Foreigner Identification Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero or NIE)

 

6/3/2020
Due to the COVID-19 situation, personal appointments at the Embassy for NIE number applications are as of today and until further notice limited to the attention of duly justified urgent cases. Should this be your case, please contact us at sc.helsinki@maec.es We would be grateful if you could specify what are the emergency reasons in your case and provide us with support documents in which such emergency is clearly stated, so that we can evaluate the possibility of a personal appointment either for you or for your duly accredited representative.
 
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The Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) –or Foreigner’s Identification Number– serves to identify foreign citizens acting in Spain due to economic, professional or social reasons. The NIE identifies the person in several domains.
 
Please note that you cannot submit your NIE application at this Embassy if you are a foreign citizen residing in Spain. Only residents of Finland, as long as they do not intend to move their residence to Spain, can submit their NIE application at this Embassy.
 
To apply for NIE at the Embassy of Spain in Helsinki (contact information), make sure that you book an appointment through our Online Booking System.

 

You will need:

  • A filled-in EX-15 form. The form can be filled in on your computer through this link (handwritten forms will not be accepted), or directly at the Embassy.

     

  • Passport or ID card. You should always present your original passport or national ID card (with a signature and photograph on it). ID cards without a signature/photo or driving licence will not be accepted as a means of identification.

     

  • Payment form (Impreso 790), downloadable from this link. It must be filled in online.  

     

  • Original and copy of the documents that support the NIE request (e.g. pre-contract for the purchase of real estate in Spain, letter from your Spanish bank requesting a NIE, pre-contract for the purchase of a car, internship agreement, etc)  

     

  • Fee of 9,65 euros in cash (payment by credit card is not accepted)

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to come to the Embassy accompanied by one of your parents or your tutor, who will need to bring their passport too.

 
After approximately 15 days, you will receive your NIE-certificate by e-mail. The NIE certificate and number are valid permanently. 
 
NB - NIE is not an authorization to reside in Spain (stay/study/work for more than 90 days). In order to reside in Spain.
  • If you are CH/EU citizen, then you should apply for registration (Registro Central de Extranjeros) before the Police/Oficina de Extranjería in Spain of the province of intended residence. The certificate of registration includes a NIE number, which will be provided at the same time.  The request must be filed within 90 days of the arrival in Spain.

     

  • In the case of nationals of a 3rd country, a residence visa is required. A NIE is assigned together with the residence authorization.
Yet, if you reside in Finland and intend to reside in Spain, and for any reason you need your NIE previously to the arrival in Spain, you may apply for it through this Embassy as long as you provide sufficient reason (economic, professional or social). In any case, in order to reside in Spain, registration before the Oficina de Extranjería in Spain (if you are CH/EU citizen); or a residence visa (nationals of a 3rd country) would still be required.
 
The residence system in Spain is similar to the one in Finland: foreign residents must register with the Police to get their NIE, which is the Spanish equivalent to the Finnish henkilötunnus.

 

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