter, followed by 8 or 7 digits, and ends with another letter. For example, (Y-12345678-R).
    The NIE number is important because you will need it for things like:

    • Opening a Spanish Resident Bank Account. You may want to (click here) for information on how to open a bank account in Spain if you are looking to do so.

    • Buying, selling or insuring a property

    • Arranging credit terms or a Mortgage

    • Paying Taxes in Spain

    • Be paid for employment

    • Use short-term employment agencies

    • To study/attend the University

    • Applying for a business permit to start a business

    • Registering with social security and arranging receipt of social security benefits

    • Applying for a driver’s license/Transferring to a Spanish license

    • Paying utility bills

    • Getting your residency

    There are no two ways about this, you just need to do it and make your stay in Spain as comfortable as it should be.

    There are three ways you can obtain your NIE number.

    • You can apply via the consulate of Spain in your country if you are not in Spain yet.

    • You can also apply through a trusted representative in Spain. For example, a lawyer.

    • Lastly, you can apply in person on arrival in Spain. It should be the first thing you sort out immediately you arrive.

      Applying for an NIE number comes with an organized procedure, the only disadvantage is that you may have to stand in a long queue for several hours to submit your application at a Spanish national police station. Not every police station issues an NIE, you should inquire on time to avoid regrets.
      Because the process varies between police stations, you may want to ask if you can make an appointment or just show up during specified working hours. It is also important to recheck the documents needed in your local police station before heading there. Nonetheless, you are required to go along with the following:

    • Completed Ex-15 form, which you can either download via (Ex15 form) or get directly from the police station. Usually, you’ll need 2 copies.

    • EU Nationals: Your passport and a photocopy of the main page of your passport (the page that includes your photo, name, passport number.

    • Non-EU nationals: Your passport and a photocopy of your entire passport (all pages), and proof of your legal entry into Spain (for instance a landing card, known in Spanish as a declaración de entrada or a título de Viaje or cédula de inscripción).

    • 2 recent passport photos

    • Proof of address

    • You might have to prove why you need an NIE number, for example, if you’re a non-EU citizen, and would usually get your NIE through the residency process

    • You’ll also have to pay a government fee. You should also make inquiries regarding this because the fee changes.

    • Make sure you are there on time; in appointments like this, you may likely meet the queue as stated earlier because so many people are also interested in getting their applications processed.

      Note that your Ex-15 form has to be in Spanish, you can ask for help from the locals to guide you. Also, your fee has to be paid at the bank, alongside a piece form 790 which would be needed in duplicate for completion of your NIE registration at the police station.

      If you are a non-EU citizen and have applied for residency permission, your NIE number is usually sorted alongside and printed on your certificate immediately after it is received.

      Your NIE number cannot be issued twice, but once In a lifetime. Supposing you travel for a long period and return to Spain, you should continue using the old number rather than requesting a new one. However, if you have a number and cannot find it, you should report it to the appropriate authorities for replacement.
      The procedure for acquiring an NIE is stress-free, just have all your documents intact and you are good to go!

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