Internship in Spain: The practical guide to obtaining your NIE

In order to carry out an internship in Spain, it is important to take certain documents into consideration. The consultant in charge of your internship search will guide you through these steps in order to obtain your NIE.

This document is required by the Spanish Social Security Administration so that foreigners are free to move, work, study, buy or do anything in Spain. This document will make them legal residents in Spain. It is very important for carrying out several operations (opening a bank account, subscribing to a telephone subscription, etc.). We remind you that this document is mandatory to start an internship or job, so it is imperative to obtain it quickly.

NIE (Foreigner Identification Number)

There are two types of NIE. You can get an NIE “number” or an NIE “card”. An NIE number is simply a number written on a piece of paper. The NIE card, on the other hand, is a small green card that will allow you to complete all the paperwork necessary for your daily life in Spain.

NUMBER DENIED:

  • Number consisting of a letter at the beginning, 7 digits and a letter at the end (eg: Y-4683418-S), written on a sheet of white paper.
  • Possibility of obtaining this number in person or by proxy.
  • Assigned for administrative purposes.
  • No need for proof of address.
  • Request it by completing form EX15.

CARD DENIED:

  • Green paper card laminated on the back.
  • Contains the NIE number, your name, your date and place of birth, your address in Spain and the date of application.
  • Necessary for stays longer than 3 months.
  • NIE application possible only in person (Only by appointment in Barcelona).
  • The validity of the NIE card is unlimited.
  • Request it by completing form EX18.

The NIE card is only granted if you meet one of the following conditions (for EU citizens):

  • Have a job with a Spanish employer.
  • Be self-employed (autonomo).
  • Be a student and have health insurance.
  • Have sufficient funds to meet your needs.
  • Join a family member already living in Spain.

DOCUMENTS TO BRING FOR THE NIE

  • Proof of appointment (Cita previa), on paper.
  • Signed internship agreement (in Spanish) or original certificate from the host company stating that you will do an internship.
  • European health insurance card + photocopy.
  • Passport or identity card + photocopy.
  • Form EX-15 or Form EX-18 (Complete in capital letters and black pen or complete the form on computer).
  • Model 790 filled.
  • Before your appointment for the NIE, you will need to bring the Model 790 and pay the tax in cash (9.84€ and 2.16€ extra if you want the green card) at a Sabadell bank. The bank will give you a receipt that you must present to the police station in order to definitively obtain the NIE.

HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR EX15, EX18 AND MODELO 790 FORMS?

Through this series of videos, we guide you step by step to help you complete your forms and obtain your NIE.

TWO POSSIBILITIES TO OBTAIN THE NIE BEFORE YOUR INTERNSHIP

  1. If your internship is less than 3 months: Via the Spanish consulate in France closest to you (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU APPLY 1 MONTH IN ADVANCE)

Contact the consulate by telephone to request the NIE. Here is the list of the different consulates:

  • Paris: 165 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75017 PARIS / Tel: 01 44 29 40 00
  • Bayonne: Résidence du Parc 4, Av. du B.A.B. 64100 BAYONNE / Tel: 05 59 59 03 91
  • Bordeaux: 1, rue de Notre Dame 33000 BORDEAUX / Tel: 05 56 52 80 20
  • Lyon: 1, rue Louis Guérin 69100 VILLEURBANNE / Tel: 04 78 89 64 15
  • Marseille: 38, rue Edouard Delanglade 13006 MARSEILLE / Tel: 04 91 00 32 70
  • Montpellier: 24, rue Marceau 34000 MONTPELLIER / Tel: 04 67 58 20 21
  • Pau: 6, Place Royale 64000 PAU / Tel: 05 59 27 32 40
  • Perpignan: 12, Rue Franklin 66000 PERPIGNAN / Tel: 04 68 34 33 78
  • Strasbourg: B.P. 26/R 1 13, Quai Kléber 67001 STRASBOURG CEDEX / Tel: 03 88 32 67 27
  • Toulouse: 16, rue Sainte Anne 31008 TOULOUSE / Tel: 05 34 31 96 60

  1. If your internship is longer than 3 months: Directly in the city of your internship upon your arrival

BARCELONA

Make an appointment online before your arrival: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/ You must log in on Monday at 8 a.m. and do not hesitate to update the page several times because there are few appointments available. Also, don’t hesitate to go outside of Barcelona to get an appointment more quickly. To make an appointment, follow these steps:

  • “PROCEDIMIENTOS”
  • “EXTRANJERIA”
  • “CITA PREVIA DE EXTRANJERIA”
  • GO TO “PROCEDIMIENTO”
  • SELECT “BARCELONA”
  • “Certificates and NIE registration”

Please note: It is mandatory to have an appointment and present your printed summons upon arrival at the police station to obtain a number in the queue. It used to be possible to wait early in the morning in front of a police station to get a number in the queue, but this system has been abolished everywhere in Barcelona and its surroundings.

IBIZA

Contact the Spanish consulate or delegation in your region to make an appointment. Do this at least 1 month before your departure or go to the Ibiza police station at this address: Avda. de la Paz S/N – 07800, Ibiza.

PALMA DE MALLORCA

  1. Make an appointment online: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/ Follow these steps:

  • “PROCEDIMIENTOS”
  • “EXTRANJERIA”
  • “CITA PREVIA DE EXTRANJERIA”
  • GO TO “PROCEDIMIENTO”
  • SELECT “ILLES BALEARS”
  • “EU CERTIFICATE”

  1. Once you arrive in Palma de Mallorca, go to the police station located at this address: Calle Ciudad de Quer̩taro, s/ n, s/n 07007 РPalma de Mallorca (Illes Balears)

MARBELLA

Go to the Marbella Police Station at this address: C/ Arias de Velasco Nº 25 – 29600, Marbella (Málaga).

GRENADE

Go to the Granada police station at this address: C/ San Agapito, 2 (Esquina Ribera del Beiro) 18071 – Granda.

TENERIFE

Go to the Santa Cruz de Tenerife police station at this address: Santa Cruz (Registro General) Plaza de España, s/n 38003 S/C de Tenerife

MADRID

  1. Make an appointment online: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/ Follow these steps:

  • “PROCEDIMIENTOS”
  • “EXTRANJERIA”
  • “CITA PREVIA DE EXTRANJERIA”
  • GO TO “PROCEDIMIENTO”
  • SELECT “MADRID”
  • “EU CERTIFICATE”

  1. Once you arrive in Madrid, go to the Ibiza police station at this address: C/ San Felipe 7, Madrid.

SEVILLE

Go to the Seville police station “Oficina de Extranjeros en Sevilla”: Plaza de España, sector II 41071 – SEVILLA

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9-5 / Friday 9-14

FUERTEVENTURA

It is imperative to make an appointment in advance. Then, you will go directly to the foreigners’ office with your signed internship agreement as well as your identity card or passport to apply for it.

If you are having difficulty obtaining your NIE, do not hesitate to contact us for more information! We can have appointments quickly.