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Living in Valencia is a great experience and every young international should have the opportunity to do it. That way you can learn not only a new language, but a whole new culture with its own traditions.
To get settled in Valencia there’s something you need to do first: get a Spanish NIE (Número Identificativo de Extranjero).
If you decide to stay for a medium or a long time, getting a NIE in Valencia is the first thing you have to do, in order to obtain things such as a job or a telephone contract, or if you want to open a bank account.
Who needs to get the NIE number in Spain?
If you are from European Union and you’re planning to stay in Valencia for more than 90 days, and you are one of these cases, then you should get a NIE number:
There's two ways to obtain your NIE: apply for it when you arrive to Valencia or do it before, when you are still in your country.
You must follow these steps:
The first thing you have to do to apply for your NIE is to request an appointment. Where? At the Government official website, by clicking on this link and selecting «Certificados UE» among all the options. To continue, click “Aceptar”. It will redirect you to a new page where you can download and fill out this form. Then type your informations such as your name and your passport number. The next thing you have to do is select the appointment “Solicitar cita”.
You will have to download and fill the tax form Tasa modelo 790 Código 012. Do it before you go to your appointment because that is the document you will have to show to proof that you have paid the tax.
On the day of your appointment, when you go to the office (remember to bring all your documents with you), you will have to pick a number and wait for your turn. Once your NIE is ready, you will receive it within the next 5 days.
On the day of your appointment, you will have to bring the following documents with you (they can change depending on your status: student or worker):
Based on your status you will also have to show:
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.
We recommend you to apply for the NIE in Valencia before you arrive to the city, because it can take a long time to obtain an appointment.
If you have any doubts, contact us, we are here to help you!
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