If you are planning to move to Spain… then the first thing that you will need is your NIE number. What is this number needed for? Nearly everything. It is required when buying a property, buying a vehicle, realizing any kind of procedure or paperwork in the country, etc. But, what exactly is the NIE number?
WHAT DOES THE NIE NUMBER SERVE FOR IN SPAIN
The NIE number in Spain is an Identification number for foreigners. It is unique and personal, and also serves for tax identification purposes. The NIE is provided by the Spanish National Police, and the application procedure is really simple (especially if you rely on the help of specialized lawyers such as the ones who compose our team).
Foreigners who, due to their financial, professional and social interests, have any interests in Spain, will be given, for identification purposes, a sequential number that is personal, unique and exclusive. This means that, if you are an immigrant who is willing to start living in Spain, you will be given the NIE number in order to apply for any kind of residency permit afterward, in order to cover your lack of citizenship.
And which are its uses? The NIE number is necessary for any kind of economic transaction like opening a bank account, setting up a company, buying or renting a real estate property or a car, any kind of paperwork, etc.
BE CAREFUL! THE NIE IS NOT THE TIE
Many individuals make the same mistake: confusing the NIE with the TIE.
The TIE (Tarjeta de identificación del extranjero), a residency card, is the card of the residency for foreigners who live inside Spain, This card contains the NIE number.
WHICH ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF NIE?
Currently, there are two different types of NIE numbers in Spain:
• The temporary NIE (for individuals who are not from an EU country).
• NIE for European Union citizens.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE NIE?
In order to apply for the NIE number in Spain, you will basically need the following documentation:
– The official NIE application form
– Identity document or Passport: the original and photocopy of all pages
– A document certifying the reason to be applying for the NIE
WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR THE NIE?
You can apply for the NIE before arriving in Spain, in the consulate of the country of origin. Furthermore, you also have the option to do it after the arrival in the country, at the relevant Provincial Immigration Office (“Oficina de Extranjería”).
If you are considering to start a company and incorporating it into the registry, it is advisable to begin the application process before initiating any formalities regarding the company set up; so you can completely eliminate any delay.
If you need any help with the NIE application process and would like to receive as fast as possible, do not hesitate to contact us NOW!