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Living in Barcelona as a young international has many advantages: you’ll enjoy such a vibrant and charming city with an incredible nightlife. But, you should know that there also are some stuffs that you have to do in order to get settled in Spain: getting a NIE (Número Identificativo de Extranjero).
Why getting a NIE in Barcelona? First of all, it’s the most important process you have to deal with if you want to obtain many other things such as: opening a bank account, signing a job contract, getting a telephone contract, etc.
Who needs the NIE number in Spain? All the European citizens that are going to live in Spain or stay here for more than 90 days for any of this reasons:
You can obtain your NIE in to ways: apply for it in Spain or while you’re still in your country.
Let’s have a brief overview of the steps:
In order to get your NIE in Barcelona, first of all, you need to request an appointment at the Government official website. After clicking on this link, you have to select «Certificados UE» among the available options. Then click “Aceptar” for the new page and download and fill out this form . Then click “Entrar” for the new page and fill the information about your name and the passport number. Click “Aceptar” and you can select the appointment “Solicitar cita”.
Download and fill the tax form Tasa modelo 790 Código 012 before going to the appointment. This is the tax fee you need to pay and show on the day of the appointment.
The day of the appointment, show up at the office with all the necessary documentation. Get your number and wait for your turn. Once you asked for it, you’ll receive it within the next 5 days.
The office for the foreigners (Oficina de Extranjería) is in Rambla de Guipuzcoa 74 (Sant Martí), and the metro stop is Bac de Roda or Sant Martí (Línea 2).
The following documents are what you need to bring on the day of your appointment and they may vary if you are a student or a worker in Spain.
In any of these cases, when you arrive at the office, you have to take with you:
Now, a quick overview of the documents you need depending on your status:
Working for a company or a private - documents:
Self-employment - documents:
If you don’t work in Spain - documents:
Student - documents:
*Note to the Non EU citizens: if you are from a non European country, click here to collect information about the documents you need to stay in Spain.
Just a last little tip: apply for the NIE in Barcelona way before your arrival, cause it will take a long to get an appointment. And, for any doubt contact us and we will be glad to help you!
See you soon,
Beatrice, an italian passionate about coffee (and food) that fell in love with Madrid, its international vibes and its latin rhythms. She's a dreamer that loves telling stories and travels through her photos.