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Residence permit: NIE/TIE

WHAT?

EU nationals planning to stay in Spain for a period exceeding three months must personally apply for the Foreigners’ Identification Number (NIE).

Non-EU nationals have to obtain the student-type card called a TIE (tarjeta de identidad de extranjero) once entering Spanish territory, a residence permit for studies, which will indicate your Foreigner Identification Number, called a NIE (número de identidad de extranjero). This is a document that allows you to live in Spain during your study period, as well as travel around the European Union and to countries that have signed agreements with Spain or the European Union for the free movement of persons. It is valid for a maximum of one year and can be renewed annually until completion of studies.

WHERE?

EU nationals:
a) Barcelona residents apply at the police station located in Rambla Guipúscoa, 74, Barcelona, by appointment, booked through the Sede electrónica website [Acceder al procedimiento > Barcelona > Aceptar > Solicitud de autorizaciones > Aceptar > Entrar > Choose D.N.I. (ID) or Pasaporte (passport) and complete the form].

b) Residents of towns outside Barcelona, should apply in person at their nearest police station, without prior appointment.

NON-EU nationals:
You must personally apply for the Foreigners’ Identity Card within a month of your arrival in Spain, at the corresponding police station, so that you can get your fingerprints taken.

Book an appointment here: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplustieb/citar

This webpage is in Spanish. You need to indicate the province in which you will be submitting your application in (Barcelona). Non-EU citizens select “Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros (huella)” and then click on “aceptar” to continue.

The system will automatically assign a date and time, together with the corresponding police station. Please keep in mind that Barcelona is a very popular city for international students, which means that during peak months (September/October) it may be very difficult to book an appointment.

HOW?

EU nationals’ required documentation:

  1. Application form (EX-18) (original + 2 photocopies)
  2. Passport or ID card (original and copy)
  3. Enrolment form provided by IBEI (original and copy)
  4. European Health Insurance Card or private insurance policy (original and copy).
  5. Statement of Financial Resources that you have sufficient economic funds during your stay in Spain (example). Participation in study exchange programs of the European Union is accreditation enough to justify economic funds.
  6. Application fee (Tasa 790) payment receipt. Under the “AUTOLIQUIDACIÓN” tab, mark the option “Certificado de registro de residente comunitario o Tarjeta de residencia de familiar de un ciudadano de la Unión” and the payment of a fee of €12 should automatically appear at the bottom of the page. Under “INGRESO” tab, for “forma de pago” you should select “en efectivo” (in cash). You can then print out the document, pay the fee at any bank and keep the proof of payment to submit it with the rest of the application.
  7. Proof of appointment booking (In the case of Barcelona residents)

Non-EU nationals’ required documentation:

  1. Application form (EX -17) (original + 2 photocopies)
  2. Passport or ID card (original and copy)
  3. Type D student visa (original and copy)
  4. EU entrance stamp or your boarding pass (original and copy)
  5. Enrolment form provided by IBEI which includes information about the duration of your studies in Spain (original and copy)
  6. Receipt of tuition fee payment or document accrediting you are a grant holder (original and copy)
  7. Certificate of census registration in Spain (empadronamiento/padró) (original and copy).
  8. 3 recent passport-sized photos.
  9. Application fee (Tasa 790) payment receipt. Under the “AUTOLIQUIDACIÓN” tab, mark the option “TIE que documenta la primera concesión de la autorización de residencia temporal, de estancia o para trabajadores fronterizos” and the payment of a fee of €15.76 should automatically appear at the bottom of the page. Under “INGRESO” tab, for “forma de pago” you should select “en efectivo” (in cash). You can then print out the document, pay the fee at any bank and keep the proof of payment to submit it with the rest of the application.
  10. Proof of appointment booking (In the case of Barcelona residents)

NON-EU students should keep the receipt of the payment of the fee and the provisional copy of your Student Residence Authorisation Card so that you can go pick up your TIE card between one and two months later, at the address that the Police Station will indicate to you.