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


Only if you are a foreign citizen residing in Finland (please see the Note at the end of this article) and you wish to carry out certain operations with Spanish nationals or the Spanish Administration (e.g. buying property), you need to apply for a Foreigner Identification Number (also known as NIE, which stands for "Número de Identificación de Extranjeros").
To obtain it, you must apply for it in person at the Embassy of Spain in Helsinki (contact information) on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9:00 and 12:00. You do not need to request for an appointment but make sure that you come at those days and times.
In order to apply for a NIE in the Embassy of Spain in Helsinki, 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 licences 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 9,55 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 5 days, you will receive your NIE-certificate by e-mail. The NIE certificate and number are valid permanently.
NB - Please bear in mind that you cannot file your NIE application at the Embassy if:
a) you are a resident in Spain
b) you intend to reside in Spain for more than 90 days
c) you intend to travel to Spain to work for more than 90 days
d) you intend to travel to Spain to do an internship for more than 90 days
In all of the above cases, it is compulsory to request it in person at the Immigration Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) of the province where you intend to reside. The request must be filed within 90 days of the foreigner's arrival in Spain. When the application is completed, the foreigner will be issued a certificate with their name, nationality, address, NIE and date of registration. The Spanish Police systematically rejects any NIE application made by those residing or intending to reside in Spain.
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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