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How to get nie in barcelona?

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Answer # 1 #

You are in luck, because with the help of ShBarcelona‘s guide you will be able to smoothen the (sometimes frustrating) proces that one normally has to go through upon arriving in the city and finding work in Barcelona.

Let’s start at the very beginning and explain what a NIE is. NIE stands for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, and it is a personal number that is exclusively connected to you, a foreigner wishing to come and live in Spain.

The document consists of a letter, is followed by seven numbers, and ends with another letter. Once you have your NIE, you will use it on each and every document with your name on it (mobile phone contract, utility services, bank account).

The NIE is issued by the Spanish Ministerio del Interior, and it is proof that you have economic, professional or social interests in Spain (family or work).

The first and most important factor: your presence in the country must be legalised, and therefore you must provide the required documentation to justify the reason for your request for a NIE. Below we will give you the steps on how to obtain your NIE:

1) Fill in form EX-15 in duplicate. You can download the EX-15 form from the website of the Ministerio.

2) Collect all the documentation mentioned in the form.

3) Make an appointment with the Dirección General de Policía Extranjera or with the police station in the region where you live.

A) Steps for citizens from the EU and Switserland: Click on the link to make an appointment.



Field: Oficina Answer: choose your location here

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B) Steps for non-EU citizens or people from Switserland: Visit the Dirección General de Policía or the office of the Oficina de Extranjería on Passeig de Sant Joan.

4) Pay the requested amount for Model 012 “asignación de Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) a instancia del interesado” of 9.64 euro.

5) Take all the required documentation with you on the day of the appointment. (and at least one copy)

We advise you to take the following documents with you on the day of the appointment:

According to the information provided by the Ministerio de inclusión, seguridad social y migración it will take “cinco días desde la entrada de la solicitud en el registro del órgano competente para su tramitación”, so five days to process your request.

You can start the process in your own country, and then you must go to the Spanish embassy with a request addressed to the Comisaría General de Extranjería y Fronteras.

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We advise you to start searching for a job at the same time (or before) applying for your NIE. You could very well already have a job offer when going to your NIE appointment, and this may help during the application process for your permanent NIE.

One advice: Some banks will not accept processing the payment of your NIE, because you don’t have an account with them (which is funny, because you need a NIE to open a bank account in the first place), but don’t panic, some banks are willing to break the cycle and accept your payment.

With a stamped receipt you will then return to the branch to complete the applying process and obtain your NIE number. The document itself, however, will be ready to collect at the same office one week later. It is a small card (credit card size) that will fit in your wallet. Don’t lose the card, because you will have to pay if you need a replacement.

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Barcelona is a bubbling and welcoming city, and more and more technologie companies are opening offices here with an increasing demand for skilled employees. It does, however, depend comletely on what kind of job you are looking for and how experienced you are if there’s a match.

A good level of Spanish and/or Catalan is helpful and increases your chances of finding work in Barcelona. If your language skills are not good enough, you can always decide to teach English, as a large number of people and schools in Barcelona are looking for English teachers.

Another popular place for newcomers in Barcelona is working in call centres. There are plenty of them, and they are all looking for English speaking employees or other European languages. This could be a good option, at least in the beginning, to work on improving your Spanish while getting paid for the hours you work at the call centre.

Other jobs – au pair, waitress/waiter, shop assistant – are relatively easy to find in Barcelona, but finding more specialised work can be complicated. You need different qualifications for this, although they do exist. It’s a matter of actively searching for them and being persistent.

There are plenty of websites to find a job in Spain. Infojobs, Indeed or Expat life Barcelona are a good start for general tasks, while Lingobongo and LinkedIn are more suitable for specialised jobs.

If you would rather have someone else looking for a job that fits you, you can always register with a temp or recruitment agency, also called ETT. Examples of these types of agencies are Michael Page, Page Personnel and Randstad.

If you are skilled in certain digital profiles, then you could be contacted via LinkedIn by headhunters. As we already mentioned, technology start-ups are flourishing in the city and they sometimes delegate the search for digital talents to headhunters.

If you already have a company in mind, don’t hesitate to contact it directly. You can call it or send your CV. You should know that nobody frowns upon contacting a company directly in Spain, so you might as well make good use of it.

Ayano Bockman
Chemical Engineer
Answer # 2 #

You will find various articles about the NIE online, but many of them are not updated. So don’t rely too much on articles written before 2018!

If you have been trying to get your NIE for a while without success, you need to find out what’s going wrong. The information published by the State is not clear and is often confused with the various articles that can be found on the Internet.

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The NIE is an acronym for Número de Identidad de Extranjero or Foreigner Identification Number. Don’t confuse this with NIF, which means Número de Identification Fiscal or Tax Identification Number.

The NIE is an important document for residents in Spain. Not only does it allow you to legally reside in Spain, but also allows you to:

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As you can see, it’s impossible not to have it if you plan to live in Spain mid-long term. It’s the equivalent to a passport, but the Spanish version.

If you are coming to Barcelona, you must be interested in finding out how to get your Empadronamiento in the city, how to obtain your Social Security Number, how to open a bank account etc. If this is the case, visit our section about living in Barcelona.

The NIE is necessary for all foreigners who wish to live in Spain or live in the country for more than 3 months for any of the following reasons:

If none of these reasons are relevant to you and you are visiting the country for less than 90 days, it is not mandatory for you to get the NIE.

If you are a student or you work online for a company in your country whilst living in Spain (for more than 3 months), you can get the NIE but it is not mandatory. In cities with lots of foreign students like Barcelona, it is difficult and tiring trying to get the NIE. Think wisely!

There are two ways of obtaining the NIE: apply for it in Spain or in your home country. Which steps have to be taken when obtaining the NIE?

Seems easy, right? Then, why do people experience say it's so difficult? Well, there are different ways of getting your NIE which all depend on:

We are going to explain all the options.

Getting the NIE in your home country is often much easier than doing it when you are already in Spain. However, you need to do it a long time in advance, at least one or two months before you leave. You just have to contact the nearest Spanish Embassy and they will tell you the documents you need to send to them. Once the application is processed, you will receive your NIE in a few days.

First of all, you should know there are two ways of getting your NIE and this depends on if you come from a country within the EU or outside it.

Getting a date for the NIE can become a real obstacle course, especially in the summer and in cities like Barcelona. The first step is to go the official page for the Spanish Government. These are the steps you need to follow:

If there are no appointments available, go to the official Spanish Government website at 8am in the morning on Monday. A limited amount of appointments will open at that exact moment, so do not delay. If you still don’t get an appointment, update the page constantly for 1 hour. If you are unlucky, try the following week or try going directly to the police to help you get it.

Here, you will find the address of the two Immigration Offices in Barcelona. But look! These offices are for citizens coming from outside of the EU.

For everyone who comes to Spain from a country which isn’t part of the European Union, getting the NIE is a little more complicated.

In reality, you already have your foreign number on your visa. So then why do you have to apply for it? Well, citizens outside the EU need one more document to lvie in Spain: the TIE. To get it, you have to follow the steps needed to get your NIE, but in reality you have the TIE.

What is the TIE? The Ayuntamiento de Barcelona webpage says “La Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (The Foreign Identity Card or TIE) is the physical document which contains details of identification, a photograph and the NIE number as well as the type of authorisation for a stay or residence in Spain. This condition of residency or stay in Spain permits a legal stay in the country and according to the type of residence, whether you are allowed to work or not.”

The first step will be to apply for your appointment, the same as the citizens coming from a country in the European Union. There is only one difference, small but very important. When applying for the appointment, follow the same steps explained in the paragraph for citizens from within the EU but without clicking on Certificados de la UE. The Barcelona office that deals with citizens outside the EU is the Immigration Office on Rambla Guipúscoa, 74 – Barcelona.

If you have not managed to obtain an appointment and you can’t wait anymore, you can go to a police station in a city close to Barcelona where there is less demand.

You have to go early, very early. In summer, the ideal time to arrive is at 5am, at the latest. Take a book or something to occupy yourself because they start to distribute the numbers at 7am.

A good option is the police station in Badalona. Go to the following address: Avd. Joan XXII, 2, 08930 – Sant Adria del Besós. You can get there easily using line 2 on the metro or with the BusNit at night (since the metro doesn’t start until 5am). Between 10 and 20 numbers are given each day, Monday to Friday, but you should call the day before to guarantee that they will distribute the numbers the following day, it would be a shame to wait for nothing. The number to call is +34 934 627 013.

Nowadays, this strategy is very risky. You could waste a lot of time for nothing. The police stations in the towns close to Barcelona don’t want to do the capitals work and could ask you for the empadronamiento and reject your NIE application if you are not registered in the same town. Think about it before going and talk to someone who has some experience.

If you don’t know what the empadronamiento is, take a look at this article:

Attention! Any official document that is in a language other than Spanish or Catalan must be translated by an official translator beforehand.

Whether or not you are an EU citizen, the third step is to go to the appointment with your documents and a lot of patience. Here you will have to take a number and wait for your turn.

You will have to pay a fee of about €10 that same day, in any bank, under Model 790 Code 012. Then, return to the office and without queuing again, deliver the receipt.

Incredibly ... you will have your NIE! (:

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Answer # 3 #
  • Make an appointment at an Oficina de Extranjeros.
  • Download the Modelo 790 / código 012 and Modelo EX 15 forms.
  • Go to a bank with the Modelo 790 completed form.
  • With completed form Modelo EX 15, go to the Oficina de Extranjeros or Police.
  • You get the NIE number right away.
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