A NIE number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a unique identification number assigned to non-Spanish nationals in Spain. It is used for various administrative tasks, such as opening a bank account, signing a rental contract or even obtaining a mobile phone contract.

Getting a NIE number is a relatively simple process, but it can take some time. The first step is to complete the appropriate application form, which can be found online or at any police station or oficina de extranjeros (immigration office). Along with the application form, you will need to provide a valid passport or national ID card, as well as proof that you will be buying or renting a home or starting a business in Spain. This could be in the form of an electricity bill or a letter from your landlord.

Once your application is complete, you will be given an appointment to visit the police station or immigration office in person. At this appointment, you will need to present your passport or ID card, as well as any other documentation required, such as proof of address. The officer will then check your documents. After the appointment, it usually takes around 15 working days to get your NIE number. To simplify this process, a lawyer can be helpful or we at Spainmundo can guide and assist you.

It is also important to note that an NIE number is not the same as a TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero), which is a physical ID card for non-Spanish citizens. While an NIE number is required for many administrative tasks, a TIE card is not always necessary.

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When signing a rental contract, buying a home or opening a bank account, a NIE number is essential. It therefore becomes one of the first things to do when moving to Spain. To make things easier, it is good to know clearly what you need to prepare and when, and where to go when the time comes.

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