The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid’s most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government departments and the information may be subject to change.

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Are you a EU citizen looking to get all your legal documents sorted out to live, study or work in Madrid? Take a look at the instructions below where we outline all you need to know about the NIE/TIE, Empadronamiento, and Social Security Number.

If you are a Non-EU citizen, please click here to follow the instructions that apply for you!

You will stay in Spain for LESS than 3 months, and you will either study or do an unpaid internship? These are the documents you need:

  • Lucky you, no further paperwork is required!

You will stay in Spain for LESS than 3 months, and you will either work or do a paid internship? These are the documents you need:

  • Empadronamiento (recommended): This official document will make you a citizen of the city in which you reside. It is recommended to get it but currently not mandatory.
  • NIE (recommended): You might need this document to e.g. open a bank account*, sign a phone contract, or fill out any administrative paperwork. It is not mandatory to obtain the NIE, your passport from a legal perspective is sufficient to request your social security number (“número de afiliación”): However, some employers will want you to get the NIE before requesting your Social Security Number.
  • Social Security Number: This is required to legally work or do a paid internship in Spain. You will need to request the so called “número de afiliación” so that your employer can request your social security number.

Click on any of the following links, to find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, NIE and Social Security Number.

* In the case that you want to open a bank account and do not have an NIE, we will help you to open an account thanks to our collaboration with Banco Sabadell.

You will stay in Spain for MORE than 3 months and you will either study or do an unpaid internship? These are the documents you need:

  • Empadronamiento: This official document will make you a citizen of the city in which you reside.
  • NIE: This is mandatory as it permits you to reside legally in Spain when you stay for more than 3 months being an EU citizen or equivalent.

Click on any of the following links, to find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento and NIE.

You will stay in Spain for MORE than 3 months, and you will either work or do a paid internship? These are the documents you need:

  • Empadronamiento: This official document will make you a citizen of the city in which you reside.
  • NIE: You will need this mainly for economic reasons, as well as to e.g. open a bank account, sign a phone contract, or fill out any administrative paperwork.
  • Social Security Number: This is required to legally work or do a paid internship in Spain. You will need to request the so called “número de afiliación” so that your employer can request your social security number.

Click on any of the following links, to find out how to obtain the Empadronamiento, NIE and Social Security Number.

Do you still have questions or other legal topics you need answered?

Simply fill out the form below and your query will be sent to us as well as to our friends at Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid’s most known legal associations, who are also here to help you out! Please note: By sending the form below, you automatically agree that we can forward your data to Proyecto Océano.

First Name / Nombre

Last Name / Apellido

Nationality / Nacionalidad

Estimated Date of Arrival in Madrid (DD.MM.YYYY) / Fecha Estimada de Llegada

Duration of Stay in Spain (in months) / Duración de estancia (en meses)

Your Email / Tu correo electrónico

Current Residence? / Lugar actual de Residencia

What city in Spain will you move to? / A qué ciudad en España te vas a mudar?

What will you do in Spain? / Que vas a a hacer en España?

Are you moving to Spain alone or with your family? / Te mudas a España solo o con tu familia?

Do you have family already living in Spain? / Tienes familia ya viviendo en España?

Additional Comments & Questions / Comentario adicionales y preguntas

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