Apply for NIE number in Spain
Quick and reliable service for getting a foreign tax ID number. The NIE number allows ex-pats in Spain to achieve their personal, financial or professional goals.
🇪🇸 Why NIE do i need NIE Number?
The NIE, or “Número de Identidad del Extranjero” is the foreign identification number. This is an ID number for foreigners and ex-pats who are living, working or studying in Spain.
The Spanish government issues this number to register foreign citizens. Any foreigner who wants to live in Spain will have to get the right residence permit and NIE. Apply for a Foreign ID Card with Lexidy today.
How can a lawyer help with NIE Number?
We can obtain your NIE for you by acting on your behalf, through Spanish Power Of Attorney, or POA. There are several types of Power of Attorney in Spain and we will explain what’s best for you. However, each type removes the need for the client to travel regularly to Spain. This saves time, money and stress as an attorney will, in fact, act for you on legal matters.
Generally, power of Attorney is a straightforward process. We define our role and draft the Power of Attorney with your oversight. This is then checked by a Notary Public. We will answer any questions regarding the Power of Attorney forms.
In Spain, durable Power of Attorney (or durable poa) isn’t allowed. This is beneficial for you in the long term.
We also help clients obtain the NIE number at the Consulate or Embassy in your home country by providing guidance.
An NIE is essential for purchasing a property, signing a lease agreement, opening a bank account or creating a company. It can even be used in estate planning for wills and final testaments.
Our team of lawyers at Lexidy will be pleased to assist you with any of these plans or goals. We can also provide Power of Attorney and complete the NIE application process with your personal information.
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What is The Spanish NIE Number?
The NIE is an ID number that’s assigned to foreigners or ex-pats in Spain. Every non-Spanish person must have this number. Without this legal document, you cannot:
buy a property or real estate
open a bank account
create a business
sign a lease
find a job
sign a work contract
file a tax return
The NIE only refers to the number itself. If you obtain a foreign identity card or your EU Certificate in Spain, it will be on the document. It is one of the most important documents you can have in Spain.
How to Get The NIE Number in Spain?
Each foreign resident must complete an NIE application form to apply and get an NIE number. This is called Form EX-15 and is available online. It must be completed in Spanish as applications in English will be rejected. The application process requires you to share some personal information.
When applying, you must book an appointment before visiting any physical offices. If you are abroad, it must be any police station in the region of residence or the Spanish Consulate. Usually, the waiting period is from one to three weeks depending on the area and Consulate general.
Your NIE will be printed on your EU Certificate, which is a green card given to registered EU citizens in Spain.
We work with immigration offices across Spain to make the application process simple. Speak with an immigration lawyer about how to get an NIE in Spain.
What's the process of getting the NIE?
- We work with you to draft the Power of Attorney. Together we will define the scope of things like financial powers. This usually takes around one day
- The Power of Attorney is signed before a Public Notary. This also takes around one day to complete.
- The Power of Attorney needs to be formally stamped if it’s signed abroad. This takes between two days and two weeks depending on the country.
- The Power of Attorney documentation must need be sent to our offices. This step takes between two days and a week, depending on the country.
- We then submit the NIE application form to the authorities and obtain the NIE. Typically, it takes around three business days. We will handle any interactions with the immigration office.
Non-EU citizens will need to complete Form 790, which can be obtained here and requires sharing some personal information. We support many clients with completing and filing these forms if you have doubts.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Once you are granted the NIE, it does not change and will be yours for life. However, you may be asked for a residence permit or a non-resident NIE certificate issued within the last 90 days for certain specific procedures.
The NIE is the Foreigner’s Identity Number, the NIF is the tax identity number. All NIEs are valid as NIFs but not all NIFs are NIEs.
While it isn’t an official ID number, or número de identificación, many use it for this purpose
No, in order to work in Spain you need an NIE number linked to a residence and work permit.
In case you are an EU citizen you can apply for a residence and work permit in the Spanish territory. If you are a non-EU citizen, you need to apply from your home country.
If you are unsure if your immigration status allows you to work, speak with a lawyer. They will explain your options for work permits.
You can rent a property only with your passport, however, the landlord may require you to have an NIE. Despite this, it is not legally required.
No, the mere fact of having an NIE number does not allow you to reside in Spain. In order to reside in Spain, you will need to apply for a residence permit.
You can find out more about Spain’s residence permits here.