What is NIE (Spain) and how to apply?

What is NIE (Spain) and how to apply?


What is NIE? 

NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) is the number of identification of foreigners. This numbers allows to have a relation with Spain for economic, professional or social interest. Article 206 of the Regulations of Organic Law 4/2000, on the rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain and their social integration, sets forth that foreigners having a relation with Spain for economic, professional or social interests shall be provided with a personal, unique and exclusive sequential number, for identification purposes.

Why I need NIE?

All the students or graduates who are coming to Spain for doing an internship or for working in a company need to have a NIE. Especially for those who’ll stay more than 3 months in this country as interns. Moreover, having NIE will give you a lot of advantages. You will be able to open a bank account, having a Spanish number and a lot more.

So, if you want to work in a Spanish company, you have to apply for this document 🙂

When should I apply?

You should apply for NIE few weeks before the start date of your internship. And in case you are going to a bigger city, like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, etc. you should apply up to a month ahead, even if you are still in your home country. All the process could take some time, as some places have long waiting lists to get your appointment.
Be sure to complete the application and obtain a meeting before you start to work in the company.

How to apply?

First of all, go here and complete the application for the appointment with the following information: choosing the city where you’ll be, your personal information, day and hour when you are available.
Then on a chosen day, you need to submit your application to the assigned police office (you will see the address in the process of the application), and it must be accompanied by:

1. Two copies of the completed request file (you can find it here);
2. Original + one copy of your passport or identity card;
3. We suggest you take the original and one copy of your Training Agreement
4. Please also bring the following form and pay a fee of 9,54 € at an authorized Spanish bank, before attending your appointment.

NIE Spain

Finally, it’s not so complicated if you want to have an amazing professional experience in Spain!


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