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Foreigner Identity Number (NIE)


Obtaining a NIE​​ 

A NIE may be requested directly in Spain or at the Consular Office of the applicant's country of residence. 

The request may be made in person or through a duly accredited representative. As a general rule, applications sent by mail or email will not be accepted. However, in order to avoid people from travelling to Toronto from other provinces in the consular jurisdiction, applications to process the NIE will be accepted by mail when they have been previously presented in person or through a duly identified legal representative before one of the Honorary Consuls in our consular jurisdictionIt opens in new window, as long as the forms will be signed before the Consul Honorary and they have their stamp and signature.

The physical presence of the applicant or of their representative is mandatory in every case. 

Who can apply for a NIE at the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto?
 
The foreigners who are not going to be residents in Spain can apply for a NIE to be assigned for economic, professional or social interests at the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto.
 
If a NIE is needed for any reason related to a current or future residence in Spain, it is not possible to proceed with the application from the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto, and the interested party will have to apply directly in Spain.
 
The Consulate General of Spain in Toronto can only process NIE applications submitted by Canadian nationals or foreigners legally residing in our consular jurisdictionIt opens in new window​ in Canada. In any case, the interested party will have to document the economic, professional or social interests justifying their application.
 
What is the procedure to apply for a NIE at the Consulate General in Toronto?
 
 
The application must be submitted in person or through a duly identified legal representative, by enclosing the following documents:
 
- Form EX-15 duly fille​d out and signed by the foreigner.It opens in new window The form will be filled out online and then will be printed to be signed. The form will be filled out in Spanish. In the event that the interested party has a NIE and is applying to renew it, please indicate “Certificado” in section 4.1.
 
- Form 790-012It opens in new window for the payment of the consular fee duly filled out and signed by the foreigner.
 
- Original valid passport. The Canadian driver’s license will not be accepted as a piece of identification.
 
- Photocopy of biographical pages of the passport.
 
- Proof of “economic, professional or social interests” justifying the application.
 
- Consular fee. You can find the amount of the consular fee in the section Fees: "​NIE application (Form 790, code 012)"It opens in new window.​
 
As a general rule, applications sent by mail or email will not be accepted. However, in order to avoid people from travelling to Toronto from other provinces in the consular jurisdiction, applications to process the NIE will be accepted by mail when they have been previously presented in person or through a duly identified legal representative before one of the Honorary Consuls in our consular jurisdiction​It opens in new window, as long as the forms will be signed before the Consul Honorary and they have their stamp and signature:

  • Consul Honorary of Spain in Vancouver (British Columbia and Yukon): ch.vancouver@maec.esIt opens in new window (1-604-770-2207 and 1-604-770-0087).

  • Viceconsul Honorary of Spain in Winnipeg (Manitoba and Saskatchewan): ch.winnipeg@maec.esIt opens in new window (1-204-896-4367).​​

 
How can the consular fee be paid?
 
You can find the amount of the consular fee in the section Fees: "NIE a​pplicatio​n (Form 790, code 012)"It opens in new window. You can pay in cash, with money order or guaranteed or certified cheque, in Canadian dollars, payable to the “Consulate General of Spain in Toronto”. Personal cheques will not be accepted.

 
How can the Department of NIE/NIF be contacted?
 
You can send an email to cog.toronto.nie@maec.esIt opens in new window or call at (+1) 416-977-1661 EXT. 1. We will only answer with respect to information which cannot be found on the website.

 

Document processing and delivery time​​​​

A NIE is assigned by the General Commissariat for Immigration and Borders, under the aegis of the Spanish Directorate-General for the Police. The Consular Office cannot shorten the document processing time. The NIE is normally issued within two weeks, but this period may be extended by factors beyond the control of the administration. The NIE is sent to the applicant by email. Therefore, an email address for notification purposes must be provided on the application form.

 

Important information about the NIE​ 

The NIE is a personal, unique and exclusive number that is assigned to foreigners who, for economic, professional, or social reasons, are engaged in activities related to Spain and require identification in this country. 

A NIE obtained via the Consular Office identifies the bearer to all levels of the Spanish public administration, but does not entitle the holder to reside in Spain or prove residence there. 

Foreigners who wish to become residents in Spain must be aware of the possible need to obtain a visa beforehand. Citizens of the European Union, once established in Spain, must register at the Central Registry of Foreign Nationals.  

 

Relevant legislation 

  • Organic Law 4/2000, of 11 January, on the rights and freedoms of foreigners and their social integration. 
  • Royal Decre​e 557/2011, of 20 April, regulating the implementation of Organic Law 4/2000, on the rights and freedoms of foreigners and their social integration, as amended by Organic Law 2/2009. ​