Citizens of the European Union in Spain – Foreigner Identity Number (NIE)

This section contains the conditions for the exercise of rights of entry and exit, free movement, stay, residence, permanent residence and work in Spain by citizens of other Member States of the European Union (Germany, Austria , Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Romania and Sweden), of the remaining States party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and of the nationals of the Swiss Confederation, as well as the limitations to the above rights for reasons of public order, public security or public health.

Foreigner Identity Number (NIE)
Foreigners who, due to their economic, professional or social interests, are related to Spain, will be provided, for identification purposes, with a personal, unique and exclusive number, of a sequential nature.

The personal number will be the foreigner’s identifier, which must appear on all the documents that are issued or processed, as well as the proceedings that are stamped on his identity card or passport.

For the assignment of NIE due to economic, professional or social interests, the following applications will be accepted:

Those presented in Spain personally by the interested party,
Those presented in Spain through a representative,
Those that are presented at the Diplomatic Representations or Spanish Consular Offices located in the applicant’s country of residence, corresponding to their demarcation of residence.
To assign the aforementioned number, they must provide the following documents:

Standard application form (EX-15), duly completed and signed by the foreigner.
Original and copy of the complete passport, or identity document, or valid travel document or registration card.
Communication of the economic, professional or social causes that justify the request.
When requested through a representative, he / she shall certify that he / she has sufficient power of attorney in which it is expressly stated that he / she is empowered to submit such request.

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