NIE BARCELONA (Número Identidad Extranjero)
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The N.I.E will be your most important document when moving to Spain.
Without it, you will not be able to purchase land, property, cars (or any vehicle), or even enter into an agreement for water, electricity or any other utilities, including a mobile phone contract, ADSL, or any other services.
It goes without saying that all the services mentioned above will also require a bank account from where automated payments (or direct debits) will be made.
NIE BARCELONA: APPLICATION FOR EUROPEAN UNION CITIZENS
The process of obtaining the NIE has been changed in the last couple of months. Before, the actual NIE Number was printed out on a piece of green paper and it included details such as your name, address, nationality, and the actual NIE number which consists of 9 digits (7 numbers and 2 letters).
Now the process is a little bit more complicated and requires a couple of visits to the Foreigner’s office (Oficina de Extranjeros). For a detailed description on the process check the article NIE Barcelona – EU citizens.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIE and NIF NUMBERS
Often people will request your NIE or NIF number. These two are really the same, but your NIE is used to identify you, and the NIF number is used to perform fiscal functions such as opening bank accounts, purchasing vehicles etc. The requirements (and document) for application are the same though.
NIE BARCELONA: APPLICATION FOR NON-EUROPEAN CITIZENS
The procedure for NON-EUROPEAN citizens is more complicated and our advice is to contact you embassy and obtain the information for your country or go personally to the nearest Foreigners Office and require there as to all the documents you need.
Generally if you are not an EU citizen you will need two passport photos and you will need to bring proof that you have entered legally in Spain at the Foreigners Office – (Declaracion de entrada).
We offer a special NIE service whereby we determine your unique circumstances and reasons for moving to Barcelona and then offer you the best solution to obtain your NIE.
This means that we help you:
- fill in the paperwork
- ensure that you have all the necessary documents and copies
- make the appointment with you at the NIE office
- go with you to the appointment on the day
- assist with the payment of the associated fees
- return with you to the NIE office if necessary.