March 12, 2015

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changing address

where do I go to change my address from Ibiza to Barcelona. I have my NIE But im a resindent in the Balearic Islands I need to change it to Barcelona

Daniel 107 days ago


Every time I try to book an appointment on the site ( it tells me there are no appointments available - it's been going on for weeks now. Is there another way to book an appointment?

Zoe 136 days ago

Bank Account Balance

What I don't get is how can I get a copy bank balance stamped by a spanish bank when I need an NIE to open a Spanish bank account?

Re Appointment: I didn't need a print out just told them the time of my appointment and my name.

Joan more than 1 year ago


Do I definitely need to book an appointment online? If so how far in advance? The majority of links I have clicked on seem to be expired. Any help greatly appreciated

Kirsty 350 days ago

NIE appointment (Do I need the actual Printout confirmation?)

Hi there, I booked my NIE appointment online, and have a confirmation date/time, but i was unable to see an option where i could print it out, do i need this? and if so, how do i go abouts getting it back? :-/ any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

nads more than 1 year ago

Bank Account Balance for NIE

I got my NIE in September. According to the government, a two-person family must have at least 8,600 euros in their Spanish bank account. Additionally, this balance must be reflected on a balance certificate, which you can get from your Spanish Bank. Trust me, it was a total pain (and very expensive) to move money around to hit that 8,600 euro mark. I'm glad it's over.

Duren more than 1 year ago

papers for NIE

Hi guys,

Reading you posts I'm getting more and more confused, so I want to put several questions:

How much is the minimum amount of money required for a person?
Does this amount need to be in a Spanish bank?
If I am a EU citizen and have a health insurance at my home country which can be proved by showing a European health card, do I need to get a medical insurance in Spain?

The purpose I need the for is for opening a private Ltd. company, so I would very much appreciate if you someone with a similar experience can share the procedure!

Thanks in advance!

Mariana more than 1 year ago


Hi Mariana, I am pretty sure you dont need a certain amount of money in your bank, just need to have a job in place before you can apply for the NIE. which is pretty straight forward.... The health insurance you will have to apply for, but again its very straight forward and you'll need you NIE before applying for that.

Peter more than 1 year ago


You can go here to book your appointment:




We are EU citizens of UK and finding it very hard, been there a couple of times already, at this point we have confirmed you need:

i) Valid Passport take 2 photocopies

ii) Letter from Spain Bank with Stamp stating you bank balance, we were advised €13,000 for a couple would be adequate to prove you have the means to live in Spain -or- proof of work in Spain if you have a job

iii) 3 Passport photos

iv) Proof (original) that you have health insurance

Good luck everyone, it seems very hideous but I understand that they want to make sure only people with money get in :)

Dino more than 1 year ago

Getting your appointment

I went to Guipuscoa and the man there very kindly gave me a slip of paper telling me how to make an appointment. The slip of paper reads exactly what I've put below:
3) Marcar la provincia
Elegir la opcion: CERTIFICADO UE (Solo Barcelona Capital)

With the help of Google translate it was pretty easy to do. I got an appointment for a weeks time but I'm not sure if its quiet because its the summer. Hope that helps!

Jenny more than 1 year ago


Jenny your advice seemed to work for me! thank you. Although my appointment is for a month's time :(

Jen more than 1 year ago


Is it seriously this easy? I am an EU citizen. I thought I had to schedule an appointment, so I did: Sept. 4. But this article makes it sound like I can walk in to the office on Guipuscoa and get an NIE very quickly. Do they take walk-in appointments for EU citizens?

James Duren more than 1 year ago


So, James, how did you go about making the appointment? People below seem to have had trouble finding how/where to make this appointment?

Bernard more than 1 year ago

Last comment was for appointment at C/Rambla de Guipúscoa 74

please add to my last comment that it was for an appointment at C/Rambla de Guipúscoa 74

Peter - Poblenou more than 1 year ago


You now need to have an appointment that you have pre-booked online at (yes it needs 3 'w's but this is how they give it to you on a bit of paper). They will not give you an appointment there. I cannot find where to make an appointment on this website - any help appreciated. Unhelpful to say the least - I get the feeling that they are trying to stop people getting their NIEs? Either that or they are just being even more unhelpful / inefficient / useless than usual.

Peter - Poblenou more than 1 year ago

NIE - did you find out how to do?

Hi Peter, Poblenou. Did you find out how to book an appointment and get through the NIE-process? I also went to C/Rambla de Guipuscoa yesterday and was "kicked-out" given a slip with notes for booking an appointment. But I really can´t find out how this site works? Any help...?

Karin, Raval more than 1 year ago


Hello Karin, did you found out how to book an appointment?

Anja more than 1 year ago


From what I understand it's definitely not as straightforward now as it used to be. I am living here with my boyfriend and don't yet have work, so don't have an employment contract. I have just spent the last two days getting my NIE.

The process for me, as a non-working person, was as follows:
1. Passport + copy (make sure it's on an A4 bit of paper)
2. Recent bank statement with my name showing that I have significant funds to live. This needed to be stamping by my Caixa Catalunya bank and signed as extra confirmation.
3. I have Sanitas health cover and needed to show my card, policy and a letter from a local Sanitas Oficina to further confirm + copies
4. Completed NIE form

Hope this helps anyone that needs.

Zoe more than 2 years ago

recovering your NIE

I don't think they have an expiry date, but if they do you will have to reapply. If you reapply and there is no expiry they will find you on the system again.

you might try have a look on this website:

You can also call 012 from spain and ask to speak to "Autorización de residencia para extranjeros en régimen comunitario y para comunitarios / Registro Central de Extranjeros." You will need to provide them with your national identification/passport number withwich you originally registered and they should be able to find it if it doesn't have an expiry date.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck!

isabelleok more than 2 years ago

NIE Green Paper

Greetings, ( Hola) I have my Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Union, (The green paper) it has not an expiry date, it has only an issued date back in 2009, I was under the impression that the document is valid for 5 years only, and then the applicant has to re-apply for a new one, but according to you it is not necessary to obtain a new one, now can you confirm that is the case please??? my email address: ( ) thank you for your assistance, Paul

Paul Aguayo more than 1 year ago

back again

i worked in spain over ten years ago, how do i find my nie no. from over ten years ago,do i have to re apply, thanks for your help!!!

martin more than 2 years ago

Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Union

I applied for an obtained the "Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Union". I soon discovered that it is totally useless; it is not a valid ID (it states so). You are officially bound to hand in your old NIE card on receiving this unless you have officially lost it, hehehe) Officially, you need to carry you passport. You can also use a convalidated driver's licence, which is a handy size, if you don't fancy going absolutely everywhere with you passport.

Ju more than 2 years ago

Temporary contract

I am an English teacher and at the moment I just have a work contract for July. I have my 3 month NIE but need the permanent one to be entitled to healthcare. Will they accept a contract which runs out in two weeks? I'm paying social security through my work, surely that should mean I'm entitled to healthcare. There is no teaching work in August or September and my nie will run out by then. Can you please advise me of my options?

Jan more than 2 years ago

Re. Incorrect URL

Dear Andy - Thanks for lettings us know. I've amended it now.

Best wishes, Katy (Metropolitan)

Katy MacGregor more than 4 years ago

Incorrect URL

The URL in the article above is incorrect - it has an extra full-stop at the end. It should be the following:

(note there is no full-stop after "....html")

Andy Castles more than 4 years ago


Wish I had come across your magazine/website sooner, it would have saved me a lot of time and effort. Thanks for the useful advice.

Tracey more than 4 years ago


Thanks so much for the info - it's really appreciated!

Christina more than 5 years ago

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