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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government departments and the information may be subject to change.

If you are not Spanish and are moving to Barcelona, or have already done so, it is likely that you have heard of some documents necessary to live, study and work legally in Spain. Here we will inform you of all you need to know about NIE/TIE, Empadronamiento, and Social Security Number.

To make it easier to understand the processes, we will explain what each document consists of, and if you need it or not:

NIE/TIE: The NIE is a number of identification assigned to any foreigner who lives in Spain. It is necessary to carry out any procedures with the administration, contract products and services, and ultimately your identity number. The TIE is the foreigner identity card and is only necessary for those who are citizens of countries that are not members of the EU. In addition to the printed NIE, the photo of the card carrier will appear on the TIE card.

The Empadronamiento is a necessary requirement to be able to access public services such as health services or education. This will make you a citizen of the city in which you reside. You will need this document to apply for any other paperwork like the NIE/TIE and Social Security.

The Social Security Number is necessary to work legally in Spain.

Depending on your length of stay in Spain, if you are from a country who is a member of the EU or not, if you carry out operations that have tax repercussions or if you will work during your stay, you could need one or more of these documents.

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In your case, what documents do you need?

  1. I am a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain less than three months, and will not work. What documents do I need?
  • It is mandatory to register yourself by applying for an Empadronamiento to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • You will need NIE only for economic reasons. If you, for example: Open a bank account**, sign a phone contract, or fill out any administrative paperwork.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and a NIE.

  1. I am a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain less than three months, and I will work. What documents do I need?
  • It is mandatory to register yourself by applying for an Empadronamiento to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • It mandatory to obtain a Social Security Number to work legally in Spain.
  • To obtain your Social Security Number, you must be previously in possession of an NIE.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, NIE and the Social Security Number.

  1. I am a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain for more than three months, and I will work. What documents do I need?
  • It is mandatory to apply for the NIE which permits you to reside legally in Spain.
  • It is mandatory to register yourself by applying for an Empadronamiento to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • It is mandatory to obtain a social security number to work legally in Spain.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, NIE and the Social Security Number.

  1. I am a citizen of the European Union or equivalent*, I will live in Spain for more than three months and I will NOT work. What documents do I need?
  • It is mandatory to apply for the NIE which permits you to reside legally in Spain.
  • It is mandatory to register yourself by applying for an Empadronamiento to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and NIE.

  1. I am NOT a citizen of the European Union nor equivalent* and I will NOT work during my stay. What documents do I need?
  • It is mandatory to apply for the TIE if your stay is longer than six months.
  • It is mandatory to register yourself by applying for an Empadronamiento to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local, just as applying for your TIE.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and TIE.

  1. I am NOT a citizen of the European Union nor equivalent* and I will work during my stay. What documents do I need?
  • It is mandatory to obtain the TIE that will permit you to reside legally in Spain.
  • It is mandatory to register yourself by applying for an Empadronamiento to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • It is mandatory to obtain a Social Security number in order to work legally in Spain***.

Find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, a TIE and the Social Security Number.

* EU citizens and equivalent Refers to: Citizens of the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland , Hungary , Ireland , Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemborg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden), the European Economic Area (Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway) and Switzerland.

** In the case that you want to open a bank account and do not have an NIE, we will help you to open an account thanks to our collaboration with Banco Sabadell.

***If you arrive in Spain on a Student Visa you technically do not have rights to work and hold a job not unless you specifically apply for a document which gives you permission to work on a student visa.

The Citylife Team

 

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