If you are in Madrid, here’s how to get it in 3 steps, after you gain the right to be in Spain:
1) obtain a NIE appointment
Go to https://sede.mpt.gob.es/icpplus/citar , choose the “Madrid” region, and choose the right option according to your case in the 2d drop down list:
- Students: “Autorización Estancia Inicial Estudios”,
- UE citizens, who want to stay in Spain for over 6 months: “CERTIFICADOS UE”,
- I recommend you also take another appointment to check everything by choosing in the same page “INFORMATION”
- If you need more specific information on how to fill each form, consult this page.
The delay I observed to get an appointment is 1 to 4 months, and add to this 2 months to this if summer gets in the way.
If you need a NIE quicker, then you can obtain a transitory NIE en Hacienda, the Ministry of Economy or professionals have special access (contact me if you need help on this).
2) prepare the papers
- prepare the relevant form – you can download it here – in most cases the ex-18,
- original and copy of passport or identity card you need to be legally in Spain,
- proof of the appointment (reference number for instance)
- communication of the reasons you are in spain (work, study, leasure) and justify this request (rental contract…) or the “Volante de Empadronamiento” (local municipal paper proving you live here) – I recommend doing the padron before since it’s quick, and some instructions say it’s mandatory, some don’t.
- “modelo 790 (Cod. 12)” to pay the standard fee (10,30 € as of the update of the article) for the procedure – you can get this at any “”Oficina de Extranjeros” o “Comisaría de Policía” normaly. However, they often lack them, so go to the closest and then if they do not have it, go to where there always have these forms – Avda. Padre Piquer, 18 (metro: Campamento, line 10) and then pay the fee in any major bank or post office.
And since the new regulation, you also need to prove you have health insurance in Spain and the sufficient income to support your stay, even for UE citizens.
This can be proved the following way:
- if you are employed, your work contract, or declaration of employment from your employer, or the official social security papers,
- if you are a student, the official document form your university, a private health insurance certificate, and a declaration saying you have the money to cover your costs during your stay,
- if you are an entrepreneur, you need to become an entrepreneur under the Spanish system. You’ll need help from an accountant for this in most cases if you do not speak Spanish.
- If you do not fit in any of these cases, you need to demonstrate you have health insurance, and the money to cover your costs.
For all the details, see the official document here.
3) go to the appointment 1h in advance
Review evertything your forms with a person at the information desk.
Go with all the possibly relevant papers prepared (better too much than not enough) and be very positive. Also:
- Talk some spanish,
- stay open minded and positive,
- always ask for specific actions to solve problems that arise,
- and you will normally get 2 copies of your certificate within normally a reasonable time span, sometimes even instantly !
After all that, you will be able to boast your certificate in expat parties, and be sure no bureaucratic door will be closed to you ;-).
Seriously, with a NIE, you can for instance open a bank acount with whatever bank you want, instead of having to limit yourself to bank that accept passports.
If you have any question or remark on administrative procedures or anything about moving to Spain, do comment or do send me an email !