NIE: Can I apply in person in Spain and then get it sent back to UK?

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  • #193788

    setta76
    Participant

    Hi,

    I need to get an NIE as I’m purchasing a property in Jerez. I will be in Madrid on a short break for 2 days and was thinking to take advantage of this and apply for an NIE. From what I have read it looks like you have to come back after a few days/weeks to collect the NIE document after submitting the application.

    Does anyone know if I can apply in person in Spain and then get it sent back to the UK? i.e. leaving a self addressed envelope or instructions on where to send it.

    Thanks

  • #193861

    Mark Stücklin
    Keymaster

    Last time I checked you can only have it sent to you if you apply through a consulate abroad, but the regs keep changing and implementation is inconsistent, so I’m never really sure. If I were you I would ring the Spanish Embassy in London or your nearest consulate and ask them.

    Check this for more information:

    https://www.spanishpropertyinsight.com/legal/spanish-nie-numbers/

  • #193874

    LoopyLisa
    Participant

    We travelled to London and went to the consulate there.  The cost was £8.50 (I think) each and it had to be paid in cash and they emailed the NIE number back to us.  We did that a couple of months ago and has been the quickest thing about this whole purchase!!!

  • #193900

    mh
    Participant

    Why do you need it to be sent to you in the UK? Can you not wait 15 minutes? That is the time it took me to receive my NIE in Segovia.

    • #193928

      setta76
      Participant

      LoopyLisa, out of interest how long did it take for you to get your NIE?
      Thanks!

    • #193962

      LoopyLisa
      Participant

      Hi. It took 9 days for our to be returned to me by email. You should check but the consulate was only open until 2 think. If you are in the queue when they shut then you will be seen, but they will not allow you to join the queue. We had tried to get an appointment but not been able to so we just turned up – took about an hour of queuing and completing and signing the other paperwork but as I said, it was painless!

  • #193909

    setta76
    Participant

    Had I known I would have gone to Segovia!! I see it varies from city to city, I went to the oficina de extranjería in Madrid they told me it would take around five days and no I couldn’t get it sent back to me, I or someone else would have to collect it once ready. I guess I’ll do it from London, thanks for all your replies though!

  • #193922

    Mark Stücklin
    Keymaster

    Yes, waiting times and implementation of the law varies from place to place. Generally speaking it’s much easier and quicker in places like Segovia where there are very few requests. In Barcelona and Madrid you have to request your appointment online and then wait longer to collect your NIE number.

  • #193940

    setta76
    Participant

    @Mark Stucklin

    I went to the Spanish Consulate in London today, handed in two copies of the Ex-15 form, a photocopy of my passport and paid £8.05 in fees, they said it would take 2/3 weeks.

    Seems now they will send you the NIE in PDF format by e-mail so I did not have to leave a self addressed envelope nor did I have to leave an envelope addressed to the Comisaría General de Extranjería y Documentación. Might be useful to update your NIE page with this info?

    • #193943

      Mark Stücklin
      Keymaster

      @setta76

      Thanks for the information. I have updated my NIE page. Just one question. What were the options for paying the £8.05 fee? Cash / cheque / card?

    • #193963

      LoopyLisa
      Participant

      They only accept cash. I had to leave to go to the bank, I hadn’t even thought they wouldn’t take card!!! There is a bank less than a minutes walk.

  • #193945

    setta76
    Participant

    @MarkStucklin

    Good to know, should be helpful for future readers.

    With regards to payment options for the fee I came prepared with cash, couldn’t tell you if they accepted cheque or card though.

  • #194044

    setta76
    Participant

    For the record, I applied on Monday 12th December 2016 at the Spanish Consulate in London and received my NIE number by e-mail in PDF format on Tuesday 20th December 2016, so six working days, not bad at all!

  • #196341

    Jenger
    Participant

    I went to Spanish consulate in London last Monday I had appointment to apply for NIE number I brought with me copy of passport and 2 copies of forms EX15 and forms 790-012. The lady at counter took forms of me and handed everything back apart from 1 copy of form 790-012 the other copy she gave to me with a receipt attached for £7.95 there was nothing signed on anything from me all I have is a receipt she said I would receive number by email in few weeks. I am worried it hasn’t been processed properly as she gave me back both copies of EX15 which has all my details on it including my email address I have not signed anything or got official stamp. Can anyone give me any advice please.
    Thank you

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