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 an 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!

I will live in Spain for LESS than 3 months, and I will NOT work. What documents do I need?

  • Empadronamiento: This is required to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • NIE: You will need this only for economic reasons. For example, if you; Open a bank account*, sign a phone contract, or fill out any administrative paperwork.

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

I will live in Spain for LESS than 3 months, and I WILL work. What documents do I need?

  • Empadronamiento: This is required to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • NIE: You will need this for economic reasons, such as; Opening a bank account*, signing a phone contract, or filling out any administrative paperwork, but also to obtain a Social Security Number.
  • Social Security Number: This is mandatory to work legally in Spain. To obtain your Social Security Number, you must have a NIE first.

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.

I will live in Spain for MORE than 3 months, and I WILL work. What documents do I need?

  • NIE: This is mandatory as it permits you to reside legally in Spain.
  • Empadronamiento: This is mandatory to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.
  • Social Security Number: This is mandatory to work legally in Spain. To obtain your Social Security Number, you must have a NIE first.

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

I will live in Spain for MORE than 3 months and I will NOT work. What documents do I need?

  • NIE: This is mandatory as it permits you to reside legally in Spain.
  • Empadronamiento: This is mandatory to be able to access public services such as health services and education, just as you would do if you were a local.

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

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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