NIE is an abbreviation for Número de identidad de extranjero, which translates as ‘Identification number for foreigners’. The main purpose of the NIE for
OBTAINING A NIE NUMBER IN
For those of you who are thinking about buying a property in
NIE DOCUMENTATON REQUIREMENTS
It is in your best interests to apply for the NIE at least six weeks prior to signing the deeds of purchase on a property, as not having it at this time may well incur fines at a later date. Preparing the correct documentation is essential if you are to make the process as smooth as possible, and it is therefore recommended that you check that everything is in place before attempting to submit the application. You will require a passport with a photocopy, two passport photos and two completed copies of official NIE application form which can be downloaded online. It may also be necessary to have details of an address in
NIE COLLECTION PROCEDURE
After you have submitted your NIE application you will be given an official receipt (resguardo). Unless you are told otherwise, you will be able to collect your NIE number from the office where you made your application anytime from 15 days later (in some areas, at some times of the year, it may take longer, which is why we recommend applying a month in advance). You do not have to collect your NIE in person - anyone can collect it for you if they have the official receipt you were given when you submitted your application. The time it takes to get an NIE varies greatly by region. Whilst it is still common in most areas to wait 15 days or more before collecting an NIE, in some areas, for instance
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