GETTING THE NIE
The application process without speaking the language can be hard, stressful and time-consuming. As they applicant is required to attend twice to the National Police Station, the first time to apply for the NIE and the second time to collect it, not to mention the long queues. Also the difficulty of filling in the complex application forms, as well as the public servants lack of patience.
Once the NIE has been issued in the format of a certificate in a piece of paper, make sure to keep it in a safe place and make as many copies as you need, never hand in the original one.
WHAT IS A NIE?
The NIE is the spanish tax identification number assigned by the spanish authorities to any foreigner, it is a legal requirement prior to working in Spain, purchasing a property, selling a property, obtaining a mortgage, starting up a company.
The NIE (Numero Identidad Extranjeros) is a personal, individual, and unique identification number required for all foreigners in Spain who for economic, social or professional reasons need to deal with the Spanish administration or authorities.
Regardless of whether you plan to live in Spain permanently, rent for a short period of time or just buy a property you must first obtain a NIE number.
YOU NEED A NIE NUMBER IF:
You are buying a property in Spain
You want to work in Spain
You want to start a business in Spain
You want to set up a Company in Spain
You want to study in Spain
You are purchasing any asset over €3,000 including a vehicle
If you are planning on living in Spain permanently, then it makes sense to apply for residency. Not only will your presence in the country be nice and above board (many expats fly under the radar, whether through conscious choice or by simply not knowing the procedure), but you will also be benefiting your local council, and you’ll be entitled to pretty much the same rights as a nationalised Spaniard.