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TIE stands for Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero, which is a Spanish national identification card for foreign residents in Spain. It has the NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) on it, and includes biometric data and a photograph of the holder. The TIE is mandatory for non-EU citizens and optional for EU citizens who stay in Spain for more than three months. It serves as proof of identity, residency, and authorization to work or access public services in Spain.


To obtain a TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) in Spain, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Register your residency: If you are an EU citizen, you will need to register your residency with the Spanish authorities within three months of arriving in the country. Non-EU citizens must apply for a visa or residency permit before entering Spain - there are a few options - Spanish residency for the investment (Spanish Golden Visa)How to deal with non-Lucrative Visa in SpainDigital nomads visa in Spain - the best option for freelancer and remote workers. How to get it? and How to immigrate to Spain?
  • Make an appointment: You will need to make an appointment at the nearest Foreigner's Office (Oficina de Extranjeria) or police station that handles TIE applications. You can make an appointment online or by phone.
  • Gather your documents: You will need to bring your passport or ID card, proof of registration with the authorities, and any other supporting documents required for your specific situation (such as a work contract or proof of financial means).
  • Attend your appointment: You will need to attend your appointment in person and provide all the required documents. You may also be asked to pay a fee for the TIE.
  • Wait for your TIE: After submitting your application, you will receive a temporary residency certificate that allows you to stay in Spain while your TIE is being processed (usually within 40 days). The TIE card can be collected at the same police station.
  • It's important to note that the process of obtaining a TIE can vary depending on your specific situation, so it's best to check the requirements and procedures with the authorities before starting the process.

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