The TIE, or Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero, is the new Spanish identification card for non-EU citizens who wish to live in Spain. As of 6th July 2020 UK citizens will also have to apply for this card as the UK is no longer a part of the EU. Here we explain how to get a TIE card in Spain.
Q: IS THE TIE MANDATORY? A: NO IT’S NOT
If you are in possession of the green A4 or card-sized paper then this will also remain valid after 31st December 2020. However, we strongly recommend you apply for a TIE as there is no telling how difficult it will be to apply in the future. Read below to learn how to get a TIE card in Spain.
Q: IS THE TIE THE SAME AS AN NIE NUMBER? A: NO IT’S NOT
Upon arrival in Spain you will need to apply for an NIE number to handle everything from buying a property to paying your taxes.A TIE card proves your residency in Spain, EU rights after Brexit and also states your NIE number.
What is the process in applying for a TIE card?
The process will ultimately depend on if you are already resident in Spain or not. First-time residents will need to first go to the Immigration office in Málaga, as do all other non-EU citizens. Once they have the correct authorization they can then make an appointment at their nearest Police Station immigration department to be fingerprinted and collect their TIE.
After next year you could be required to provide additional documentation such as proof of funds or health insurance
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T HAVE A TIE?
In short, if you are not a resident here after next year then your time in Spain will be limited according to general Schengen travel rules – a maximum of 90 days every 6 months. These days cannot be combined in order to stay here 180 days and it is likely your passport will be stamped upon arrival to keep track of your visit.
How to get a TIE card in Spain
If you are comfortable speaking Spanish and have experience with Spanish administration then it shouldn’t be too complicated to handle things yourself providing all your paperwork is in order. If this isn’t the case then we strongly recommend you hire a lawyer to not only handle the paperwork for you but to also accompany you to appointments and act as a translator if needed.