Moving to Spain: a guide for beginners
Thousands of foreigners make the move to Spain every year, attracted by the country's natural beauty, the weather and the promise of a less stressful life. But moving to another country is never easy, and Spain is no different. Finding a place to live, getting your paperwork in order, and making sure you have access to health care can all be serious challenges. However, with a good dose of planning and research — and plenty of patience — the whole process can be made just a little smoother. From applying for the all-important Spanish foreign residence number (NIE) to getting yourself enrolled in a language class, The Local outlines ten ways you can help yourself when it comes to setting up in Spain.
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NIE: If you are planning on staying for longer than three months, working in Spain, or doing almost anything bureaucratic, you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) issued by Spanish police via the Oficinas de Extranjería
. To apply in person, print off the Interior Ministry’s EX-15 form, fill it in and make two copies. Take your passport and two (or more!) photocopies as well as two passport photographs to the office. Proof of your address in Spain is also required, and sometimes police will also see a document stating your reasons for being in Spain. To obtain your NIE, you will also need to pay a small fee at a bank and show a receipt. Doing this in advance could save time. Please note, in some parts of Spain you may need to make an appointment online
to obtain your NIE.
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