The famous NIE/TIE process is a necessity if you plan on staying in Barcelona for more than three months. This process is, as you might have heard, complicated and time-consuming. This administrative process is two-folded, first he Residence registration or Empadronamiento and then the NIE/TIE (ID card).
The NIE is the Foreign Resident Identification Number, the number the Spanish government provides you with, to prove that you have the right to stay in Spain. Entering Spain with a student visa will automatically link your NIE with the length of your stay as well as the school or university where you will be studying.
If you plan on staying less then 180 days, you will NOT need to request a TIE (Foreign Resident Identification Card). You will be able to move freely around the country with your passport and entry visa you got at the consulate.
If you plan on staying more then 180 days, you WILL need to request a Foreign Resident Identification Card (TIE) at a police station. To obtain the TIE, you will first have to register your address in Spain.
Note: NIE is for EU citizens and TIE is for non-EU residents.
Residence registration or Empadronamiento
Empadronamiento is a Spanish legal requirement to register your residence with the city council. This step is essential to obtain your residence permit and to appear as a resident of Barcelona in the Spanish government’s records.
To do this, you must submit a bunch of documents at an OAC (Citizen Service Office) of the Barcelona City Council. There is an OAC in every Barcelona district, but you can go to anyone.
ISR can perform that procedure for you. No need to move. We will provide you with the required documentation, and you will sign an authorization for us to act as representatives to the town hall.
Note: In some municipalities outside Barcelona they ask for the original passport. In these cases, you must accompany us to the OAC or lend us your passport
Completing the application for the NIE/TIE and register your residency is not too great of a task to overcome on your own. You might want to spend your time enjoying your new city and exploring the riches of Barcelona instead. That is why ISR Barcelona is available to you should you wish to contract our services.