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Foreigners’ Identity Number – NIE – Número de Identificación de Extrajeros


Foreigners’ Identity Number – NIE – Número de Identificación de Extrajeros.

Many of you feel lost when you find out that you have to apply for the NIE, if you are going to spend more than 3 months in Spain. Many of you ask me what you have to fill in, when to apply for it and where to submit the NIE application.
With this post I intend to solve these doubts and help you to do so.

Who must apply for NIE?

Citizens of a Member State of the European Union or of another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area have the right to reside in Spanish territory for a period exceeding three months. The interested parties will be obliged to apply personally to the Foreigners’ Office of the province where they are living to apply for NIE, Número de Identificación de Extranjeros.

The application must be submitted within three months to the arrival to Spain.

In what cases you will need to have the NIE?

  • If you want to open a bank account.
  • If you want to get a Spanish phone number-SIM card.
  • If you want to enrol at a university, official Spanish language school or any other course subsidized by the Spanish State.
  • If your family has to make you an insurance policy so you can drive the car

What will you need to appy for the NIE?

You can check the instructions to fill-in in English.

  • Original and copy of the complete passport, or identity card.
  • Host family acceptance form signed by both parts – Invitation letter you received when you matched with the host family by your/our au pair agency.
  • European Insurance card- – medical insurance.

How much will cost you?


Where you have to present the NIE?

You must present these documents in the police station nearest your residence in Spain.

What happens if you don’t apply for the Foreigners’ Identity Number – NIE?

If you are a European citizen nothing really happens, the entries and exits within European countries are not controlled and also in many cases you usually return for Christmas or spend a weekend to visit your family.

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