Spanish NIE’s and Visas
We Help You Get a Spanish NIE or Visa
This is a tax ID number for non-Spanish citizens. It connects them to the Spanish government and is required to do almost anything in Spain: hire internet service, utilities, buy property, accept a job, etc.
This allows a citizen of a Non-EU country to live in Spain legally. Some also allow them to work. Citizens of an EU country already have these rights and do not need an Immigrant Visa.
NIE’s – Two Types
Certificate of Residence NIE
It’s For: A citizen of a European Union (EU) country, Switzerland or Norway who qualifies as a Spanish ‘resident‘ (for a definition see the FAQ below). They must apply for a ‘Certificate of Residence’ and on the certificate is the NIE.
Process. Apply at the police station in the Spanish municipality where you live. The processing time depends on the station, in Barcelona about three weeks.
It’s For: Everyone else, EU-citizens who don’t qualify as a Spanish ‘resident’ and all Non-EU citizens. It’s a piece of paper with the NIE written on it, valid 90 days and renewable. It only allows you to do certain acts in Spain, such as hire utilities or buy property. It does not allow you to live or work in Spain.
Process. Apply at any authorized police station or a Spanish embassy. The processing time varies, in Barcelona about three weeks.
Citizens of a Non-EU country must have an Immigrant Visa, called a Residence Permit, to live or work in Spain legally. Citizens of some countries, such as the USA, may reside in Spain for 90 days without a visa; for any time beyond that a Visa is required. We assist with two types.
I. Golden (or Property) Visa
It’s for people who purchase Spanish property, stock or national bonds. It allows you to work and there is no residency requirement. This means you don’t have to live or file an income tax return in Spain.
II. Wealth Visa
In Spanish it’s called ‘Visa no Lucrativa’. It’s for people who can show they have a certain amount of monthly income, or savings, to live in Spain. It does not allow you to work.
Normally you apply at the Spanish Embassy in your resident country. Your spouse, and children under 18 years old, may be included on your application. Below are some of the required documents.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
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We can obtain a NIE for you in Barcelona fast and cheap. For taxes, we work with a Spanish tax attorney who specializes on tax issues for non-Spaniards. These issues can be tricky. A good tax attorney is very important. Feel free to call or email for some advice. Thanks again for visiting our site.