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What is an NIE Number?
A Spanish “Número de Identidad de Extranjeros” (NIE Number) is an Identification Number for Foreigners in Spain, as well as a Tax Reference Number.
A Spanish NIE is important to have if you wish to deal with any legal or official matters in Spain as a non-Spanish national, such as buying a property, starting a business or working. Read on to find out why NIE numbers are essential for getting by in Spain and how to get a Spanish NIE number in the UK.
Why Do I Need an NIE Number?
You need an NIE number when dealing with any financial transaction in Spain, particularly when paying taxes. Under Spanish law, you will need an NIE number to:
The Spanish NIE is a personal and non-transferable number. This means that once you obtain it, you will not be able to apply for a different one. If you lose or forget your NIE number, you may be able to retrieve it.
I Want to Move to Spain. Should I Apply For an NIE Number?
If you want to move to Spain, you must apply for a residence visa. If your visa is granted, your NIE number will be issued at the same time. However, although it is not mandatory, having a Spanish NIE number before obtaining your residence visa may be useful to prepare for the move, as it will help you open a bank account, arrange health insurance and rent or buy a property. Planning ahead can help take the hassle out of an already complicated process.
How do I get a Spanish NIE Number in the UK? Do I need to travel to Spain?
NIE numbers are issued by the Spanish National Police. Once issued, it needs to be registered at the Spanish Tax Authority.
If you are a British National, you can choose to either apply locally in Spain, or via the Spanish Consulate in the UK. Applying locally will involve going to Spain and making two trips to the police station (the first trip to initiate the application, the second to collect the number, usually between two to three weeks apart). These trips may involve significant waiting time.
Alternatively, if you are considering how to get a Spanish NIE number in the UK, applying via the Consular route can avoid the inconvenience of travelling to Spain. However, it can be a challenging process, as there is little support with filling in the forms, it can be unreliable and takes at least four weeks to complete.
How Labrums can help you get a Spanish NIE number
At Labrums Solicitors, we can take the pain and frustration out of applying for a Spanish NIE number by applying on your behalf, without you having to travel to Spain or needing to attend any lengthy appointments with the Spanish Authorities. Unlike most law firms, Labrums have an experienced Spanish solicitor working in-house. You will be in safe hands with Sergio, our expert Spanish Solicitor, who is bilingual in Spanish and English and has vast experience of both the Spanish and British legal systems. We are completely transparent with our costs, we won’t use legal jargon and we promise to keep you updated throughout the process to ensure it's as stress-free as possible.
Thank you for forwarding our NIE numbers to us. We would like to thank you for the speedy and efficient way that you and your office have dealt with this matter for us. We would certainly be happy to recommend you to anyone who needs this service carried out
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