Renewing Your NIE: A Complete Guide

Visas and residency cards have various life spans – from 90 days up to ten years depending on the type you’re given – but a NIE number is yours for life. This means that if you studied in Spain during your university years, you will be issued the same number when returning to Spain. However, while your NIE number may never expire, a TIE card, or tarjeta de identificación de extranjero, will. It’s time to renew!

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The TIE card includes vital details about your life in Spain, such as your full name, address, NIE number and the reason for which your residency in Spain has been granted, along with an expiration date, or fecha de caducidad. Pay close attention to this date as it’s the last official day your TIE card is valid. If you plan to stay in Spain past this date, you’ll have to renew your card.

You can apply for your renewal, called prórroga for students or renovación in Spanish, at any time from 60 days before your card expires until 90 days after. So, for a card which expires on June 15th,  the renewal process can be initiated from the second half of April until the middle of September.

And bonus – since you already have a NIE number, you can skip some of the initial steps that came with your first TIE card application.

Note that if your legal status has changed through marriage or pareja de hecho, a student visa modification or arraigo, you will have to tick a different box on your application form in order to change your TIE card status.

Documentation Necessary for the Renewal

for Student, Au Pair or Language Assistant NIEs (valid up to one calendar year; unlimited renewals):

Expect the unexpected at your local Oficina de Extranjeros, but in general you will be  asked for:

— Current NIE

— Passport (photocopy of all pages)

— Form EX-oo plus a photocopy

— Proof of funds and proof of insurance, which will be given to you in the renewal paperwork issued by your regional government and called a carta de nombramiento

— Three Foto Carnets

— Proof of payment for card processing. You can use Form 790 código 012, available at large banks, at the foreigner’s office or online. As of March 2015, this fee was €15.76.

— In some cases, you may be asked for proof of program participation (this could be your original carta de nombramiento, a notarized note from a host family or proof of enrollment in an educational program)

— Two photocopies of each form and card mentioned above!

Important: A Few Oddities to Remember

  • You cannot begin the renewal process until you have received your carta de nombramiento from an educational institution. In some comunidades, a separate visa and thus a return home may be required when switching programs.
  • If you’re switching regions or even provinces (as in Andalucía to Madrid or Cáceres to Mérida), you must file paperwork at the Extranjería in the new province where you’ll be working.
  • You always have the option of returning to your home country and begin the process with a visa application.
  • An Autorización de Regreso can be issued once you’ve submitted your renewal paperwork. They often require separate appointments, and the permission costs €10.30.
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Seville’s Oficina de Extranjeros is housed in the popular tourist stop Plaza de España. Cruel, if you ask us.

For Non-Lucrative, Retirement, Work or Religious Reasons Visas (valid multiple years and for multiple renewals):

— Current NIE

— Passport (photocopy all pages)

— Form EX-01 with 4.1 marked as ‘tarjeta renovación’

— Three Foto Carnets

— Proof of payment for card processing. You can use Form 790 código 052, available at large banks, at the foreigner’s office or online.

— Proof of funds for yourself and any family members

— Health Insurance with repatriation coverage

— Letter of intent, stating your reasons for staying in Spain, or your participation in a religious organization

For Family Unification, Marriage or Pareja de Hecho Visas (valid five or ten years and for unlimited renewals):

— Current NIE

— Passport (photocopy all pages)

— Form EX-17 with 4.1 marked as ‘tarjeta renovación’

— Government-issued paperwork stating your marital status to a European citizen

— Three Foto Carnets

— Proof of payment for card processing. You can use Form 790 código 012, available at large banks, at the foreigner’s office or online.

If you hold a European Passport:

— Current NIE

— Passport (photocopy all pages)

— Form EX-17 with 4.1 marked as ‘tarjeta renovación’

— Proof of funds and proof of insurance, which will be given to you in the renewal paperwork issued by your regional government and called a carta de nombramiento

— Three Foto Carnets

— Proof of payment for card processing (this will vary between provinces, but plan around 15-35). You can use Form 790 código 012, available at large banks, at the foreigner’s office or online.

How and where to Process Your Renewal

Generally speaking, big cities and province capitals will have an Oficina de Extranjeros, whereas smaller towns sometimes allow you to renew your paperwork through police stations. Or, you may have to travel to your province capital to turn in the documents. And like your first go, multiple visits are unavoidable.

On your first visit, you’ll turn in your paperwork, showing your originals which will be stamped and then given back to you. Your second visit ir when you’ll have your fingerprints taken, and your third visit – some 45 to 60 days later – will be to hand in your old TIE and pick up your shiny new card!

Have more questions about renewals or hoping for a bit of face-to-face help? Shout out to hola@comoconsultingspain.com and we’d be happy to help!

Author: Como Consulting Spain

Cat and Hayley are relocation specialists who can help you move to, live in and work in Spain. We'd love to hear from you! hola@comoconsultingspain.com

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  1. Timely post, Cat. I’ve just started gathering the needed documentation to renew our residency. While they require everyone in our family to be present upon submitting our renewal applications, i usually make a trip (or two, or three) by myself initially to ensure I understand the local office’s requirements and to make sure I have my ducks in a row before dragging the entire family there.
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    • We’re thrilled you’re sticking around another year! It’s always smart to make a visit to the office, as local policies are subject to change (and attitude from the civil servant!).

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      • Quick clarifying note: To renew our non lucrative residency, they required form EX-01, not EX-17 although they look very similar. Your experience may vary.
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  2. As an auxiliar de conversación do you not need to apply for the prórroga first before you can apply to renew your TIE?(which is the ex-00 form) Thanks

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    • Hi Rand, thanks for pointing this out. As you’ve probably experienced, things change frequently in the extranjería world. As of two weeks ago, you need only the EX-00 for the ‘prórroga’ of your TIE. Enjoy your last few weeks of the term!

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  3. Can an auxilare de conversación renew a residency permit to stay in Spain a few more months or is it necessary to leave and return as a tourist?

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    • Hi Mary,
      Auxiliares de conversacion are permitted 3 months of travel as a tourist in the EU when their TIEs expire. Should you wish to stay longer than that you will need to apply for a prorroga de estancia, but in order to do so you will need to be participating in another program or have a job offer. If you stay beyond those three months you risk being fined and expulsion from the EU for a period of time.

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      • To be permitted for those three months of travel after TIE expiration, do you need to leave and then re-enter the Schengen zone as a tourist? Or can you just stay in Spain or wherever for up to 90 more days as a tourist without ever having to leave?

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        • Hi Sven, correction to this earlier post. We reread the law and technically you do have to leave the Schengen zone and reenter in order to “activate” your 90 days as a tourist.

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          • Hello,

            Thank you for the informative post! I wanted to ask you for your sources regarding the 90 days after the TIE expiration and the ability to move around Schengen. I do trust your information! I just wanted to know exactly what law/norm this came from in case I have to explain the situation elsewhere.

            Thanks very much in advance!

          • Diana,
            Laws regarding corta estancia, student estancias and student prórrogas can be found in the L.O. 4/2000.

          • We are in a similar situation. We want to stay in Spain for 25 days after our TIE (Non-lucrative visa) expires. two questions I can’ seem to get definitive answers on:

            1) Is there a 90 day grace period to leave? The renewal period being 90 days after expiry suggests there may be.

            2) If not, is there a way to get the tourist visa without leaving Schengen?

            3) If so, how should the exit-entry be timed relative to the TIE expiry date?

            Anybody who can share deets would be appreciated!

          • How long must you stay out before re-entering?!

          • If you’re a non-EU national and your TIE has expired? Ninety days.

          • Como Consulting- Can you direct me to the article or section in the L.O. 4/2000 where it explains the reentry from the Schengen area and 90 days stay?

            Thank you!

  4. Great and informative post! I just submitted my auxiliar TIE renewal paperwork at the Oficina de Extranjeros here in Galicia (La Coruña specifically) today. On average, how long does it take for them to send you the form for the second visit to do the fingerprints? I know every case is different but I have limited time left in Spain this month. I’m leaving at the end of the month for 11 weeks and won’t return until around September 22nd. I’m getting an autorozación de regreso because I have to but I don’t plan to come back before then. I was told that I’ll have 30 days to do the fingerprint appointment once the form arrives at my flat. What are the consequences of not being able to do the appointment within the given 30 days? Will I have to resubmit my forms to renew again or will I have to just go get another visa while I’m in the States? If anyone who reads this post can offer some insight or give a personal story that would be great! I’m really hoping the form comes in the next couple weeks…fingers crossed! Thanks! 🙂

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    • Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for reading! We’re pretty sure that if you miss your appointment you can just ask for another one once you’re back in Spain, but let’s leave it out there in the blogosphere in case anyone has a personal experience to share!

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    • Sarah, what ended up happening? I’m going to be in the same boat, I’ll have 2 months in Spain before heading home for the holidays (I’m stateside now – heading back for just Sept & Oct to renew). Then back in the States for Nov & Dec. I’m not sure 2 months is enough time?

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      • Takes 20 days I was told and its what happened the first time

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  5. Hey Cat,

    So we are back in Spain! We will need to look you up if we venture over to your area. We are up for our second renewal and dropping off the paperwork this week or next. I think Jed is correct for the non lucrative, it looks like the EX 01 is what we are used to using.

    Also proof of finances as it currently stands is

    “Have financial means to cover the costs of the stay and return and, where applicable, those of his family, according to the following amounts:
    Support for 400% of the monthly IPREM, amounting to 2130.04 euros.
    For the support of each of their families, 100% of IPREM amounting to 532.51 euros.”

    Of course that can change at any time too!
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    • Hi Heidi, bienvenidos!! It must feel great to be back in Alumuñécar! Thanks so much for filling us in on the new amounts for the proof of funds. You know as well as we do that they change so frequently, so it’s great to have an up-to-date figure.

      Hope to meet you soon!

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  6. Thanks for the info! I’m currently in a student visa and my NIE is up for renewal in a couple of months. My boyfriend and I will be getting married in Seychelles 2 weeks before my NIE expiration date so I will be switching my visa status from student to family reunification. Can you please elaborate regarding “Government-issued paperwork stating your marital status to a European citizen”? We’ll have a marriage certificate translated in Spanish but according to Registro Civil, it may take 6-8 months to get our libro de familia. Is a translated marriage certificate with Apostille seal enough for NIE renewal? Thanks!

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    • Hi Rose,
      Thanks for reading. Once you are married you will need to provide documentation to extranjeria of your marriage in order to get a tarjeta comunitaria, which is valid for 5 years. If you would like more information on the procedure, please feel free to schedule a consultation with us. Find out more on the What We Do page of our website.

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  7. I have worked as an auxiliar with the comunidad de Madrid for two years now. This summer I returned to the U.S. to apply for a new student visa since I am changing programs and will begin to work as an auxiliar with the BEDA program in the Fall. My old TIE will be expired for more than 90 days when I return to Spain. When I arrive in Spain, I will need to apply for another TIE. On the EX-17 form should I say I am applying for the “tarjeta inicial” or “renovacion de tarjeta”?

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    • Hi Meg,
      Thanks for your question, but to be perfectly honest, we’re not sure which you should tick. If we were you, we’d just leave the box blank and explain the situation when you’re turning in your documents. They’ll tell you which is the correct one and then – let us know! Best of luck to you.

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    • Hi Meg, I’m about to go through the exact same process as you. Can you let me know how it worked out? Thanks a bunch!

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  8. Thanks so much for the information! I am a first year and I understand the TIE process fairly well since I had to do it when I studied abroad in Spain in 2012. I do have a question about the expiration date of the TIE and how long you can stay in Spain after the TIE expires. So, say my TIE expires May 31st would I be legally able to stay in Spain until mid-July or would I be subject to some type of fine or deportation?

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      • Thanks for the information! Pamplona here I come in July!

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      • Dear Como Consulting Spain, I am a student from Vietnam, my NIE card will be expired by the end of this September but my defense of Master thesis will take place on October 07… So my date of return will be October 22… Is there any problem at Immigrant at the border control of Madrid Airport? Many thanks!

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        • Hi Ha, congratulations on finishing your master´s! Your safest option is to ask one of your professors for an extension accompanied by a certified letter at the university. You can then temporarily renew your student NIE and card. As hassle, yes, but we’re proponents for being safe rather than sorry!

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          • Dear Como Consulting Spain, Thank you very much for your fast reply. I think I would the same as you suggest!!

      • There’s another response you posted in June 2016 suggesting you need to leave and re-enter to start the 90 day tourist visa. Is that your understanding still?

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  9. I have a question about the process of getting a new TIE card. I left back in May to take care of family matters back in the States. I was not able to renew my TIE card. I am in the process of renewing my student visa in the States. I am confused about how I get a new TIE card after my TIE from 2014/2015 school year expired. If you could shed some light on the process, you would make my day! Thank you!

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    • Hi, Cee. We hope everything has worked out with your family matters – it’s definitely hard being so far away from home sometimes! Once you have your student visa in hand, you’ll follow the same process to get a new TIE as you did last year. The only difference is that you’ll already have your NIE number (it’s yours forever) and that it will not be considered a renewal. Good luck!

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      • Wow! You made something that I’ve been confused and worried about shrink to nothing. I am so glad to hear it’s the same process. What are the proper steps for requesting a cita for a new TIE?

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  10. I renewed my passport back in the US this summer, and didn’t realize your passport number changes. (first time I renewed, and silly me thought it would be like a driver’s license #)
    I need to renew my TIE back in Spain next week for year 2 as an auxiliar. My carta de nombramiento was issued with my OLD passport number. Do I need to request a new carta? Or is showing a copy of my old passport sufficient for them to process the renewal? Do you have any experience with this situation? Help?!?!

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    • Hi Dayna, yes – you should request a new carta de nombramiento with your new passport number to be on the safe side. Email your regional coordinator and see if you can get one ASAP! Do remember you have a 90-day window to renew your TIE after its expiration, though it’s advisable to get the renewal process rolling before the current card’s expiration when possible. Good luck!

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  11. http:// I requested my NIE renewal 3 weeks after it expired. I am going to be a second year auxiliar. I now just heard NIE renewal needs to be done 90 days before the NIE expires. Is this true, or can someone renew a few weeks after the expiration date?

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  12. I will graduate this Dec 2015 and i have a job offer starting Jan 2016. How do i renew my student NIE into working type?

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    • Diptee, congrats! You will need to speak with your potential employer about taking that step. Without more information on your status, years in Spain, etc., we can’t give you much other orientation!

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  13. i am 6 month ago come in india because my mother is death and after some problam i can,t go but now i need job and go for spain and how to renwal my tarjeta de recidancia 2 5years card and my card expiere 19/04/2015

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    • Barat, we’re sorry to hear about your mother’s death. Because you are outside of the 60 day renewal window, you’ll have to get an entirely new visa in India unless you have family here and qualify for a family regroup visa. Good luck!

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  14. Hi!
    I have a tricky situation. I was an auxliar for two years but now I’m back (technically just on a tourist visa). I think I should be able to apply for the work permit but I’m not sure how much money “proof of funds” means? I have a job lined up, so will be able to make money…

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    • Hi Katrina,
      Applying for a work permit while in Spain on a tourist visa is not possible. Also, the minimum bank balance you must show as proof of funds is adjusted annually and published in documentation regarding the specific visa you are applying for.

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  15. I handed in all of my papers ages ago, no one ever told me anything about finger prints done, so I didnt. Now I am looking for the current status of my paperwork and the website is saying that they can’t find anything under my information. Is this because I didn’t do that second step with the finger prints?

    What exactly is the finger printing part for? Like I said no one told me about it when I handed in my papers. Am I supposed to take my application form with the stamp to a police station? Am I supposed to wait for instructions to go there? HELP!

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    • Hi Leah, ugh! Extranjería is seriously the worst. We’d go in with all of the stamped paperwork to wherever you turned in all of your documents and ask. The process in Seville takes over three months – and that’s just for a notification of fingerprints! Chances are the system is slow, and you’ve not been registered in the system yet. Good luck!

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  16. Hi Cat! I would like to know if my NIE has already expired, before renewing it, which means, I don’t have the paper saying that I’m under the process of renewal, can I travel out of Spain by plane?

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    • Hi Rebecca, your comment is a bit confusing. Are you in the process of the renewal? If so, you can get an autorización de regreso (http://comoconsultingspain.com/category/autorizacion-de-regreso/). If you aren’t renewing or haven’t started the process, you “can” travel, but assume the risk that you are violating the Schengen agreement and can be fined or deported. This is an extreme case, but it’s important to know the risks!

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  17. Hi!

    I am Canadian on a youth mobility visa. My nie has expired but I have 2 months left on my visa. I heard some people had problems renewing that were in the same situationas me. Any information on this or on how to renew? Also, will I have have to leave the eu once my visa expires so I will have 90 more days or does it automatically kick in? Thanks!

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    • Hi Kenia, you can usually not renew a TIE and get a card without at least six months left on your visa, though it’s odd that your TIE wasn’t valid for the duration of your visa. We suggest getting more information from your nearest Canadian consulate or the foreigner’s office in your city, as they may have better information for Canada-issued visas. Good luck!

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  18. Hi! Im about to go in for my huellas and I have all my paperwork except I don´t know which box to tic on the 790-012 form. Any idea, anyone?

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    • Hi Kat,

      When in doubt leave things black – the person who attends you can always help clarify these smaller questions when you turn everything in. Good luck!

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  19. Hello! Thanks for the helpful info. I’m currently in the process and wondering about the proof of funds. I know it had been established a proof of having 2130.04 euros — just wanted to confirm:

    1. Is that the minimum amount an individual should have in their bank account every month? Or is that what should be earned every month (which would be crazy)?

    2. How can I go about getting the proof of funds?

    Thank you!

    Also I’ve been on the Extranjeria website and it appears the application for prorroga can be done online, is that correct? Or would you recommend better going in person?

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    • Hi Alison,
      Proof of funds is usually quoted by month so that you can then calculate how much you will need to prove you have based on the period of time you are applying to live in Spain for. Proof of means can be a print out showing a sufficient account balance for an account that is in your name. Good luck!

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  20. Hi! I am a Dutch having a NIE for EU citizens. The problem is that I’ve received it in 2012 and I have never paid attencion to the fact that is was valid only for 3 months.. Now we have 2015 and during all this time I was renting houses in Barcelona, opening bank accounts, etc. Nobody had a problem with my NIE document. Now, I am doing my driving license and the school told me that I need to show a valid NIE document.

    My question is:

    -how can I get a new valid certificate of my NIE number
    -is it still legal after 3 years
    -what documents do I need to present
    -and the last question: do I need to make a cita previa?
    -if yes, how can I make it as the official website says that there’re no citas available in Barcelona at this moment

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    • Hi Ella, your NIE is good for life (it never expires), though you need to apply for the residency paperwork as an EU citizen. You should go in and wait in line, as there are limited cita previas. They will tell you what you need to bring.

      We do not work with EU citizens, so your best bet is to do research online or go in directly and ask at the foreigner’s office.

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  21. Hi Como Consulting Spain,

    I applied for my NIE renewal on 04/08/2015.

    They said it usually takes 2-3 months for the approval, and it is going to be 3 months on 4th of November. Should I be worried? Also, I am not able to find any information about the status of my application on their website.

    What should be my next step and when?

    Thanks in advance.

    Best Regards,
    Mohit Joshi

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    • Hi Mohit, waiting for a NIE renewal can be agonizing! I had a paper lost in the mail, so I went and asked at Extranjería. I’d give it another week or two, and then go and ask.

      Good luck!

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      • Hi Como Consulting Spain,

        Finally my NIE status on their page show ‘Resolved-Favourable’, and that I would receive the same by post. Any idea how long does this take? It’s been a week now, and I haven’t got any post.

        Thanks,
        Mohit Joshi

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        • Hi Mohit,

          You’ll receive the letter by carta certificada, most likely, and they can take up to 15 natural days. Just sit tight!

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  22. Hi Como Consulting,
    I am a student in Spain currently in the US for an exchange program. I filed all my paperwork for TIE renewal prior to leaving Spain, and my status is ‘favourable’ on the government website. I plan to return to Spain on a tourist visa at which point I will get fingerprinted in order to complete the renewal process.

    Here is my question – I have been offered an internship in Barcelona, and I wanted to know if I can work during the renewal process or whether I need to have the physical card in hand before I can start? Will I also require a separate work permit and if so do I have to wait till I have my TIE to apply? As my exchange program ends in December and the internship starts in January, I do not have a lot of lead time to come to Spain in advance to complete these steps. Therefore in case I cannot begin work till I have my new TIE, I’d be grateful if you could share any alternatives you know of for me to explore further.

    Thanks for everything you do for us, I look forward to hearing from you!

    Regards,
    Shikhir

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    • Hi Shikhir,
      If the internship is under 20 hours a week then yes, you will be able to combine that with your studies on your student NIE. The company that is employing you will need to apply for your permission to work on your behalf, it it not something that you can do.

      If, however, you are seeking full-time employment, you would have to apply for a work visa from your home country and then an entirely different TIE card on arrival in Spain. However, be advised that work visas for non-EU citizens are not usually granted, so we wouldn’t recommend it.

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  23. Dear Como consulting spain,

    My NIE expires on my graduation day, which is 18th december. My family will come from Indonesia and we want to travel around Europe until the new years. I read above that I will still have 90 days schengen visa after my NIE expires. That schengen should apply to all schengen country or only within Spain? kindly advise. thank you very much!

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  24. Dear Como Consulting Spain,
    I am a final year student and I have a 6 months internship till 13 of July 2016,However my NIE is valid until 2 of June 2016.
    Is it possible for me to renew/extend the NIE to the end of an internship?
    Or with 90 days stay I do not need to do it?

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    • Hi Minh, if you are doing any sort of job, you should ask your supervisor to provide documentation to extend your NIE status. You can then apply for a renewal, though chances are that your card won’t be ready until the time you leave.

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  25. I have One month left for My residency to expire and I have not worked but under the care of my father who is a Spanish National, what are the necessary documents I will need to renew my residency. Secondly, can I travel out of Spain when’s documentation is still in process and not out for me to thump print? Gracias

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    • Hi Kamara,
      Without knowing under what scheme your original residency was granted we cannot tell you what documents you will need to renew. However, it is possible to travel while your residency is being renewed so long as you have an Autorizacion de Regreso.
      Best of luck!

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  26. Hola!
    I’m currently studying in Barcelona until the end of April and my TIE is valid until the 2nd of May. I have been offered a paid internship in Tenerife for three months from May until July, but I’m not sure how can I do to renew my TIE, or get a NIE so I’m able to get a Spanish Social Security Number that will allow me to work. Is it possible to do it? Thank you!

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    • Hi There,
      The quick answer is, unfortunately, no. Technically as a student you have the right to work up to 20 hours a week, but the business that wishes to hire you must present the paperwork for you, and it must also be clear that it does not interfere with your studies. If your NIE is not valid for the entirety of the internship and in addition to that is in another area of Spain from your studies, you won’t be approved.

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  27. I am a Canadian citizen with a TIE card expiring May 31st. I entered the country on a student visa to work as a teaching assistant in a school through an agency and have since gotten my TIE. I have secured a summer job in Italy so I can’t go home, and when I renew my program I will be starting work again in Spain come September. Can anybody give me clarification on whether this TIE renewal process if up to date with current policies for Canadians?
    Thanks!!

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    • Hi Lindsay,

      TIE renewal process is the same. If you’re on a program and continuing the following school term, you shouldn’t have an issue getting the required documents together, including the letter of invitation from the program that says where you’ll be working, its start and end dates, and details about your stipend and health insurance. You can start the process up to 60 days before your TIE expires. Good luck!

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  28. Hi, Hoping you can help with my questions. I’m an American citizen — came to Spain on a student visa 2 years ago. My estudiante NIE expired this January. I got married to my Spanish partner last week. I am filing paperwork for my tarjeta comunitaria next week using my expired NIE (since the number remains the same). My question is how should I renew my NIE? I am now married to a Spanish citizen so it won’t be an extension of my student status. What applies in this case? I don’t see any option under “renovaciones” for my case. Many, many thanks in advance! Best, Kate

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    • Hi Kate, congratulations on your wedding! The card process isn’t too difficult: you won’t be renewing your NIE, but your TIE card. Your first card was a student estancia, whereas the new card you should apply for is a tarjeta comunitaria. Check your region’s requirements and apply within six months of your wedding. Keep in mind that your libro de familia is only “valid” for six months to extranjería; after that, you’d need to have an extra certificate from the registro civil stating that it’s still valid. Good luck!

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      • Hi, thank you so much for that! Really appreciate it. Just to confirm: going forward, the only card I really need is the Tarjeta Comunitaria, so no reason to renew recently-expired TIE as I am now in a different category, correct? But of course, the NIE (number or the TIE) will remain the same.

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  29. I have put myself in an unfortunate situation and I was wondering if anyone had any insights on how to handle it. I have a student visa, however the stamp in my passport was only valid for 90 days, those 90 days have passed and I still haven’t gotten my TIE card, I have an appointment soon but I was wondering if I could face any type of legal problems, or deportation when I go in for my appointment to get the TIE. If anyone has any insights on this I would appreciate it. Or any recommendations to best handle the situation.

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    • Hi Rory, we’re a bit confused by your question. You haven’t applied for the TIE, or you applied but don’t have the physical card? And when did your 90 day visa expire?

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  30. Hi Cat!

    I’m an auxiliar from the Philippines and I think we don’t have the 90-day no-visa rule (we need Schengen visa to enter Spain). I’m currently in Málaga but I’m renewing in Pais Vasco. I will stay here for the summer break and I’m not sure how I can renew my TIE. Do I have to go to Pais Vasco and do the papeleo before my TIE expires (May 31)? Do I need an empadronamiento or is the carta de nombramiento enough? Thanks!!!

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    • Hi Joanne, you can ask in Maálaga if they’d be willing to start the process for you and send your paperwork to PV once you have a carta de nombramiento. In the past, this was impossible, but given that you’re an auxiliar, concessions are sometimes made. Good luck!

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  31. Hi there! I’m in currently an first year Aux thinking about renewing in Madrid. However, I’m also interested in applying for a non-lucrative visa (I have my own freelance business and would love to do this full time while continuing with my Spanish language learning).

    Is it possible to renew my current TIE as a non-lucrative resident?

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Chelsea, you must secure a new visa if you are changing from student to non-lucrative, unfortunately. We’d suggest looking into renewing your student visa instead, as it will be cheaper and easier. Good luck!

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  32. Hi Muhammad,
    The rules cannot be bent, if you are unable to renew your student NIE in the timeframe the government lays out then you may have to return to your home country and start from square one by applying for the initial student visa. As for your second question, technically if you have been a student for three years and have a job offer, you can modify your student estancia for residency and a work permit. However, are far as we are aware, these petitions are almost never approved. You’re welcome to try though!

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  33. Hi, My husband & I have American student long term visas from two different schools in Barcelona. We have a few questions about the renewing our student visas in Barcelona – can we renew for 3 months (short term visa) or do we have to continue with the long term visa? Is it possible to change schools for the renewal? Lastly if only one of us renews the student visa – can the other apply for a family visa or something else to stay legally? Thanks in advance as we are having trouble finding out about these options.

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    • Hi Kay,

      Yes, you can apply for a prórroga de estancia for any amount of time over your NIE’s expiration. You can change schools only if you are continuing on with the same sort of studies (language studies, for example). Unfortunately, the family visa can only be applied for in your home country, so the easiest and cheapest option would be to both continue classes. Good luck!

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  34. Hola/Hi,
    I have a student card (NIE) and it expires right after my program finishes. I am from the US. I wanted to travel after my program for a couple weeks in spain. Do I get to travel as a tourist after the card expires or do I have to leave the EU and re-enter?

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    • Hi Kenneth,
      That’s a question we get a lot! And honestly we have never been able to get a straight answer from the Policía Nacional, Extranjería or Consular agents. We do know this – lots of people do it and have never had any problems! That being said, you should know that having an expired NIE is considered an infracción leve or minor offense and carries a fine of up to 500€.

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      • Thanks for the swift reply! If I were to leave the country and return before the expiry date and get a new stamp, would I be ok since I would have been present for less than 90 days?

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        • Kenneth,
          We’re not really sure on the legality of it all. as we said, it’s a hotly contested issue and nobody seems to have a straight answer. You might try contacting your local Extranjería office or consulate and see if they can give you a straight answer.

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  35. Thanks for the post–I just wanted to clarify something I wasn’t sure about. As of a month ago I got my tarjeta comunitaria and had to surrender my TIE even though it is good til the 30th of June (I just wanted to keep it for the student discounts but alas they took it back). On my end now that I have paperwork allowing me in the country for 5 years I don’t have to do any renewal or any other paperwork with the Ministry (I’m doing my 3rd year with the ministry program and already have my carta), correct?

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    • Since your NIE number doesn’t change, it won’t make a difference to the Ministry if you’re on a student estancia or have the tarjeta comunitaria. Just make sure you’ve accepted your placement and your school knows you’re coming!

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      • Hello my residence card of spain expired 5 days before i was going back to spain from Pakistan . People on airport did not allow departure. I have lived and worked more than 10 years in Spain. Can i get a temporary renewal from pakistan ? Please help
        I was here was a family issue and had to go back for work but never knew a new issue is waiting for me:-(((

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  36. Hello,

    I have a question about NIE number validity extension. I am a member of EU.Is it possible to extend NIE number, for example if i have not found a job during this 3 months and dont have laboral contract? Also in case i will find a job and later will apply for resident card (with expired NIE number) will i be able to get resident card, or it’s better to exten nie number in any case?
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    • Hi Gerda,
      We specialize in advice for non-EU citizens. Neither Cat nor myself are EU members so we’re not familiar with the process. We’ll leave your comment here in case any EU members can help!

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  37. Hi there,

    I’m a Canadian citizen currently in Spain on a one year Youth Mobility Visa. I arrived in January with a internship program to teach English in different businesses. My current visa and my TIE are both valid until January 2017. My current internship ends in July and I have been accepted as an auxiliar for the next school year, October 2016-June 2017.

    I’m wondering if I’ll be able to extend my residency here to complete the auxiliar program, even though my visa will be expiring.

    Any info that you have that could help me would be awesome! Thanks!

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    • Hi Katie,
      Prórrogas must be applied for 6o days before or up to 90 days after your TIE expires. Usually when you switch programs of study you are required to return to your home country and apply for a new visa. However, this requirement is sometimes waived by Extranjería, but it’s not something you can count on. We’d suggest you go to Extranjería at the beginning of your 60 day period and ask if you will be allowed to renew from Spain – fingers crossed!

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  38. Hi,
    I have a quick question. We got our non-lucrative residence cards last year and for the renewal I submitted the renewal by mail. I received an email May 4 referring me online where it said under estado de resolucion “Tramite-Requerido”. I was advised by a friend who is a gestor to wait and today received another email leading to an online status that says “Archivado” or filed.

    Can you tell me what filed means and what comes next? I am hoping it is something in the mail notifying me of approval and requesting I make the appointment to deliver new photos.

    Thanks
    Jay

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    • Usually archivado means that they were waiting for a missing document and if they did not receive it they file your petition. You should go to your corresponding Oficina de Extranjería where the petition was submitted and ask why your renewal was archivado and what you need to do.

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      • Thanks for getting back so quickly. I will do as you suggest but am surprised they encourage you to file by mail but then don’t tell you by mail if they require additional information. I am i Barcelona by the way.
        Cheers

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  39. Hola!

    I was wondering if you’re allowed to remain in Spain while you wait for your NIE to be renewed. My current NIE expires July 1st and I’m going in tomorrow to put in the request for the extension but I’m unclear on whether you need to leave the country before it expires, and thus while you wait, or if you can stick around.

    Thanks ladies!
    Andrea

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  40. I am a US citizen currently studying in Barcelona, My NIE expires in august but I am currently traveling. I know that US citizens do not need a visa to enter Spain if they plan to stay for less than 90 days. So using that, can I enter Spain and file for a renewal after i return from my vacation in September?

    Thanks!

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    • If your NIE has expired and you are reentering Spain from outside the Schengen zone, you will be activating your 90 day tourist visa upon reentry. You can apply for a renewal up to 60 days before the expiration of your card and 90 days after. If you are traveling within the Schengen zone, you will not cross any borders on reentry into Spain and therefore will not need to present any documentation.

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  41. Hello- I am renewing my TIE. My husband is a student and going into his 2nd year of studying. We are being told by his school that we need a translated marriage license for the renewal process. We got out Marriage License apostilled when we initially got our Visas but it was never sent back to us. Do you know if we really need to repeat this entire process again for the TIE office? For me this seems very strange and the research I have done thus far seems to say otherwise. Thanks!

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    • Hi There,
      The only office that can say for sure what paperwork you will need to present is your local Extranjería. Try checking with them if you doubt what your school is telling you.

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  42. I have started the process of the TIE renewal. I will be in the United States for 92 days this summer. I am going to get a regreso, but since I will be gone for more than 90 days will I need to get a new visa while in the states?

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    • Hi Alex,
      If you’ve already applied for your renewal and an autorización we doubt you’ll have any problems getting back into the country. Just make sure to have copies of everything on hand to prove that you are returning to Spain in good standing.

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  43. Hi, my 5 years spanish comunitario was denied renewal beacuse i stayed more than 6 months outside spain while taking care of my sick father who eventually died, i appeal for rejection and its 3 months since then but no answer yet, what are my chances and what should i do.

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    • Hi Paul,
      We are so sorry to hear that. Usually when appealing these things silencio administrativo means that your appeal has been denied. If you are still a comunitario / a European citizen you should start from square one by applying for a new card rather than a renewal of your old one. Please email us if you have further questions.

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      • Thanks for prompt reply, again if i check on the site with my data it keeps saying in process, how long normally should such process take.

        paul

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          • Many thanks for the helpful info, i am currently on autonomo and paying my tax monthly though divorced what is the process of and requirment to apply for new residence please advise.

          • Paul,
            There are far too many variables to give you the whole scope here. Please email us and we can arrange for a residency assistance package with us, if you are interested.

  44. Here it is a guide to renewal so basically I am asking can I renew my Tarjeta de residencia this year under a completely new program ? Using the steps listed in the guide post

    Please help,
    Thank you!

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    • Hi Gabrielle, in response to your previous question of au pair to language assistants, you’re usually not able to because the visa schemes are different and have different requirements. Never hurts to try at extranjería though – sometimes the heat makes them a little less strict! Good luck.

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  45. Hi all,
    I have been on a student visa for one year and it’s time to renew my TIE here in Madrid. Do I absolutely need to extend for another whole year? Or can I extend for a shorter period say 6-7months only?

    Thx!!

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    • Hi Ary, your letter of invitation will have your program dates, and your TIE’s expiration date will reflect the length of your program. No need to stay the whole year!

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      • Hi ,

        Thanks a lot ! One more thing do you happen to know if the extranjeria office in calle silva opens in August. Thx!!

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        • Sorry, we’re located in Seville and can’t be positive about hours, but it should be open in reduced hours and with reduced staff.

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          • Thx !

  46. Hola!

    Thank you, this has been very helpful.
    I would just like to clarify one thing. I’m from a non-EU country requiring a visa to enter Spain. Currently, I’m on a student visa and my NIE/TIE will expire on the 27th of September. After my graduation on September, I intend to hopefully travel to other EU countries. My question now is, can I travel outside Spain with an expired TIE or do I have to renew it? From what I know, I can stay 3 months after its expiration, but I’m not sure about travelling outside Spain.

    Looking forward to your reply. Thank you.

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    • Hi Gene,

      If you are from a country which does not require a visa to enter the Schengen zone, then yes, you can continue traveling through Europe for up to 90 days after the expiration of your NIE care. That being said, you should exit the Schengen zone and reenter as a tourist. If you are form a country which requires a visa to enter the Schengen zone, you must return to your country of origin after your NIE has expired.

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  47. I have been resdent in spain for many years the last Tarjeta I have is dated set 1988 and validez 5 anos. I owned a business,in 2092 I was forced to cancel a hipoteca that I agreed with a English man but fled without payment I held the Tarjeta de residente comunitario stamped Trabajo Cuenta propia until I was taken seriously ill in 2003 when I returned to England. I contact a Abogada and asked her to register it in my name, it had been empty but I paid all out goings, Electric,water, and councel charges from day of purchase, she did and sent all the relevant documents. I decided to sell it but I am having problems All though on the Court Documents where I purchased it and in the Escritura dated November 2015 it has my same NIE Number, but the estate agents says he needs a NIE document or the Notario will. I am not staying in Tenerife after I sign the transfer to the new owners, but I need my money. Q do I need another NIE, and if so where would I get it, I will only be in Tenerife for 10 days Im 77 years old

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    • Dear David, COMO works nearly exclusively with non-EU citizens, so we’re not familiar with all of your processes. We’d suggest speaking to a bilingual property lawyer to get everything sorted out according to law. All the best, and may things get resolved quickly!

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  48. Hi COMO,

    I am an EU citizen and my am researching renewing my American husband’s tarjeta de residencia. I found this link and thought number 2 on the list was an online portal to doing this:

    https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/procedimientos/index/categoria/34

    However, it seems as if we will have to go through the same process as before – filing in person at our local foreigner’s office/ police station. Is this correct?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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    • There are SEDE electronicas for submitting paperwork, but we’d recommend you go in person to make sure you’ve turned in everything correctly and have any questions answered on the spot. You’ll need to go to your nearest Extranjería office to apply for the renewal.

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      • Thanks for your quick reply. My husband’s card expires on the 27/10/2016. When’s the earliest we can go down to apply at the local Extranjera office.

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        • You can renew a tarjeta comunitaria (assuming he is a resident because of his marital status) 30 days before the expiration date of his TIE. The process is straightforward and documents are easy to gather. Good luck!

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          • Great thanks for the help.

  49. Hi Como Consulting: my NIE expires in August and my renewal is in process. But I have to leave the country with a Regreso and return before I get the actual card. After I have the Regreso and return from Asia, would I be safe transiting through Paris or another European airport on my way back to Spain? This will just be a few hours stop-over but I think in Europe, immigration happens right-away if transiting to another European country.

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    • Hi Pranav,
      Your regreso technically allows you to reenter Spain, not another European country. And yes, you are right that the passport control would be upon entering the Schengen zone. There’s no telling if another country will respect your regreso or not. If you can get a flight that lands directly in Spain, that would be best.

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  50. Hi COMO

    The expiration date of our NIE is 19 Oct ’16. However, my wife and son went back to my country in Jul to give a birth and will come back to Spain in Dec. 16. Please give me your advice how I can renew our NIE in case of my family absence. For your information, I’m workning for a Spanish company in Sevilla.

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    • Hi Won, congratulations on your big news!

      Unfortunately, you must be present in Seville to turn in your application documents, so your wife and son will not be able to renew their documents from abroad. You will also need to get a visa for your little one, as s/he will not be a citizen or resident of Spain. My advice would be to ask at the extranjería in Seville (they’re quite nice and patient, and there won’t be too many people right now) and explain your situation. You have up to 90 days after your TIE card expires to apply for a renewal, but it’s best to do so before leaving Spain. In any event, it might be necessary to reapply for visas for those three family members.

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      • Hello,
        I was a student in Spain for the 2015-2016 year and my student card expired July 31st. I am currently on a visitors visa in the UK and want to to back to Valencia and apply for an extension on my student card as there is an internship opportunity available to me but only if my sponsor can prove that I am continuing my studies. Is there a way to go back to Valencia and apply for a continuity of studies? I hadn’t know any of this beforehand of course, or I would have applied for a letter to return or just applied for the extension outright.

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        • Hi Amelia, this is a loaded question, but the short answer is that it depends greatly on if the internship is a continuity of your studies. Good luck!

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  51. Hi Como Consulting: thanks for your helpful website. I had a one year TIE for studying in Barcelona, which expires at the end of this month. I’m trying to renew it, but need to enroll in a PhD program here first. Can’t do that before the end of the month though, as the university is closed and anyway I haven’t received my scholarship contract yet (FPU, any day). I have a 1 month research contract already for next month though: is it possible to renew my TIE for 1 month now as a working TIE and then again next month renew again for 1+ year as a study TIE, after enrolling? Thanks again.

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    • Hi Sideris, it would be wiser to wait until you can be enrolled and have your letters from the university, as work permits would require you to return to your home country in nearly every case. Good luck!

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  52. I am a US citizen I have applied for my NIE renewal on 22nd of July and it was approved on the 25th of July. I received my regresso on teh 25th and am currently outside the EU. My NIE expired on august 17th, 2016. I need to get my fingerprinting done for the NIE but I will not be back in spain until September 19th. I read that the finger printing needs to be done within 30 days of getting the NIE application approved. Would it be a problem if I got an appointment for fingerprinting in September after i return or do i need to rush back to Barcelona just for that? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

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    • Hi N, you must usually wait for a letter for your fingerprinting, and then the 30 days begins. Since it’s August, you’re probably more than alright! If any of your roommates are still in town, have them keep an eye out for you. Have a great summer!

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      • I checked the website and saw that my application was approved on the 25th of July. I haven’t been in Spain since then so I do not know if I received the letter. Does that mean that I have to rush back this week to get my finger printing done? or would it be ok to get it done in Sept when I plan to get back?

        Thanks a lot!
        N

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        • Hi Natasha, you’d probably be fine in September, but you should make it a priority. Take your plane tickets as proof that you were out of the country. Good luck!

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  53. I am thinking of pursuing the non-lucrative residency permit and I meet all the qualifications. I wonder about the renewal a year later. I understand you need to live in Spain for six months in order to qualify for the renewal. Any idea how this is verified? My stay will be very close to six months. Is it possible a renewal is approved or must I stay a bit longer to ensure I cross the six month threshold?

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  54. Hi,

    I tried to read most of the comments, so I am sorry if I am duplicating any questions.. I made my application to “renew” my NIE (student visa), gave all the papers that were needed and started to wait. The officer told me that they would send me the necessary papers to my house. It has been 3 months but I still haven’t received anything. Is this normal? And is there any website where I can follow the process? Thank you.

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    • Faruk,
      Extranjería is allowed up to three months to respond to student estancia renewals, called a prórrogas. Spain pretty much shuts down in August so it’s normal that you haven’t heard anything, and you still need to wait to be contacted with information regarding renewing your physical TIE card. You can check the Tablón Edictal Único (TEU) at https://www.boe.es/tablon_edictal_unico/notificaciones.php to see if anything regarding your renewal has been posted online due to not being able to contact you via post, or try going directly to your oficina de extranjería.

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  55. Hello,
    My NIE status was archivado so I gave the missing documents last week and this week the status still says archivado. I have my appointment for Authorization de Regresso next week, and I was wondering if you think I would still get the Regresso even if the status says archivado?
    Thank you

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    • Hi Han,
      When your status is archivado it means that you did not respond in time so your application was filed away or closed. You will need to speak with someone directly at Extranjería to see if anything can be done to reopen your case.

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  56. Hello

    My name is Paul, i had a marriage residence of 5yrs which expired last year November though i divorced after 3yrs of marriage and was refused renewal because i stayed more than 6 months outside Spain, i appeal and was refused again, my question is, can i be able to apply for new residence with my autonomo since am paying tax to government every month. if yes what residence? and how many years will i be given.

    Thanks for your help.
    paul.

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    • Paul,
      At the moment you are illegal in Spain as your new application has not been approved. The only type of residence permits that can be applied for whilst living in Spain illegally are through arraigo social or arraigo laboral or new tarjeta comunitaria through marriage or pareja de hecho in some comunidades. Sounds like it’s time to take your case to an immigration lawyer.

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      • Is it possible to get my five yrs back instead of 10yrs if apply , pls i need your professional advice.
        paul,

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  57. hi,

    i put in my residence for renewal last December and traveled though divorced, i came back February to find it was rejected because i stayed outside Spain more than 6months, then i appeal on march and waited until September, with the same rejected, since am in autonomo i decided to apply for a new one, when i got there they said my paper has expired for long so did not except it, does it mean i have lost it what should i do next,

    Apa

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    • Hi Apa, without knowing all of the specifics of your case, we imagine you’d have to start over from the beginning. Usually, being away from Spain for more than six months renders your tarjeta comunitaria to be cancelled. If you’d like to talk through your case, please email us.

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  58. Hello,

    I am a visiting student from a non-EU country. The embassy has given me 90-day visa, while it has given my wife 180-day visa. She applied as a dependent family member. Both visas are multiple entry. I have heard 180-days visas are non-extendable and holders cannot apply for NIE. However, given that my wife is a dependent family member, is there a chance both she and I can apply for NIE together?

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    • Hello Ealipour, you’re right that your wife cannot apply for a TIE card nor extend her residency card. You can both, however, obtain a NIE number.

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      • Hi. Thank you for your reply. So isn’t there any way to have her residence extended for more 3 months at all?

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      • Hello,

        Thank you for your valuable help. Following your advice, we talked to the Embassy and they changed my wife’s visa to a 90-day visa. However, there is a strange difference between our visas. On my visa, my NIE is mentioned, while there is no mention of NIE on her visa. I assume she can still apply for both NIE and TIE in Spain.

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        • Yes, you can do the two at your local Oficina de Extranjeros. Previously, both could be done at the same time, though the NIE should come before the TIE. Good luck!

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  59. Dear Friends ı found your page very helpfull.I have some questions about renewing my TIE.I want to ask about all possibilities then maybe it can also help other people.

    Here is my situation.I came Spain from Turkey as an mater student for one year.And my TIE expired 1 of september.And ı have only 1 month to renew it.I can’t contiıne my master programe anymore but the University also offer Spanish course.My first question is

    1-) Can ı apply for language course ( ı studied politics ) to renew my TIE

    2-) Since ı have some special reasons ı am thinking to apply for assylum.I have read that ı have to apply for it inside one year arrivimng to Spain.I visit my country 6 months ago.And still ı am in the period of 1 year.But ı have some doubt about applying.Because if ı apply and if it rejected, can ı apply for Arrago social after two years since ı will complete three years of period.

    I am asking this question because if ı apply assylum and if ıt rejected,then ı think ı will receive deport paper wich effect my clean record certificate from the police.

    3-) I have a boyfriend from another EU cuntry and if ı can not renew TIE during three months of period after expire, can we get marriied here? He will move here soon.

    Thanks

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    • Hi Azad, thanks for your questions. Here’s a brief response:

      1. Your studies must be related. As you did a master’s in something that was not Spanish, this could be difficult to obtain (and depends on where you’re applying from).You may be required to return to Turkey for a new visa.
      2. Asylum is not easy to obtain, and it would be best to go through a lawyer. You must apply for asylum within arriving to Spain for one year, but the time it takes for the Spanish government and the Refugee Office to look into all cases. It is risky and could result in deportation. You might be better to try and wait out a few years to then be able to modify a student visa or do arraigo social after three years.
      3. You may get married in Spain, but certain restrictions for his residency may apply. You could consider marrying in his country, too.

      If you have other questions, please do not reply to the message; we prefer email please!

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  60. Dear Como Consulting

    your page is very useful i am from ghana, i was married and divorced
    after 4yrs due to family issue, now that we have made up and staying togather again and decided to apply for leaving togather, will it be accepted if yes will i be issued another five yrs residence and what process should i follow.

    Thanks
    Sam

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    • Hi Sam,

      Considering the complicated nature of your current visas, we would advise you ask at your country’s nearest consulate or Extranjería office. Without knowing more specifics of your case, we cannot provide advice.

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  61. Hola. How can i check the status of my nie renewal on the website? THank you.

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  62. hi its possible if im exit spain two weeks before expire my resident card and back to spain before expire my card

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    • Yes, it is, though you may need to prove that you are planning to renew or leave. It depends on where you are coming from and who is working at customs!

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  63. Hello! Thanks for the helpful information.

    I am a Libyan citizen with a NIE card (Non-Lucrative Visa) expiring on January 31st.

    As I understand I can apply for the renewal 60 days before and up to 90 days after the NIE card expires.

    Can I submit my application on December 1st, and by then I would have spent 4 months out of the 6 six months. Yet I still have the month of December and January to comply with the 183 days requirement?
    Or do I have to complete the 183 days period to be able to apply!

    In case I don’t receive my renewal after the expiry of my card on 31st-Jan.  Can I leave Spain and comeback with the expired cards in case I need to?

    As I understand my expired card can act as a 3 months tourist visa after the expiry.  If this is true, would it be a single or multi-entry?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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    • Mohamed,
      An expired TIE card is not a visa, it simply means that you return to the rights granted to a citizen of Libya visiting the Schengen zone. If you want to extend your non-lucrative visa, you can begin the application 60 days before your current card expires – we are not aware of any issues of 183 days.

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      • I recently read on another website of someone who was refused a visa renewal because he/she had not spent 6 months in Spain. This could be a one-off, but we plan to make a point of spending 183 days there.

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        • Hi Carol, congratulations – you’re close to your dream! We’ll answer the questions one by one:

          Firstly, note that a visa is different from a residency card, and you will be expected to apply for a residency card within 30 days of arriving in Spain. This will replace the visa, so there’s no need to stress about your husband getting a new passport (just keep the timelines in mind). I recommend keeping a full photocopy of his old passport with all of the pages, just in case.

          As an American, yes, you are required to declare all assets obtained worldwide. Remember that a non-lucrative visa implies you will not work/bill invoices in Spain, though anything you earn in a fiscal year must be reported to the IRS.

          Happy holidays!

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          • Hello again and thank you for your reply. One thing I am still not quite clear about. We are retired and receive only our US social security pension which of course is taxed in the US.

            In Spain, there is a law that all residents must declare to the Spanish government their world-wide assets — property, investments, bank accounts, etc.

            Does that apply also to the non-lucrative temporary residence permit? We must declare to both governments and pay in Spain any overage after deducting what we pay in the US?

            Thank you again for your help and Happy Holidays to you too.

          • Hi Carole,

            The law in Spain refers to anyone who is working; you will not have to declare anything here.

  64. Hi there!
    I’m doing the auxiliar program from January to May on a short-term student VISA. I plan to study at the University of Granada for the second half of the year but won’t know if I’m accepted until June.
    Is there anyway for me to extend my VISA or apply for a new VISA while in Spain or do I have to come back home to Australia in between the two programs?
    Kindest,
    Nick

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    • Hi Nick,
      That’s certainly a tricky situation. You won’t apply for a TIE card since your stay as an auxiliar is under 6 months. We’re also guessing that even if accepted into a program at the University of Granada that you would not start until October, which would mean that you should return to Australia and get a new visa for your university studies. The only way around this might be studying at language school from January until September that way you would have a NIE number and TIE card that could be renewed with your university studies.

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  65. Thank you for this information.Please, tell me : mine expires in the begining of January. January term is the last term for me. I was studying full time. Now I want to switch to part time, but they tell me that maybe it will be a problem and I will be rejected. Is this true ? should I risk ? Pls,answer my question, I am so confused. ((

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  66. Hello,
    i would like to ask you about my situation, i applied for a student visa renewal after finishing my master’s degree by applying to a new master however the renewal got rejected almost 2 weeks ago and i am still waiting for the letter that mentions the reason of rejection in order to present an appeal. however, how long can i wait before becoming illegal in the country knowing that i am from outside the EU and my NIE expired back in August? and when contacting the oficina de extranjeria in barcelona (where i applied for my renewal and where i lived also) they told me i need to get the letter from Girona (where i studied) could this be relevant even though i did not apply for renewal there? Thank you

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    • Sophie,
      The letter should be mailed to the address you provided on your renewal application forms. It will also be sent certified so that the government knows when it was received by you in order to properly count the number of days you have to present an appeal. Your residency status in Spain is not affected as long as you have paperwork pending, but you should not travel outside of the Schengen zone until this issues is resolved.

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  67. We just received our non-lucrative visa. We have 2 questions:

    1) My husband has to renew his US passport while the current visa is still valid. When we apply for a renewal of the Spanish non-lucrative visa, he will have a new passport with a different number. What happens to the original visa issued under a different passport number?

    2) Is a non-lucrative visa subject to the tax residence rules, i.e., are we obligated to report world-wide assets and income?

    Many thanks for your help.

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  68. I am student in a business school in Barcelona, I heared that I can extend my residence for one year after finishing my school if I would like to search for a job, is this correct ?

    I will appreciate your answer

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    • Hi Mohammed,
      We’re not familiar with any type of extension after your studies are complete, but we’ll see if any other readers might have more details or been in a smilier situation.

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  69. Hi,thanks for information.Please answer my question too.My student TIE expires in the beginning of January.I am going to renew it.My studies finish at the end of March. Is there any chance that they will extend my card only for 3months and not more? do they do such a short term TIEs? I am worried because I have 6 more months to work on thesis and I want to stay in BCN and write it here. Donºt want to go back to my country and come back again on Thesis presentation. thank you in advance for your answer

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    • Maria,
      If you can get a letter from your school stating that you have 6 months to work on your thesis and the date it must be presented, you can try and renew your student status until that date – but we’re not sure if it will be accepted or not. The more official documentation you can present, and perhaps an estimate of how many hours a week you will need to work on your thesis paper will show that you are still a full-time student.

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  70. Hi Como team!

    I have a few questions… Quick facts: I am American, husband is EU citizen.

    I have a DNI that expired in 2015. We moved back to the US so there was no way/reason to renew it. Now it looks like we may move back to Spain. I have 2 questions:

    1. What is the process after it has expired? Are there any additional steps outside of the renewal laid out in your (awesome) post above?

    2. To satisfy the “Government-issued paperwork stating your marital status to a European citizen”, would the marriage registration from the EU country of the spouse be enough? I realize it will need to be reissued as the one I have is from my original application 6 years ago. For the record, in the original application if you are from the US you need BOTH a copy of your US marriage licence (if you were married there) with an Apostile and a copy of the marriage registration from the EU country your spouse is from as well (no Apostille necessary, it does need to be translated if it isnt already, FYI the Dutch one is in 10 languages).

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  71. Hi
    My spouse is spanish national and two kidz are also spanish national
    The proccess of Family Book is also have completed
    My NIE is expiring on 21 feb 2017.
    I have to travel pakiistan in the start of feb and will be return in april
    How could i apply for renewal that the proccess may done fast..
    Or there any source of travel abroad after apply for renewal but not yet get the NIE ..
    on return if i have expire card or waiting for new card..what is the solution..
    Plz guide

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  72. Hello Como Consulting,

    I am a US citizen and previously studied in Madrid. I had a long-term student visa/NIE that expired in August. I would like to return to Spain either as a language student or through a program like BEDA or Auxiliaries. If I am accepted to one of these programs, is it possible to either:

    1) renew my NIE in Madrid?

    2) apply for a student visa while in Spain on a tourist visa?

    I’m currently in China and it would be great if I didn’t have to fly back to the United States to apply for the visa.

    Thanks!

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    • Hi Alicia,
      If your original visa / TIE card is expired more than 90 days then you will have to apply for a new one from your home country or legal country of residence. If you are residing in China legally then you can apply at the Spanish consulate corresponding to your address in China, however if your are simply a tourist in China you will have to return to the US to apply for a new student visa for Spain.

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  73. Hello,please help me 🙂 I have submitted my documents for Nie/tie renewal at the 5th of January. I am trying to check the status online and I am entering all data correctly, but if says : NO SE HA ENCONTRADO LA INFORMACIÓN SOLICITADA,Por favor, revise que los datos introducidos sean los correctos.
    En cualquier caso, puede consultar el estado de sus expedientes a través de esta otra página de consulta:Consulta Número de Expediente” – I dont have this number.
    Maybe it is too early to check and that is why I cannot check the status ?
    Thank you for your answers in advance

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    • Hi Maria,
      We’re not sure why you might be having this problem. Give it a day or two and try again and check and double-check you’re entering your numero de expediente correctly!

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      • Hi, I submitted my paperwork on 27 June and have checked a number of times and keep receiving the same message as above. Do you know how long it typically takes to show up online? Thanks!

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        • Hi Juanita,
          Depending on the type of permit or renewal you have applied for there are different established wait times – between one and three months. That being said, summer is a difficult time with so many people away on holidays, so wait times will be even longer. Patience!

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  74. Hi Como Consulting,

    I am a Hong Kong residence and I am currently studying in Valencia, Spain with my NIE valid until May 14 2017. I would like to extend my studies in another city Granada after travel in other parts of Europe from mid May – mid Jun. So I have a few Qs on the visa arrangement:

    1. If I have a one month break with no documents on course/ residence in Spain, can I still apply for visa renewal? Or renewal applies only for case with a non-stop course? (coz if not, I can’t leave Spain to travel in Europe during the break and can’t re-enter Spain)
    2. If I can apply renewal, is that I have to apply in Granada the next destination city?

    If I need to reapply a long term visa from HK it will take about 2 months, so if I can I would prefer renewing it here…

    Thanks in advance!

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  75. Dear Sir
    I am on a work visa and my visa (NIE) expires on 31.5.2017.
    I need information on the process for extension of my visa. Also, since my work contract ends on 31.5.2017, do I need to pay tax for the whole year to be eligible for me to stay beyond my NIE expiration date?
    please help me in this regard.

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  76. how many days to know the result for renovacion

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  77. In which site I can see my NIE is renewed. I had already submitted the documents waiting for results

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  78. Hello

    I am expecting to take my non-lucrative residency soon. I would like to know what are my duties about in terms of taxation.
    I have some bank accounts abroad and I am planning to keep them in Spain. If I have some deposits accounts in Spain, do they subject to taxation.

    As a follow up question, what if I decided to move back to my country and transfer my cash to my bank account abroad.

    I also have a land in my country which costs approximately 60.000 euros. I don’t have any activity on it. Does it subject to tax if I don’t sell it ?

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    • Hi Will,
      At COMO we focus primarily on immigration issues, taxes are a bit out of our league. If you’re concerned about paying taxes in your home country while living abroad we would suggest reaching out to someone there. In Spain you can find gestores or English-speaking tax lawyers who can properly advise you on these matters. If you’re looking for a referral please email us.

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  79. Dear como consulting

    I have a residence and work permit for Spain, which is due for renewal in 2018. Earlier this week I was pulled over and was driving without a valid license. I am now scheduled to meet with a judge on March 1st. Will this cause any issues with renewing my residence and work permit next year. Is there anything I can say or do to mitigate this? I’ve not had any issues with the law whatsoever apart from this mistake

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    • Minor infractions are not taken into account when considering residency issues. Major infractions – felony offense – would be a problem.

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  80. Hello there!
    My name is Brandi and my husband and I are renewing our non lucrative visa. This is our first renewal. Do you know the current amount of tax for tarjeta renovación for 2017? and on the 790 is there a line item you select for tarjeta renovación or there a different name for it? oh and just as an FYI the hyperlink is broken for the non lucrative visa link for the Foreigner’s office. Thanks! it would be super helpful to know so we can be prepared!

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  81. Hello, I have a quick question regarding fingerprints with a renewal on my student visa. I was approved in September (favorable) however in short, I negleted going to get my fingerprints take. I have heard that you only have 30 days once being favorable in the system. Is it still possible to go in for fingerprints? I am nervous about making an appointment and having problems at Aluche. Thank you for the help!

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  82. My question is about 183 rule.

    If I visit France or Italy during my stay eg. via train. Does it count in days for 183 rule for renewal process or regardless of the Schengen country it should be in Spain.

    How do they track if there isn’t any passport formalities between the Schengen countries.

    Thanks.

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    • Hi Will, assuming you’re non-EU and on a visa, your residence is still in Spain. So, if you travel and are not stamped in other Schengen countries (which is the most likely scenario), there’s no way to know that you were out of Spain.

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  83. Please is it possible to renew my NIE After 90 day expiration period.
    My wife is was holding permanent resident when they issued it to me. But my wife and children hold spanish nationality or citizenship now.
    We are living in England because of work and my NIE has expired more than three months

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  84. Hello, please answer me. I just renewed my new for one year. I am a student in Barcelona. Do I have a right with my documents to open my own LTD small company? I want to open small online shop but I need to register ltd conpany.

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    • You do not. As a student you can work up to 20 hours por cuenta ajena / for a company but not freelance / por cuenta propia.

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      • Thank you for the answer. If I register my company in my country, in this case do I have a right to open just bank account for this LTD ? Even this is forbidden for a student here, yes?
        Thank you so much

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  85. Thank you for this informative article and the great responses!

    I had a student visa in Spain that was renewed many times. I will be traveling back to the EU (Czech Republic) from the US (I´m American) in April to visit my boyfriend.

    The last time I renewed my visa it was rejected but I didn´t receive a notice from the Extranjeria. After I found out about it I returned to the US without a problem though I had overstayed as a result of this.

    The last stamp on my passport is from a year ago and I will not be traveling to Spain but I am concerned that the previous overstay will be a problem. Will this affect my entry and exit in to the EU? I´m not sure how they could know from the stamps, but I am still nervous.

    Thanks!

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  86. Hi ,
    My name is Ary , and my TIE expires on April 7th ( student ) , I just wanted to confirm what are the risks ( if any ) of applying for an extension of students TIE 1 month after its expiry . Is the fine something I should worry about?

    Thanks a lot

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    • You have up to 90 days after the expiration date on your card to apply for a prórroga, but just because you can still apply does not mean that your are legally in the country – so avoid any travel outside of the Schengen zone until you’re applied for your renewal.

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  87. Thank you for the wonderful information. I have a non-lucrative visa which will expire on 24 August 2017. I plan on renewing, however I noticed that my U.S. passport is only good till May 2019. Given that the non-lucrative visa is good for 2 years, and it is too early to renew my passport, will this be a problem?

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  88. Hello! First off, your site is super helpful! You are doing a great job.

    OK, so I know this questions is asked a lot, and I remember months ago finding some legal documentation in a comment thread on this site about Americans’ legality one our TIE expires (the whole are we illegal immediately or do we get 90 days debate…). Anyways I can’t find that comment and wanted to try to find that documentation because so far I have the word of my boss, the American consulate, and Extranjería—saying we have 90 days— versus the Oficina de Fronteras—saying get out! I would love to see those documents if you still have them.

    My TIE expires on May 31st, and i won’t be renewing. I am planning on leaving the EU June 13th through Germany and returning about 70 days later to stay for a month or two. Would it be much safer to fly in and out through Spain and then take a domestic flight to Germany? This whole visa issue is a mess!

    Thanks!

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    • Hi Nathaniel,
      The 90 day rule is European law more so than Spanish law and we have never been able to pinpoint exactly where and in what law it says you have the right to stay in the EU past the expiration of your permit. It is our understanding that technically to “activate” your right to 90 days of travel you have to return to your home country and then come back to the EU. Many people interpret this as simply leaving the Schengen zone and returning as a tourist. So as a longwinded answer to your question, we don’t have any official document but you should be fine!

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  89. I am having real problems in the province of Jaen with this. Information here is about as transparent as a pile of mud. I have moved up from Malaga and love it and want residency here. I was told I had it (I have a certificate with an NIE number and residency printed on it from Malaga and a padron in the village where I live.

    Apparently, all I needed to do was change address with the Extranjero office in Jaen by letter. After all the ownership records exist in the Land Registry Office where I live. Four trips later, after buying the house, dealing with the fact that I have been incorrectly given two NIE numbers previously in Spain, two lawyers working on the deeds and NIE issues I am still no nearer to being sorted. It has now been a year.

    Basically they continuously to change the process, adding more documents to a list which I need to produce. The left hand really doesn’t know what the right hand is doing ……and now with Brexit there seems to be a political agenda amongst employees of the office too.

    I just don’t know what to do anymore. The latest I have been told is I have to ‘renovate my residency card’. Should I move on to another lawyer who is English and Spanish speaking or should I go back to my first on the Costa who didn’t set the process up properly in the first place. He was paid over 3000 euros for doing this.

    These procedures are looking more and more like money making racquets. Meanwhile, people who do come here and don’t do things legally continue to get away with it.

    Seriously, the Spanish do need to try to be more helpful with people who want to abide by their laws.

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    • HI Julia, we can certainly understand your frustration and have also been at the mercy of civil servants who often don’t know the laws or how to proceed. Additionally, laws often change with the calendar year, so believe us when we say we’ve been there, too!

      You can certainly contact the omsbudperson in Málaga in charge of citizen affairs to see if the lawyer can be reprimanded or fined for his/her ineptitude, though it sounds like he’s not properly informed of the laws. Please let us know how we can help.

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  90. Hi! Thanks for the article! I got a temporary NIE last time I was in Spain (valid for 90 days), and used it to open my bank account, get a job etc. but didn’t have time to get the permanent card before I left. I’m now back in Spain with only the same paper version, which has expired. I work in Spain but am paid in Ireland and pay tax/social security there. I really want to get a permanent NIE – do you know what I can do? Thanks!

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  91. Hi team,

    You guys are doing a great job at helping people out and I need some help here today !

    I wanted to understand what are the options if a Student Visa gets rejected.
    1. Can I apply to become autonomo from Spain?
    2. Or do I have to make an appeal first and then apply for autonomo?
    3. How many days after getting rejected do I have do make an appeal or make a new application for autonoma?
    4. When does the counting of the days start? When I receive the letter at home?

    Please do let me know. Your help would mean a lot to me!

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Rhea,
      Switching from a student estancia to a different type of permission, such as autonomo, cannot be done from within Spain *in most cases*. If you have been a student in Spain for 3 years you qualify for a modification or you can apply via arraigo social if you have been living in Spain for 3 continuous years and are currently illegal. Otherwise, you will have to return to your home country and apply for the corresponding visa.

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  92. Hi,

    I was originally in Spain as a student for 9 months from September 2013 to June 2014. At the time I got a NIE certificate which says at the bottom that it expires in 3 months. I moved back to Spain in September 2016 originally short-term, to travel, continue learning Spanish etc. Now I am hoping to stay and work and I’m wondering what process I need to follow to renew my NIE? I have been offered work for the month of July in a school as an English teacher but in order to get the job I need to have a social security number. To get the social security number I need NIE. Can I use my old NIE number? Do I need to renew it? How do I do that exactly? Is it an application for a renewal of the Tarjeta (TID), given that originally it wasnt a “tarjeta” but rather a certificate A4 sheet? Also I am a passport holder of an EU country. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    • Daniel,
      In order to legally work in Spain as an EU citizen you will need to apply for a certificado de registro and from there you can apply for a social security number. If you would like help with this application, please email us at hola@comoconsultingspain.com for more info!

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  93. Hi, when we apply pareja de hecho we were not live together with my bf. We signed paper in notary we though its enough for extramadura. But after 2 days I moved my empadremiento to my boyfriend adress for extranjeria because we know its neccessary for get residance tarjeta from foreign office. But now we re worried. Can(merida) they reject our pareja de hecho apply because of that? when we apply pareja de hecho it was look like we dont live together. And we still waiting for result of PDH
    Thank you so much!

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    • Not all regions in Spain require cohabitation in order to register for PDH, but Spain as a whole (Extranjería) do require cohabitation for the Tarjeta Comunitaria. If you’re concerned about your PDH application being denied on these grounds, you could simply “sanar” your application at the registro civil by adding your new empadronamiento to your application.

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  94. Hi,my friend is in Spain and he had a 5 years stay.he did the document with his Spanish girlfriend it expired this month May.so he said he was on his way to Pamplona to make enquiries on how to renew his documents but to his surprise he was told his document does not exist so he is confused now. Pls help what should he do please.

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    • Hi Joyce, please have your friend email us so that he can fully explain his case. I’m afraid we don’t know which document you’re referring to.

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  95. Hi
    I want to renew my TIE card based on lucrative type, but i was out of spain for more than 6 months, is it make problem for me during renewal of card?

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    • Hello Mansour, you shouldn’t have an issue, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a notarized letter explaining your absence from Spain, as you have to turn in each page of your passport. Good luck!

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  96. Hi,
    I’m renewing for the NALCA program now, but my passport expires this December (2017). I’ve heard that your passport must be valid for your entire stay, for the next three months, or for the next six months. Do you all know which one is right? I know I can renew my passport in Madrid now, but I was thinking that it would delay the TIE renewal process (if I have to replace all of my documents to reflect the new passport number). Can I hold off on renewing the passport until October/November?

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    • Hi Sam,
      Our understanding if a general rule of 6 months, however this rule is not set in stone and can be a reason for detail (usually at the visa stage, not for a renewal from within Spain). We’d suggest submitting for your renewal and then immediately applying for a new passport just in case Extranjería come back and say you need a new passport.

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  97. Do I need ANOTHER copy of marriage certificate and apostille for the renewal of my retirement visa?

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    • Hi Janice,
      Certificates expire after 90 days, so the short answer is yes. However, you can risk it and hope that Extranjería don’t notice or care, but do be prepared to order a new certificate through an expedited service should you be asked to provide one.

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  98. After a NIE expires you still technically have 30 days that it is still valid, correct? So if I have an internship that requires me to have a nie. Technically I can still use this if is within the 30 days?

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    • Hi There Rafa,
      Most TIE cards can be renewed up to 90 days after they expire, but after the date on the card has expired you are no longer “legal” and cannot continue your internship unless you have applied for renewal.

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  99. Hello! Where do you go to drop off the paperwork? To any police station, or something called registro civil??

    thanks!!!

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  100. Dear Comoconsultingspain,
    My NIE was expired by the end of March 2017, and I did apply for the prolongation on March.
    Ps: I prolong my NIE for another year to study in another uni.
    However due to the system change in my uni, I did not get the diploma in hand by the time I prolong it, thus my status is tramete recuerdo.

    By June I finally got everything I needed, and resubmitted the documents.

    Now I check on the website it says Archivado.
    I submitted the new documents on 15-06 and the fecha de resolucion was 16-06, however the strange part is, it says fecha de entrada 28-03 (the first time I submitted the prolongacion).
    My question is:
    Should I worry about that?
    Where can I ask for more information (in english if possible), because no one seems to speak english in the office carrer bergara barcelona.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Ronaldo,
      When dealing with Extranjería there is no one provided by the government who speaks English. If your prórroga paperwork was not complete when you originally submitted in April you would have been given a timeframe to submit any missing documents. Past that timeframe your case is archivado, as you stated. You will have to start the process again from scratch or contact a lawyer who can appeal for you.

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      • First of all, thank you for your reply.
        I ask the uni to read the paper and no one mentioned about the time frame, they only said you can prolong it up to 90 days after NIE expiry date and you need this documents.
        And which at the time I gave the required document, still within the time frame of 90 days.
        Is there a way to appeal it first without involvement of a lawyer, but bring one of my friend who speaks Spanish / Catalan?
        Thanks

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  101. We came to Spain in 2010 got the a4 green nie resudencia as we both had jobs. Nothing says permanent on it so needs renewal. However neither of us are working now so cannot show proof of earnings. Will we be declined for this. Also our daughter who is now 18 got hers in 2012 got school but has a job now. Will she need to renew hers as well. Or can we ho on with just the a4 green sheet.

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    • Sorry the nie’s have no expiry date.

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    • Hi Christina, as far as we can tell, you are an EU citizen. We do not specialize in EU residency concerns, so we cannot fully answer your question.

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  102. Hi, I’m renewing my NIE in 1 week and I want to know if I’ll need an appointment with the Oficina de Extranjeria or not? Please reply. Thank you!

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  103. Hola Como!

    I tried read all the comments and questions but there were too much and I think I should ask my question. First of all thank you very much for this website.

    My question is, Ive just finished my master and my NIE will be expired at the end of August but I have an internship in here (Barcelona) and I will go back to my country (Turkey) on September 20. Should I renew my NIE just for 20 days because there are a lot of things to do and its impossible to get my new NIE before I leave the country. My school gave me a paper which give me a chance to stay in Spain at the end of this year but I am not sure if we need to renew the NIE for 20 days. Thanks for your help!!

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      • Thank you very much for your reply but I am a bit confused now 🙂 I was gonna start to collect the papers for the process but you say this is not necessary if I will leave in 20 days after NIE expires? I am nervous about the consequences of this and actually no one knows what to do in a case like this (my friend asked to the police at the airport passport control and they don’t know neither! He said they started to discuss but could not give any answer)

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        • Hi Berk,
          It’s a grey area. If you want to be 100% safe, you should plan to leave Spain before your TIE card expires. That being said, we thing you will be okay.

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          • We have overstayed our visa many times and nothing happened but there is no guarantee!

          • Thank you Como! and Thank you Carole!

            I heard the same, there shouldn’t be any problem but as you said there is no guarantee, I applied for renewing even I wont get the new card at least the process has started.

  104. Hi,
    My TIE expired on JUNE 20th, and my school failed to give me the necessary paperwork to file renewal until just before I left Spain. I was able to successfully submit all the paperwork about 4 days before I left for the summer (2 weeks into JULY). I have received this status “Estado de resolución: TRAMITE-REQUERIDO” on the government website, and I am confused as to what to do next. I am worried if they are missing paperwork because the woman at the office told me I had everything I needed and that I could go to my appointment when I return to Spain. I do not return to Spain until the end of September. Is my application for renewal still valid, or do I need to start over the whole process and apply for a new Student visa?

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    • Hi Ella,
      Unfortunately Requerido means they are missing documents – and have tried to contact you to tell you what exactly is missing and how long you have to turn those documents in. To be honest, if you are in the US and have time, we would recommend applying for a new visa, because your renewal is in jeopardy if no one turns in the missing documents on time.

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  105. Hi, you guys are awesome! I’m somewhat in the same boat as the rest of the commenters.

    I’ve lived in Barcelona on a regular (masters) student visa/NIE for a year. Towards the end I got a job offer from my university/professor to work on his research project as an assistant.

    Turns out however, that since the HR department already closed, they can only file my papers in September by which time my residencypermit/NIE will expire.

    Now, even though you can renew within 90 days post-expiry, can you also change status (i’ll now be an employed person, “arraigo”) after initial expiry ??

    Any alternatives? Perhaps make an appointment for renewal before expiry (the appointment date will be after expiry but by when I’ll have my contract papers) ?

    Any other solutions?

    Thanks a ton! My case falls in some sort of grey area I guess.

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    • Hi There,
      You are only elegible for a modification if you have been in Spain for three years. A modification can only be applied for while your student permission is valid. Arraigo can also only be applied for after 3 years but with arraigo you apply when you are illegal – and much more documentation is required and wait times are more extreme.

      Our advise would be to renew your student visa before it expires (if possible) and then modify to the work permit (if you are elegible).

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  106. Thank you very much for your very informative post and of course the comments that follow also!

    I and my wife have this situation:

    I and my wife are holders of D-visa (student). I am a Ph.D. student here in Lleida and applied for reunification for my wife. We did the visa application at the same time. I now have my NIE and TIE but my wife still has no NIE and TIE. Our original visa will expire this August 2017. My wife is my dependent and she is staying with me. She does not work but she has a pending application for a Ph.D. position in the university.

    What should we do? We were advised previously by some one in the University to just wait out for the resolution of her Ph.D. application before applying for NIE/TIE. Now, we still do not have any news on her Ph.D. application and “her”/”our” original visa will be expired. Is her stay here with me still legal since I already have my TIE which is valid until 1st quarter of 2018? I already filed her NIE application but the earliest available schedule is still on September 15, 2018?

    I am looking forward to your comments and opinions on this matter.

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    • Correction: earliest NIE application is September 15, 2017.

      We are both non-EU.

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      • Hi,

        We went to the Comisaría de Policía for my wife’s TIE. We were asked some questions why apply just now but we were accomodated anyway. However, there is now a new policy that no TIE will be issued to my wife since my TIE will be expiring within 6 months. But still they gave my wife her NIE and asked us to request for NIE certificate instead. She will be given her TIE once I renew mine (we should apply together during my TIE’s renewal). The catch is that we need to ask for return permit for her if we plan to go out of Spain until she has her TIE.

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  107. Dear Cat and Haley,

    A quick/simple question on Internships and NIE. Please do comment!

    Can one start an internship (the 3-way agreement between student,university and employer, less than 20 hours/week)

    (a) Before filing the papers (My uni closed in August and I forgot to pick up an important doc

    (b) After filing the papers, but before the results are out (ie before they say, ok come and collect your TIE)

    Thanks much and hope you’re enjoying your vacation!

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  108. Hello,

    I’m going to be working in the province of Toledo, but I’m going to be living across the border in a town in the province of Madrid just because it’s more convenient and easier for me to get to work. Just to clarify: I would still need to go all the way down to Toledo to get my Tie? Would it matter if my empadronamiento is not in the province of Toledo?

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    • Hi Ryan,
      Depending on the type of permission you have you will apply at once office or another. Usually work visas and permits require you to apply at the Extranjería office which corresponds to where your office is. Most other residency types ask you to apply at the Extranjería office which corresponds to your address in Spain. If you let us know what your permission is we can tell you where you should apply – and no, it shouldn’t be a problem to work in one community and live in another!

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      • I have an estancia but I’ll be working in the Toledo region!I don’t have an address in Spain since I haven’t found an apartment. So I should go with where I’ll be working at or where I’ll be living? My estancia doesn’t have anything specific on it in regards to that.

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        • Hi Ryan,
          The law says you can apply to the office nearest you, however you may find that certain funcionarios will want you to prove you live in the area in order to apply at that office. Your best bet is to just show up and see!

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  109. I came to Spain on April 21st for a doctoral research internship. I’ve submitted my request for a visa extension on 01/08/2017 and till now I have the only notification TRAMITE-REQUERIDO for more than 15 days. I know that I have to provide them additional documents to approve my application but I didn’t receive any letter from them as it’s mentioned.

    I’m really lost because my visa will expire on September 7th and I will finish my 140 days allowed for me to stay in Spain. I don’t really know what to do?? I think I have to leave Spain because I’ve called the “Officina de Extranjeria” so many times and they didn’t respond me. Thanks! It would be super helpful if you tell me what should I do?

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    • Hi Asma, it’s normal not to have anyone at the office pick up. You should receive a letter that tells you what your next steps are. If you haven’t received it yet, you could go in and ask. Your process is still “en tramite” so, legally, you’re ok to stay in Spain until your case is resolved or closed. Good luck!

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  110. Hello,

    I’m non-EU citizen working at a university as a “Researcher”, with a three-year work contract which expires by the end of 2018. Also, I’m also enrolled as PhD student at my university. My question is that, to claim unemployment benefit (as I’m paying contribution to social security) after contract finishes, do I need to have a valid TIE? How do I extend my TIE after contract ends, for that purpose? It expires on 31 Dec 2018 and has category of “Autoriza a trabajar”.

    Thank you.

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  111. Hi Comoconsulting,
    Is there a way to check or to ask about the NIE prolongation process, rather than just wait for the decision to appear on the website?
    The reason is because my appeal for the nie status is like this as of today 7th sept & been like this for the last 2 months:
    Estado de resolucion: en via de recurso
    Fecha de entrada: 28/03/2017
    Fecha de resolution: 03/07/2017
    And I need to know if it is still in process, or if they process it (not missing or forgotten etc), or this is the end for me.
    Thanks

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    • Hi Ronald,
      I’m afraid there’s no way to speed up the process. As the famous Spanish saying goes – las cosas de palacio van despacio!

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      • Hi, Thanks for your reply.
        It would be great if I can speed up the process just like when you pay for express services.
        But in my case I just wanted to know the progress of my appeal (just in case they forgot, etc).
        When I was in the Netherlands I can ask this by going in person or by phone, and yes apparently my documents got mixed up and then they processed it again

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  112. Hello,

    I have extended my student NIE card for one year since I was starting my doctoral studies in Spain. Can you tell me what will happen with my NIE card if i give up from doctoral studies at my current university (in Sevilla), where I am paid with a scholarship, since I want to switch to the one in Barcelona where I will have a contract as a employee?

    Best,

    Ena

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    • Hi Ena,
      Your permit is based on documents you supplied to Extranjería. If you change your location or status without notifying Extranjería and getting approval you put yourself in jeopardy for any future renewals or modifications.

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  113. My TIE will expire in October (residencia larga duracion) and I have been told that my appointment to renew it cannot be before its expiration date. After months of trying online to get an appointment to do that, one appeared this morning, but for a date in September, before the card expires. Will that be valid or will they tell me to come back after it expires in October? Thank you for your help!

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    • Hi Terri,
      We’ve heard lots of expats with similar problems when it comes time to renew the Larga Duración. At this point, you’re practically Spanish so instead of applying at Extranjería you can apply at the National Police! Don’t worry if your card has expired, you still have up to 90 days after to get it done. Best of luck to you!

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      • Thank you. But to confirm, the appointment to tomar huellas must be after the expiration date on my TIE, is that correct? That is what the appointment site says, but I’m hearing that may or may not be true. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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        • Hi Terri,
          It usually happens after, given that the government can take up to 90 days to give you a resolution and the TIE can only be renewed up to 60 days before its expiration.

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  114. Hello everybody , I’m facing a prolem which is about my TIE I’ve applied and gave them all the required papers, after a while they replied back telling me that I need 2 more papers so I gave them those 2 missing ones, now I’m waiting for an answer which hopefelly will be FAVORABLE but when I check through the website it says ARCHIVADO, I would like to know if I still can get the regresso by showing them the paper that they gave me as that m papers are actually on process or not, and as my card will exceed the 90 days in few days and I’m planning to travel in these coming weeks.
    because when I asked they people I got confused either they say that ou can not travel until you will get a favorable answer and because you card will expire …
    thank you

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    • Hi Jasmina,
      If your application is archivado it means that they did not receive the missing documents on time. You should gather up everything you have and get to your Extranjería office as soon as possible to see if you can still submit the missing paperwork and be considered for your renewal.
      An autorización de regreso is intended for travel while your paperwork is being processed. The archivado status means that you are not elegible for an ADR because you are not waiting for an answer – you already have one.

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      • Hello, thank you for your comment, but I’ve already submitted the missing papers and now my flight is next week I would like to know if I can still get the regresso while it says Archivado
        Thank you

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        • We doubt you are elegible for a resgreso if your paperwork has been archivado, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! You never know what a civil servant may or may not be able to help you with!

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  115. Great site. You do great work. I have a specific question. First off, we are about 9 months into our non-lucrative visa and looking into renewing it. Your is the first and only site we have seen that says at least 6 months must be spent in Spain. And that we were suppose to register our address or addresses when we moved around Spain. The Seville website does not mention these requirements for renewal. Your checklist does not mention these requirements. Can you please confirm that the 6 month residency is required and needs to be proved?

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    • Hi Patrick, as you can imagine, this is a catch-all post for several types of permissions.

      When we last updated the article, the proof of six months of residency in Seville was given to us on a piece of paper listing all requirements. Your full copy of your passport would be the way to prove you have been in Spain/Schengen for at least six months of the 12.

      Because extranjerías can be “tikis nikis” or particular, your best bet is to ask at your local office. If you find out this is no longer a requisite, please let us know!

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  116. How can I renew my TIE if it has already expired? I left Spain last June, it expired in June, but due to a sudden change in events I am going back to Spain in a couple of months again. I am an American citizen.

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    • Hi Desh,
      A TIE card can only be renewed within 90 days of its expiration. If you are outside that window you will need to start from square one, by applying for a visa at your local Spanish consulate.

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  117. Hi! I’ve read through the posts and, while I think I know the answer, I just want to be sure. I was an auxiliar last year and will be again this coming school year. Before leaving Spain to return to the US for the summer, I applied for renewal of my TIE (current status is in processing) and got the regreso. However, the date I planned to arrive will be about 4 days after the regreso expires. Will it be okay to enter as a tourist, since I have been gone more than 90 days, and have already submitted my paperwork? Or, is there a reason that I HAVE to return within 90 days, using the regreso? (In other words… during the process of TIE renewal, is it REQUIRED to return to Spain within 90 days, even if I’ve already submitted the paperwork? Or the regreso is only a way to return before the 90 days that you would normally be required to leave the EU, after having stayed so long?) Thank you!!!

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    • Hi Christina,
      How long you have to be out of the EU and when you can reenter without a visa depends on a lot of different factors, and getting into the specifics here would require more words then we are allowed! But, as an American, you will be fine reentering Spain on your passport. We would recommend simply entering as a tourist and not mentioning that you are an auxiliar or showing any expired cards or paperwork, etc., but do have it all on hand just in case they ask!

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  118. My Prórroga for my student visa was denied and I never got the letter in the mail saying why. Do you know where I should be able to find this information out? I don’t know if maybe it was because I was doing practicum work before and now studying in a different school?
    Thank you

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  119. I applied to renew my nie and now my status is unfavorable. Can i apply again or what should i do?

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    • Hi Melis,
      You should receive and official letter with information regarding why your application was denied and you are given a timeframe to remedy the situation by providing additional documentation. Past that timeline you would need to work with a lawyer to prepare a “recurso” or appeal.

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  120. As far as I understand, the renewal process is now entirely online. At least that’s the case for Barcelona. I have a “certificado digital” to do the renewal online, but minors don’t get certificados. Can I renew my minor child’s NIE online as well? Do I use my certificado digital? I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere.

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    • Hi Matt,
      Online renewals are still quite new and we’re not entirely sure on the logistics of it all. Your best bet is information straight from the source – a quick visit to Extranjería should do the trick!

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  121. I read online, on the Oficina de Extranjería that I needed another form EX-15? Which I printed off but it looks like I need another form from what you have said above.I´ve been working here since 2010 but I´m between jobs at the moment.Probably not the best time to go and get it renewed, but I´ll get it done later when I´ve got a contract etc.which form do you think i´ll need? I´m a bit confused to be honest as my Spanish boyfriend just said pay the ´tassa´ at the bank,take that and your passport,NIE photocopies with you plus the EX-15 and that should be all you need to do.

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    • Hi Leanne,
      Without knowing which type of NIE you have currently it’s impossible to say what forms are necessary. Feel free to email us with more details! Best

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  122. Hello!

    I’m studying master in Barcelona. I applied to renew my nie and it was rejected. What should i do now? Do I have to hire a lawyer or should I write a recurso, or is there a possibility to apply again? Thank you.

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