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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NIE AND TIE?

NIE in Spain

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What is the NIE?

​The NIE is the so called foreigner identity number. In general every foreigner who wishes to purchase property in Spain, open a bank account, sign a lease agreement or most of anything, has to have this number. It is also included in the residence permit cards of foreigner residing in Spain.​

Indeed, both numbers are the same. The NIE is the so called foreigner identity number. In general every foreigner who wishes to purchase property in Spain, open a bank account, sign a lease agreement or most of anything, has to have this number.

Thus, if someone does not wish to live in Spain, but wants to buy property here for example, they have to obtain the non-resident NIE.

What is the TIE?

In the event that a residence permit is granted, the police will then issue you with the TIE, which is nothing more than the Alien’s Identity Card, i.e. the physical card, the plastic card containing identification data.

Many people tend to confuse NIE with TIE and as we have illustrated, not everyone who has a NIE would necessarily have a TIE but everyone who has a TIE would always have a NIE.

What is the EU Certificate?

If you plan on residing in Spain for more than 3 months as an EU citizen, you have to obtain your EU Registry Certificate (a thin green card). It also holds your NIE. However, the obtainment of the Certificate is an immigration process and the application has to be presented by the foreigner personally.

What can Lexidy do for You?

We can obtain this NIE for you ​via power of attorney. Once we receive the signed and apostilled power of attorney, we can get the NIE for you within 1-2 weeks. Also, we can guide you through the process of obtaining your TIE.

 

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