As a member of the EU and EEA, you are entitled to work and live in Spain without a visa. However, if you live here for more than three months, you are required to apply for legal residency. Your residency certificate will contain a NIE number so you won’t have to go through the procedure twice.
Residency and NIE,
Updated November 2009
1. Your passport and a photocopy of the main page (which has your personal details, photo etc.)
2. For non-EU citizens, you will need to take along a document that perfectly shows your legal entry into Spain. This is the form that you fill in at the immigration desk at the point of entry called the declaración de entrada.
3. 2 filled-in copies of the following official form:
Hint: it’s probably easier to fill the form in online, print off two copies and you’re set!
Take these documents to the police station on C/ Balmes 192 (10 minutes walk from Diagonal metro.) The office is open from 9am to 2pm but it’s advised to go earlier as normally people start queuing from about 8am.
You’ll have to pay a €10 processing fee, and will be given a payment form when you submit your application and told which bank you can pay this into. When you come to collect your Residency/NIE paper, you will have to show proof of the payment, which is the stamped receipt from the bank.
It normally takes 10-15 working days for the Residency/ NIE number to arrive back at the same police station and all you need to collect it is the payment receipt and the official receipt (resguardo) given at the time of the application. If you want someone else to collect it for you they should come down with you and also present their passport. If they don’t have their passport with them at the time they will be allowed to present it when collecting the Residency/ NIE.