Can I live in Spain if I have a NIE?

No. The non-resident NIE does not authorize you to reside or work legally in Spain. It is merely a number that identifies you as a foreigner in the country (for example, for tax purposes).

How long can I stay in Spain if I have an NIE number?

The NIE certificate that you receive when you return to your local national police (“policia nacional”) station to pick it up is actually only valid for three months. However, the allocated NIE Spanish number is unique to you, and will be yours for life.

Is an NIE number proof of residency in Spain?

Getting a NIE number does not allow foreigners to live and reside in Spain. … Please also note that any foreigner who lives and resides in Spain must get the residence certificate, that is different from the NIE number and which is a legal document which confirms that person is living and residing in Spain.

Is a NIE proof of residency?

Short answer: a NIE number is for making business and is not a Certificate of Residency. … In Spanish: Número de Identidad de Extranjero. The NIE is needed for anything that involves an official process in Spain. From getting married to pay your taxes or to buy a house.

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Is NIE the same as Spanish residency?

EU and British pensioners tend to confuse the two documents, although they are not even similar in format or usage. The NIE certificate is printed on a white A4 sheet (with no photo), whereas the Spanish residency for EU and British citizens is a small green card (also without a photo… some people call it “green nie”).

What happens if I stay in Spain more than 90 days?

The Schengen law states that you can’t stay in the Area for more than 90 days. If you do, you’re subject to a fine and possibly deportation and being banned from re-entering the Schengen Area.

Can I live in Spain after Brexit?

Can Brits still retire to Spain? The answer is simple: yes. It is still possible to retire to Spain after Brexit, even though the path has now changed (things are not that simple now that Brits are subject to the same immigration rules as non-EU citizens).

Is my NIE number still valid after Brexit?

Despite recent issues when travelling and confusion for Brits who were turned away from flights even though they had a NIE, things have now been cleared up with the authorties and airlines and your NIE is still valid.

How much money do I need in the bank for Spanish residency?


As an EU resident, you must prove that you have €6,000 in your bank account and that you have a private medical policy. Alternatively, you can get a job offer in Spain and it will work as well.

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Is my NIE valid?

A NIE is compulsory for all foreigners who reside in Spain. A NIE has no expiry date.

What can I do with NIE?

Here are some of the most common procedures for which you will need a Spanish NIE number:

  1. Opening a bank account in Spain.
  2. Being legally employed.
  3. Paying taxes in Spain.
  4. Buying or selling property in Spain.
  5. Buying or selling motor vehicles.
  6. Becoming self-employed in Spain.
  7. Registering a business in Spain.
  8. Studying in Spain.

What does NIE number look like?

What does the NIE number look like? The NIE consists of an ‘X’ or ‘Y’ followed by 7 or 8 digits then another letter.