Residence certificate for EU students (eu incoming students)
Do I need a Residence Permit?
Yes, if your period of study is due to last more than three months (>90 days) you must apply for a Residence Certificate or Permit for EU Citizens.
When and where do I apply for it?
Within one month (30 days) of entering Spain. You must request an appointment with the National Police of Spain to apply for this certificate.
How and where can I make an appointment (“Cita Previa”)?
You must schedule an appointment at:
- on the official website. Download the Step-by-Step NIE/TIE Application Guide to make an appointment
- via the official “Cita Previa” APP (only available for Android)
When requesting an appointment, you may choose among one of the following locations to make your request formally
- The National Police of Spain located in Rambla Guipúzcoa 74, 08020 Barcelona
- At the Barcelona city police station or at any other police station in the province of Barcelona at one of these locations.
- Online, via the MERCURIO platform, or at the Immigration Office or Police Station in the province in which you intend to reside. Check out the instructions for the MERCURIO platform.
After making an appointment, you will need to pay the application fee and provide all required documents.
If you need help, we can contact legal professionals who can help you carry out this process
What documents do you need?
The TIE application process changes frequently. Last we checked (April 2017), the documents required to obtain a NIE are as follows:
- EX-15 application form: original and copy, both duly completed and signed.
- Receipt of fee payment (approx. € 10,71) from bank.
- One recent 32x26 mm colour photographs, with a white background, taken from the front, with your head fully uncovered. Make sure you are not wearing dark glasses or any other garment that may prevent or hinder your identification.
- A letter from the university stating your passport number and confirming your enrolment.
- Your passport and visa, original documents and copies.
- European Health Card or Private health insurance policy that covers all risks in Spain for the duration of your studies (original and copy). If you take out private health insurance in your country of origin, it must be translated into Spanish by a sworn translator.
- Printed proof of your scheduled appointment.
- The registration certificate (empadronamiento/padrón) providing evidence of your address in Catalonia.
How long will it take?
Once you have submitted your application, you will immediately be issued a certificate of registration which includes your name, nationality and the address that appears in your application, the Spanish foreign ID number (NIE) assigned to you and the registration date.
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