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Spain: Foreigner Identity Number (NIE).

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Foreigner Identity Number (NIE): It is a question of granting a foreigner identity number for identification purposes.

Organic Law 4/2000, of January 11, on the Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration (Article 34.2).
Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000, approved by Royal Decree 557/2011, of April 20 (article 206).

Not being in Spain in an irregular situation.
That is requested by the economic, professional or social interests of the foreigner.
That the reasons for requesting the allocation of the number be communicated.

Note: in general, copies of the documents must be provided and the originals must be displayed at the time the application is submitted.

Application form in official form (EX – 15) in duplicate, duly completed and signed by the foreigner. This form can be obtained at
Copy of the complete passport, travel title or registration card, or identity document if the applicant is a citizen of the Union.
Communication of the economic, professional or social causes that justify the request.
Important note: when documents from other countries are provided, they must be translated into Spanish or co-official language of the territory where the application is submitted.

On the other hand, any foreign public document must be previously legalized by the Consular Office of Spain with jurisdiction in the country in which said document has been issued or, where appropriate, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation except in the case in which said document has been apostilled by the competent Authority of the issuing country under the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 and unless said document is exempt from legalization under the International Convention.

For more information on how to get your NIE you can contact our team directly.

Subject legitimate to submit the application: the foreigner personally or through representation.
Place of presentation:
From Spain: at the Directorate General of Police and Civil Guard directly, or through the Aliens Office or Police Station of the province where you have your address.
From outside Spain: in the Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office corresponding to its demarcation of residence and addressed to the General Commissariat of Foreigners and Borders.
Fees for the assignment of Foreigner Identity Number (N.I.E.): must be paid prior to the resolution of the procedure,
Model 012 “Foreigner Identity Number (NIE) allocation at the request of the interested party”:
Deadline for resolution of the application: five days from the entry of the application in the register of the competent body for processing.

*The content of this page is merely indicative. Only the provisions of the regulations in force at the time the application is submitted is applicable.

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