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Today we have the collaboration of Antonio Doblas de Doblas Abogados, a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience and a specialist in Immigration, among other matters. 

In this article, he explains how to request the NIE (Foreigner Identity Number) and the TIE (Foreigner Identity Card). The use of an expert lawyer like Antonio Doblas will save you time and queues, speed up the procedure and solve all the doubts that may arise throughout this tricky administrative procedure.

In the current situation caused by COVID, in which the Public Administration works slow, officials are teleworking and you also need to request a PREVIOUS APPOINTMENT for any administrative procedure. Therefore, in this article, I am going to explain everything you need to know about how to obtain the NIE and the TIE.

Here, you can see an example of a TIE. Among other things, it is the document that proves the identity of the foreigner in Spain, as well as the legal regime that applies to it. This card has the NIE. It is important to know that there may be people who have NIE, and yet they do not have a TIE, I will explain it to you below.

Spanish NIE number

FOREIGNER IDENTITY NUMBER (NIE)

It is the personal, unique and exclusive number that foreigners must have in Spain when they have economic, professional or social interests here.

This personal number will be the foreigner’s identifier and must appear on all documents issued or processed in Spain.

What are the requirements for obtaining it?

1. Not be in an irregular situation in Spain.

2. That it is requested by the economic, professional or social interests that the foreigner has or will have in Spain.

What documentation must you provide?

1. Application form in official form (EX – 15) in duplicate, duly completed and signed by the foreigner. You can get said form at this link.

2. Copy of the complete passport, travel document or registration card, or identity document if the applicant is a citizen of the European Union.

3. Communication of the economic, professional or social causes that justify the request.

What steps should you follow?

1. To present the application, it is essential to request an appointment on the next web page.

2. Place of presentation:

– From Spain: at the Directorate General of Police and the Civil Guard directly, or through the Immigration Office or Police Station of the province where you have your address.

– From outside Spain: at the Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office corresponding to your demarcation of residence and addressed to the General Commissariat for Immigration and Borders.

3. Pay the corresponding fees and attach proof of payment to the request. You can manage this procedure from the National Police page or the Immigration page. Here you can find both links:

– To pay the fees in the Police.

– To pay the fees in Immigration.

4. The period for the resolution of the request is usually between one and two weeks from when you presented it.

Who can process the application?

You can request it personally if you are a foreigner or grant a Power of Attorney in favour of someone, usually a lawyer, who processes it for you.

 

FOREIGN IDENTITY CARD (TIE)

It is an identity card that certifies the legal situation of the foreigner in Spain.

What are the requirements for obtaining it?

A foreigner may request an identity card in the following cases:

1. When a visa or authorization has been issued to stay in Spain for a period exceeding six months.

2. When the legal situation of the holder of the identity card or his employment situation has been modified or altered.

3. When the identity card that the holder had has been stolen, lost, destroyed or rendered useless.

What documentation must you provide?

1. Application form in official form (EX – 17) in duplicate, duly filled in and signed by the foreigner. Here you have the link to access the form.

2. Proof of payment of the card fee.

3. Accreditation of affiliation and / or registration with Social Security, if applicable.

4. A recent passport-size colour photograph on a white background.

5. If applicable, report the loss or theft, or presentation of the disabled card.

What steps should you follow?

1. To submit the application, it is essential to request an appointment on the following page (only if you can use this service in your province).

2. Place of presentation: at the Immigration Office or at the Police Station of the province where the authorization that recognizes the right or is authorized to remain in Spain has been processed.

3. Submission period: one month from the entry into Spain or from when the authorization is granted or becomes effective or, where appropriate, from the moment the card was stolen, lost, destroyed or made useless.

4. Pay the corresponding fees and attach proof of payment to the request. Here is the link to pay them.

5. The identity card will have the same validity period as the authorization or recognition of the right that justifies its issuance and will lose its validity when that authorization is produced.

Who can process the application?

Only the foreigner can process the application personally.

 

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