N.I.E Barcelona – EU citizens
A detailed explanation on how to get a NIE in Barcelona
As explained in the NIE article the whole process has been changed in the last couple of months.
One of the changes is that now you have to make an appointment – citizens are not accepted at the foreigner’s office without one. Usually, it takes around 2 weeks to get the appointment – so if you apply on 1st June, you will probably get a date for around 12-14th June.
The office that you will have to go to is located on Rambla Guipuscoa 74 (Nearest metro is Bac de Roda).
You can make this appointment via the website (keep in mind it´s in Spanish).
On the page you will have to select your province, and in the box below that reads (TRÁMITES DISPONIBLES PARA LA PROVINCIA SELECCIONADA) you will have to select “CERTIFICADOS UE”. Then click on ACEPTAR to proceed.
You will be taken to the next page that explains in detail the required documents and general requirements (again only in Spanish).
On the next pages you will have to fill in your personal information. On the last page, you need to select “Solicitar Cita”.
The NIE is separated in 2 types – one that is valid for 3 months, and a permanent one.
NIE VALID FOR 3 MONTHS
IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind that this NIE is given in very rare cases – for example when somebody is planning to buy a property or in some cases when you are planning to register as a freelancer. You cannot get it if you are planning to look for a job and you are hoping in the meanwhile to get the temporary NIE – if you are planning to find a job then you have to first find one, get a job offer and then apply directly for the permanent NIE.
For the temporary one you have to bring:
- Passport – original and copy
- Print-out of the confirmation of the appointment
- The print-out of the application form (called Modelo EX-15), however you can also get this when you arrive at the Foreigners Office
- You will also be asked why are you moving to Spain – are you planning to study, work, register as a freelancer etc. The reason you choose will be added to the EX-15 form – and you will have to come back to the NIE office in less than 3 months with proof that you are studying, working etc. This is also the moment to ask the clerk what documents exactly your case will require – for example in case you are planning to work you will have to bring the contract and several other documents from your employer.
If you already have an “empadronamiento” – we would advise you to bring original and copy – they might or might not ask you for it – but it’s always better to be prepared. (Actually this is what I advise when obtaining a new document – bring all the documents you have, because sometimes the requirements are changed overnight). In any case for the EX-15 form you will be asked to fill in an address in Barcelona.
Once all the documents are given, you will be given a piece of paper, with which you will have to go to the bank and pay the NIE fee – which is around 10 Euros. Here you have to keep in mind that most banks accept this payment only until 10:30 in the morning and on certain days. If you speak Spanish and you are persistent/lucky enough you can make the payment after 10:30, but it is not highly possible.
After paying the fee you have to go back to the foreigner’s office, where they will process now all documents including the confirmation of the payment and then you will have to come back the next day to get the temporary NIE. This is a white piece of paper with the NIE number assigned to you, your address and other personal information – the paper will say that this NIE is valid only for 3 months.
Every EU or EEA citizen who is planning to stay in Spain for more than 3 months is obligated to register in the Registro Central de Extranjeros.
You will have to present: passport (copy and original), EX-18 form and proof of the reasons why you are planning to stay in Spain. There are 5 main reasons – as a student, as a freelancer, as an employee or as a family of another EU citizen. The 5th option is to prove that you have sufficient financial resources to live in Spain without working. Detailed information on the requirements depending on your case can be found here. After this you will obtain your permanent NIE – a green wallet size NIE card.
If you don`t speak Spanish make sure that you bring a friend who speaks Spanish with you. If you need any additional help or questions don`t hesitate to contact us. We do offer a service whereby we assist you through the whole process and go with you to the Foreigners office. For more information, please contact us – http://justlandedbcn.com/contact/