Frequently Asked Questions
YES, a potential employer should ask for both your NIE and social security number before offering you a contract. You can try finding work without a NIE, but most companies prefer hiring those who have already gone through the process.
DEPENDS, if you are from EU you don´t need photos for the NIE application in Barcelona. If you are from NON-EU country you will need photos for the fingerprinting appointment (expedicion de tarjeta de identidad).
YES, to process your NIE in Barcelona, you need to register for an appointment here: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/citar. https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/citar. The page and instructions are only available in Spanish; the waiting time depends on the number of applicants and is currently around 2 weeks. If you live outside of Barcelona (for example in Badalona, Hospitalet or Terrassa), no prior appointment is necessary.
YES, there are other ways to obtain a NIE besides showing a job contract.
These are the following alternatives:
- to be a student with valid European health card or private health insurance
- to have a family member living in Spain (with a NIE or Spanish ID)
- to prove that you have enough funds to live in Spain as well as private health insurance
- to be self-employed (autonomo)
NO, NIE Barcelona is happy to advise you about the documents you need to present to the foreign police, supply you with the forms that you and/or your employer need to fill out in order to obtain your NIE, and help you with the necessary paperwork, but we cannot assist you in finding work or a job contract.
DEPENDS, if it is for the EU citizens directly in Barcelona office (rambla Guipuscoa 74), empadronamiento is not required to obtain a NIE. But be aware that this varies city to city and office to office (for example, in Hospitalet de Llobregat you will be asked for empadronamiento and photos). For the NON-EU applying the fist time for their TIE card, empadronamiento is required.