NIE Number (Numero de Identificatión de Extranjero)
If you’re from another EU member state you don’t need a work visa in order to work in Spain but you do need an NIE number. You need to go to the local Oficina de Extranjeros (Foreigner’s Office) to make your application.
In Barcelona the Foreigner’s Office is a police station and it’s on Calle Balmes 192 and it’s open from 9am – 2pm, Mon – Fri. The nearest metro is Diagonal.
If you are staying in Barcelona or Spain for three months or less you need to apply for temporary residency – essentially an NIE.
If you are planning to stay for more than three months you need to complete a different form and apply for residency and as part of the process you will get your NIE. You can apply for temporary residency or permanent residency.
The process of receiving your NIE is now much swifter than it used to be, and you will obtain your NIE or residency on the day you apply.
Why you need an NIE…
*To open a bank account
*To receive unemployment benefit
*To work in Spain
*To buy and sell property
*To get a loan or a mortgage
*To set up a business
*To register with social services and receive benefits
*To apply for a driver’s licence
*For tax payments.
*To install ADSL (in some cases)
How to apply for you NIE in Barcelona
If you are an EU citizen the process is now very easy and you will receive your NIE the same day you apply.
You will need:
*a completed application form
*Photo ID – your passport is best
*Receipt of payment of the fee (see below)
Go to your relevant Police Station foreigner’s office (in Barcelona it’s Calle Balmes 192). This office now operates a numbered system so first of all take your ticket and then you can sit down to wait for your turn. When I was last there it was button A on the ticket machine.
Please Note: The desk for NIE and residency applications closes after 100 tickets have been taken, so if you arrive late in the morning the chances are that 100 tickets have already been taken.
If your application is in order, you will be given a form for the payment of the fee for your NIE. You need to complete this form with your name, address, phone number and sign it. Take this completed form to a bank (there is one across the street), and make the required payment of about €10.
Take the receipt from the bank as proof of payment and go back to the Foreigner’s Office where you need to take a ticket number again (this time button B on the ticket machine) and wait your turn. You will then be given your NIE.
It’s possible to apply for an NIE before arriving in Spain by going to your local Spanish consulate. Complete the necessary paperwork there and your application will be sent to Madrid to be processed.
Office where NIEs and Residence Permits are issued:
Barcelona City Calle Balmes, 192
Badalona Av. Dels Vent,s 9-13
Castelldefels Pl. Esperanto, 4C
Cerdanuyola Del Valles Calle Verge de Les Feixes, 4