SPANISH SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
The Spanish social security number is what you need to allow you to start working in Spain. The social security system is Spain´ssystem of social protection. Under the Spanish constitution of 1978, article 41 determines that the public authorities shall maintain a public social security system for all it´s citizens that will guarantee enough support and social benefits in times of need, more specifically in the event of unemployment, and moreover that this support will be free of charge.
You will also need it for obtaining the healthcare card, which will give you access to Social medicine in Spain through the CatSalut organization. This means that a percentage of your income taxes go towards a medical plan that gives you access to doctors and specialists in Barcelona, and you will be able to find a clinic in your neighborhood, where you will be assigned a specific doctor.
Getting the Spanish Social security number is pretty simple and not too time consuming (depending on the queue of course), but in general shouldn`t take more than an hour.
Here you can find a list of the Social Security offices (referred to as TGSS – Tesoreria General de la Seguridad Social) –
The documents you need are:
- Copy and original of ID
- Copy and original of NIE
There you will have to fill in a form – Modelo TA1 (below you can have a look of the form)
It is not necessary to print it and take it with you. You will get one once you get in the office.
Of course filling it in before might save you some time. By law it might take longer before they give you the number, but usually they give it to you immediately.
Our advice is to get the Spanish social security number soon after obtaining your empadronamiento and NIE.
Firstly because once done, you won`t have to worry about it, and you will be prepared to start a job as soon as you find one.